NBA Bargains 2/8/17
We have reached mid-week and after an ugly three-game slate on Tuesday, we have a big 12-game slate tonight. There are several players who are fairly priced, in good matchups, that will help fit in some of the more expensive options into our lineups, so let’s jump right into it and go over some of tonight’s bargains.
George Hill – Hill has put together two nice performances and looks to make it a third in a row. He has topped 29 fantasy points in back-to-back games, including a 40+ fantasy point outing in his last contest. He faces off against the Pelicans who are giving up the third most fantasy points, third most points, fourth most assists, and third most rebounds per game to point guards. New Orleans also plays at the eighth fastest pace which should force Utah to play a tad faster than they normally do, favoring Hill.
Dennis Schroder – There is no doubt that Schroder is volatile, but this appears to be a very good spot for him tonight. The Nuggets are giving up the second most fantasy points per game to point guards and rank dead last in defensive efficiency, while playing at the fifth fastest pace in the league. In their last meeting, Schroder scored 27 points with six dimes, five boards, and one steal, which was good for over 40 fantasy points. He is very affordable across the industry and makes for an enticing tournament play.
Reggie Jackson – Jackson is exactly $5,900 on both DraftKings and FanDuel, which is a very reasonable price. He faces the Lakers who play up in pace and rank 29th in defense efficiency. They are yielding the most assists and the eighth most fantasy points per game to point guards. While Ish Smith is cutting into his minutes, Jackson is still playing 27-29 minutes, which is his season average.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – With Thabo Sefolosha sidelined, Hardaway Jr. has received some extra run and that has converted into fantasy points. Thabo is questionable for tonight’s contest, so it is something worth monitoring. If he misses again, Hardaway Jr. is in a favorable situation against Denver who allows the most fantasy points per game to shooting guards. He has now topped 20 fantasy points in three straight games, including a 40+ and 30+ fantasy point performance during that stretch.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – KCP is as volatile as they come, but he does provide nice upside at an affordable price and has a favorable matchup. The Pistons face off against the Lakers, who play up in pace and yield the seventh most fantasy points per game to shooting guards, while ranking 29th in defensive efficiency. KCP has topped 29 fantasy points in three of his last seven games, including a 50+ fantasy point performance, but has also scored fewer than 10 fantasy points twice during that stretch. On the bright side, he plays big minutes, averaging over 32 minutes per game, which means the opportunity will be there. He is a tournament only play for me.
T.J. Warren – The matchup is not one I am excited about, but his price and recent play is. Warren appears to be back to the form he was earlier this season, with three consecutive 27+ fantasy point games. He has played at least 33 minutes in each of those contests and has scored 20 or more real points twice during that stretch. He is less than $5,000 on both FanDuel and DraftKings, which is too cheap if you ask me, making him an enticing tournament option.
Matt Barnes – On DraftKings, the price is a bit too expensive for my liking, but on FanDuel he is still somewhat affordable. Barnes has topped 30 fantasy points in two consecutive games and has not scored fewer than 20 fantasy points in any of his last five. He has recorded double-digit rebounds three times during that stretch and with DeMarcus Cousins out tonight, Barnes will get a shot at some more rebounds. Boston struggles on the boards, allowing 45 rebounds per game with a -3.5 differential. Barnes may go overlooked due to the increase in price, but is in a favorable situation.
Jon Leuer – Leuer is logging in decent minutes and has performed well in recent games, however, he remains affordable across the industry in a good spot. The Lakers give up the most fantasy points and rebounds per game to power forwards. Leuer has topped 22 fantasy points in two of his last three games and has not scored fewer than 19 fantasy points once during that stretch. He does not offer a ton of upside, but has topped 30 fantasy points on several occasions this season, which would be a very nice ROI at his current salary and if there is a game he can do that, it is this one.
Tobias Harris – Notice how I am recommending both Harris and Leuer? However, it is worth noting that I will not play them in the same lineup. I am aware of his recent struggles, but the price is getting too low and this is a great matchup. The Lakers are yielding the most fantasy points per game to the position and are 29th in defensive efficiency. He is $1,000 cheaper on DraftKings than he was the last time he faced off against Los Angeles. In that game he scored 23 points with seven rebounds, three assists, and one block, which was good for 39.3 fantasy points (DK scoring). Due to his recent inconsistency, I would only suggest you roll him out in tournaments.
Marcin Gortat – Gortat is much more intriguing on DraftKings due to his price. He has now topped 35 fantasy points in six consecutive games (DK scoring) and has recorded five double-doubles during that stretch. He faces off against the Nets who are yielding the second most rebounds per game with a -4.0 differential. Brooklyn also gives up the third most fantasy points, second most points, and most blocks per game to opposing centers. In two games against them this season, he has averaged 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, which has been good for over 35 fantasy points per game.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Cauley-Stein put in some extra work in Tuesday’s practice in preparation for this game. It is worth keeping an eye out to see if there are any announcements regarding his potential role tonight, but in the last four games where he has played at least 20 minutes, he has topped 22 fantasy points. As I mentioned above, the Celtics surrender 45 rebounds per game with a -3.5 differential, while giving up the sixth most rebounds per game to centers. Expect him to get some more run in this contest at a very low price. He is only PF eligible on FanDuel and C eligible on DraftKings.
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Note: It is always wise to keep an eye out for injury news later in the day as this could open up immense value at some positions. Usually the last hour before lock is filled with news that can be very helpful.