The NBA is set up to finish the week strong with a seven-game fantasy basketball slate this Friday before a jam-packed 10-game schedule Saturday. Even with James Harden and Russell Westbrook getting the night off, there is still plenty of top-tier star power like Anthony Davis ($11,700) in Portland to face the Blazers, the Warriors visiting the Clippers, and a pair of big-men in smash spots as Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,700) faces the Spurs and Nikola Vucevic ($9,400) and the Magic hosting the Nets.
If you’re going to stack your lineup with some of that top-priced talent, you probably will need to dive into the bargain bin to find some cheap players to produce as well. After digging through the seven games on the slate, here are my top four options who cost under $4K.
SG/SF ANDRE IGUODALA, GS AT LAC, $3,900The Warriors’ veteran continues to offer steady production off the bench and play a key role in Golden Sate’s rotation. He has produced at least 20 DKFP in five of his past six games by averaging 7.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 22.8 DKFP per game. Iguodala had 28.75 DKFP against the Clippers earlier this season but was limited to just 9.75 DKFP in their most recent meeting while still battling back from injury.
Iguodala doesn’t have the highest ceiling of the players on this list but does offer steady and consistent multi-category contributions. He has a good handle on his role and continues to be an underrated part of the Warriors’ success. He was solid with 22.5 and 25.75 DKFP on back-to-back nights earlier this week and should be ready to role in Los Angeles after getting Thursday off.
SG/SF MARCO BELINELLI, SA AT MIN, $3,800Another veteran wing option who has been filling it up lately is the Spurs’ Belinelli. His game is quite a contrast to Iguodala’s since his production doesn’t come from as many categories and relies heavily on 3-point shooting. He has been dialed in from long-range lately with at least three 3-pointers in four straight games. He did miss Monday’s game with a bruised knee but returned to score 17 points and total 25.5 DKFP in Wednesday’s win in Dallas.
Belnelli has at least 25 DKFP in three straight games and has scored at least 14 points in each of his past four. As he and the Spurs face the Timberwolves for the fourth and final time this season, he’ll hope to have success against them like he did last time the two teams met. In that contest on Dec. 21, Belinelli had 31 DKFP on 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
PG/SG SHELVIN MACK, MEM AT BOS, $3,800The Grizzlies’ rotation has shifted this week as the team adjusted to the injury to Kyle Anderson (ankle). While Javon Carter ($3,500) and Justin Holiday ($3,800) have gotten the two starts since Anderson’s injury, Mack also has seen an uptick in playing time and production since Carter has been logging more time on the wing.
Mack has made the most of his expanded chances with at leas six assists in three of his past four games and double-digit scoring in each of those four contests. The Butler alum has more than 21 DKFP in three of those four games and should be motivated to step up as the Grizzlies visit the Celtics and take on Brad Stevens, who was Mack’s college coach. He is a solid cheap play in the backcourt and should be able to return value regardless of game script.
C ANTE ZIZIC, CLE AT UTA, $3,700The Cavs’ frontcourt has been wrecked by injuries, but the situation has opened up a huge opportunity for Zizic. Kevin Love (toe) and Larry Nance Jr. (knee) have been sidelined and will be joined by Tristan Thompson (foot) as the Cavs visit the Jazz. We highlighted Zizic as an emerging talent in our waiver wire selections for this week last Sunday, and the Thompson injury only increases his possibilities even in a tough matchup with Rudy Gobert ($8,800) and the Jazz.
Zizic has at least 20 DKFP in four of the six games since Nance was injured, highlighted by 32 DKFP against the Rockets last Friday and 31.5 DKFP against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday. His only down game during that stretch was the Cavs’ win in Los Angeles, where he was limited to just 10 minutes and 6.5 DKFP. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, he should get as many minutes as he can handle with Channing Frye ($3,100) as the Cavs’ only other option at center. Zizic is coming off 16 points, eight boards and 31.5 DKFP in 27 minutes in Portland and has a good chance to produce that kind of game again, making him my favorite bargain play of the night.
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