San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

Four of the next six days feature big NBA fantasy basketball slates with at least nine games on tap Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The nine games lined up for Monday are headlined by the Trail Blazers visiting the Rockets and the Clippers taking on Paul George’s ($8,100) previous team from Oklahoma City. The Celtics also will be looking to bounce back from their second loss of the season, and Luka Doncic ($9,800) and the Mavericks host the Spurs in an all-Texas matchup.

As you build your roster and select the right star players to build around, you also will need to evaluate the other side of the salary spectrum carefully and pick the best bargains. To help you get the right value plays on your roster, check out these four in play for under $4K.

PF TREY LYLES, SA at DAL, $3,800

The Spurs have been starting Lyles all season, but he has averaged just 20.8 minutes per game in his 13 contests this year. He had back-to-back games with double-digit rebounds to start last week before finishing with just three boards Saturday against Portland. His 13.25 DKFP in that contest were a result of him playing just 20 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back.

Before that outing, Lyles had produced at least 18 DKFP in four straight and six of his previous eight. He usually chips in good work on the boards along with a few assists and defensive numbers. He doesn’t have an extremely high ceiling but can offer solid production in a favorable matchup against the Mavs.


Even though he’s coming back from a bruised back that has kept him out of the Rockets’ past three games, House is my favorite value play of the night as the Rockets host the Trail Blazers. House is considered probable and should be set up to return to the starting lineup. Before the game in which the injury occurred, House was stepping up in a big way for Houston after the injury to Eric Gordon (knee).

House had played more than 32 minutes in three games since returning to the lineup Nov. 4 and had produced 35.75, 28.5 and 32.25 DKFP in those three contests averaging 14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 35.9 minutes per game over those three contests. He was struggling a bit before getting hurt against the Pelicans last Monday and only had two points, snapping a string of six straight games with double-digit points. As long as he doesn’t suffer a setback, House should return to a prominent role for the Rockets and be a great play at this price point. He was starting to get expensive, but this three-game hiatus dropped him back into the bargain category.


There are a lot of moving parts to keep track of with the Pacers, who are dealing with multiple injuries, but there is a chance McConnell will have things break his way and turn out to get a great matchup against the Nets. McConnell had to miss Saturday’s game and is questionable for this contest with a groin injury. He was playing well before the injury, with at least 21 DKFP in three of his previous four contests, highlighted by a great game against the Pistons in which he had 17 points, nine assists and 38.75 DKFP in only 22 minutes.

He could be in for a much larger and more productive role if he returns and Malcolm Brogdon ($6,500; back) remains sidelined. Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb ($6,000; ankle) and Domantas Sabonis ($7,300; hip) all are questionable along with McConnell, so make sure to check the DK Live app for updates on who’s in and who’s out. If McConnell plays and some of those other players don’t, he’ll end up as one of the night’s top bargains.


With Marcus Smart ($6,400) playing alongside Kemba Walker ($8,400) more since the injury to Gordon Hayward (hand), Wanamaker has been getting a little more run as the PG of the second unit. Wanamaker has at least 18 DKFP in three of his past four games and at least 15 DKFP in six straight while providing 7-to-10 points and some solid assist and steal numbers over that stretch.

Wanamaker doesn’t have the upside of House or McConnell but, like Lyles, he is an established steady producer. He should continue to get solid minutes off the bench and continue to be a reliable contributor off the bench for Boston as it continues its trip west with a stop in Phoenix to finish its back-to-back.

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