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The NBA is bringing it strong Tuesday, with a monster 11-game slate on tap for fantasy basketball owners. As you prepare to jump into a deep 22-team pool of players, you might find yourself looking for some great value from some bargains in the shallow end.
If stocking up on stars leaves you looking for players with DraftKings salaries under $4K, here are the top players in a place to produce.
COREY BREWER, SG/SF, THUNDER ($3,900)
The Thunder have been auditioning for a starting shooting guard since losing Andre Roberson (knee) for the season, and Brewer has seemed to be a perfect fit since joining the team five games ago. After coming off the bench for two games, Brewer has started the last three and produced 25.5, 20.75 and 31.5 DKFP.
Brewer had 16 points, six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot Monday against the Kings, and while he normally won’t offer that much offensive production, he does provide good defense and solid peripheral numbers. He appears to be set for about 30 minutes per game with the Thunder’s starting unit and should produce in enough categories to be a good option, especially in a favorable matchup against the Hawks. After six teams in 11 NBA seasons, Brewer finally might have found his perfect niche.
NERLENS NOEL, PF/C, MAVERICKS ($3,800)
Noel missed 42 consecutive games because of a broken thumb, but he has looked solid in his limited time since returning. He has averaged 5.2 points and 8.0 rebounds in five games, and he has at least eight boards in each of his last three cpntests, including an impressive 14 in 26 minutes last Tuesday against Denver. He played 26 minutes in that contest and finished with 29.5 DKFP.
While his minutes haven’t been huge, Noel has 16-plus DKFP in four consecutive games coming into his matchup with the Knicks. He should be able to do good work down low against New York, as he continues his audition before heading into free agency this offseason.
CAMERON PAYNE, PG/SG, BULLS ($3,800)
Payne has played just nine games with the Bulls this season because of a foot injury, but he has become a solid fantasy bargain in the backcourt. He is averaging 18.1 minutes and 18.2 DKFP per contest, and he has found a nice rhythm lately, with 19-plus DKFP in three of his last four games.
The Bulls continue to shuffle their lineup to avoid trouble from the NBA about resting their healthy veterans, but Payne has shown enough promise that the organization should remain committed to him. He should keep playing about 20 minutes off the bench, and he’ll be a good option against the Clippers as long as the Bulls’ rotation stays stable.
KYLE KORVER, SG/SF, CAVALIERS ($3,600)
Even after the flurry of trade deadline moves, the Cavs still are relying on Korver to provide a scoring spark off the bench. The 14-year veteran has averaged 22.6 minutes over his last six games, playing 20-plus minutes in all but one of those contests. With Cedi Osman (hip) out and Rodney Hood ($4,600, back) doubtful, Korver should be ready for plenty of run in a good matchup with the Suns.
Korver has 20-plus DKFP in three of his last four games and hit multiple 3-pointers in each of those three contests. He usually produces decent non-scoring stats when he gets extended run, and he’s low risk at such an affordable salary. Korver still probably will come off the Cavs’ bench, but look for him to be one of the main beneficiaries if Hood is ruled out as expected.
OVERFLOWS FROM THE BARGAIN BIN(Other cheap options worth considering)
- Jamal Crawford, Timberwolves SG, at Wizards ($3,900)
- C.J. Miles, Raptors SG/SF, at Nets ($3,800)
- Mike Muscala, Hawks PF/C, vs. Thunder ($3,800)
- Darius Miller, Pelicans SF/PF, vs. Hornets ($3,700)
- Jakob Poeltl, Raptors PF/C, at Nets ($3,800)
- Jonathan Isaac, Magic SF/PF, at Spurs ($3,700)
- Marco Belinelli, 76ers SG/SF, vs. Pacers ($3,500)
- Shaquille Harrison, Suns PG/SG, vs. Cavaliers ($3,500)
- Luke Kornet, Knicks PF/C, vs. Mavericks ($3,300)
- Antonio Blakeney, Bulls PG, vs. Clippers ($3,000)
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