With no NBA games on Thanksgiving Day, there is a massive 14-game fantasy basketball bonanza this Wednesday. Only the Mavericks and Nuggets are not in action as the other 28 teams all take the floor looking to start their celebration with the perfect appetizer, a big win. As you plan out your prep work for Thursday’s feast, find some time to start the holiday with a win of your own on one of the biggest slates of the season.
Even with no shortage of options, sometimes salary can get tight as you fill in your final few slots. If you find yourself rummaging through the bargain bin looking for a good deal, check out my top four in play for under $4K:
PG/SG JORDAN MCRAE, WAS at PHO, $3,800
The Wizards have been in search of complimentary options for Bradley Beal ($9,600) all season, and lately McRae has been offering nice bench scoring. The Tennessee alum who earned the nickname “The Orange Mamba” will be taking on his former team as the Wizards visit the Suns, so he could be even more motivated to try to hang a big number on Phoenix.
McRae has played 20 minutes or more in each of his past three games and scored at least 12 points in each of those contests, resulting in 25.25 DKFP, 23.25 DKFP and 33 DKFP. He went 9-for-16 from the field for a season-high 21 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and a steal Tuesday and will look to keep piling up numbers as the Wizards finish their back-to-back in the desert.
SG/SF ALLEN CRABBE, ATL at MIL, $3,800
While not a traditional Thanksgiving option, Crabbe could be a nice addition to your Thanksgiving plans this Wednesday since he’s starting to work his way into a more involved role with his new team, the Hawks. Crabbe has logged 23-plus minutes in three straight games and taken at least six shots in each contest.
The results of Crabbe’s increased role have been mixed, but he is coming off a solid 19.75 DKFP against the Timberwolves on Monday. He had seven points and seven rebounds in that game after scoring 10 points Saturday against Toronto. He has double-digit points in three of his past five games, and the Hawks will need him to continue to contribute if they want to keep up with the Bucks. Crabbe could get more minutes depending on the availability of Trae Young ($9,900; ankle, probable), De’Andre Hunter ($5,200; knee, probable), DeAndre’ Bembry ($4,800; hip, questionable) and Cam Reddish ($4,200; wrist, probable) with Kevin Huerter (shoulder) already ruled out.
SF/PF JAMYCHAL GREEN, LAC at MEM, $3,600
If you’re looking for a revenge narrative to add to your lineup, Green makes sense as he returns to Memphis, where he played most of his career before being traded to the Clippers at the trade deadline last season. Green has averaged 22.2 minutes in his 18 games for the Clippers this season and has continued to find ways to contribute even though now Paul George ($8,600) and Kawhi Leonard ($9,000) appear healthy.
The Clippers’ rotation constantly shifts, but Green has logged more than 20 minutes in each of his past three games and five of his past six. He produced more than 19 DKFP in three of his past four contests including Tuesday, when he had 20.5 DKFP in 23 minutes against Dallas. Green is a solid play even if all the Clippers’ are available, but keep a close eye on the news since Leonard or George could sit the second night of their back-to-back, which would open up even more usage for Green and raise his ceiling high enough to make him almost a must-play.
C JOHN HENSON, CLE vs. ORL, $3,000
Henson has been able to play only eight minutes this season due to injuries. He’s been sidelined since Oct. 26 with a hamstring injury but is expected to return to the floor against the Magic barring a setback in shootaround.
The only game he played was against the Pacers, and he had his typical high-impact numbers while on the floor. He had three points, three rebounds, two blocks, two steals and 14.25 DKFP. He has shown he can stuff the stat sheet and contribute in multiple categories when he’s healthy and given the opportunity. He should be a great addition to the Cavs’ frontcourt that has been thinned by multiple injuries and might be without Kevin Love ($7,500; back, questionable) once again. It’s not clear how many minutes Henson will be ready for, but he’s worth keeping an eye on and can be used as a minimum play since he won’t have to do much to be worth only $3K.
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