January 20, 2018, 4:52 pm
This week we will focus on stashes with big upside for the fantasy playoffs. I will try and keep the focus on players who are still available in competitive 12-team leagues. Some obvious guys to consider are John Collins, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Dillon Brooks, but I’ll focus this piece on players who are not contributing much at the moment.
Greg Monroe/Marquese Chriss – I have been adding and dropping these two all season, but with the trade deadline just weeks away, now is a good time to take a long look at Monroe. Given his robust bench role, Moose is essentially like adding an injured player but his situation should be resolved shortly. If he ends up in a good situation after a trade or release, you are looking at a solid mid-round player. If he remains with the Suns or ends up in limited role situation, he is an easy cut. Chriss was a hot pickup before his recent injury, and if the second MRI doesn’t show any long term injury he makes sense as an add if he was dropped. Chriss’ value is held back by his FT%, but he is an especially strong add for teams punting that category.
Skal Labissiere – Skal has started to show signs of the last the past few weeks, but remains well outside of 12 team standard league value. However, the Kings stated last week that veteran benchings will commence immediately and have been true to their word. Looking ahead, as with Bogdanovic listed above, Skal should be a primary beneficiary of this change in strategy. De’Aaron Fox will also benefit, but I’m less bullish on his upside.
Richaun Holmes – Whether due to injury or coach’s decision, Holmes has played 10 fewer games than the Sixer whose injury history most concerned me, Joel Embiid. Given his paltry production thus far, Holmes is a hard player to trust. I might grab him as an insurance policy if I was an Embiid owner, but he’s been trending the wrong way all season with his value at its nadir right now. Even as bad as he’s been, his upside makes him a more desirable stash than most players on the wire in 14-team leagues.
Danilo Gallinari – Injured practically all season, Gallinari has not looked great in limited time thus far. However, on a Clippers team lacking depth and potentially moving pieces at the trade deadline, Gallinari has multiple avenues to top-75 value come fantasy playoff time. We are about 4 weeks into the 6 week timetable Gallinari self-diagnosed, so now is a good time to add him if you trust Dr. Gallinari’s analysis.
Delon Wright/Shabazz Napier – I will close with two young backup guards. Both of these guys are in similar situations as they have a blossoming fantasy game that is limited on opportunity because their team already starts two stud guards. Even with the continued health of their respective teams’ starting backcourts, both players look like they could maintain top-100 value in their current roles. With the opportunity to carve out an even larger role from the bench, both players make sense to add in the short term to see how they fare over the next few weeks.
November 13, 2019, 9:11 amJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. needed just three games to flip the script about a possible sophomore slump into a narrative about his improving all-around game
Jackson's offensive outburst on Monday, where he scored 24 points, followed a stretch of three games where he totaled just 14 points on 5-of-20 shooting amid mounting frustration over issues with foul trouble. JJJ had a series of discussions with coach Taylor Jenkins and the latter encouraged him to stay focused on the important things, his daily work habits. The 20-year-old appears to be finding a balance between lingering on the perimeter and attacking the basket in Jenkins' up-tempo system while the buy-low window for him is probably closed.
Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal
November 13, 2019, 8:21 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Brad Turner of the LA Times is reporting that all signs point to the Lakers holding out Anthony Davis for Wednesday night’s game against the Warriors.
His X-rays on his ribs were negative, but AD has also been dealing with a shoulder issue since the beginning of the season. It makes sense for the Lakers to rest him against the lowly Warriors after a tough game against the Suns last night. The good news is that there doesn’t seem to be any long-term concern here and Davis will just be getting the night off after grinding it out and having played in every contest to this point.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
November 13, 2019, 2:39 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 30 points (13-for-26 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs) in a home win on Tuesday, adding six boards, two dimes and a steal in 38 minutes.
Mitchell is looking great so far this season. The main improvement in his stats is in his field goal percentage. If he can keep that up, Mitchell should be able to return top-25 value.
November 13, 2019, 2:33 amMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley scored 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting and added four rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Nets.
Conley's numbers are down in every category this season, which is a little scary for drafters of the 32-year-old. There's plenty of time for him to get more acquainted to his new team and continue to turn this around, but Conley doesn't appear likely to return to his Memphis numbers that often had him in the top-30.
November 13, 2019, 2:22 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert had another strong game in a 119-114 win over the Nets on Tuesday, putting up 18 points (8-for-10 FGs, 2-for-4 FTs), 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes.
Gobert is off to a bit of a slow start this season, mainly in the blocks category where he's dropped from 2.3 to 1.3. There's plenty of time for that to come back, but there's also a chance that the 27-year-old might not have two blocks per game left in him. If the team with Gobert in your league is worried, make an offer. It's a great time to try to buy low.
November 13, 2019, 2:06 amSpencer DinwiddiePG, Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie had a nice game off the bench with 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting, one board, four dimes and two treys in 24 minutes in a losing effort on Tuesday vs. the Jazz.
Dinwiddie has been good enough to give him a chance on your roster. And with the oft-injured Kyrie Irving and currenty-injured Caris LeVert as the two ball-handlers ahead of him, Dinwiddie could easily find himself in a position to take on enough minutes to get into the top-100.
November 13, 2019, 1:59 amKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving hit just 10-of-30 shots from the field (2-of-12 from three), scoring 27 points to go with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes in a 114-119 loss to the Jazz on Tuesday.
It was a tough night for Irving, though he did hit all five of his free throws, offsetting a bit of the damage to his field goal percentage. With Caris LeVert (right thumb sprain) missing tonight's game, Garrett Temple got the start next to Irving and produced 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one 3-pointer and one block in 30 minutes.
November 13, 2019, 1:52 amDeAndre JordanC, Brooklyn Nets
DeAndre Jordan exploded for a throwback double-double in a loss to the Jazz on Tuesday as he put up 15 points (6-for-8 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), 17 rebounds, four assists, two steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.
That's the kind of line he used to put up regularly, but the only category in which you can expect him to consistently produce now is rebounds. This center rotation is frustratingly inconsistent, but Jordan and Jarrett Allen are both worth rostering. Allen fouled out tonight, finishing with four points, seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 18 minutes.
November 13, 2019, 1:38 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield struggled to get shots to fall on Tuesday as he went 7-for-21 from the floor including 2-for-11 from deep on his way to 20 points, four rebounds and one assist in 37 minutes.
Hield did sink all four of his free throws to help offset some of the 3-point misses. His 37 minutes were his second highest amount of the season and he may be in line for some extra minutes and shots while De'Aaron Fox is out.
November 13, 2019, 1:24 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica double-doubled in a win over the Blazers on Tuesday, putting up 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 12 rebounds, four assists and three triples in 36 minutes.
Bjelica can really fill up a box score when he gets a heavy workload. While the Kings are banged up in the frontcourt, Bjelica could potentially provide mid-round value as he did for much of last season, so make sure he's not a free agent in your leagues. Richaun Holmes had a good night tonight as well with 11 points, 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes.