With 16 teams in the Wednesday night player pool, there are plenty of options for fantasy basketball players to consider. While Anthony Davis (finger) isn’t expected to play, his Pelicans are hosting Nikola Jokic ($10,900), who joins Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,600) as the only players priced over $10K. Even without many top-end options, the upper tiers are filled with players with high upside, which might leave you short on salary if you load up on players between $7K and $10K. If you’re looking for a less expensive play that still has upside, take a look at my top four options from the bargain bin, who all have salaries under $4K and plenty of potential to produce.
C GUILLERMO HERNANGÓMEZ, CHA AT BOS, $3,900While Cody Zeller (hand) has been out, Hernangómez has been splitting time at center with Bismack Biyombo ($3,900). Hernangómez offers more offensive upside, though, and is in a good enough matchup to make him the best cheap center option on the slate. He has at least 22 DKFP in four of his past six contests, including a double-double against the Knicks for 27.25 DKFP in his most recent game.
The Hornets are in Boston to face the Celtics for the third game of their season series, and Hernangómez has posted 24.75 and 39.0 DKFP in their previous meetings. He typically gets more run when Biyombo’s defensive muscle isn’t required, which is likely to be the case against Boston’s big men, setting up Hernangómez for another strong showing.
PG/SG AARON HOLIDAY, IND AT WAS, $3,600The Pacers will be without Tyreke Evans (back) for the second straight game and still are reeling from the loss of Victor Oladipo (knee) for the season. Holiday didn’t get the start Monday with G-Leaguer Edmond Sumner ($3,700) getting the nod and producing just 13.75 DKFP in 28 minutes. Holiday was more effective off the bench and scored 12 points to get him to 21.5 DKFP in 22 minutes against the Warriors.
Holiday showed earlier this season he has the potential to produce if he gets extra playing time and should be set up for a big workload against the Wizards. Since Aaron Holiday is a good option, you could run all three of the Holiday brothers out there Wednesday since his brothers, Jrue Holiday ($8,900) and Justin Holiday ($4,300), also are scheduled to be in action.
SG/SF WAYNE ELLINGTON, MIA VS. CHI, $3,500After falling out of the rotation and only getting on the floor in only three of the Heat’s previous 16 games, Ellington was thrust into the starting lineup Monday in New York. He stepped up with 19 points and 22.25 DKFP in 31 minutes, including four 3-pointers. He wasn’t the most efficient shooter (4-for-11 from long range), but he still found ways to contribute while picking up most of his minutes from the injured Tyler Johnson ($4,500; calf, questionable).
If Johnson misses the game against the Bulls, Ellington will get enough work to offer a high ceiling if his shot gets dropping. Even if not, the workload and favorable matchup should be enough to make him a value play if Johnson is sidelined.
PG/SG FRANK JACKSON, NO VS. DEN, $3,400The wave of injuries to hit the Pelicans has opened up plenty of usage and playing time. Elfrid Payton ($5,300; ankle) joined Davis, Nikola Mirotic (calf), Julius Randle ($7,800) and E’Twaun Moore ($3,900; rest) on the sidelines for Tuesday’s game against the Rockets. With Payton out, Jackson got the start and played 23 minutes. He totaled 21.25 DKFP on 10 points, seven rebounds, a steal and an assist.
Jackson now has at least 23 minutes and 14 DKFP in four straight games and showed he can step up when given the chance. He joins teammates Tim Frazier ($3,200) and Darius Miller ($3,800) as nice cheap options to consider as the Pelicans return home after a nice win in Houston to finish their back-to-back with a game against the Nuggets.
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