With eight games on tap for Monday, the NBA is set to start another busy week that features at least eight games on five of the next six days. With 16 teams taking the floor, there is plenty of star power to consider highlighted by four players with salaries over $10K. However, many of the biggest names are in tough matchups, which raises their risk factor up a notch. As you select the big names you think can overcome those matchups, you also will need to find some good values to help balance out your fantasy basketball salary cap.
I’m excited to be able to bring my fantasy basketball bargains to a new day as we expand to Mondays for the rest of the season. As usual, I’ll give you a look at the four players I think are the best plays with salaries under $4K. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to find out what kind of treasures we can dig out of the bargain bin.
SG/SF GERALD GREEN, HOU vs. DEN, $3,900The Rockets are banged up as they head into their matchup with the Nuggets this Monday with Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee) already ruled out. Green has been one of several options getting more run next to James Harden ($12,000) in the Houston rotation. He offers good scoring and decent upside against the Nuggets.
In each of his past three games, Green has dropped at least 13 points. He had 28.25 DKFP and 29.5 DKFP agains the Grizzlies and Warriors, respectively, before cooling off a bit with just 16.5 DKFP in Portland. Green is known for his ability to catch fire and go off for big games, and that ability makes him a boom-or-bust play worth considering if you need high upside.
SF/PF JUSTIN JACKSON, SAC vs. ORL, $3,800Another high-upside but high-risk play to consider is Jackson of the Kings. Jackson has been a steady part of the Kings’ second unit but hasn’t been a high-level producer very often in his second season. He changed that Saturday, though, by going off for 28 points and 39.75 DKFP in 34 minutes against the Warriors.
Jackson has more than 15 DKFP in four of his past five games and almost always contributes decent non-scoring numbers in his 20-25 minutes a game. With Iman Shumpert ($3,800; finger) unlikely to play against the Magic, there should be more expanded work for Jackson whether he comes off the bench or moves into the starting lineup. He reminded everyone of his upside with his big game Saturday and has a good matchup to build on that momentum if given another opportunity.
SG/SF REGGIE BULLOCK, DET vs. SA, $3,700While Jackson and Green offer nice upside, their roles are still a bit undefined. On the other hand, Bullock has a well-defined spot in the Pistons’ lineup, which makes him a relatively low-risk play even though he might not have quite the ceiling of the other two wings higher on this list. Bullock has started all 11 games since returning from an ankle injury in mid-December and has averaged 14.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 20.1 DKFP in his 32.8 minutes per game since returning.
Bullock has scored in double digits in eight of those 11 contests and has at least 13 points and 20 DKFP in four of his past five. The Spurs have struggled defending opposing wings this season in the wake of the departure of Kawhi Leonard, and Bullock has started to get more involved in Detroit’s offensive flow. He should be a safe value play since he gets so many minutes and can light it up if given expanded usage.
PG/SG TREY BURKE, NY at POR, $3,200Burke has had a hard time finding a spot in the Knicks’ rotation since rolling his ankle back on Dec. 1 against the Bucks. He has gotten four DNPs in his nine games since returning, but he still has produced when given the chance. He could be set up for enough work to make him a factor as the Knicks visit the Trail Blazers since Frank Ntilikina (ankle) already has been ruled out.
Ntilikina only played one minute before the injury occurred Friday, and Burke helped fill in after he left, playing 19 minutes and producing 20.75 DKFP on 16 points, a rebound, a steal and an assist. While Emmanuel Mudiay ($6,100) has claimed the starting PG spot for the time being, Ntilikina’s 21.2 minutes will be up for grabs, and Burke should be able to step up in the second unit. He has shown in the past that he can be a high-level producer when given the opportunity and appears to be lined up for an expanded workload.
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