After a slower Tuesday, the NBA is back with a massive 10-game fantasy basketball slate Wednesday as we settle into a typical regular season flow to the week. Since there is so much star power in play on the 20 teams in action, you might need to balance out your roster with some bargain options. There are several good plays who can boost your lineup with solid value from under $4K. Based on their current form and expected role, here are my top four in play who cost less than $4K.
PG/SG LANGSTON GALLOWAY, DET at ORL, $3,900Galloway started the season slow, but injuries and some struggles in the rotation ahead of him have opened more opportunities for Galloway. He has scored double-digit points in each of his past two games, highlighted by his 21 points and 43.25 DKFP in Detroit’s loss Monday. Galloway played 35 minutes in that contest and shot 7-of-15 from the field while adding nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.
All season, the Pistons have been looking for an option who could provide floor spacing and give Detroit a second option from outside along with starting PG Reggie Jackson ($5,600). Galloway still has a ways to go before he is a proven answer to that problem, but he looked strong Monday and gets a good matchup Wednesday. When he’s at his best, he can generate fantasy points with good non-scoring averages as well.
SF/PF MARIO HEZONJA, NY at ATL, $3,900Henzonja is also coming off a big game and also is trying to secure playing time in a tricky situation coming off the Knicks’ bench. He played a season-high 36 minutes Monday and was impressive with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and 28.5 DKFP.
He actually had even more fantasy impact the previous night in Washington, where he finished with 31 DKFP in just 25 minutes. Hezonja has been a streaky fantasy performer in his past, and he could be working his way into a big enough role with New York to be a bargain. The risk factor with Super Mario is he is battling for playing time with Kevin Knox ($3,800), who just returned from an ankle injury, along with Alonzo Trier ($4,500), Damyean Dotson ($5,300) and Tim Hardaway Jr. ($7,800). Hezonja has potential but is risky due to his uncertain minutes.
PG ANTONIO BLAKENEY, CHI at NO, $3,700Blakeney has offered a great spark off the bench and has had the hot hand coming into a great matchup with the Pelicans. He has at least 20 DKFP in four of his past five games, including his matchup with the Knicks on Monday. In that contest, Blakeney had 17 points and 24.24 DKFP in a strong bounce-back effort after a rough game against the Rockets.
While he doesn’t typically offer a lot of non-scoring stats, he has been hot enough and chipping in a few boards to still make sense as a cheap play. With Kris Dunn (knee) out and Cameron Payne ($4,000) struggling, Blakeney should get a chance to keep pouring on the points in a favorable matchup with the Pelicans.
PF/C DAVIS BERTANS, SA at MIA, $3,200The Spurs moved Bertans into the starting lineup Sunday in place of the injured Rudy Gay (heel). With Pau Gasol (foot) joining Gay as out for Wednesday, there should be plenty of opportunities for Bertans to step into a more involved role. He had only 14.75 DKFP despite playing 26 minutes in that game, but he did take 10 shots and looked aggressive.
He has at least 14 DKFP in each of his three games with at least 20 minutes, so he actually is a low-risk play to reach value since he comes so cheap and should be a big part of the Spurs’ gameplan.
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