There’s just a week remaining in the NBA regular season, so be sure to get your large slate fantasy basketball slate action in while you can. This Wednesday brings a great opportunity to do just that with 12 games on tap in what will be a busy evening. As you decide which stars to target and who to build your team around, check out these great value plays who take up less than $4K of your salary cap but still are poised for production based on their matchup, form and expected opportunity.
SG/SF RODNEY HOOD, POR vs. MEM, $3,900
After coming off the bench for seven games while Jake Layman ($3,700) took the starting spot of CJ McCollum (knee), Hood re-entered the starting lineup Monday and scored 21 points, including three 3-pointers and added four rebounds, two steals and an assist for 33.0 DKFP.
Over his past 10 games, Hood has averaged more than 27 minutes a contest and contributed 12.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 19.3 DKFP per game. Hood has a high ceiling against an injury-depleted Grizzlies backcourt, and he has the scoring potential to go off for a big game if he continues to get expanded run. He’s a safer play if he’s starting, but he still can be used if he goes back to the bench.
PG MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS, ORL vs. NY, $3,900
The Magic added Carter-Williams after the season-ending injury to backup PG Isaiah Briscoe. During his two 10-day contracts, which run out tomorrow, the veteran guard almost certainly has done enough to earn himself a deal the rest of the season. He actually played more minutes than starter D.J. Augustin ($5,600) in the Magic’s most recent game and finished with eight points, six assists, five boards and 25.25 DKFP.
MCW has at least 21 DKFP in four of his past five games and has averaged 7.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 22.8 DKFP over that stretch. Carter-Williams and the Magic are still in the playoff hunt, so they’ll need to take advantage of a favorable matchup with the Knicks.
C SALAH MEJRI, DAL vs. MIN, $3,700
The Mavericks continually have adjusted their rotation throughout the season, partly due to multiple injuries. Mejri got his chance to step up Monday against the 76ers and came through with a massive 43.5 DKFP on 16 points and 14 rebounds in 24 minutes. Mejri was averaging just 9.4 minutes in 31 games before his breakthrough and had been left on the bench for most games this season.
Mejri’s Monday could end up being a April Fools joke on all of us if he disappears back to the bench, but there’s also a possibility coach Rick Carlisle continues to give him extra run. Mejri does bring good size, which the Mavs will need as they host the Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,400). He’s a boom-or-bust play, but he does bring upside as he showed in his most recent contest.
PG/SG JERRYD BAYLESS, MIN at DAL, $3,500
With Derrick Rose (elbow) and Jeff Teague (foot) out for the rest of the season, Tyus Jones ($5,800) has become the Timberwolves’ starting PG. Bayless has stepped in as the primary back up and been productive while averaging more than 19 minutes a game over his past 10 games.
He has more than 20 DKFP in four straight games, averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 assists per game. His shot attempts have ticked up over those games with at least 10 shots in three of those games and more than five assists in three of those games as well. Bayless only needed 15 minutes Monday to get 22.5 DKFP against the Trail Blazers and should be set up well against the second unit of the Mavericks, who have struggled to defend PGs most of the season.
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