Fantasy Basketball Values: Top Four NBA Picks Under $4K For January 9

The biggest fantasy basketball slate of the week is on tap this Wednesday with 10 games on the NBA schedule. The big ticket matchup of the night is an inter-conference showdown between Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,100) and James Harden ($12,200) as the Bucks visit the Rockets, but those are just two of the seven players expected to play with salaries over $9K.

As you decide which stars to build your lineup around, you also will need to make sure to have some salary-saving options to help balance out your roster. Here are my top four bargains for Wednesday, who are set up to produce good DKFP despite salaries under $4K.

SG/SF EVAN TURNER, POR vs. CHI, $3,900

Turner is set up to get the start as the Blazers host the Bulls since Moe Harkless (knee) is out. Turner came off the bench in the Blazers’ most recent contest but was in the lineup against the Rockets on Saturday, when he produced 27.75 DKFP on 14 points, four assists, three rebounds a block and a steal. He has at least 19 DKFP in three straight games while helping to fill in for Harkless.

Throughout the season, Turner has been much better at home, where he is averaging 22.0 DKFP per contest. In a good matchup in Portland against the Bulls, Turner should be able to fill up multiple categories in the box score and provide solid production under $4K.


PG/SG T.J. MCCONNELL, PHI at WAS, $3,900

Landry Shamet ($3,100) is sure to get plenty of deserved attention after going off for 29 points and 39.75 DKFP Tuesday against the Wizards, but don’t overlook McConnell, who has been a much more consistent value play and also offers nice upside as the teams play for a second straight day Wednesday. Shamet had 13 DKFP or fewer in seven straight games before his Tuesday binge, while McConnell has at least 22 DKFP in six of his past seven.

McConnell doesn’t rely on scoring to produce fantasy value and typically fills every category in the box score aside from blocks. He had nine points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and 24 DKFP in the Wizards’ 132-115 win Tuesday and should be set to remain in his stable, productive role in a high-scoring rematch Wednesday. Shamet brings the sizzle and has a high ceiling, but McConnell is a surer option, especially if JJ Redick ($5,600; back, questionable) is able to return.


SG/SF KELLY OUBRE JR., PHO at DAL, $3,800

When the Suns traded for Oubre, he got a lot of immediate fantasy attention since he had shown flashes of production when in an expanded role for the Wizards. However, he got off to a slow start in Phoenix and only scored double-digit points in four of his first 10 games with the Suns. On Tuesday, he took a huge step in turning things around and had a monster game against the Kings. Oubre had 26 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals for 46.75 DKFP in 30 minutes as the Suns won 115-111.

Part of the bump in Oubre’s production was the absence of Devin Booker ($8,600; back, questionable), who vacated his prominent role in the Suns’ offense as he continues to battle injuries. Oubre remains high-risk since it was a one-game explosion after multiple frustrating efforts, but his ceiling is undeniable, and the Suns would love to get a long look at what he can bring before he becomes a restricted free agent this year.


C ED DAVIS, BKN vs. ATL, $3,800

Davis has been a consistent contributor for the Nets’ second unit all season and has done great work on the boards all season. His well-defined, consistent role makes him a relatively safe option under $4K even though he doesn’t have the high ceiling of the more erratic Oubre. If you want less risk, though, Davis is worth a look in a good matchup against the Hawks.

The nine-year veteran is averaging a career-high 8.5 rebounds and chipping in 5.8 points in his 18.2 minutes per game on the season. He has been getting a little more run lately with at least 20 minutes in four of his past five contests. He has at least nine rebounds in each of those five contests and at least 24 DKFP in four of those five outings. Jarrett Allen ($5,800) is a key part of the Nets’ future, but Brooklyn is being smart and using Davis to help keep the 20-year-old Allen from hitting the wall in his sophomore season. The resulting role for Davis is enough to make him an option from the bargain bin.


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