Philadelphia 76ers v Detroit Pistons

The NBA starts the month of November with a solid eight-game fantasy basketball slate this Friday. The new-look Rockets and the new-look Lakers are in the headline matchups as they take on the Nets and Mavericks, respectively. There are also some other interesting matchups to check out as the Bucks visit the Magic and the Spurs finish their back-to-back in Golden State.

With 16 teams taking the floor, there are lots of options to choose from. As you look through all the matchups and get your squad assembled, take a look at my top four options in play for under $4K.


After earning his way onto Detroit’s roster with a strong preseason and forcing the team to release Joe Johnson to make space, Wood started the season with an ignominious game of -0.5 DKFP in his first game of the season. Fortunately, things have turned around since then, and he has started to work his way into a larger role.

He has scored at least nine points in each of his three games since then, averaging 21.9 DKFP per contest. His best game during that stretch, by far, came against the Pacers on Monday, when he had 19 points, 12 boards and 38.5 DKFP in 21 minutes. He has that kind of ceiling in a great matchup against the Bulls. Wood has shown flashes of potential but has bounced around the league and struggled to find consistency. With Blake Griffin (hamstring) nearing a return, Wood’s long-term outlook isn’t clear, but he should get enough minutes to be a good play under $4K in this matchup.

SG/SF DAMION LEE, GS vs. SA, $3,800

With Steph Curry (hand) out, the Warriors will be looking for offense from anywhere they can get it, but they might not have to look far since Curry’s brother-in-law, Lee, already has been proving to be a key part of the Warriors’ rotation. Lee helped propel Golden State to its only win of the season Monday with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 42.25 DKFP against the Pelicans.

That big game didn’t earn him much playing time against the Suns, though, and he managed just 7.75 DKFP. If D’Angelo Russell ($8,900) takes over for Curry at PG, Lee could slide into lots of minutes as the off-guard and on the wing. He’s one of the most NBA-ready options the team has, and his upside makes him worth a look at this salary.


So far this season, Hardaway has been coming off the bench for the Mavs but still plays a sizable role and comes with some attractive upside. He played a season-high 23 minutes Tuesday against the Nuggets and tied for the scoring lead in the Mavs’ balanced attack with 14 points. He had a season-high 24.75 DKFP and is becoming a key contributor in the second unit.

Hardaway can be boom-or-bust at times but has taken at least seven shots in every game this season and seems to be finding his scoring rhythm. The Mavericks have a good matchup against the Lakers in a matchup of two 3-1 teams.


Another veteran coming off the bench with nice production in the early going this season has been Hill, who has been the Bucks’ primary backup PG. He has played at least 19 minutes in all four of Milwaukee’s contests and averaged 25.2 DKFP on 11 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest.

Hill and the Bucks are in Orlando to face the Magic, who rank as the third-best matchup for opposing PGs. The matchup and his consistent role make him a low-risk play since he has at least 21 DKFP in three of his four games. He also has a high ceiling, though, as he showed against his former team, the Cavs, when he dropped 19 points to go with eight assists for 38.0 DKFP on Monday.

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