The the trade deadline looming Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, the NBA is sure to continue to get plenty of buzz during the coming news cycle. With players on the move and rosters in flux, don’t forget there are also seven games lined up to give us a solid Wednesday night fantasy basketball slate.
As you get your squad together, you might need to save some salary at a spot to fit in the big stars you are targeting. If you’re diving into the bargain bin, be sure to take a look at these four players who offer solid returns as affordable investments with their salaries under $4K.
SG/SF ANDRE IGUODALA, GS VS. SA, $3,900The Warriors have been rolling aside from a slip-up Saturday against the Sixers, and Iguodala has continued to be a steady veteran presence and regular contributor in the second unit. He doesn’t usually put up monster numbers in any one category but always finds a way to chip in what Golden State needs and typically ends up with a solid fantasy total as well.
The 35-year-old has at least 20 DKFP in 11 of his past 15 games, averaging 22.3 DKFP on 6.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per contest. He sandwiched a disappointing 12.0 DKFP against Philadelphia with two big games of 33 DKFP against the Pacers and 32.25 DKFP against the Lakers. He should get his typical run as the Warriors host the Spurs and could even get extra time if Golden State is able to pull away from the Spurs, who are resting key players (more on that later).
PG/SG MALIK MONK, CHA AT DAL, $3,800The second-year guard has become the Hornets’ designated shooter off the bench, which typically has led to some solid scoring totals. He has averaged 12.2 field goal attempts in 21.7 minutes over his past five games with more than 21 DKFP in four straight contests until finishing with just 13.5 DKFP Tuesday against the Clippers. He was just 4-for-11 in that game but still finished with a dozen points. He usually chips in some other stats but came up empty aside from his points in his 14 minutes.
He should be set up to bounce back as the Hornets finish their back-to-back in Dallas and might have to take on more play-making responsibilities if Tony Parker ($3,300; back) is forced to sit after leaving Tuesday’s game early. Monk’s green light gives him a high ceiling if he picks up extra time against the Mavericks, who still are a bit in flux after the Kristaps Porzingis trade.
PG/SG IAN CLARK, NO AT CHI, $3,300The Pelicans remain in the middle of the swirling NBA trade rumors, but if their roster is still in tact for their game against the Bulls, Clark is set up for continued production. While the frontcourt situation is a little murky with Julius Randle ($7,700; ankle, questionable) possibly returning, Elfrid Payton (ankle) remains out, leaving Frank Jackson ($4,200), Tim Frazier ($4,100) and Clark to split up his minutes. All three have good value potential, but only Clark qualifies for our four under $4K.
The former Warrior has been surging lately with at least 15 points and more than 18 DKFP in three of his past four games and multiple 3-pointers made in each of those four contests. He posted a season-high 24.75 DKFP against the Pacers on Monday, when he had 18 points, four assists and a rebound in a season-high 28 minutes. He out-produced both Frazier and Jackson in that contest and played more minutes as well. Clark gets a great matchup and doesn’t have to do much to return solid value at this minimal salary.
C JAKOB POELTL, SA AT GS, $3,200If you’re swinging for the fences and can afford some risk, Poeltl is worth a look as a flier play since the 7-footer should be set up for extended minutes for the depleted Spurs. San Antonio will rest DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge and already were without starting PG Derrick White (heel). Pau Gasol ($3,200) and Poeltl will split the minutes in the middle, but Poeltl has more upside since Gasol’s usage could be limited.
After joining the Spurs in the Kawhi Leonard trade, Poeltl has averaged only 11.6 minutes per game in 51 games for San Antonio. He has played more than 19 minutes 10 times since Dec. 1 and averaged 21.9 DKFP in those 10 contests. He had eight points, six rebounds and 14.5 DKFP in 16 minutes Monday and should get plenty more run in this matchup. Poeltl showed multi-category upside last season with Toronto but hasn’t been able to lay claim to a large role on his new team. Despite his disappointing transition, he offers plenty of potential to be worth this small salary in what should be an expanded role.
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