Over the final month of the regular season, there should be good fantasy basketball value in some young players getting extra time as well as some veterans plugging holes and playing for future contracts. To keep up with who is getting minutes and producing fantasy points, check back every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for my top picks from the bargain bin. In each day’s edition, you can find the top four players who are in a place to produce despite their salaries being under $4K. Let’s get to it!
Ivica Zubac – C – LAL @ DEN – ($3,900) – Last night, the Lakers recalled Zubac from a brief D-League stint and inserted him directly into the starting lineup against the Sixers. The 19-year-old only logged 19 minutes but still produced an impressive ten points, six rebounds and four blocks for 24.5 DKFP.
Zubac has over 21 DKFP in each of his last three games with the Lakers, and Magic Johnson has been public with his desire to see Zubac play major minutes. He should be lined up for more minutes tonight as the Lakers finish their back-to-back with a game in Denver. Zubac has an extremely high ceiling, but he could still be in for some inconsistency as he adjusts to the NBA level. If you’re spending under $4K at any position and looking for the player with the most potential, I think Zubac is the top option tonight.
Kyle Anderson – SG – SA vs. ATL – ($3,600) – The Spurs were without their stars on Friday against Golden State as both LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard were sidelined. San Antonio’s roster is deep, though, as they showed by trouncing the Warriors second unit on national TV on Saturday night. Anderson was one of the Spurs to step up in his return after missing one game with leg soreness. He started and played 32 minutes while putting together a well-rounded 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists for 34.5 DKFP.
Anderson could start again tonight in place of Kawhi if he isn’t cleared to return from a concussion. Even if Leonard returns, Anderson should see some extra playing time since he can step in and play PG while Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray are sidelined (both out tonight). Patty Mills can be streaky and the unproven Bryn Forbes is the only other PG on the roster. Anderson definitely has potential to produce his third straight game with over 25 DKFP. If Leonard is out, he has a much higher ceiling, but I think he’s a playable option either way from this salary point.
Kosta Koufos – C – SAC vs. ORL – ($3,900) – Koufos has been a recurring character in the bargain bin, but his price remains under $4K as he and the Kings host Orlando tonight. Koufos doesn’t have as high a ceiling as Zubac or Anderson, but he has been extremely consistent for coach Dave Joerger since the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins.
Koufos has posted 21 DKFP in five straight games while averaging 11.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 27 minutes a game. He has posted over 25 DKFP three times during that stretch and is averaging a solid 26.2 DKFP. He’s very low-risk and should keep getting playing time even though the Kings have plenty of youth up front next to him.
Alec Burks – PG/SG – UTA vs. LAC – ($3,800) – Utah is in the middle of a fun Western Conference playoff race despite dealing with injuries all season. On Saturday, they didn’t have Rudy Gobert or Derrick Favors and George Hill was only able to play 18 minutes. However, Alec Burks stepped in and produced a season-high 21 points. Burks missed the first 34 games of the season with his own injury, but he looks to be rounding into form. He has at least 15 DKFP in three straight after 34.25 DKFP on Saturday. If Hill is limited again tonight, Burks should have good value since he has shown in the past that he can be a solid scoring threat off the bench.
Overflows from the Bargain Bin
(Other cheap options worth a look)
- Kent Bazemore – SG/SF – ATL @ SA – ($3,900)
- Ian Mahinmi – C – WAS @ MIN – ($3,500)
- Skal Labissiere – PF – SAC vs. ORL – ($3,500)
- J.J. Barea – PG – DAL @ TOR – ($3,300)
- Garrett Temple – SG – SAC vs. ORL – ($3,700)
- Dewayne Dedmon – C – SA vs. ATL – ($3,700)
- Brandan Wright – PF/C – MEM vs. MIL – ($3,000)
- Tyler Ennis – PG – LAL @ DEN – ($3,000)
- Devin Harris – PG/SG – DAL @ TOR – ($3,100)
- Trey Lyles – PF – UTA vs. LAC – ($3,100)
- Matthew Dellavedova – PG/SG – MIL @ MEM – ($3,800)
- Brian Roberts – PG – CHA vs. CHI – ($3,000)
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