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.