NBA Thoughts 1/7/17

The week full of nice slates continues. Tonight we have another 8-game slate on tap which has some pretty decent value brewing. We’ll get into some cheapies that we can pair with the high priced players in order to build that upside we want in tournaments. In the midst of NFL playoffs, the NBA continues in full throttle. Let’s dive in!

 

Cheapies in good spots

There are a few cheap options that are benefiting from injuries, coming back from injuries, or are just too cheap for their given role. These are a few of the guys that are helping me afford the high-priced guys tonight.

 

Jeremy Lamb – With Nicolas Batum out for this game, Lamb has already been named the starter and should see starters minutes in this one. Granted this is one of the worst matchups in the league, but the guaranteed minutes and cheap price tag seem to warrant taking a chance. There’s also a slight chance that he could get some blowout run in case the game gets out of hand. If you’re playing one lineup tonight, there’s merit to fading Lamb as he will be one of the highest owned players on the slate.

Cody Zeller – Zeller, in the same game, is coming off of injury and if he ends up being active for this game, is just way too cheap for his role. With the Spurs running multiple bigs at a time, Zeller and Kaminsky could get their fair share of run tonight. It’s also worth noting that Zeller did warm up last game and has been practicing, so this is a perfect spot to have him back in the lineup. He shouldn’t be limited by any means as he was held out due to a concussion. If Zeller is active, he makes a strong play for what should be close to 30 minutes of playing time.

Al-Farouq Aminu – Aminu has been playing some meaningful minutes for this Blazers team lately and he’ll be needed again tonight against a Detroit team who has three forwards who see plenty of time on the court. It’s also encouraging that he’s the preferred forward to close out games instead of Harkless. As long as Aminu keeps seeing 32+ minutes per game, I’ll have interest.

 

Guys that make it happen

The guys above open up some salary cap and let us pay up for players with huge upside. These are the top options on the slate which I think should be in your lineups.

 

Russell Westbrook – I’m not genius telling you to play Westbrook against Denver. But at one of the highest price tags of the year, a fade will definitely cross your mind. We could see one of those monster triple-doubles and an 80-point fantasy games from him tonight and if that happens, you’ll need him in your lineups regardless of price. This game has the highest total on the slate and what better way to attack it than rostering the best DFS player in the league. Denver is amongst the bottom tier in every defensive category in the league. Good luck fading Westy tonight.

Kristaps Porzingis – Porzingis looked incredible in his first game back and made us totally forget he had an Achilles injury. He played 30 minutes due to foul trouble, so even if he’s capped at 30 he’s a phenomenal play. He’s too cheap for his work-load and is in an up-paced game tonight. This is the second highest total of the night and Porzingis should be a huge part of the Knicks offense. Indiana gives it up to PF’s at an alarming rate leading me to say that Thaddeus Young is no match for Porzingis.

Damian Lillard – Big Game Dame is back and looked pretty good in his first game off of injury. He had a pedestrian third quarter last game and was still able to put up 45 DK points. Detroit has been vocal about their defensive struggles at the PG position and that bodes well for Lillard. Reggie Jackson has even said he’s giving up too many easy layups at the rim. If that continues, Lillard should have a field day in what should be a close game at home, where he thrives. A sub $9k price tag for Lillard is way too cheap.

 

Let’s get it tonight, boys and girls! Feel free to message me on Twitter (@MLora) or in the premium slack chat as I’ll be answering questions leading up to lock. Tonight has the makings of a solid night and I hope you all benefit. Till next time, party animals!