The NBA has a full slate of nine games scheduled for Wednesday’s fantasy basketball action, providing plenty of nice options to consider as you assemble your DraftKings squad. Finding the right value plays is one of the keys to success since they allow you to pay up at other spots and still offer good production themselves.
Many of the biggest names on the board for this slate are dealing with some sort of injury, so you’ll definitely want to stay locked in to the DKlive app and live.draftkings.com for all the latest news to see if any other value plays emerge. As of Wednesday morning, here are the four players I think will have the best numbers from under $4K.
SG/SF DAMION LEE, GS at POR, $3,900Lee was contributing some solid numbers for the banged-up Warriors before going down with an injury of his own, breaking his hand and missing 14 games. Lee returned three games ago and made his first start of the season last Sunday against the Kings. He had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds for 27.75 DKFP after posting 21 points and 26.75 DKFP against the Jazz in just his second game back.
While the Warriors rotation always seems to be a bit in flux, Lee has proven he can be a solid scorer along with producing good non-scoring numbers when given extended playing time. For as long as Lee can stick in the starting lineup, he’ll be a great option with a high ceiling. His salary is sure to climb if he puts together another solid game or two, so get him cheap while you still can.
SF/PF ADMIRAL SCHOFIELD, WAS vs. CHI, $3,700The Wizards’ frontcourt has had a very Warrior-like feel to it over the past week as player after player goes down with an injury. Thomas Bryant (foot) is still sidelined, and he will be joined by Moritz Wagner (ankle) and Rui Hachimura (groin), who had been picking up plenty of minutes since Bryant has been out. With their depth depleted, Washington has turned to Schofield, who has played 20-plus minutes in each of their past two games.
Schofield was a second-round pick in the draft and was getting most of is work in the G league before the injury wave crashed into the Wizards. Schofield had 14 points and 24.5 DKFP against the Grizzlies last Saturday and nine points and 13.5 DKFP against the Pistons. He struggled with foul trouble a bit in that game in Detroit and will need to overcome that issue to be a solid fantasy option. Schofield gets a good matchup against the Bulls and should be a solid fill-in option as the only proven backup for Davis Bertans ($6,500) and Ian Mahinmi ($4,600), although the Wizards did just sign Anzejs Pasecniks, who isn’t in the player pool yet but could be their second center for the next few games.
PF/C MAXI KLEBER, DAL vs. BOS, $3,600Kleber and the Mavs went on the road to Milwaukee without Luka Doncic (ankle) and stunned the Bucks on Monday. Kleber played his usual role off the bench and contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and 21.25 DKFP in 29 minutes. He has played 29 and 30 minutes in his past two games and produced over 20 DKFP in each contest, giving him five games with at least that many DKFP in his past eight contests.
Earlier this season, Kleber had 15 points, eight rebounds and 32 DKFP in 32 minutes against Boston, and he’ll hope for similar results in the rematch in Dallas. Kleber is very established in his role but his involvement from night-to-night can fluctuate. He does offer better scoring than some of the other bigs off the bench, though, so he could get consistently about 30 minutes a night while Doncic is out. If that’s the case, he’ll be a nice value option for as long as that lasts.
PG/SG MALIK MONK, CHA at CLE, $3,300On Tuesday, Monk went off against the Kings, totaling a team-high 45.0 DKFP on 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and a steal in 27 minutes. Monk knocked down 9-of-12 shots from the field and powered Charlotte to their fourth win in their past five games. He gets another great matchup on the second half of the back-to-back as the Hornets visit the Cavs.
I’m not sure I fully trust Monk to have turned the corner and be a great fantasy option for the rest of the season. However, at this minimal salary and matchup, last night showed too high a ceiling to ignore. Monk is helping to cover for the injury to P.J. Washington and has played 25 and 27 minutes in his past two contests. Even when his shot wasn’t as red-hot as it was Tuesday, he had a solid 14 points and 24.25 DKFP against the Pacers, so he can produce if he gets 20-plus minutes. Especially on the second night of a back-to-back, Monk should get as much work as he can handle, so go ahead and take advantage of his low salary since you know a big increase is coming if he has a solid night in Cleveland.
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