Denzel Valentine

Wednesday night features another solid fantasy basketball slate with 18 teams scheduled to hit the hardwood. After playing overtime on Tuesday, the Celtics and Nets are finishing up back-to-backs along with the Timberwolves, Pelicans, Thunder and Wizards. With all those teams playing on consecutive days along with multiple key injuries to monitor, there should be some nice value options available on the nine-game slate.

You’ll definitely want to keep a close eye on injury and availability news throughout the day, so stay locked-in to the DKLive app and for the latest news and analysis on how it should impact your lineup. Coming into the day, here are the four plays available for under $4K who come with good upside at their bargain salaries.


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Valentine got his first start of the season on Monday against Dallas and stepped up with 17 points, four boards, two assists, a block and 27.5 DKFP in 21 minutes. He moved into the lineup in place of Zach LaVine (quad), who is expected to miss about a week and has been ruled out for this matchup with Minnesota.

The Timberwolves are finishing a back-to-back and have given up over 110 points in 17 straight games. The Bulls should be a good source of value in a high-scoring contest and Valentine has strong multi-category upside if he’s back in the lineup again. Valentine has been slowed by injuries over the past few seasons but reminded everyone on Monday he can still produce if given the chance.


The Pistons agreed to a buyout of Reggie Jackson’s contract during the All-Star break, but now they find themselves very short on options in the backcourt now that Derrick Rose (ankle) is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks. Bruce Brown ($5,100; knee) could be the answer while Rose is out but is doubtful with his own injuries for this contest. Brandon Knight ($4,500; quad) is also questionable, which could leave Galloway with all the work he can handle in the backcourt. Galloway has played mostly on the wing this year but can slide to PG if needed.

Galloway has already played at least 20 minutes in 11 straight games and scored double-digit points in five of his past six. He played over 29 minutes in four of those contests and had over 19 DKFP in all but one of those games. The Pistons may be forced to rely heavily on him against the Thunder tonight, so check out the injury report and starting lineup to see if Galloway is set up to bring big returns.


Darius Garland (groin) and Danté Exum (ankle) are already out for this matchup against the Celtics, who have plenty of injury issues of their own (more on that momentarily). Without Garland on Monday, Dellavedova played 29 minutes off the bench against the Jazz. He tied his season-high with nine assists while adding two boards, a steal and five points for 23.5 DKFP.

Even though he will probably not enter the starting lineup, the veteran has been playing his way into a larger role with the Cavs since the All-Star break. He has at least 18 minutes in four straight and should be in the upper-20s again in this matchup with Garland out again. He can be a streaky scorer and chip in good assists and steals, making him a nice affordable play in the backcourt once again.


Boston’s rotation against the Cavs could be a mess. Kemba Walker (knee) and Jayson Tatum (illness) didn’t even travel with the team to Cleveland and Gordon Hayward ($7,600; knee) and Jaylen Brown ($8,100; hamstring) sustained injuries during Tuesday night’s loss to Brooklyn that have their status uncertain as well. With all those key pieces missing, Marcus Smart ($7,000) would likely get a heavy workload, but he lost his mind and had an altercation with the refs at the end of the game Tuesday. No contact was made, but given his volatile history, a suspension is definitely a possibility. The Celtics have a good matchup against the Cavs, but it’s tricky to figure out exactly where the value will be since so many question marks are still in play. Brad Wanamaker ($3,500), Javonte Green ($3,300), Carson Edwards ($3,100) and Enes Kanter ($3,500) all have potential upside, but Williams is my favorite play under $4K since he has shown he can step up when needed and could be the primary scorer depending on what happens with all the situations listed above.

On Tuesday, Williams played 23 minutes but only had four points, three rebounds, two assists and 10.25 DKFP. He hasn’t had even 15 DKFP in any of his previous 10 games, but he did have a strong run at the end of January when he produced over 18 DKFP in five of seven contests while averaging 20 minutes per game and even hitting the 25-DKFP three times. With Tatum out and at least one of Hayward or Brown likely to join him, the 21-year-old rookie appears to be in line for over 25 minutes and has the potential to go off for a career game again Cleveland.

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