Another fantasy basketball week is set to tip off with nine games Monday as the NBA heads into a short week with All-Star weekend starting Friday. The 18 teams in action on this slate bring plenty of star power, but there are also some great options at the other end of the salary spectrum. If you need to fill out your roster with some affordable options with upside, start your dive into the bargain bin with these top four in play for under $4K.
PG/SG TREY BURKE, DAL AT HOU, $3,900The Mavericks landed Burke in the trade that sent Dennis Smith Jr. ($6,400) to the Knicks. Burke has flashed upside when given the opportunity over the past few seasons but struggled to carve out consistent time in the Knicks’ shifting backcourt rotation. In his second game with his new team, he dropped 18 points against the Bucks to go with five rebounds and five assists on his way to 35.75 DKFP in 27 minutes. He played a more reduced role Sunday with 13.25 DKFP in 17 minutes against the Trail Blazers.
Burke is battling for playing time with rookie starter Jalen Brunson ($4,100) and Devin Harris ($3,600), and he has huge upside if he sees consistent minutes. He is a little bit too boom-or-bust to be a great cash-game option, but his upside makes him a good play for GPP lineups. Burke’s big game came in a 15-point loss to Milwaukee, so his numbers should be blowout-proof as the Mavs finish their back-to-back with a trip to Houston. He’s a high-risk, high-reward guard to consider.
SG/SF LANDRY SHAMET, LAC AT MIN, $3,900Another lesser-known name moved at the trade deadline with a chance to step into fantasy prominence is former Sixer Landry Shamet, who was traded to the Clippers as part of the return for Tobias Harris. Shamet has shown nice scoring potential when given time this season but wasn’t getting big minutes in Philadelphia. He looked good in his first game with the Clippers, knocking down four 3-pointers on his way to 17 points, three assists, two rebounds and a a steal for 28.0 DKFP in 27 minutes.
Since the Clippers traded Harris and Avery Bradley at the deadline, there are minutes available for Shamet if he continues to step up. His sharp-shooting ability should quickly make him a favorite of Doc Rivers and earn him a significant role in the team’s second unit as it continues its road trip with a stop in Minnesota.
SG/SF DAVID NWABA, CLE VS. NY, $3,800Nwaba returned from his ankle injury just in time to help the Cavs adjust their rotation after an active trade deadline that saw Alec Burks and Rodney Hood ($3,900) traded away. Nwaba has started each of the Cavs’ past three games as a result even though two were on back-to-back nights. He was limited to 23 minutes in the second game of the back-to-back but played 29 minutes against the Wizards on Friday and totaled 33.5 DKFP on 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Nwaba is expected to remain in the starting lineup, especially if Cedi Osman ($5,600; ankle, doubtful) remains sidelined. Since the Cavs had yesterday off and don’t play again until Wednesday, he should be able to log around 30 minutes and offer solid multi-category potential in a favorable matchup against the Knicks.
SG/SF TERRANCE FERGUSON, OKC VS. POR, $3,500Ferguson has been a solid complimentary piece for the Thunder and has started all 47 games he has played this season. He has scored double-digit points in 10 of his past 11 games, averaging 11.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 19.8 DKFP per contest. Ferguson had 26 DKFP against the Rockets on Saturday with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes.
He could get a few more shots and opportunities against the Blazers since Portland tends to play small and the Thunder will be without Jerami Grant (ankle). With Grant not available at PF, the Thunder could look to Ferguson for some extra usage as they look to continue their recent roll which has seen them win 10 of their past 11 contests. Ferguson is a low-risk play due to his established role, but he doesn’t have as high a ceiling as Burke, Shamet or Nwaba since they contribute in more categories on a regular basis.
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