The NBA has another busy day this Wednesday, but unlike Monday’s all-day affair, the main fantasy basketball slate features all 10 games, making it the largest slate of the week so far and tying it with Friday for the biggest slate of the week. With so many options and big-name stars to choose from, you might find yourself stretching to fill your final roster spot or two. If you have to go with a low-priced play, make sure to check out my top four in play under $4K in today’s dive into the bargain bin.
PG/SG SHABAZZ NAPIER, BKN VS. ORL, $3,900The Nets have been getting good work off the bench from Napier, who seems to be past a hamstring injury that forced him to miss a game and be limited to just eight minutes against Houston earlier this month. Not counting that contest in Houston, Napier has at least 19 DKFP in six straight, averaging 26.1 DKFP in those six games. He only needed 12 minutes against the Kings on Monday to score 10 points and finish with 19.75 DKFP.
As the rest of the Nets’ roster gets healthy, Napier’s role might be diminished, but for now he still makes sense especially in a matchup that could turn into a blowout and lead to him getting extra minutes. This is also a potential revenge game for Napier, who played 55 games for the Magic in 2015. He had 12 points, four boards, four assists and 27 DKFP in 18 minutes when he faced the Magic earlier this season.
SF/PF CHANDLER HUTCHISON, CHI VS. ATL, $3,800One thing that is not going to slow Hutchison down is lack of opportunity. The Bulls are set on giving their rookie a ton of playing time in their starting lineup, and he’s starting to find a nice rhythm. Hutchison has more than 20 DKFP in four of his past five games and was close to a double-double Monday, finishing with eight points and nine rebounds for 22.75 DKFP against the Cavs.
No team in the NBA plays with more pace than the Hawks, and the Bulls also can get into some high-scoring battles. While there are lots of potential value options on each team, Hutchison’s regular workload of around 30 minutes and around 10 shots should lead to him being a solid value with little risk of him being a complete bust.
SG/SF TYREKE EVANS, IND VS. TOR, $3,800The Pacers catch the Raptors on the second night of their back-to-back and will hope homecourt advantage can help them get their first win in three tries against Toronto. Evans has been emerging as a scoring contributor off the bench, which has helped Indiana to wins in four of its past five contests. Evans has at least 12 points and 18 DKFP in each of those five games, averaging 15.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Evans gives the Pacers’ second unit some veteran leadership and outside scoring, and he should continue to get good usage as the Indiana bench tries to keep up with this year’s version of the Bench Mob of the Raptors. Evans doesn’t offer much outside of scoring and plays fewer minutes than Hutchison, but his ability to go off gives him a high ceiling in what should be one of the most compelling games on the slate.
SG/SF JUSTIN HOLIDAY, MEM VS. CHA, $3,700Like his former teammate, Hutchison, Holiday is getting heavy minutes and producing in multiple categories, which makes him a relatively low-risk option against the Hornets. He also offers nice roster flexility since he can flex to both guard and forward spots. With Kyle Anderson (ankle) out at least another week and Dillon Brooks (toe) done for the season, Holiday has played at least 30 minutes in three straight games for the Grizz and seems to be finding a niche with his new squad.
Holiday had eight points, four steals, three rebounds and 19.75 DKFP against the Pelicans on Monday and has at least 19 DKFP in each of his past four games. He has posted four steals three times during that run, which boosts his erratic scoring. He is getting plenty of shots, though, which could lead to a breakout performance in a favorable matchup with the Hornets. Even if his shot stays icy, he contributes in enough other categories to return value.
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