Fantasy Basketball Value Picks: Top Four Under $4K For December 21

The NBA wraps up the final week before Christmas with a solid 10-game slate for fantasy basketball this Friday. With 20 teams and 100 starters to choose from, there are plenty of options to consider as you build your lineup. There are some stars poised in good positions to go off, but you might find yourself short on salary cap as you round out your roster. If you need to go cheap at a spot or two, take a look at these four plays under $4K, who are set up to close the week strong.

PF/C ROBERT WILLIAMS, BOS vs. MIL, $3,800

The Celtics will be without Aron Baynes (hand) and Al Horford (knee) as they host the Bucks, which opens plenty of playing time for Daniel Theis ($4,000) and Williams, who was Boston’s first-round pick in this year’s draft. Williams has shown he can produce solid numbers in an expanded role and had 31 DKFP Wednesday against the Suns. He had eight points, eight rebounds, five blocks, an assist and a steal in 24 minutes.

Williams has at least 17 DKFP in four of his past five games and more than 27 DKFP in the two games in which he has played over 20 minutes. The Time Lord should get 20-plus minutes on a regular basis until Horford returns and is a great play at this price as the Celtics host the Bucks in a matchup of two of the top teams in the East.


PG/SG JEREMY LIN, ATL at NY, $3,800

Lin returns to the scene of Linsanity as the Hawks visit Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks. He has had a good start to the season as the leader of Atlanta’s second unit and is averaging 10.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 19.7 DKFP per game over his first 26 games.

Earlier this month, Lin was sidelined by a back injury, which limited his minutes in his first few games back. He returned to a full workload Tuesday, though, logging 24 minutes against the Wizards and producing 24.75 DKFP on 16 points, four assists and three boards. Lin has more than 20 DKFP in each of the past five games in which he played at least 20 minutes and has a high ceiling as he faces his former team in what should be a high-scoring contest in New York.


PG/SG DERRICK WHITE, SA vs. MIN, $3,800

The Spurs have continued to search for answers in the backcourt since Dejounte Murray (knee) was lost for the season in preseason. White re-entered the lineup Wednesday against the Magic and played a season-high 34 minutes. He didn’t go off for a huge number but produced 20.25 DKFP on nine points and six assists.

White has at least 20 DKFP in four of his past five games and will be a nice source of value if he stays in the lineup and keeps getting extended chances to run the San Antonio offense. White doesn’t usually score a ton of points but fills up the other columns on the stat sheet.


SF/PF RODIONS KURUCS, BKN vs. IND, $3,700

Allen Crabbe (knee) is still sidelined Friday against the Pacers, so Kurucs likely will start his fifth straight game for the Nets. Kurucs has at least 17 DKFP in four of his past five games while filling in for Crabbe and has impressed coach Kenny Atkinson enough for Atkinson to say that Kurucs will remain in the rotation even when Crabbe returns.

The 20-year-old Latvian was the Nets’ second-round pick in this year’s draft and has shown he can offer solid scoring and rebounding numbers. He has been part of the Brooklyn lineup at both the start and finish of close games and has helped the Nets win seven straight heading into their Friday matchup with the Pacers.


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