After five great NBA showcase matchups on Christmas Day, fantasy basketball is back to a huge slate this Wednesday with 10 games on the slate. None of the 20 teams in action played Monday or Tuesday, so fatigue shouldn’t be much of a concern. We should get fairly normal rotations barring blowouts, but there are still value plays to notice who have been delivering in expanded roles for their team. If you need to fill a roster slot with a bargain play under $4K, check out these four options this Wednesday.
PG/SG BRYN FORBES, SAL vs. DEN, $3,800Forbes definitely can be boom or bust but has great upside in his matchup with the Nuggets. He has remained in San Antonio’s starting lineup and averaged 27 minutes per game over his past eight contests. He averaged 13.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 24.9 DKFP in those games highlighted by two games with more than 40 DKFP.
While he isn’t the safest play since he is so reliant on his outside shot, he has played more than 25 minutes and produced more than 20 DKFP in each of his past three contests and will look to keep the trend going as he takes on the Nuggets for the first time this season.
PG/SG MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA, CLE at MEM, $3,800Since re-joining the Cavs, Dellavedova has become a fairly reliable bargain play as the primary backup PG. He has averaged 11.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 21 DKFP in 19.7 minutes per game over seven contests with Cleveland. Delly has added nice defense and a steadying presence to a young and inconsistent Cavs team.
Dellavedova and the Cavs are in Memphis to face the Grizzlies this Wednesday, but they are banged up with David Nwaba (ankle) and Rodney Hood (Achilles) listed as out. With Jordan Clarkson ($5,700) and Alec Burks ($4,600) playing more minutes at SG, Dellavedova should be lined up for at least 20 minutes off the bench. He only has played that many minutes three times with the Cavs, producing 27.0, 23.75 and 29.5 DKFP in those three games.
SF/PF JAMES JOHNSON, MIA vs. TOR, $3,700Another veteran whose minutes and production have been rising is James Johnson for the Heat. Johnson has played only 17 games after starting the season late due to a hernia injury, but he is a key part of the Heat rotation when healthy. Coach Erik Spoelstra wanted him back in the starting unit and appeared to rush him a bit at first. However, Johnson seems to have found a nice rhythm with at least 20 DKFP in four of his past five games.
Johnson gets a potential revenge narrative as the Heat host the Raptors, who he played with for parts of four seasons over two different stints in Toronto. He is a multi-category contributor when at his best and can be a top option if he’s 100 percent. While his salary remains so reduced, he should continue to be a great source of value.
C GUILLERMO HERNANGÓMEZ, CHA at BKN, $3,700Hernangómez has had an inconsistent role in the Hornets’ rotation, which has been low-key unpredictable all season. He has played just a few minutes in a couple of his December appearances and even been left out of the game entirely in three contests. However, he has been seeing more time lately and producing when given the chance. He has played at least 15 minutes in four of his past five appearances and scored double-digit points in each of those contests.
He had 21 DKFP against the Pistons Friday on 11 points and six rebounds and posted his first double-double of the season Sunday in Boston. He had 19 points, 10 boards and 39 DKFP in just 23 minutes in that contest and will look to build on that momentum as the Hornets travel to Brooklyn. He remains a boom-or-bust play but things are trending the right way for Willy.
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