The NBA has eight great games lined up to get the weekend started right. With several key players injured or resting, there are some great value options in the bargain bin today. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday the purpose of this post is to give you the top fantasy basketball options who will be in a place to produce even though their salaries are less than $4,000. Whether you’re searching for sleepers for your foundation or just trying to fill your final roster spot, check out these inexpensive but potentially productive plays:
Shabazz Muhammad – SG/SF – MIN @ MIA – ($3,700) – Muhammad’s playing time and role with Minnesota have been inconsistent all season, but he has stepped up in several games when given the chance. Over the last month of the season, he could be in line for more usage after Minnesota announced yesterday that Nemanja Bjelica is out for the rest of the season. Bjelica was playing over 25 minutes a game and taking almost eight shots a game.
Muhammad showcased what he can do with the extra usage on Wednesday scoring 21 points against the Celtics on his way to 28.25 DKFP. He doesn’t add many non-scoring stats, but if he is given over 25 minutes a game, he has shown he can produce nice fantasy numbers. In four of his last seven games, he has played over 20 minutes and in each of those games he has over 20 DKFP. Bjelica’s loss makes him the top sub-$4K player to target tonight.
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot – SG/SF – PHI vs. DAL – ($3,500) – As they play out their season, the Sixers are giving plenty of playing time to Luwawu-Cabarrot who they drafted 24th overall in last year’s draft. TLC has started the last three games and posted fairly solid fantasy numbers despite still not logging a ton of playing time. He started in place of Gerald Henderson on Saturday, Robert Covington on Sunday and even got the start on Tuesday with both Henderson and Covington available.
He posted at least nine points in each of the three games while adding solid rebounds and assists to get to at least 18.75 DKFP in each contest. Tonight, the Sixers welcome in the Mavericks, and Luwawu-Cabarrot could be a nice cheap play if coach Brett Brown runs him out there in the starting five again.
E’Twaun Moore – SG/SF – NO vs. HOU – ($3,500) – While the arrival and production of Jordan Crawford has gotten the attention in New Orleans, Moore remains a solid value since he’s still producing nice numbers off the bench and his salary has remained low while Crawford’s has climbed to $4,400.
Moore has scored in double digits in seven of his last nine games after totaling 18 points in 35 minutes at Miami on Wednesday. He finished with over 20 DKFP for the second straight game and has over 17 DKFP in seven of his last nine. The Pelicans and Rockets should pile up plenty of points tonight, and Moore clearly has the green light coming off the bench. The Pelicans do have other options on the wings with the arrival of Crawford, but Moore is still a really nice value at his $3,500 salary.
Terry Rozier – PG – BOS @ BKN – ($3,000) – The Celtics will be without All-Star Isaiah Thomas for the next two games after he sustained a bone bruise on Wednesday. One of the players who should get a chance to step up while IT4 is down is second-year guard Terry Rozier.
Rozier and Marcus Smart should pick up the minutes at the point for Boston tonight in a great matchup against the Nets. Rozier has shown flashes of potential including scoring 14 points in 20 minutes for 23 DKFP earlier this month in a game in Phoenix. Rozier is a solid distributor and good defender who can produce good non-scoring numbers when given minutes. He’s definitely a risky play, but give Rozier a look if you want someone at the minimum price who has plenty of upside and the potential to step up.
Overflows from the Bargain Bin
(Other cheap options worth a look)
- Wayne Ellington – SF – MIA vs. MIN – ($3,900)
- Dante Cunningham – SF/PF – NO vs. HOU – ($3,200)
- Leandro Barbosa – PG/SG – PHO vs ORL– ($3,200)
- Matthew Dellavedova – PG/SG – MIL @ LAL – ($3,900)
- Randy Foye – SG – BKN vs. BOS – ($3,000)
- Amir Johnson – PF/C – BOS @ BKN – ($3,700)
- Ian Mahinmi – C – WAS vs. CHI – ($3,400)
- Quincy Acy – SF/PF – BKN vs. BOS – ($3,300)
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