Friday has 10 games for us which means bargains are aplenty. But before we splurge, let’s review for a moment what happened with my last bargain suggestions:
- Omari Spellman was OK but not great: 11 points, five rebounds, an assist, and a block in 17 minutes. Three to five more minutes of playing time and the guy could easily have 25, which is a borderline great number for his salary.
- Enes Kanter literally fizzled and has not gotten over 23 FP in the last three games, Jan. 8th was his worst outing with only 2 points and 7 rebounds.
- Among the Wizards guards that played Jan. 8th, Troy Brown was the magnificent one, totaling over 40 FP y stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Jordan McRae and Ish Smith was both at around 18 FP. You never really know who’s going to be hot for Washington and if you happened to choose TB in this roulette, Lady Luck is smiling at you.
- Eric Gordon, like Spellman, was OK but not that great. In Houston he will be asked to score and that he did (17 points) but contributed little in the other parts (one rebounds, three assists). That’s the problem with one-trick ponies although if given more usage, Gordon can contribute in multiple ways.
Now, back to business:
1.) JaVale McGee, C, Los Angeles Lakers
Yahoo: $11; DraftKings: $4,300
I have been picking up McGee lately and has not disappointed me with a six-block game and a 25-FP night vs New York. If Anthony Davis is ruled out in the road trip at Dallas, LeBron James will get his other assists somewhere else, and yes, it will no doubt be JAVALE MCGEE!!!
2.) JJ Redick, SG, New Orleans Pelicans
Yahoo: $14; DraftKings: $5,600
I’m quite cautious in picking Redick up since he has been unbelievable lately and the law of averages might catch up with him soon until I saw New York is worst in the NBA in defending that three-point line. Looks like JJ is going to feast once again.
3.) Bobby Portis, PF/C, New York Knicks
Yahoo: $14; DraftKings: $6,400
OK, DraftKings caught up easily with Portis having an open gate to production with Julius Randle out for personal reasons. From $3,800, DK now got Portis at $6,400 after a stellar 13-13-6 stat line versus Utah. If he did that against the Jazz, who allows only 105.8 points (7th best in the league), he will probably have an easier time against the Pels, who are ranked 25th in the league in defensive rating.
4.) Dewayne Dedmon, C, Sacramento Kings
Yahoo: $10; DraftKings: $4,500
Richaun Holmes is out for the foreseeable future and Dedmon did an admirable job as a fill-in starter. He had 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and one trey which is good for over 26 FP in DK. If Dedmon gets into foul trouble, Harry Giles could easily slide over his spot but at this moment, you have to bet on whoever gets the bigger piece of the pie.
5.) Lonnie Walker IV, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs
Yahoo: $10; DraftKings: $3,700
If you’re looking for a high-reward wing for the near-minimum (at Yahoo, LWIV is at the minimum), how about Lonne Walker IV? At DK, he has been averaging 20 FP in the past five despite playing 19 minutes. He was a big reason in the 15-point win over Boston and if Pop wants to put a longer leash on Walker, he will definitely deliver.
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