The NBA helps us through the middle of the week with a solid ten-game schedule tonight providing 100 starters and plenty of good subs coming off the bench to consider for tonight’s DraftKings contests. If you are looking to finish your stacked team with a cheap play or planning on building around big-salary stars, you’ll need to take a look at some bargain bin options. Here are the four players I like the most from under $4K tonight:

Delon Wright – PG/SG – TOR vs. CHA – ($3,600) – The Raptors have been using a three-man rotation at PG while Kyle Lowry has been out. While Cory Joseph has been starting and getting most of the playing time, Delon Wright has been getting good minutes and fantasy points over his last few games.

Wright has posted over 20 DKFP in three straight games and has over 17 DKFP in seven of his last nine. He played only 18 minutes against the Magic on Monday but had a well-balanced line of seven points, three assists, three steals, two blocks and a rebound for 22.75 DKFP. Wright logged a season-high 28 minutes the last time Toronto faced the Hornets, and he’ll get a rematch of that game as the Hornets head north to take on the Raptors. He isn’t the lowest risk option under $4K, and he does have enough upside in this matchup to make him my top play of the night in the bargain bin.

Tim Frazier – PG – NO vs. DAL – ($3,700) – If you’re looking for a more established play with more regular minutes than Wright, check out Tim Frazier who continues to start for the Pelicans in the backcourt next to Jrue Holiday.

Frazier has been consistent since re-joining the lineup even though he doesn’t always score a lot of points. His assists and rebounds, while avoiding turnovers, have helped him post at least 17 DKFP in five of his last six while averaging 20.7 DKFP on 5.7 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He has a tough matchup against Dallas tonight, but since he can produce good lines even when not scoring, he’s a pretty safe option as long as New Orleans doesn’t shake up their lineup.

Rodney McGruder – SG/SF – MIA @ NY – ($3,400) – The Heat are still without Dion Waiters but are making a playoff push thanks to strong play from lesser-known options like Rodney McGruder. McGruder started last night against the Pistons and put together one of his better games of the season posting 29 DKFP on 12 points, six boards, four assists and two steals.

As the Heat finish their back-to-back with a trip to Madison Square Garden, McGruder gets a good matchup tonight against the Knicks who are in the top ten in DKFP allowed to both SG and SF. McGruder has at least 15 DKFP in four of his last six games and will try to continue his success from last night’s performance.

Jamal Crawford ($3,900) – SG – LAC vs. WAS – ($3,900) – While the Clippers have been inconsistent in their battle for a playoff spot, Crawford has been consistently involved enough to deserve a look tonight. He has taken at least ten shots in five of his last six games although the results of his “instant offense” off the bench have varied.

He went 8-12 last Friday against Utah and posted 40.5 DKFP with 28 points, three assists, two steals and two rebounds. However, he followed that by going just 2-12 against the Kings and posting just 13.75 DKFP. He does have at least 17 DKFP in four of his last six, and he has a very high upside against the Wizards as a boom-or-bust play in the late game.

Overflows from the Bargain Bin

(Other cheap options worth considering)

  • Andre Roberson – SF – OKC @ ORL – ($3,700)
  • Manu Ginobili – SG – SA vs. GS – ($3,600)
  • Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot – SG/SF – PHI vs. ATL – ($3,400)
  • Georgios Papgiannis – C – Sac vs. UTA – ($3,300)
  • Devin Harris – SG – DAL @ NO – ($3,400)
  • Brandan Wright – PF/C – MEM vs. IND – ($3,100)
  • Dewayne Dedmon – C – SA vs. GS – ($3,400)


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