Friday night the NBA is back to a full schedule with 10 games on the fantasy basketball slate. The marquee matchup is definitely the Bucks visiting the Lakers in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA, but there are plenty of other matchups packed with narratives and potential value. Most of the games start early, leaving the late slot for the Bucks and Lakers to bask in the spotlight as the only game tipping off later than 9:00 p.m. ET.
Once you lock in your superstars and other starters, you may find yourself looking for some cheap options from the bargain bin to fill out your final roster spots. To help you start on your quest for the best value, check out these four plays available for under $4K.
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PF/C KELLY OLYNYK, MIA at NO, $3,900There are several solid big-man value options on this 20-team slate, and Olynyk deserves a look since he has been red-hot lately even though his role hasn’t been huge. All season, coach Erik Spoelstra has continued to tweak and adjust his rotation and Olynyk has gone from starter to afterthought and back a few times. Recently, he has been coming off the bench with key contributions in the second unit.
Olynyk has played under 20 minutes in five straight games but has still scored at least 11 points four times and produced over 25 DKFP in three of those contests. He had an especially impressive game against Dallas during that run when he produced 13 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and 36.25 DKFP in just 19 minutes. In his most recent game, he hit all five of his shots from the field and scored 16 points in 16 minutes while producing 26.75 DKFP. Over those five games, Olynyk has shot an eye-popping 76% from the field and 87% from long range. He had 25.75 DKFP in his matchup earlier this season with the Pelicans and will look to stay hot for the Heat and produce another big game Friday.
SF/PF GRANT WILLIAMS, BOS vs. UTA, $3,400While the Celtics are expected to get Kemba Walker ($7,600) back in their lineup in a limited fashion, they’ll still be without Jaylen Brown (hamstring) and Gordon Hayward (knee). Even if Williams returns to the bench after getting a spot start on Wednesday against the Cavs, there should still be enough run for the rookie to be a solid value play at either forward spot.
Williams played 27 minutes in that start and had a solid 19.75 DKFP on eight points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. He has shown he can be a key contributor when in a larger role and produced over 18 DKFP in four of five games the last time the Celtics were similarly short-handed. Williams doesn’t have quite as high a ceiling as some of the other options cine he isn’t a top offensive option, but he can fill in across the stat sheet and return 5x value if he gets expanded run against the Jazz.
PG/SG PATTY MILLS, SA at BKN, $3,400The Spurs are still in the Western Conference playoff race despite a rough rodeo road trip. They were back on the road in Charlotte on Tuesday and got a win in Tim Duncan’s head coaching fill-in over the Hornets. They’ll continue their trip with a stop in Brooklyn Friday, and Mills is one of the best value options at guard, since the veteran Aussie continues to provide solid offense off the bench for Duncan, Gregg Popovich and the rest of his Spurs teammates.
Mills has taken at least nine shots in seven straight games and has scored at least eight points in eight straight contests. He had 24 points and 34.5 DKFP on Monday against the Pacers and followed that with a solid 13 points and 18.25 DKFP against Charlotte. Mills had one of his best nights of the season when the Spurs took on Brooklyn earlier this season, producing 34.75 DKFP on 27 points in 26 minutes on Dec. 19. He continues to have a high scoring upside which gives him a good ceiling.
C ARON BAYNES, PHO vs. POR, $3,000A second value from The Land Down Under to consider on this slate is Baynes, who has had an eventful season in his first year in Phoenix. Baynes had a very nice run as Phoenix’s starting center while Deandre Ayton ($8,300; ankle) was suspended, but then the big man had some injury issues and returned to a minimal role as a reserve. Ayton is doubtful for this contest with an ankle injury, though, so Baynes could get a chance to step back into the starting lineup in a favorable matchup against Portland.
Baynes has played limited minutes since his return after the All-Star break but has produced 53.25 DKFP in 52 minutes over his past four contests. He was not part of the Suns’ rotation against the Raptors in their most recent game since Phoenix played Ayton 39 minutes. If Ayton is ruled out for this matchup, though, Baynes should be a great play at the minimum salary if he’s ready to puck up a larger workload.
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