The first full week of the NBA season gets underway with a busy Monday night, featuring an 11-game fantasy basketball slate. With 22 teams on the floor, there are plenty of options to consider as you build your roster. The most hyped matchup will be Russell Westbrook ($9,400) taking on the Thunder, but there are lots of other options to consider as you dig deeper into the slate.
As you round out your roster, you might need to dive into the bargain bin in search of some value plays. At this point in the season, there are still lots of players available at affordable prices who bring nice potential production. Here are the four options under $4K that I like the most this Monday:
SF/PF DANUEL HOUSE JR., HOU vs. OKC, $3,800
House has started each of the first two games for the Rockets since he is a better fit than Eric Gordon ($4,700), who has been helping in the second unit. House doesn’t need to dominate the ball so fits in well with Westbrook and James Harden ($10,100), but he still has found ways to be a fantasy contributor in both of his first two games.
In the season opener, House had eight points, three assists, two rebounds and 19.5 DKFP against the Bucks. He followed that with an even more well-rounded game against the Pelicans in which he had 29 DKFP on 15 points, eight boards and four 3-pointers. He has hit multiple 3s in each of his first two games and should continue to get enough opportunities to return good value. He doesn’t have an extremely high ceiling but is low-risk and potentially could push for a low-grade double-double at his best, which is a great return on investment for a player under $4K.
SG/SF RODNEY HOOD, POR at SA, $3,800
Another affordable starter to consider is Hood, who has played more than 30 minutes in each of the Trail Blazers’ first three games this season. He has also hit multiple 3-pointers in each of those games while averaging 13.7 points, five rebounds and 24.8 DKFP per contest.
Hood dropped 20 points and a season-high 34 DKFP in his most recent game against the Mavericks on Sunday and will try to finish a successful back-to-back in Texas against the Spurs. San Antonio has looked good on defense in the early going, but Hood remains a relatively reliable option since he gets so many minutes with Portland’s starting five.
SF/PF MIKE SCOTT, PHI at ATL, $3,500
With Joel Embiid ($9,100; ankle, questionable) missing the Sixers’ second game of the season, Scott stepped up and knocked in five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points and 24.75 DKFP. He also had a strong start to the season with six rebounds, six points and 15 DKFP.
If Embiid is limited or out against the Hawks, Scott would be lined up for a revenge game against the team that he spent his first five seasons in the NBA with. Last season, Scott had 34.75 DKFP when he took on the Hawks in Atlanta as a member of the Clippers before being traded to Philadelphia. Scott could help clean up garbage time as well, so give him a look depending on Embiid’s status.
PF/C MARQUESE CHRISS, GS AT NO, $3,200
The Warriors gave Chriss the start Sunday against the Thunder, and he responded with 10 points, four steals, four rebounds, three assists and 25.5 DKFP in 23 minutes in Golden State’s blowout loss. With Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) out again for Monday’s game against the Pelicans, Chriss is again set up for good minutes.
Chriss has been a disappointment overall since being taken No. 8 overall in the 2016 draft, but he has shown the ability to put up decent stats when given lots of playing time. He could have had even more minutes Sunday if not for foul trouble, so look for him to get enough work to be a good value play at such a minimal salary in a good matchup in the Big Easy.
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