With four days of fantasy basketball before the All-Star break, Monday starts the week with a solid nine-game slate. The Hawks, Heat and Jazz are finishing back-to-back sets after playing on Sunday, and only the Spurs have to worry about turning around and playing again Tuesday. Most of these teams will play one more time either Wednesday or Thursday before they start their week off.
As players moved at the trade deadline settle in and teams manage injuries, rotations continue to shift, which opens up the opportunity for some more affordable fantasy options to emerge. If you end up diving into the bargain bin to round out your roster this Monday, check out these four options in play for under $4K.
PG/SG BRYN FORBES, SA at DEN, $3,800Forbes has scored double-digit points in three straight games after pouring in 16 points in Sacramento on Saturday. He finished that game with 29.25 DKFP since he added in four assists, two steals and a rebound. Forbes has hit multiple three-pointers in five straight games and has over 25 DKFP in two of his past three.
Forbes has played 20-to-25 minutes most of the season but his production has been erratic. He seems to be finding a groove now though and is a relatively safe play due to his defined role. He has at least 11 DKFP in 11 straight contests, so he has a decent floor for a bargain option.
SG/SF TORREY CRAIG, DEN vs. SA, $3,700Craig’s versatility and multi-category production have made him a valuable piece for the Nuggets while they battle through multiple injuries. Michael Porter Jr. (ankle), Mason Plumlee (foot) and Will Barton (knee) will remain out against the Spurs, so Craig will likely get another start.
He has been in the starting lineup at one position or another for 13 of the Nuggets past 14 games, averaging 25.6 minutes per contest and contributing 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocked shot per game. He has averaged 21.2 DKFP over his past 10 games with over 15 DKFP in five of his past six. Craig offers a little bit of upside since he does chip in across multiple categories more than Forbes, but his ceiling isn’t quite as high since he is far from a primary option on offense.
PF JUANCHO HERNANGÓMEZ, MIN at TOR, $3,600Craig’s former teammate seems to have found a much better situation to contribute in Minnesota. Hernangómez was traded from the Nuggets to the Timberwolves at the deadline and got the start in his Minnesota debut against the Clippers. He played 27 minutes and produced 23.25 DKFP on 14 points, three assists, a rebounds and a steal.
He and James Johnson ($3,400) will likely continue to split the playing time at PF and both have potential to be good values in their new role. Since Hernangómez got the start, it looks like he has a slight edge for playing time, and he has flashed fantasy potential in the past when given an opportunity. He looks to be set up for a big opportunity with the Timberwolves and is one of my favorite fantasy bargains of the slate.
C HARRY GILES III, SAC at MIL, $3,500The Kings listed Richaun Holmes (shoulder), Marvin Bagley (foot) and Alex Len (hip) as out for this contest, opening the door for Giles to make a third straight start. He played just 14 minutes against the Heat in the first of those starts but still had a decent 18.25 DKFP on 10 points, five rebounds and a steal. He looked even better against the Spurs the following night on Saturday, playing 28 minutes and finishing with 24 DKFP on eight points, 12 rebounds and an assist.
Giles has over 18 DKFP in three of his past four games and should be asked to take as many minutes as he handles in Milwaukee. His time in the lineup is likely short-lived, but for this slate, he makes a very nice way to go low at the center spot.
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