There are a dozen games on Wednesday’s massive fantasy basketball slate, which means there are 24 teams with stars, starters and solid performers to sort through as you make your lineup. There are five players with five-figure salaries and another 10 with a salary of at least $9K. If you are building around some of those stars, you’ll probably be looking to balance out your roster with some bargain options. Check out my top four in play under $4K as you look to fill a few of your roster spots with good production at a low cost.
SF/PF WILSON CHANDLER, PHI vs. NY, $3,800The Sixers have gone back to Chandler at PF, and the veteran has started each of his past 13 games, averaging just less than 30 minutes per game. He has been up and down over that stretch but has produced more than 19 DKFP in five of his past six games and eight of his past 12. He doesn’t typically go off in a single category but does provide solid, reliable points, assists and rebounds.
Chandler started his career with the Knicks in 2007 and will return to Madison Square Garden for this matchup. He has faced his former team 10 times since being traded to the Nuggets and has averaged 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He had 21 DKFP in 26 minutes when he faced them earlier this season.
SF/PF RODIONS KURUCS, BKN at CHI, $3,800Kurucs has played only 15 games in his NBA career compared to Chandler’s 610, but the 20-year-old from Latvia has made a good impression when given minutes. Kurucs has started each of the past three games for Brooklyn while Allen Crabbe (knee) has been sidelined. He struggled a little Tuesday against the Lakers with just 6.75 DKFP in his 17 minutes but should be able to bounce back in a very favorable matchup against the Bulls.
Kurucs had more than 19 DKFP in each of his previous three games before the letdown, averaging 13 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. He seems to have moved past veteran DeMarre Carroll ($3,700) and should get more work than Carroll since the Nets will be finishing a back-to-back, which usually lends itself to the younger, fresher parts of Brooklyn’s rotation.
PG/SG JAMAL CRAWFORD, PHO at BOS, $3,600Swinging back to the other end of the experience spectrum, Crawford has been picking up minutes for the Suns lately and been productive. Phoenix was comfortable enough with the 38-year-old as its backup PG that the Suns chose to waive Austin Rivers and continue with Crawford behind De’Anthony Melton ($4,500).
Crawford has been a shoot-first option through most of his career but has been handing out good numbers of assists lately as well. He totaled 26 assists in his past three contests, including a career-high 14 helpers in New York on Monday, when he finished with 30.5 DKFP. It was his second game with more than 30 DKFP in the past week, and he has that kind of upside as the Suns roll into Boston on a three-game winning streak after not having won back-to-back games all season prior.
PG TYUS JONES, MIN vs. DET, $3,600If you’re OK with assuming the risk of rolling with someone in coach Tom Thibodeau’s unpredictable rotation, Jones has a high ceiling if he gets minutes against the Pistons. Jeff Teague (ankle) is expected to miss his second straight game, but Thibs rolled with the resurgent Derrick Rose ($6,700) as his starter Monday. Jones and Rose split the workload fairly evenly against the Kings, and Jones had a very solid 10-point, 10-assist double-double with 33.75 DKFP in 24 minutes.
If he gets similar playing time against the Pistons, Jones could end up being a key to success. He has shown in the past he can contribute in multiple categories, but he doesn’t consistently get the minutes or involvement to be a solid value. He’s boom-or-bust depending on his workload but reminded everyone of his upside with his performance Monday.
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