After a slower Sunday to leave space for the Super Bowl, the NBA starts the 16th week of the regular season with the busiest fantasy basketball slate of the week. There are 10 games on the main slate for Monday night including the Heat hosting the 76ers in a key Eastern Conference matchup and the Spurs visiting Kawhi Leonard ($10,300) and the Clippers.
As usual for this time of year, there are multiple key injuries with the potential to shake up the slate and create great value. As you put your lineup together, keep a close eye on the breaking news on the DKLive app and live.draftkings.com. There are always players with affordable salaries ready to step up into larger roles and produce good returns on minimal investment. Here are the four players I like the most with salaries under $4K this Monday.
C GUILLERMO HERNANGÓMEZ, CHA vs. ORL, $3,900Hernangómez didn’t get much playing time most of the season but has been getting extra run the past few games while Bismack Biyombo ($3,000) has fallen out of the rotation. Hernangómez has played 18-to-20 minutes in each of his past three games and produced double-digit scoring in each contest while averaging 23.5 DKFP.
With P.J. Washington ($4,800; ankle) considered doubtful against the Magic, Hernangómez should be able to find plenty of minutes behind Cody Zeller ($5,700) and Marvin Williams ($3,300), who is expected to start in Washington’s place. Hernangómez had a double-double against the Knicks last Tuesday for 31 DKFP, and he has similar potential against the Magic. The Hornets haven’t quite gone full “Free Willy,” but he’s getting enough run to be a solid play under $4K.
PG/SF BRUCE BROWN, DET at MEM, $3,800The Pistons have often expressed their confidence in Brown as a playmaker and key contributor in their future plans, but the second-year player has had an up-and-down season bouncing in and out of the starting lineup. Brown played a key role off the bench in the Pistons’ overtime win on Sunday, especially after Andre Drummond fouled out. He finished with 46.5 DKFP in 38 minutes with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Brown missed a few games with an illness but appears to be back to full strength again. He has at least 22 DKFP in three of his past four games and has an extremely high ceiling against the Grizzlies. If the Pistons end up moving veterans at the trade deadline, Brown could finisht the season with a strong push with increased responsibility.
SF JUSTIN HOLIDAY, IND vs. DAL, $3,700No team in the NBA has been more generous to opposing SFs than the Mavericks and Holiday is set up for expanded minutes with T.J. Warren (concussion) ruled out. Holiday was extremely quiet against the Knicks on Saturday with just 10.75 DKFP and three shot attempts in 26 minutes. Before that letdown, though, he was playing well and had produced over 17 DKFP in six straight games.
In those six contests, Holiday averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 21.3 DKFP. He doesn’t have nearly the high ceiling of the other options on this list but does have a great matchup with an expanded workload, so he should be a solid play if he contributes his usual multi-category numbers in Dallas on Monday.
PG/SG BRAD WANAMAKER, BOS at ATL, $3,600With Kemba Walker (knee) out for a second straight game on Monday, Wanamaker is set up for an expanded role. He had 15 points, three assists, two steals and 25.75 DKFP in 26 minutes on Saturday against the Sixers with Walker sidelined, and he has stepped up when called upon this season.
He could be in line for even more work since Marcus Smart ($6,600; thigh) is questionable. If Smart is out, Wanamaker could move into the starting lineup or play 30-plus minutes off the bench. Even if Smart is active, he could be limited by the injury opening up time for Wanamaker if the game turns into a blowout. Either way, Wanamaker will get a great matchup against the Hawks and should be busy enough to be a good play at just over $3.5K.
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