We get a solid seven-game slate Friday night to finish another great week of fantasy basketball. It’s an Eastern Conference-heavy slate with only four four Western Conference teams joining 10 teams from the East. If you’re looking through the 14 teams and digging for value at the bottom of the bargain bin, here are my top four options available for less than $4K:
SF/PF JUANCHO HERNANGÓMEZ, DEN vs. BKN, $3,900Hernangómez was playing very sparingly earlier this season, but he exploded for 23 points in 29 minutes on Nov. 1 against the Cavs. Since then, he has played at least 22 minutes in each contest and even started the second half Monday against Boston. Hernangómez had 35.5 DKFP in his breakout game and at least 15 DKFP in each game since then.
He’s playing himself into a larger role for the Nuggets and contributes points, rebounds and 3-point shooting in his expanded role off the bench. He has huge upside both long-term and in any given game, so give the 23-year-old Spaniard a look if you need a forward with explosive upside as he takes on the Nets.
PG JEREMY LIN, ATL vs. DET, $3,700It hasn’t quite been the return of Linsanity, but Lin has been very useful in his role as the primary backup for rookie Trae Young ($7,300) in Atlanta. Lin is averaging 22.9 DKFP on 13.8 points, 4.0 assists and 1.2 assists in 20.6 minutes per game over his past five games, and he has at least 26 DKFP in three of those five contests.
Lin doesn’t always take a ton of shots when he enters the game, but he almost always piles up assists. He has a high ceiling against the Pistons if he can get his shot dropping.
SG/SF IMAN SHUMPERT, SAC VS. MIN, $3,700The Kings have moved Shumpert into the starting lineup, and he has rewarded them with solid multi-category production. He has at least 16 DKFP in each of his past three games and in five of his past eight. Shumpert had a season-high six assists in the Kings’ loss on Wednesday.
Shumpert also has showed he can offer bursts of scoring like the 26 points he scored against the Thunder earlier this season. He has played at least 24 minutes in each of his past four games, and he should get the chance to continue his strong production at home against the Timberwolves.
C GUILLERMO HERNANGÓMEZ, CHA at PHI, $3,600Juancho isn’t the only Hernangómez brother playing well so far this season, and Guillermo is worth a look as he and the Hornets visit the 76ers. Guillermo Hernangómez has more than 22 DKFP in three of his past four games, and he only needed 16 minutes to post 27.75 DKFP on Tuesday.
Hernangómez is coming off the bench behind Cody Zeller ($4,100), but he has played enough minutes to be a good play under $4K. His form and production should allow him to play his way larger role, much like his brother. At this point, he remains high-risk, high-reward as the Hornets try to slow Joel Embiid ($11,200), but he can definitely bring his A-game and contribute his part while saving you salary .
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