It has already been an interesting week in the NBA coming into tonight’s ten-game Friday night slate. With 20 teams in action giving us 100 starters to choose from for DFS fantasy basketball, there are lots of great plays to attack. If you are shopping for a bargain to round out your roster or trying to save up salary to stock your lineup with stars, check out this trip to the bargain bin where you can find some plays that will cost you less than $4K.

John Henson – C – MIL vs. LAC – ($3,500) – The Bucks are in a tough spot tonight as they host the Clippers. LA has both Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan ready to roll up front against an under-sized Milwaukee team, without Jabari Parker or Michael Beasley. While rookie Thon Maker and Greg Monroe will both get minutes, the Bucks’ best defensive big man is definitely John Henson.

Henson started the second half against the Nuggets on Wednesday to provide some better rebounding and a better defensive presence against Nikola Jokic. He ended up posting 22 DKFP on 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in just 18 minutes. Henson also had over 19 DKFP on Monday in the Bucks’ first game after losing Beasley to injury. Facing the Clippers jumbo front line, coach Jason Kidd should give Henson 20+ minutes tonight giving him a good shot to get over 20 DKFP, a great return given his very affordable salary. His playing time is volatile, but I think he’ll be set up for success tonight.

Doug McDermott – SG/SF – OKC @ PHO – ($3,600) – Another option who seems set up for good minutes tonight is Doug McDermott of the Thunder, who is settling in nicely with his new team after being acquired at the trade deadline. McDermott is helping to cover for the injured Victor Oladipo and is getting nice usage and playing time as a result. Last night, he played 37 minutes in Portland and posted just 16 DKFP despite taking a dozen shots (4-12). He had 11 shots in his previous game on Tuesday against Utah and finished with a much healthier 25.75 DKFP on 16 points to go with 5 rebounds and an assist.

The opportunities are there for McDermott, and he should be set up for success tonight as the Thunder roll into Phoenix to face the Suns. It should be a high-scoring shootout in the desert, and McDermott did manage to shoot 4-6 and score 11 points against the Suns when he faced them earlier this month as a member of the Bulls. His growing role and Oladipo’s absence could mean a big game for Dougie McBuckets tonight.

Derrick Williams – SF – CLE @ ATL – ($3,800) – The former No. 2 overall pick has settled in nicely with the Cavs and has helped them cover for the absence of Kevin Love. He and the other D-Will (Deron Williams) give the Cavs a solid group of veterans coming off the bench right now, but Derrick Williams is probably a little more of a value at this point since his role is so much more well defined. Williams played 31 minutes against Boston on Wednesday totaling 20.75 DKFP on 13 points, 3 boards, a block and a steal. He has reached double-digit scoring in three of his last four games and has at least 16 DKFP in each of his last six games. Tonight, he and the Cavs look to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss as they visit Atlanta.

Hollis Thompson – SG/SF – NO vs. SA – ($3,000) – Like Derrick Williams, Hollis Thompson joined his new team on a ten-day contract, and both have a good chance of being signed for the rest of the season. Thompson has actually been starting for the Pelicans in front of E’Twaun Moore and has played at least 25 minutes in each of his last three games. He played a massive 40 minutes in Wednesday’s win against the Pistons while DeMarcus Cousins served his suspension. In that game, Thompson totaled 23.5 DKFP on 8 points, 8 boards, 2 assists and a steal. While that workload isn’t likely to be duplicated again tonight, Thompson is clearly a big part of coach Alvin Gentry’s rotation and should continue to get opportunities to pile up countable stats for the Pelicans. He’s in a tough matchup against the Spurs tonight, but San Antonio will focus on taking away DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday which could result in some open kick-out looks for Thompson. If you have to go all the way to the minimum salary, Thompson is the option that I like the most this Friday.

Overflows from the Bargain Bin

(Other cheap options worth a look)

  • Taj Gibson – PF – OKC @ PHO – ($3,800)
  • E’Twaun Moore – SG – NO vs. SA – ($3,500)
  • Joe Johnson – SF – UTA vs BKN – ($3,300)
  • Josh Richardson – SG/SF – MIA @ ORL – ($3,900)
  • Norman Powell – SG/SF – TOR @ WAS – ($3,600)
  • Caris LeVert – SF – BKN @ UTA – ($3,400)
  • Justin Holiday – SG/SF – NY @ PHI – ($3,400)


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