The NBA continues its busy early-season schedule with another massive 11-game fantasy basketball slate this Wednesday. There are a lot of interesting matchups, highlighted by the Bucks visiting the Celtics, the Jazz hosting the Clippers and a battle of 3-0 teams as the Timberwolves take on the 76ers.
With so many players on the court, you’ll have plenty of options to consider as you assemble your DraftKings lineup. To help save you some salary to afford the stars you think you need to have, take a look at these bargain options who could put up big games in today’s four in play under $4K.
SG/SF WESLEY MATTHEWS, MIL at BOS, $3,900
Matthews has had a strong start to his first season with the Bucks and has started all three games Milwaukee has played this season. The 10-year veteran has averaged 29.7 minutes per game and fit in as a nice complimentary piece in the Bucks’ starting five. He has scored exactly 14 points in each of his three games while averaging 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals for 23.8 DKFP per contest.
Due to his role in the offense, Matthews doesn’t have a high ceiling but can fill in the stat sheet and is a low-risk play due to his workload. He has hit multiple 3-pointers and had more than 20 DKFP in each of his three games this season. His positional flexibility means he can fill in either a guard or forward spot on your roster.
SF/PF DAVIS BERTANS, WAS vs. HOU, $3,700
Another familiar face in a new place to start the season is Bertans, who joined the Wizards after three years in San Antonio. Unlike Matthews, Bertans isn’t a part of his new team’s starting lineup, but he still has gotten a large workload coming off the bench. Bertans has played at least 27 minutes in each of his three games and is averaging 29.3 minutes per contest.
He also has hit multiple 3-pointers in each of his first three games and is coming off a perfect 7-for-7 performance in his return to San Antonio. In that game, he hit a handful of triples and finished with 23 points and 31.5 DKFP. He has averaged 22.8 DKFP and should be in a solid spot against the Rockets in a high-scoring, up-tempo contest in the Wizards’ home opener.
PG/SG SHABAZZ NAPIER, MIN at PHI, $3,600
Continuing our theme of players excelling in new roles for new teams, Napier has started the season as an excellent backup PG for Jeff Teague ($5,700) in Minnesota. Last season, he showed flashes of upside in Brooklyn, especially when the Nets were dealing with injuries in the backcourt.
In three games this year, Napier has struggled from the field, shooting just 4-for-18 (22%), but has posted good fantasy returns by filling up non-scoring stats. He had 31.5 DKFP against Charlotte last Friday with five points, nine assists, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 21 minutes. Napier has shown he can produce good returns as a value play even when his shot is off thanks to his other numbers but also offers a high ceiling if he can add some scoring to the box score.
PF/C OMARI SPELLMAN, GS vs. PHO, $3,400
Even with Willie Cauley-Stein ($4,700; foot) expected to make his season debut and Marquise Chriss ($3,500) in a revenge game narrative against the Suns, Spellman is the Warriors’ big who has the most potential to be a great value given his strong start to the year.
Spellman has outplayed Chriss the past few games with 32 DKFP in 25 minutes against the Thunder and 20 DKFP in 17 minutes against the Pelicans. Spellman had eight rebounds in each of those two contests and posted nine points and eight points, putting him well within range of a low-grade double-double. Kevon Looney (hamstring) is out, so there still should be minutes available for the former Hawk.
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