Monte Morris

Wednesday’s fantasy basketball slate is the only one of the workweek that features double-digit games. The Nets, Mavericks and Rockets are playing on the second night of a back-to-back, while the Celtics, Nuggets and Magic will last things up again on Thursday after tonight’s game starts their back-to-back.

With 10 contests, 20 teams and 100 starters in addition to bench options to consider, there are lots of ways to build your fantasy roster for these mid-week contests. Some of those options are pretty pricey, though, like James Harden ($12,400), Luka Doncic ($12,100), LeBron James ($10,400) and Nikola Jokic ($10,100). If you need to take a look at the other end of the salary spectrum to balance out your roster and stay under the salary cap, take a look at these four options in play for less than $4K.

PF/C NAZ REID, MIN vs. IND, $3,900

The Timberwolves have been without Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,700; knee, illness) for a month but continue to list him as questionable. While he has been out, Gorgui Dieng ($5,700) has stepped into the starting role and Reid has emerged as a very solid option off the bench offering some very nice spark as the sixth man. His role once KAT is back is still unclear, but he definitely has shown he can produce when given the opportunity.

On Monday, Reid had a career-high 20 points in just 18 minutes while adding a rebound, an assist and a block for 26.75 DKFP. He has over 17 DKFP in seven of his past eight games despite not ever logging more than 20 minutes. Reid showed he can be a multi-category producer during a very productive run in the G League with the Iowa Wolves and should be a solid play under $4K as long as Towns misses another contest Wednesday.


SG/SF SVI MYKHAILIUK, DET at BOS, $3,900

Not much has gone right for the Pistons this season, but multiple injuries have opened the door for Mykhailiuk to get plenty of playing time of the past few weeks and the 22-year-old former-Laker has stepped up with solid production. With Luke Kennard (knee) out, Mykhailiuk has started 10 of his past 11 games averaging 29 minutes per contest.

His production during that time has been a bit erratic, but he has averaged 11.5 points, 2.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 20.6 DKFP. His best fantasy night during that run came Monday against New Orleans when he had 13 points and 27 DKFP. Even though his ceiling isn’t crazy-high, he has at least 20 DKFP in seven of his past eight games, making him a solid way to get 5x return on an option under $4K at either wing spot.


PG MONTE MORRIS, DEN vs. CHA, $3,600

Morris has been an extremely reliable option off the Nuggets’ bench for the past few seasons and continues to be the point guard for the second unit. Lately, his production has ticked up a bit making him an intriguing play against the Hornets as Charlotte continues an extended road trip.

Morris has averaged 11 points, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 20.5 DKFP in 19.5 minutes per game over his past seven contests. He tends to get more time in lopsided contests in either direction, and DK Sportsbook had the Nuggets at (-11) this morning. If Denver runs away early or Jamal Murray ($6,800; questionable, back) sits out, Morris could end up with over 20 minutes which would be enough to definitely make him a value consideration.


PF/C JAMES JOHNSON, MIA vs. SA, $3,500

While the Heat got off to their surprisingly fast start, Johnson started the season in the doghouse due to poor conditioning. He has also had personal absences and at least three different illnesses which kept him out of the rotation entirely. In fact, he only made one cameo appearance from Nov. 23 through Jan. 3. Unlike his teammate Dion Waiters, though, Johnson has worked his way back into the good graces of coach Erik Spoelstra and seems to have earned back his spot in the rotation.

Especially with Justise Winslow (back) out again with recurring back issues, Johnson has an opportunity to step up and has clearly been ahead of Kelly Olynyk ($3,000), who has been the forward collecting DNPs lately. Johnson has played over 20 minutes in two of his past three games and produced exactly 27.0 DKFP in each of those outings. He had 12 points, six boards, two assists and two blocks against the Blazers in the first of those contests, and he followed that up with 19 points, four boards and a block against the Knicks in the Heat’s most recent game on Sunday. Johnson has been a nice fantasy option in the past and is back on the board if he’s getting 20-25 minutes in Miami’s rotation.


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