After a pair of six-game slates to start the week, the NBA continues a busy fantasy basketball week with a nine-game slate on Wednesday. Four of the 18 teams scheduled to be in action are finishing a back-to-back as the Hawks, Bulls, Pacers and Magic play for the second day in a row. The Bulls and Hawks face each other while the Magic travel to Dallas and the Pacers host the Wizards. The other matchups to keep an eye on include the Warriors visiting the Rockets and the Clippers — minus Kawhi Leonard (load management) — hosting Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,700) and the Bucks.
With the Greek Freak being joined by James Harden ($11,200), Luka Doncic ($9,800), Andre Drummond ($10,800) plus a returning Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,000) and Joel Embiid ($9,500) there are plenty of big-ticket options to consider for your roster. If you’re going to pay up for big names like those, though, you’ll need to save some salary at other spots, so take a look at these four plays for under $4K.
PF/C MORITZ WAGNER, WAS at IND, $3,900
You may have forgotten that the Lakers traded Wagner as part of their roster overhaul this offseason, sending the No. 25 overall pick from the 2018 draft to the Wizards. Wagner has found a solid role off the bench for Washington and is playing about 20 minutes per game with the second unit. Wagner has scored at least nine points in each of his six games, averaging 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds for 20.8 DKFP per contest.
Wagner has scored at least 12 points on his way to at least 20 DKFP in each of his past three games and registered three blocked shots against the Pistons on Monday while posting a season-high 27.0 DKFP in just 21 minutes. Wagner not only catches Indiana on the second night of a back-to-back, but the Pacers are also banged up in the frontcourt and could be without both or either Domantas Sabonis ($8,300; calf) or Miles Turner ($6,900; ankle) after both missed Tuesday night’s contest.
PG/SG DONTE DIVINCENZO, MIL at LAC, $3,700
Early in the season, DiVincenzo wasn’t even getting into the rotation while Wesley Matthews ($3,500) got most of the meaningful, productive playing time for the Bucks. However, the second-year player has stepped up with Matthews and Kyle Korver ($3,200) struggling a bit. DiVincenzo has played at least 17 minutes in each of his past three games and hit multiple three-pointers in each of those contests. He dropped a season-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds on his way to 31.75 DKFP in his most recent contest against the Timberwolves.
While his role is still undefined, DiVincenzo has been earning more time with his solid production and could get good run in an important statement game for Milwaukee on the road against the Clippers. DiVincenzo doesn’t usually add a lot of assists or defensive stats but his shooting and part of a good unit is enough to make him a solid play under $4K.
SG/SF FURKAN KORKMAZ, PHI at UTA, $3,600
Another young player working his way into a larger role in his team’s rotation is Korkmaz, who followed up a game-winning shot on Saturday in Portland with a spot start on Monday in Phoenix and went off for 20 points and 30.25 DKFP in 34 minutes. Normally, he won’t get that much run, especially with Embiid returning and likely sending Korkmaz back to the bench. However, he has now hit 10 three-pointers over his past three games with at least 11 points and 21 DKFP in each of those three contests.
Korkmaz has had productive shooting spurts in the past and should have earned more time with his recent strong showings. He offers outside shooting to the Sixers, who need some offensive depth in the second unit and could benefit from his ability to spread the floor.
C TONY BRADLEY, UTA vs. PHI, $3,100
On the other side of the Jazz-Sixers matchup in Utah, Bradley is getting a chance to step into a much larger role for Utah after the injury to Ed Davis (leg) opened up the backup center role for him. Bradley played 13 minutes off the bench on Sunday against the Clippers and quickly contributed eight points, five rebounds and two blocks for 17.75 DKFP.
Bradley has been impressive in the G-League, preseason and the Vegas Summer League, but he has yet to show what he can do with an expanded role. While Davis is out, though, he should be the primary backup center and should be worth this extremely cheap salary if he plays 15-20 minutes against Philadelphia.
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