NBA: Outside the Box (1.11) January 11, 2017  |  Jason Bales


Tournament Locks:


Russell Westbrook (vs MEM, $11,800) – Russell Westbrook is the best tournament option on the board tonight. He struggled in his last game, which was against the Chicago Bulls, posting only 55.75 fantasy points in 33 minutes on the court. For his price tag, it was a horrible performance. Luckily for fantasy owners, his price tag dropped significantly since Monday. He gets a tough matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies, but he has over 70 fantasy points in three of his last four games. He did post under 30 fantasy points in the last game he had against the Grizzlies, but that was due to an ejection, forcing him to leave after only 23 minutes on the court. Expect 60 plus fantasy points tonight.


LeBron James (at POR, $9,700) – LeBron James is a little bit too cheap tonight against the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers are one of the fastest paced teams in the league, and James should be able to take full advantage of that. With over 50 fantasy points in three of his last four games, it is safe to roster the Cleveland Cavaliers star in all leagues. If the Blazers keep this game close, James is going to flourish. He is at his best when he takes the game over and puts the team on his back, something that only happens in the second half when the game is very close. Roster him in all leagues.


Enes Kanter (vs MEM, $5,100) – Enes Kanter, like Russell Westbrook, gets a tough matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, but in his last game against the Grizzlies, he posted 24.25 fantasy points in 24 minutes. He has been playing much better of recent, and this game should be much closer than that blowout. Kanter has over 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games, posting over 40 fantasy points in 28 minutes against the Chicago Bulls in his last start. He is shooting extremely well from the field, and his price tag has yet to adjust. He is best suited for tournaments, but if need be, can be rostered in 50/50 contests, as well.

Tournament Steals:


Jamal Crawford (vs ORL, $4,100) – Jamal Crawford really dropped the ball in his last game. He played 31 minutes against the Miami Heat and only managed to post a little over three fantasy points. That is heartbreaking for fantasy owners, and it likely put Crawford’s name on the top of some blacklists. Well, blacklists are dumb. That is not how one should capitalize on a terrible performance. In his last four games, Crawford has at least 25 fantasy points in three of them, and his price tag is very reasonable. Tonight, he gets a good matchup against the Orlando Magic, and he is likely going to bounce back. It is very unlikely that he only makes one-of-12 shots again. Roster him in tournaments, as a salary relief option.


Maurice Harkless (vs CLE, $4,000) – Maurice Harkless is a great fantasy option tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he can be rostered in both 50/50 contests and tournaments. At his price tag, he is consistently hitting value. Over his last eight games, he has over 20 fantasy points in seven of them. The Portland Trailblazers are going to push the pace of this game, and the Cavaliers are not going to back down. Harkless should play around 30 minutes, and there will be enough action for him to pick up a few rebounds, steals, and points. He is not the most exciting player on the board, but he can get the job done.


Vince Carter (at OKC, $3,300) – This is scraping the bottom of the barrel, but Vince Carter is worth consideration in tournaments. Barring any updated injury news, there are not too many solid salary relief options at the guard position. With both LeBron James and Russell Westbrook available tonight, it is important to find salary relief. That is where Vince Carter jumps in. He has over 20 fantasy points in three of his last six games, and he has been playing around 20-25 minutes per game for the Memphis Grizzlies of recent. His production level has been very up and down, as he is not necessarily an important part of the Grizzlies offense, so do not use him in 50/50 contests. He is a deeper tournament option only.



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