It’s a jam-packed Monday of fantasy basketball action with 14 games in the NBA to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. After much of the action taking place throughout the afternoon, there are five games on the main slate which tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Celtics and Lakers get things started in one of the headline matchups of the day, although there are several injury uncertainties on both teams.
With 10 teams in action, there are definitely plenty of matchups to dissect as you assemble your Monday squad. If you start to run short of salary, check out these four options in play for under $4K who can still offer good production while saving you salary.
PG/SG ANFERNEE SIMONS, POR vs. GS, $3,900The Trail Blazers will be short-handed as they host Golden State in the final game of the night, but they probably won’t get much sympathy from the injury-riddled Warriors. C.J. McCollum (ankle) will miss his second straight game and a pending trade will leave them without out-going Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver and in-coming Trevor Ariza. In a good matchup, Simons should get plenty of run with a chance to put up a big number. His usage will also be high enough that he also has a pretty high floor making him the top play of the day under $4K.
In the game that McCollum was injured, Simons ended up with 22.75 DKFP on seven points, five rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes against the Mavericks. He moved into the starting lineup against the Thunder on Saturday in place of McCollum and played 35 minutes. He didn’t shoot the ball well (4-for-11) but still managed to produce 12 points and 17.75 DKFP. Simons has had a few productive stretches during the year but hasn’t had this kind of opportunity. He’ll try to take advantage of the extra chances and start the week with a big night on Monday.
PG/SG PATTY MILLS, SA at PHO, $3,700Another solid option in the backcourt for under $4K is veteran Patty Mills, who became the first Australian to hit 1,000 career 3-pointers in the NBA on Sunday. The Spurs knocked off the Heat in that game and Mills finished with 18 points, five boards and 30.25 DKFP. Mills has come off the bench almost all season for San Antonio but is still averaging 24.6 minutes per game over his past 10 contests. He has over 15 DKFP in nine of those 10 games averaging 13.2 points, 2.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 20.8 DKFP per contest.
Mills has over 20 DKFP in each of his past three games, and the last time the Spurs visiting Phoenix, he went off for 26 points and 39.75 DKFP in 32 minutes in a narrow two-point victory. He and Simons both come with low risk and high ceilings providing multiple backcourt options to save salary.
SF ROYCE O’NEALE, UTA vs. IND, $3,600O’Neale signed an extension on Sunday that will keep him with the Jazz for the next four years, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The third-year forward has started all but two of Utah’s 42 games this season averaging 18.9 DKFP on 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.8 steals.
While he still isn’t a high-volume scorer or shooter, he has been producing more fantasy points over the past few games. He has over 28 DKFP in five of his past six games while averaging 20.9 DKFP in 30.5 minutes per contest. O’Neale doesn’t have the scoring upside of Simons or Mills, but he produced enough non-scoring production to be the best cheap forward on this 10-team slate.
SF/PF NASSIR LITTLE, POR vs. GS, $3,000With Ariza not ready for his debut with the Blazers, Little is in line for another busy night at SF. The 20-year-old rookie got his fourth start of the season on Saturday. He only played 20 minutes due to foul trouble but had five points, six rebounds and 18.0 DKFP.
In his three starts earlier this season, Little had 7.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 19.2 DKFP. He’ll get a favorable matchup against the Warriors and should have a chance to return great value from his minimum price if he can get close to 30 minutes on the floor. The No. 25 overall pick from this past draft has lots of potential and should get a chance to play more at least until Ariza is ready.
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