Wednesday gives us another big fantasy basketball slate with 11 NBA games lined up for what should be a hectic but thrilling night of hoops. As you build your roster, there are many high-salary stars to consider, including Jimmy Butler ($8,200), who is expected to make his 76ers debut in Orlando.
If you’re paying up for Butler, LeBron James ($10,300), Giannis Antotkounmpo ($11,000), Anthony Davis ($11,300) or any of the other stars in action, you might need some salary relief at other roster spots. As you search for good value, make sure to check out these players, who are poised for success despite minimal salaries.
SF KEVIN KNOX, NY at OKC, $3,900Knox looks to be back to full strength after dealing with an ankle injury earlier this season. The Knicks eased him back into action, but he has played 24 and 26 minutes in their past two contests and taken 11 shots in each of those games. He had 12 points and 19 DKFP against the Raptors on Saturday and followed that with 21.5 DKFP on 17 points Sunday against the Magic.
Coming into the season, Knox was seen as a breakout candidate and one of the Knicks’ best young players. He’ll look to resume that momentum now that he is back, and his salary likely will climb as his role increases. Take advantage of his reduced rate while you can.
SG/SF WAYNE ELLINGTON, MIA at BKN, $3,900Ellington is also a little bit underpriced due to injury after working his way back from an ankle injury earlier this season. He has bounced in and out of the Heat’s rotation, but he has been involved lately and has offered his typical high upside due to his long-range abilities. Ellington has more than 20 DKFP in three of his past four games, played over 25 minutes, and made at least four 3-pointers in each of those three contests.
With Dwyane Wade (personal) still away from the team, Ellington should continue to pick up minutes in a good matchup in Brooklyn. He has potential to boom or bust depending on if his shot is dropping, but he should at least get enough opportunities to make him worth considering.
PG/SG BRYN FORBES, SA at PHO, $3,900Even with Derrick White ($4,700) back and starting at PG for the Spurs, Forbes has remained in the lineup and continues to offer consistently solid production. He has scored in double-digits and taken double-digit shots in each of his past four contests, producing between 17-21 DKFP.
He is a relatively safe play given his role and a good matchup against the Suns in Phoenix. Especially with Rudy Gay (rest) and Pau Gasol (foot) sidelined, there should continue to be plenty of shots for Forbes, who is playing just under 30 minutes a night. He had 20.25 DKFP when the Spurs played the Suns earlier this season.
PF/C MIKE MUSCALA, PHI at ORL, $3,500The 76ers’ rotation will be interesting to watch as they adjust to the arrival of Butler and the departure of Robert Covington ($4,700) and Dario Saric ($4,500). With those two starters being traded, there is a void at PF that the Sixers might need to adjust with another addition as the season goes on. For now, it looks like Muscala will share time with Wilson Chandler ($3,600), but Chandler is still playing limited minutes, making Muscala the better bargain play at this point.
Muscala returned from a broken nose Monday and played 27 minutes. He shot just 3-of-11 from the field but finished with 26 DKFP on 13 points, eight rebounds and an assist. Muscala is my favorite bargain play of the night due to his upside, but there is some risk since the Philadelphia rotation and gameplan with Butler is an unknown.
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