The NBA will start the week with just four games on tap Monday, but the eight teams in action should provide plenty of fantasy basketball options at all points of the DraftKings salary spectrum. If you decide to pay up for some of the headline names available, you might need to balance your roster with value plays that come at a much more affordable salary.
If you end up looking in the bargain bin for the last piece of your fantasy basketball roster puzzle, check out these players who are solid options even though their DraftKings salaries are less than $4K.
KOBI SIMMONS, SG, GRIZZLIES ($3,900)
The Grizzlies’ backcourt has been decimated by injuries, and they’ve had to rely on a constantly revolving cast of characters to fill in the gaps. Simmons has been given a huge opportunity lately, and he’ll be a great value against the Bucks if he keeps his momentum rolling.
Simmons played a massive 36 minutes Saturday, but he struggled with his shot (2 of 12) and managed just 17.25 DKFP. He has played 25-plus minutes in four consecutive games and has 17-plus DKFP in four of his last five. The volume of work Simmons has received should be enough to make him a good play at this salary. He definitely isn’t the safest play on this list, but he does have a very high ceiling.
JERAMI GRANT, SF/PF, THUNDER ($3,800)
Grant has been a beast lately, and he could be set up for more minutes as the Thunder host the Kings, with Steven Adams ($6,500) questionable with an ankle injury and Tyler Ferguson still in the NBA concussion protocol. Grant’s versatility allows him to be an option at center if the Thunder go small, and he also could see extra time if the game against the Kings turns into a blowout.
Grant has 14-plus DKFP in six consecutive games, averaging a solid 20.0 DKFP over that stretch. He has scored 10-plus points in five of his last seven and always seems to add blocks and steals when given extended run. If the Thunder decide to rest a starter, Grant should be a great play, but even coming off the bench, his role in the second unit makes him a solid value at this salary.
ZACH COLLINS, PF/C, TRAIL BLAZERS ($3,600)
The Blazers have given Collins more playing time lately, and the first-round draft pick has provided an interesting element to their offense. He adds an ability to stretch the floor that Portland doesn’t have with Jusuf Nurkic ($5,600) or Ed Davis ($4,500), and he has shown enough flashes of upside that he’s becoming an interesting option to consider, especially when Nurkic has an off night.
Collins played 23-plus minutes in three of Portland’s previous four games and posted 19-plus DKFP in each of those contests. He posted 23.75 DKFP against the Thunder a week and a half ago to start that stretch and also had strong games against the Knicks (19.0 DKFP) and Warriors ($20.5 DKFP). He typically has his better games at home, where the Blazers host the Heat, who might be without Hassan Whiteside (hip). That could turn the game into the up-tempo, wide-open style that makes Collins a good fit in Portland’s rotation.
P.J. TUCKER, SF/PF, ROCKETS ($3,500)
Tucker remains a safe option if you’re looking to minimize risk with your under-$4K play, as the Rockets have started the veteran in each of their last 14 games. He doesn’t explode off the score sheet, but his defensive focus and consistent work have allowed him to produce 19-plus DKFP in four of his last five games and seven of his last 10.
Tucker played just 20 minutes Sunday against the Mavericks, but he reached double-digit scoring, and he has at least nine points in eight of his last 11 games. With Ryan Anderson (hip) sitting out each of the Rockets’ last seven games, Tucker has been given even more room to cement his spot in the lineup and establish himself as a low-risk, low-ceiling play at this salary.
OVERFLOWS FROM THE BARGAIN BIN(Other cheap options worth considering)
- Justin Jackson, Kings SG/SF, at Thunder ($3,900)
- Tony Parker, Spurs PG, at Rockets ($3,900)
- Bam Adebayo, Heat PF/C, at Trail Blazers ($3,800)
- Evan Turner, Trail Blazers SG/SF, vs. Heat ($3,800)
- Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Grizzlies PG/SG, vs. Bucks ($3,600)
- Sterling Brown, Bucks SG, at Grizzlies ($3,400)
- Patrick Patterson, Thunder PF/C, vs. Kings ($3,300)
- Tyler Zeller, Bucks C, at Grizzlies ($3,300)
- Vince Carter, Kings SG/SF, at Thunder ($3,300)
- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Rockets SF/PF, vs. Spurs ($3,300)
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