Ten NBA games fill up this Wednesday night giving owners 100 starters to choose from as they assemble their lineups. If you’re building your lineup for tonight and find yourself in need of an inexpensive play who can still produce fantasy points, check out today’s picks from the bargain bin. In this post, you can find my top four players whose salaries are under $4K but are still in a good place to produce useful fantasy totals tonight. Let’s dive in!

UPDATE: LaMarcus Aldridge is available to play tonight for the Spurs.

Danny Green – SG – SA vs. POR – ($3,900) – The Spurs host the Blazers as Portland finishes a tough back-to-back after losing last night in New Orleans. The Spurs have been hit hard by injuries which have caused more of the offensive workload to fall on Green who is normally more of a defensive specialist. On Monday, though, Green stepped up and knocked in five of his nine shots to produce 14 points to go with five rebounds, two blocks and two steals on his way to 30.75 DKFP.

Green has at least 19 DKFP in four of his last five games and six of his last eight. With LaMarcus Aldridge unavailable due to his heart condition, look for Green to step up and support Kawhi Leonard as the Spurs continue their quest for the top seed in the Western Conference.

Wayne Ellington – SF – MIA vs. NO – ($3,900) – Miami is making quite a push for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and one of the main contributors to their recent success has been Wayne Ellington coming off the bench. In his seven games this month, he is averaging 24.3 minutes per game and producing 14.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists.

On Sunday, when he helped fill in some of the offense left behind by injured Goran Dragic, Ellington produced 19 points and 25.75 DKFP. Dragic is hopeful to return tonight, but Ellington should resume his role as instant offense off the bench. He has at least 19 DKFP in five of his last seven.

Kosta Koufos – C – SAC @ PHO – ($3,800) – Koufos continues to a great bargain, and his price even came down $100 after he rested on Monday night against the Magic. Since there was no injury involved, just rest, Koufos should be set up for a successful return tonight as the Kings take on the Suns in Phoenix. The Suns have allowed the seventh-most DKFP in the NBA to opposing centers over their last five games.

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 whenever he is active for the Kings.

Nene Hilario – C – HOU vs. LAL – ($3,900) – If Koufos’s spot in Sacramento’s ever-changing rotation makes you nervous or you don’t like his matchup, another nice, cheap center to check out is Nene Hilario of the Rockets. Nene has been the primary backup to Clint Capela since the young center’s return, and he has been quietly productive coming off the bench.

In his last nine games, Nene is averaging 11 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while adding almost a blocked shot per game. He had 27 DKFP in Sunday’s win over Cleveland when he had 12 points, six rebounds and three steals. Nene has at least 20 DKFP in six of his last seven games and is a low-risk, low-ceiling play tonight in a good matchup against the Lakers.

Overflows from the Bargain Bin

(Other cheap options worth a look)

  • Ian Mahinmi – C – WAS vs. DAL – ($3,400)
  • Skal Labissiere – PF – SAC @ PHO – ($3,700)
  • Joe Johnson – SF – UTA @ DET – ($3,800)
  • Austin Rivers – PG/SG – LAC vs. MIL – ($3,500)
  • Denzel Valentine – SG/SF – CHI vs. MEM – ($3,300)
  • Matthew Dellavedova – PG/SG – MIL @ LAC – ($3,700)
  • Dewayne Dedmon – C – SA vs. POR – ($3,700)
  • Garrett Temple – SG/SF – SAC @ PHO – ($3,900)
  • Stanley Johnson – SG/SF – DET vs. UTA – ($3,200)
  • Tyler Ennis – PG/SG – LAL @ HOU – ($3,000)


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