NBA DFS Bargains: Tuesday
Every NBA DFS lineup needs to draw from the bottom of the player well to balance those stars who spend through the DraftKings or FanDuel salary cap with such ease. Bargain players are ideally those with low salaries, but plenty of upside. Opportunity is often the key to success for our low-cost lineup fillers. Depending on the size of your DRAFT league, you may not need to dig into the Bargain Bin, but we’ll also highlight a couple guys whose projections seem lower than they should be—potential game changers that your opponents may overlook.
Happy New Year! The NBA is celebrating with five games kicking off a little late at 7:35 tonight. The 76ers are in LA to play in the game with the highest point total tonight (233.5), while Portland is just a one-point favorite over surprising Sacramento in the second-highest total (231). Denver and Milwaukee are both double-digit favorites, perhaps providing some additional value off the benches. Utah is in Toronto for a defensive battle that is expected to stay close. Injuries to keep an eye on include Joel Embiid, Ricky Rubio, and Emmanuel Mudiay.
C.J. McCollum – G – Portland (DRAFT Projection 32.7)
I also like Damian Lillarda lot tonight, but would reach for McCollum over similarly projected players like Eric Bledsoe, Buddy Hield, or Donovan Mitchell. The game in Sacramento should be high scoring and fast-paced (the Kings rank second in pace this season) but their 23rd-ranked defense should favor the Trail Blazers top shooters.
T.J. McConnell – PG – Philadelphia (FD: $4300, DK: $3600)
Playing around 25 MPG, McConnell has surpassed 20 fantasy points in four straight games. I love the high total and fast pace of this game for the guards in particular. Paying up for Ben Simmons is fine, but McConnel should return 5X value tonight on the low end of the salary ladder.
Juancho Hernangomez – SF – Denver (FD: $5600, DK: $5200)
A mid-range play that should work in any lineup, Hernangomez takes on the league’s best SF matchup for fantasy. Though he plays a ton of minutes, his results are quite erratic. Given the sweet positional matchup and the fact that the Knicks rank 24th in rebounding rate, Hernangomez should find his way to 25-30 fantasy points tonight.
Iman Shumpert – SF – Sacramento (FD: $3700, DK: $4300)
There are a few guys in Shumpert’s range that you might consider. I chose him because of the positive game environment as well as the positional matchup. Portland is a very good defensive team, but has surrendered the second-most fantasy points to small forwards. Shumpert has the floor I want, and just showed off his upside a couple days ago (18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and 4 steals).
Monte Morris – G – Denver (FD: $5400, DK: $4700)
Morris is in a bit of a shooting slump the past two games, which could serve to keep his ownership low tonight. He’s playing plenty of minutes and could be one of the beneficiaries if Denver gets out to a big lead early. The Knicks are one of the most generous teams in terms of overall fantasy points allowed, and rank 10th to PG specifically. Morris’ ability to fill the stat sheet usually means he won’t hurt you even if he doesn’t find his shot tonight.