The NBA wraps up November with the busiest slate of the week for fantasy basketball. With 11 games on tap this Friday night, there are lots of players to choose from as you look to start your weekend with a big fantasy win. Five players on the board tonight have salaries over $10K with another six checking in at more than $9K.
If you’re investing in that star-power, you likely will need to balance your lineup out with some production power from the bargain bin. Here are my top four plays with salaries at less than $4K from Friday’s 22-team player pool.
PG MONTE MORRIS, DEN at POR, $3,900Morris has been excellent off the bench for the Nuggets, making himself a reliable fantasy option with regular multi-category contributions. He has at least 17 DKFP in 11 of his past 12 games, averaging 21.7 DKFP on 9.5 points, 4.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 25.9 minutes per game. Morris had 23.25 DKFP in his most recent contest against the Lakers on Tuesday, when he had seven points and seven assists in 27 minutes.
Morris and the Nuggets visit the Blazers in what should be a nice Western Conference matchup. He’s Denver’s best pure PG and should continue to get plenty of opportunities to contribute while Will Barton (groin) remains sidelined. He doesn’t have as high a ceiling as some of the other bargain options on this list, but he’s the lowest risk of the group since he is so established in his role.
SG/SF ALLEN CRABBE, BKN vs. MEM, $3,700The Nets have given Crabbe more chances since the injury to Caris LeVert (foot), and there could be an even bigger opportunity against the Grizzlies depending on the status of Joe Harris (groin, questionable; $4,000). Crabbe has had mixed results in a larger role, but he does have more than 15 DKFP in four of his past five games. His best game of the season came during that stretch against the Mavericks on Nov. 21, when he lit them up for 27 points on his way to 40.75 DKFP. However, also during that stretch he put up a 0.5 DKFP clunker against the 76ers.
Crabbe is a boom-or-bust play, but his upside is too good to totally ignore, especially if Harris is sidelined. If you’re looking for a high ceiling in your GPP lineup, the sharpshooter deserves a look because he has shown he can get hot in a hurry in the right situation.
SG KEVIN HUERTER, ATL at OKC, $3,500Another injury situation to monitor closely headed into this slate is Jeremy Lin (ankle, questionable; $5,000). Lin missed Wednesday’s game, and rookie Kevin Huerter led the Hawks with 34 minutes as a result. The first-round rookie out of Maryland knocked down four triples on his way to 25.25 DKFP on 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Even before the Lin injury, the Hawks were trying to get the young starter some extra playing time.
Huerter has more than 19 DKFP in three of his past five games, averaging 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 18.2 DKFP in just less than 25 minutes per contest. Lin’s injury could make him an even better option if Atlanta is going to start giving him more than 30 minutes a night.
PG ELIE OKOBO, PHO vs. ORL, $3,000The most intriguing bargain of the night and the option with the highest ceiling is the Suns’ Okobo, who has shown flashes of big-time potential and could be set up for major minutes. On Wednesday, the Suns released veteran starting PG Isaiah Canaan, which opens a huge door for Okobo. The second-round pick exploded Wednesday for 33.5 DKFP in 32 minutes off the bench, scoring 19 points to go with four assists, three steals and two rebounds.
The Suns appear to be planning on starting Devin Booker ($8,300) at PG and adding Mikal Bridges ($3,500) to the lineup. While Bridges makes an interesting value play as well, Okobo is a much better short-term option given his instant production coming off the bench. He had two other games with more than 20 minutes earlier this season and both resulted in more than 20 DKFP. He even drew a start on Halloween night against the Spurs. Okobo gets a great matchup against the Magic on Friday and has great upside at just $3K.
His teammate, Richaun Holmes ($3,600), is also in a good spot in the second unit, and he’s my favorite PF/C bargain after posting at least 20 DKFP in under 20 minutes in five straight games off the bench.
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