With six games on Monday’s NBA slate, we get a solid start to another great week of fantasy basketball. Stars like James Harden ($12,400), Anthony Davis ($11,600) and Donovan Mitchell ($9,200) come in riding great momentum, as you can see in my top picks for the day. However, they also come with heavy price tags which might leave you strapped for salary at a few of your other roster spots. If you dive into the bargain bin, here are my top four plays available for under $4K–along with Ed Davis ($3,700), who you can find at the above link.
PF/C HARRY GILES, SAC vs. POR, $3,900Giles is a much less proven commodity than Davis or the other options on this list, but the rookie offers nice upside as he moves into an expanded role in the Kings’ frontcourt. Giles has played 16-plus minutes in each of his past four games and produced at least 14.75 DKFP in each of those contests. His best game during that span came Thursday against the Pistons when he had 31 DKFP on 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 23 minutes.
When he gets extra run, Giles has shown nice promise and has been able to quickly move past Kosta Koufos for playing time. If he plays 20-plus minutes against the Blazers, he could be the best bargain of the night even though he does come with a bit more risk than Davis, who is also a great way to save salary in the frontcourt.
PG/SG PATTY MILLS, SA vs. CHA, $3,700With Marco Belinelli ($3,800) listed as out, the Spurs will need some extra contributions from the rest of their second unit. Mills was on a nice run with five straight games in double figures before a letdown on Saturday against the Thunder. He had at least 24 DKFP in four straight before that letdown, averaging 13.8 points, 3.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 26.75 DKFP over that stretch. With extra usage, he should bounce back against the Hornets, especially since he’ll be playing against Tony Parker ($3,400), his former teammate.
PG/SG TERRY ROZIER, BOS at BKN, $3,700The Celtics dropped a tough game on Saturday in Orlando which caused Kyrie Irving ($9,000) to vent his frustrations both on the court and to the media after the game. The Celtics have ruled out Kyrie Irving (quad) and Marcus Smart (illness) for tonight’s game, so it’s Scary Terry’s backcourt vs. the Nets. With both Irving and Smart sidelined, Rozier is a fantastic play with a high ceiling and very little risk.
Rozier made two starts for Irving earlier this month and averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 34.5 DKFP per game. He has been excellent when called upon in a larger role this season and gets a great matchup against the Nets. Rozier is nearly a must-play option with both Irving and Smart out.
PG/SG FRANK JACKSON, NO AT LAC, $3,300Jackson doesn’t have the upside of Rozier but could be a nice cheap pivot if Kyrie ends up playing in Brooklyn. The rookie has been getting extra playing time in the Pelicans’ second unit and has at least 18 DKFP in three of his past four games. He had a career-high 17 points last Monday against Memphis and quickly bested that with 19 points and 23.25 DKFP against the Cavs Wednesday.
He is a 42.9% shooter from long-range this season and offers some nice offensive firepower in contrast to Tim Frazier ($3,300) in New Orleans’ second unit. Jackson is just growing into his role but has at least 15 minutes in four straight games. The Pelicans and Clippers both play with lots of pace and score lots of points, giving Jackson nice upside if he continues to see expanded playing time.
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