Before taking Thursday off to celebrate Thanksgiving, the NBA has a massive 13-game slate on tap for Wednesday. The Clippers, Heat, Magic and Wizards are the only teams not on the board in an extremely deep fantasy basketball player pool. With so many great options to choose from, you might find yourself short on salary as you round out your roster. If you end up shopping for some good value, take a look at these four players who are primed to produce even though they have salaries under $4K.
SF, DORIAN FINNEY-SMITH, DAL vs. BKN, $3,800With Wesley Matthews (hamstring) missing his third straight game and J.J. Barea (groin; $4,400) questionable, Finney-Smith should be in for another solid workload as the Mavs host the Nets. DFS has played more than 30 minutes in three of his past four games and scored double-digit points with more than 22 DKFP in each of his past three.
He usually offers nice multi-category production and has been hitting his outside shots in his past few contests. There aren’t many starters available for less than $4K, but Finney-Smith likely will get another start and expanded opportunity. He’s a relatively safe play because of his workload, but he also offers upside.
PF/C KEVON LOONEY, GS vs. OKC, $3,700Looney has started the past two games at center for the Warriors and has at least 17 DKFP in four of his past five. He had six points, seven boards and 17.25 DKFP in Golden State’s loss on Sunday, and he offers a nice change to get a cheap big man as the Warriors come home to host the Thunder. Draymond Green (toe) has been ruled out, so there will continue to be time available for Looney in the frontcourt.
He’ll be in a tough matchup against Steven Adams ($7,400), but Looney had 10 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, two assists and 32.5 DKFP when he faced the Thunder earlier this season. He is a bit risky due to the Warriors’ constantly shifting timeshare at center, but he has a lot of upside to consider.
SG/SF DAVID NWABA, CLE vs. LAL, $3,600With J.R. Smith parting ways with the Cavs, Nwaba should be set up for more work as the Cavs try to develop their younger players. Nwaba had an impressive back-to-back last week with 30.25 DKFP against the Hornets and 26.76 DKFP against the Wizards. He cooled off a little bit on Monday in Detroit but should be a little extra motivated as the Cavs host his former team.
Nwaba is a little bit like Finney-Smith in that he contributes across the board, but Nwaba is a little bit higher risk since his role is less defined. Smith’s absence should open the door for him to step up, though.
PG AARON HOLIDAY, IND at CHA, $3,300Another young player with a chance to step up is the third Holiday brother, who has looked excellent in the Pacers’ past two contests. Holiday played 15 minutes onSaturday against the Hawks and had a quick 12 points and 19.25 DKFP. With Victor Oladipo (knee; $9,100) sidelined Monday, Holiday played 21 minutes, scored 19 points and finished with 30.25 DKFP.
If Oladipo returns against the Hornets, Holiday likely would see fewer minutes and reduced usage, but he has shown he can be a productive part of Indiana’s rotation. His exact role isn’t clear, but coach Nate McMillan has been impressed and likely will find a way to get the Pacers’ first-rounder involved moving forward.
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