After a busy trade deadline on Thursday, the NBA starts the final weekend before the All-Star game with an eight-game Friday night fantasy basketball slate. Injury uncertainty plays a big part in this slate with Trae Young ($10,200; ankle, probable), Kristaps Porzingis ($8,800; nose, questionable), Jimmy Butler ($8,300; shoulder, doubtful) and just about the whole Celtics’ rotation some of the situations that will need to be watched closely.
While you’ll definitely need to stay locked in on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for all the latest news, there are also some values you can put in place as you start to construct your lineup. Check out these four options under $4K who should be set up for enough work to be good values on this slate.
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SF/PF GRANT WILLIAMS, BOS vs. ATL, $3,800The Celtics didn’t make any moves on Thursday but are starting to get more production from their first-round pick as Williams steps up and adjusts his game to the NBA. Boston has a litany of injuries led by Gordon Hayward (foot), Jaylen Brown (ankle) and Daniel Theis (ankle), who have already been ruled out. Kemba Walker ($7,600; knee) is expected to play on a minutes restriction. Williams may or may not end up starting, but he’ll likely help clean up minutes against the Hawks in a good matchup.
Williams played a key role in Boston’s win on Monday against Atlanta, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and 28.5 DKFP in 24 minutes. He followed that with another 13-point game against the Magic on Wednesday adding six rebounds and producing 29.0 DKFP in 22 minutes. His recent play is one of the big reasons Boston could stay put at the deadline and should keep him a fantasy option while they battle through these injuries.
PG/SG TERENCE DAVIS, TOR at IND, $3,700The Raptors were another team to stay put at the NBA Trade Deadline, but there is an opportunity in their rotation due to injury. Norman Powell (finger) is out indefinitely and one of the chief beneficiaries has been undrafted rookie Terence Davis. Davis stepped up on Sunday with 31 points and 39.5 DKFP against the Bulls. He hit 12-of-15 shots from the field, including 6-of-7 three-pointers.
Even though he wasn’t able to duplicate that shooting performance on Wednesday, he still had 11 points, three rebounds and 19.75 DKFP in 27 minutes against Indiana. He’ll get a rematch on Friday as the teams finish a home-and-home set, and Davis should offer a solid return on investment if he keeps getting big minutes while Powell is out. He brings a high upside, too, as he showed off with his red-hot shooting Sunday.
PF/C KELLY OLYNYK, MIA at SAC, $3,300The Heat’s rotation has been a place of constant change all season, so it isn’t surprising that they shook things up a little bit at the deadline, shipping out James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow and getting back Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder ($3,900) and Solomon Hill ($3,000). Iguodala will need to get into game shape and the other two options may not be available quite yet as the Heat hit Sacramento and take on the Kings. Olynyk started on Wednesday against the Clippers and had seven points, even rebounds and 17.75 DKFP in 22 minutes. He has at least that many DKFP in four of his past five games and should stay in the forefront of the rotation at least while Meyers Leonard (ankle) is out and Crowder and Hill get acclimated.
Olynyk was out of the rotation for a while but typically produces when given a chance. If he plays 20-plus minutes against a thin Kings’ front line on Friday, he should be able to offer very nice returns on his very affordable salary.
SG/SF GARY TRENT JR., POR at UTA, $3,300Over the past few weeks, Trent appears to have moved past Anfernee Simons ($3,000) as the Blazers’ sixth man, and he has been putting together some nice games in his increased role. He had 18 points off the bench on Thursday against the Spurs hitting 6-of-7 three-point shots and adding four assists and a blocked shot for 29 DKFP in 24 minutes.
Trent has played over 22 minutes in eight of the Blazers’ past nine games with the one exception being a blowout.
During that span, he has averaged 27.7 minutes per game and produced 22.1 DKFP per contest on 13.7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds. He has reached double-digit points in seven of those games and has showcased a high ceiling when he gets his offensive game rolling like it was against the Spurs.
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