The NBA has its second massive 11-game slate of the week this Wednesday giving fantasy basketball players a deep pool of players to choose from when roster construction. With some big stars in big games, there will be some fun places to target, but many of those stars come with hefty salaries. If you need some bargains to balance your lineup, make sure to check out these four players, who are set up to produce solid returns on their affordable salaries. Here are my top four in play for under $4K on this Wednesday, December 12.
PG JALEN BRUNSON, DAL vs. ATL, $3,800The Mavericks will be without Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) for the fourth straight game as they host the Hawks, which sets up a great opportunity for Brunson, who was the team’s second-round pick this spring out of Villanova. Brunson stepped up last Wednesday in the first game that Smith was out and had 28.5 DKFP in 25 minutes on 11 points, seven assists and two steals.
Coach Rick Carlisle was impressed enough with that game to give Brunson the starts on Saturday and Monday, and the rookie came through with 23.5 and 28.75 DKFP. He has been extremely efficient from the field, shooting 19-for-27 in those three games and adding solid rebounding and defensive numbers. He has a great chance to continue his success, as he goes head-to-head with the much more heralded (and expensive) rookie PG Trae Young ($6,000).
PG/SG T.J. MCCONNELL, PHI vs. BKN, $3,500Since landing Jimmy Butler ($7,600) Philadelphia has continued to shake up their rotation, trying to get the right group on the floor. McConnell has seen increased playing time as a result and could be in for extra time since Butler is listed as doubtful with a groin injury against the Nets on Wednesday.
McConnell has averaged 25 minutes a game over his past six contests and has at least 17 DKFP in all but one of those games. He has shown in the past he can produce great non-scoring stats when given extra playing time. He also has scored in double-digits in each of his past two games, including posting 32 DKFP on 14 points, six assists, four boards and two steals on Monday against the Pistons.
SF/PF JARON BLOSSOMGAME, CLE VS. NY, $3,400While the backcourt of the Cavaliers is starting to get healthy again, this frontcourt suffered q major injury on Monday, as Tristan Thompson (foot) is expected to miss the next two-to-four weeks. While he is out, Cleveland will have to shift their rotation, giving Larry Nance Jr. ($5,700) more minutes at center. That move could open up time for Blossomgame, who was impressive in a boosted role on Monday against Milwaukee.
Blossomgame had 11 points, 10 boards, two assists and 31.5 DKFP in 25 minutes Monday after posting a solid six-point, six-rebound game on Saturday against the Wizards. The Cavs will hopefully take a long look at Blossomgame, who is currently on a two-way contract but has been showing he can be a contributor.
PF/C ROBERT WILLIAMS, BOS at WAS, $3,400Like Blossomgame, Williams has spent time this year in the G League but is getting a chance to play meaningful minutes due to injury. The Celtics first-round pick, who made headlines for all the wrong reasons after being selected No. 27 overall, had the best game of his NBA career on Monday against the Pelicans, posting seven points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and 28.8 DKFP in 26 minutes.
With Al Horford ($6,500) questionable due to a knee injury and Aron Baynes ($4,300) questionable due to an ankle injury, Williams could again rotate with Daniel Theis ($4,600) at center when the Celtics host the Wizards. If both Horford and Baynes are back, the upside for Williams will be limited and you should likely look elsewhere for value. Some other bargain frontcourt options to check out, in that case, are Kevon Looney ($3,700), Derrick Jones Jr. ($3,600) and even Joakim Noah ($3,200).
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