Alex Caruso

The biggest fantasy basketball slate of the week is on tap this Wednesday with a massive 22-team player pool to explore while you build your roster. Even with all the options to pick from, you might have to stretch your salary to fill in a roster spot or two with low-cost options.

If you head to the bargain bin, make sure to check out these top four in play for under $4K.

PG/SG ALEX CARUSO, LAL at ORL, $3,900

Caruso played over 30 minutes for the first time this season on Sunday in the Lakers’ latest win. He had good numbers with a season-high 16 points to go with four assists and two steals on his way to 32.0 DKFP.

Whenever he has been given an expanded opportunity, Caruso has stepped up and delivered good production, but his looks have been limited since he is averaging barely 20 minutes a contest. He could be in line for more work if Rajon Rondo ($5,100; hamstring) is sidelined after missing Sunday’s game, but Avery Bradley ($3,500; leg) is expected to be back in the mix as well, although he’ll be on a minutes limit in this contest. Caruso is a contributor when given the chance and could help clean up garbage time in Orlando. If things go his way, he has a high ceiling so keep an eye on the Lakers’ status reports leading up to tip-off.


SG/SF KEVIN PORTER JR., CLE vs. HOU, $3,700

The Cavs have been going through a brutal stretch and have dropped seven in a row coming into their matchup with the Rockets. One of the few bright spots during their recent struggles has been the play of first-rounder Kevin Porter, who has produced at least 18 DKFP in six of his past seven contests.

Porter has averaged 21.9 minutes over that stretch and produced 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per contest. He has logged over 20 minutes in four straight contests and has chipped in at least nine points in three of those games. While his ceiling isn’t extremely high coming off the Cleveland bench, the Cavs have been taking a long enough look at the 19-year-old to make him a solid bargain play on the wing in a game that should have plenty of points.


C BISMACK BIYOMBO, CHA at BKN, $3,700

Biyombo was a DFS hero earlier this season while filling in for Cody Zeller ($4,600) but has been fairly quiet lately despite staying in the starting lineup. However, he had a big game on Tuesday against the Wizards, posting 33.25 DKFP on 13 points and 15 rebounds in 24 minutes. Biyombo and Zeller split the time against Washington fairly evenly giving each of them a chance to post a double-double.

If he gets 20 minutes or more again tonight in the second half of the Hornets’ back-to-back, Biyombo has a very high ceiling in a great matchup with the Nets, who play with pace and don’t defend opposing bigs very well. Biyombo is risky since his playing time can fluctuate but has shown the ability to produce when given enough run. At this price, he’ll be an awesome play if he nears another double-double like he produced Tuesday.


PF/C ERSAN ILYASOVA, MIL vs. NO, $3,400

Ilyasova has been a productive part of the Bucks’ second unit, and the veteran big man has been getting a little more run and production lately. He has scored in double digits and produced at least 20 DKFP in each of his past three games. He has at least 17 DKFP in six of his past eight games and almost always contributes good points and rebounding with some defensive stats thrown in from time to time.

If the Bucks use their typical rotation against the Pelicans, Ilyasova should get 15-20 minutes, and that should be enough for him to return pretty good value in a favorable matchup with the Pelicans. Barring an injury or unexpected absence, Ilyasova won’t go off and win the night for you, but saving and getting good value with him can help you pay up for whatever superstar you have your eye on to carry your roster.


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