The NBA got has its busiest night of the work week this Wednesday with eight games on tap for what should be a fun fantasy basketball slate. James Harden ($13,000) will look to continue his historic run, and the Warriors will try to hold on the to top spot in the Western Conference, which they claimed Tuesday with a romp over the Nuggets. Golden State will host the Pelicans and face Anthony Davis ($11,800), who has been on an impressive run of his own while Giannis Antetokoumpo ($11,000) and the Bucks also wrap up their back-to-back as they visit the Grizzlies.
Those are just some of the star options available, and many of them are in good spots to produce. Along with picking your big spends right, though, you’ll need to make sure to select the right bargain bin options, who can provide you nice production and help balance out your salary cap. To help you pinpoint the right bargains, check out my top four plays under $4K for this Wednesday.
SG/SF ANDRE IGUODALA, GS VS. NO, $3,900As long as the Warriors’ veteran is up to playing in back-to-back games, he’ll be a solid fantasy value as the Warriors host the Pelicans in what should be a high-scoring matchup overall and especially for the Warriors wings. Iguodala should be able to go since he only had to play 21 minutes in Tuesday’s laugher to accumulate 22.5 DKFP on eight points, six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.
That performance gives him at least 20 DKFP in four of his past five and at least 17 DKFP in each of his past nine games with the one exception of a game he was ejected from at halftime. Iguodala even has more than 25 DKFP in four of those contests, showing there is still upside to go along with his low-risk, steady production.
C ANTE ZIZIC, CLE AT POR, $3,700If you want to swing for the fences and Iguodala seems too safe, take a look at Zizic, who flashed some serious upside when given extra run in a couple of Cavs games last week. Last Wednesday against the Pelicans, Zizic had 10 points and 20 DKFP and followed that with an even more impressive 18-point, eight-rebound game Friday, which netted him 32.0 DKFP.
He crashed back to earth Sunday against the Lakers with just 6.5 DKFP, but that was in a game the Cavs managed to keep close and actually get a rare victory. They leaned more heavily on Tristan Thompson ($6,200), leaving just 10 minutes for Zizic. If the Cavs’ second unit gets garbage time in Portland or Zizic at least gets back to around 20 minutes a game, the 22-year-old Croatian has a high ceiling since he’ll continue to play an increased role with Larry Nance Jr. (knee) out.
SG/SF NORMAN POWELL, TOR AT BOS, $3,600Powell has had some of his best career games at TD Garden, highlighted by a 38.25-DKFP performance last season. He will hope to find that kind of spark in Boston again tonight and is set up for expanded work with OG Anunoby (personal) away from the team and C.J. Miles ($3,200) questionable with a hip injury and barely getting minutes when healthy.
Powell already has been picking up his play over his past few games with at least 18 DKFP in four of his past seven contests, averaging 11.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 19.8 DKFP. He has a high ceiling if he gets the usage in Boston, but he is riskier than Iguodala, who historically and recently has been more reliable.
SF/PF GARY CLARK, HOU VS. BKN, $3,400The Rockets’ loss of Clint Capela (thumb) for 4-to-6 weeks has left them very thin in the frontcourt. While Nene Hilario ($3,400) started for Houston on Monday, he struggled to get anything going in his limited minutes while Marquese Chriss ($3,100) and Isaac Hartenstein ($3,000) also came up mostly empty during their minutes. Clark was the most successful of the players, getting a bump in minutes and finishing with eight points, three rebounds, a block and a steal for 16.25 DKFP in 26 minutes, the most he has played since mid-November.
Clark is very similar to P.J. Tucker ($4,700) in a lot of ways but with less of an established role and more potential offensive upside. Clark and Tucker worked together to help fill the center spot in smaller lineups, which were successful for Houston on Monday. He has the opportunity to secure a larger role with more all-around performances like his previous one, so consider him as a punt play at forward in a good matchup with Brooklyn and monitor his involvement moving forward while Capela is out.
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