NBA $10k+ Saturday Best Buys
There is nothing better than a packed NBA schedule on a Saturday. Which players are ripe for the picking for your Draftstars team?
Here is a team you may consider for the NBA Fever $10K+ Saturday competition.
Russell Westbrook ($25,000)
The ‘triple-double king’ has been nothing short of insane all season and has been red hot the last few games, notching up a triple-double in four of his last five games. Yes, Westbrook comes at a hefty price but you would be silly to make a case against selecting him given how well he is playing at the minute. A 31.6-point, 9.6-rebound and 10.4-assist average from the first 14 games of the season is simply a rare sighting; therefore don’t miss the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon.
Seth Curry ($5,000)
An injury-depleted Dallas roster will give Seth Curry all the minutes he can handle as Deron Williams continues to nurse a calf injury. Averaging 33.5 minutes over the last seven days, Seth’s fantasy value comes from his ability to light it up from deep, averaging 1.5 threes a game for the season and, more importantly, 2.3 throughout the last week. Up against a strong Cavaliers team and with not many shot creators on the current Mavs roster, look for volume shooting from the 6’2 guard along with solid rebounding and assist numbers.
Bradley Beal ($11,500)
Injury troubles have long been an issue for Bradley Beal but his last few games have been anything but an issue for the fifth year guard. Since a short stint on the sidelines, Beal has been shooting the lights out with outputs of 18, 34 and a career-high 42 points consecutively in his last three outings, also going at a combined 53% from the field. The Wizards face a very up-and-down Orlando side on Saturday so expect Beal to erupt again if the Magic take their time to switch on.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,850)
After declaring he was worth a max contract before opening night, KCP came out of the gates atrociously, beginning the season with five and four points in his first two games. However, since then he has begun to find his feet and play the brand of basketball we’re used to seeing him play; 15.3 points at nearly 45% and 1.8 threes throughout the last week. Going up against a surprisingly good Clippers team, expect Caldwell-Pope to run the ageing Redick off endless off-ball screens to get wide open looks and open lanes in the paint in Van Gundy’s spread pick and roll system.
Jabari Parker ($12,150)
Many didn’t expect Jabari Parker to be playing as well as he is at the moment. Parker’s ability to play in both big and small lineups makes him extremely valuable for Jason Kidd’s Bucks. Individually, Parker has been producing outstanding numbers in just his second proper season of NBA – 19.7 points and 6.2 boards for the season so far. His increased comfort behind the three-point arc has also been evident, knocking down five out of seven treys against the Magic just a few days ago. As a result, Parker is quickly becoming the go-to guy for Milwaukee – making him a worthwhile pickup for your Saturday lineup.
Nick Young ($7,550)
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a bit of Swaggy P? Nick Young has definitely been riding the Lakers’ rise in the past few games; hitting game-winners and putting on an absolute show for all to see. His price is too hard to ignore given the way he has been travelling – an average of 18 points, 3.7 threes and four rebounds per game, in his last seven. There’s no doubt he’ll be hyped up to play in front of a packed purple and gold house.
Jon Leuer ($8,150)
Given his price, Jon Leuer has been quite a solid pick lately for those that have relied on him. An average of 26.5 minutes a game has seen his production rise from previous years, especially in the last few games with an average of 11 points and 7.5 rebounds in his last seven. Coming off an 11-point, four-rebound performance on Thursday isn’t exactly what we are after, however hopefully Leuer can step up when he’s on the court to combat an in-form Clippers frontcourt.
Terrence Jones ($7,800)
Increased court time has seen a noticeable increase in Terrence Jones’ production in his last few outings. The former Rocket’s price is too hard to ignore given the way he’s playing, averaging 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in his last seven. Additionally, Jones is coming off two 17-point, 6/7 rebound games in which he has shot the ball over 54% in both outings. The Pelicans roll into Portland on Saturday, a team which Jones had 15 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two steals against just over a week ago.
Dwight Howard ($13,300)
The Atlanta Hawks center has been nothing short of phenomenal since his return from a one-game absence just over a week ago. In the four games since, Howard has averaged an astounding 14.8 points, 15.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks including a huge 23-point (83% from the field), 20-board performance against the Pacers on Thursday. Despite the Hawks coming up against a strong rebounding team in the Utah Jazz on Saturday, Howard’s recent showings are too hard to ignore for our center spot.
The Line Up
PG: Russell Westbrook ($25,000)
PG: Seth Curry ($5,000)
SG: Bradley Beal ($11,500)
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($8,350)
SF: Jabari Parker ($12,150)
SF: Nick Young ($7,550)
PF: Jon Leuer ($8,150)
PF: Terrence Jones ($7,800)
C: Dwight Howard ($13,300)
Salary Remaining: $1,200
NBA SCORING SYSTEM
Point Scored = 1 point
Missed Field Goal = -0.25 points
Missed Free Throw = -0.25 points
Assist = 1.5 points
Rebound = 1.25 points
Turnover = -0.5 points
Steal = 2 point
Block = 2 points
3 Point Made = 1 point
Double-Double = 2 points
Triple-Double = 2 points