February 7, 2019, 7:23 pm
Hey Hoop Ballers! Welcome back to another edition of Deep League Digging – my weekly column scouring the darkest reaches of the fantasy NBA landscape in search of diamonds in the rough for deep league owners.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes – what a day. Nothing quite as earth-shattering as Anthony Davis for the entire Lakers roster, but still plenty of interesting moves with deep league implications to sort through. Since this is deep league digging, we will be focusing on impacts to players that are rostered in roughly 20 percent of leagues or less.
More than anything, this trade probably hurts Bullock the most. It is hard to see him commanding close to the amount of playing time on the Lakers that he saw while in Detroit. He moves from a solid standard-league streaming candidate to more of a 16-team 3-point streaming option.
Mykhailiuk was barely cracking the rotation in LA, and that will probably remain the case in Detroit. Still, with Bullock and Stanley Johnson out of the way in Detroit, he is worth a speculative add in 20-team leagues and deeper on the chance that he earns a consistent 15-20 minutes per night off the bench with the Pistons.
Boban struggles to see consistent minutes just about anywhere he lands due to his limitations. Feel free to take a flier in all deep leagues in the hope that trend is reversed, but don’t drop anyone of value for Boban.
Mike Scott’s value will probably remain largely unchanged. It is hard to see him earning much more than the roughly 15-20 minutes per night that he was already seeing with the Clippers. He is fine to have as an end-of-bench sort of guy in 20-team leagues and deeper, but he is more of a lower-end 3-point streamer in anything shallower.
Jonah Bolden (20-team speculative add, shallower-league blocks streamer), Furkan Korkmaz (30-team speculative add, shallower-league threes streamer) and Zhaire Smith (30-team speculative add, shallower-league lottery ticket) looked like strong adds at the start of the day but remain essentially super-deep-league lottery tickets after James Ennis and Jonathon Simmons came over.
Shamet is worth a speculative flier in all deep leagues if you need threes and have room on your roster, but there are probably better guys to take a shot on in 16-team leagues. This Clippers team is clearly hitting the reset button, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Shamet in a larger 25-30 minute role down the stretch if they want to see what they have in the rookie sharpshooter.
Wilson Chandler was already starting in Philly, and could move into the starting three role with the Clippers if he is healthy. In 26 minutes per night on the season, Chandler was already a fringe 16-team guy with more appeal in roto formats than head-to-head. There is little reason to think that changes much after this trade.
Mike Muscala will probably struggle to find more minutes than he did with the Sixers. It is hard to see Muscala having much value outside of 3-point streaming in leagues shallower than 20-teams.
Ivica Zubac is a big winner here with the potential to start now that Marcin Gortat has been released. He is probably not around on many deep-league wires, but make sure that he lands on your roster if he happens to be available.
This trade doesn’t move the needle much for anyone sitting around on deep-league wires on the Wizards side of things. Jordan McRae is still worth a flier in 16-team leagues if you need boom-or-bust type scoring production, while Sam Dekker is worth keeping an eye on in 16-team leagues but at moment is not a must-roster guy outside of 30-team leagues.
On the Bulls side of things, Cristiano Felicio comes out a winner, but is still only worth a look in 18-team leagues and deeper due to his sub-par per-minute production. Chandler Hutchison can probably stay on the wire in 16-team leagues even when he is back to playing with Porter in the picture, but is worth a speculative add in deeper formats as he should still see decent minutes down the stretch.
Morris is still suffering from a neck/back injury, and could wind up being a buyout candidate or out of the rotation entirely. More on the Pelicans below underneath the Mirotic trade.
The same can probably be said for Wesley Johnson.
On the Dallas side, this move opens up even more touches for Dwight Powell (must-add in all deep leagues), Maxi Kleber (must-add in all deep leagues) and Dorian Finney-Smith (strong 14-team add, must-roster in anything deeper). Justin Jackson will probably see more minutes and is worth a flier in 20-team leagues and deeper, but just doesn’t do enough to warrant 16-team consideration. Ryan Broekhoff (30-team flier) could see a few more minutes.
On the Kings side of things, it is hard to see any players seeing a significant bump in value. Nemanja Bjelica is probably cooked and can be dropped in 16-team leagues. This also puts a damper on Harry Giles’ appeal as a lottery ticket in 16-team formats.
Rockets/Cavaliers/Kings: Iman Shumpert, Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin (Stauskas and Baldwin traded to the Pacers and waived) to the Rockets; Alec Burks to the Kings; Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a first-round pick to the Cavaliers
Shumpert is a winner in this one and could step into a 28-30 minute role with the Rockets. He is worth rostering if you need a low-efficiency 3-and-D player at the end of your bench. Burks’ value likely takes a hit and you can probably move on from him outside of 20-team leagues and deeper.
Brandon Knight (flier in 18-team leagues and deeper) is worth a speculative add in the hope that he sees steady minutes off the bench with the Cavaliers, but he hasn’t done much even when mid-20s minutes are there. Feel free to take a flier on Chriss in 20-team leagues and deeper, but I’m skeptical that he gets enough run to be on the radar in 16-team leagues.
Johnson is worth a flier in 16-team leagues if he happens to be on the wire, but this mostly will dampen the appeal of Elie Okobo (hold in 30-team leagues) and De’Anthony Melton (hold in 18-team leagues if you held on through injury). Dion Waiters (16-team flier) should see more minutes, but don’t expect top-150 production.
Pistons/Bucks: Stanley Johnson for Thon Maker
Johnson was moved again by the Bucks, more on that below.
Thon Maker has the chance to jump Zaza Paculia on the depth chart and is worth a speculative add in 20-team leagues and deeper.
Richardson got waived, so nothing to see here.
Rockets/Sixers: James Ennis for swap rights to a second-round pick
Beyond limiting the appeal of other Sixers bench wings, this trade also hurts Ennis’ appeal outside of 20-team leagues and deeper. Feel free to drop him in shallower formats for a higher-upside speculative add.
With Mirotic the likely 6th man moving forward, a bevy of Bucks bench players stand to take a hit. D.J. Wilson had been playing well enough to warrant a look in 18-team leagues and deeper, but he is probably worth rostering in 24-team leagues and deeper.
Kenrich Williams is a must-roster player in 16-team leagues, and could be the first man off the bench coming in for Julius Randle. He won’t likely keep up the top-100 production from the last week, but top-175 numbers are not a stretch in a 25-30 minute role. Cheick Diallo probably won’t see the floor much with Davis staying in town and Okafor playing so well, but feel free to make a speculative add in 20-team leagues and deeper if he happens to be available. He will have value here and there when Davis sits, but it is hard to imagine the Pelicans blatantly shutting Davis down for the rest of the season. Johnson remains a solid steals streamer in 16-team leagues, but can be left on the wire outside of 18-team leagues and deeper.
Looking at the Raptors side of this first, Norman Powell (speculative 16-team add) and O.G. Anunoby (speculative 20-team add) should see a few extra minutes off the bench with Valanciunas, Wright and Miles out of the picture.
The Grizzlies side of this, however is where things get really interesting. First thing’s first, words cannot express my disappointment that our deep-league hero, Delon Wright, is not getting fully unleashed with Conley staying put. With that said, he still is a must-add player in all deep leagues with Shelvin Mack out of the picture. Even in 20-25 minutes a night, Wright can be valuable in even standard leagues. Add Ivan Rabb to the list of must-add players as he likely becomes the first big off the bench with JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol out of the picture. Expect a top-150 campaign from him moving forward.
Garrett Temple takes a big hit and can be dropped outside of 24-team leagues and deeper. Green is worth holding as an end of bench guy in 16-team formats as the Clippers don’t have much in the way of bigs following their series of deadline moves. However, he isn’t someone to pursue aggressively as his value likely stays about the same or slightly declines.
Shelvin Mack takes the ultimate hit and can probably be dropped even in 30-team leagues after getting waived.
Sixers/Magic: Markelle Fultz for Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick
It is hard to say what kind of role Fultz sees moving forward. The Magic still have D.J. Augustin on board and seem to want to stay competitive given their lack of action at the deadline. He still is without a timetable to return to action, but feel free to burn a lottery ticket type add in 18-team leagues in the event that he sees the floor and a change of scenery unlocks some value. Don’t be afraid to move on quickly though if it appears that the Magic are taking things slow with Fultz.
Celtics/Hawks: Jabari Bird for cash
Nothing to see here. Bird will be waived
Raptors/Nets: Greg Monroe for second-round pick
February 21, 2019, 6:58 pmGordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) will not play in Thursday's game against the Bucks.
Hayward wasn't expected to play, and here's confirmation. He sustained the injury in a one-on-one game over the break and it isn't expected to keep him out for long. It's a tough break considering Hayward had strung together some nice games, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off.
Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:56 pmKelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre is expected to move into the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Cavs.
No exact word on who will be moving to the bench, but it sounds like Josh Jackson is the guy. Oubre has been must-start since joining Phoenix but this might give him a small boost even further up the rankings. His shooting percentage won't always be pretty but the other numbers will be there. There's no word on if this arrangement will last once T.J. Warren (right ankle) returns, but Oubre shouldn't lose much value as a result either way.
February 21, 2019, 6:54 pmDe'Anthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns
De'Anthony Melton (sprained right ankle) is expected to arrive at the arena in time to play in Thursday's game against the Cavs.
Melton is ready to return from his injury after nine games on the sidelines but he'll need to rush to meet with the Suns after a quick G-League assignment. Melton's appeal took a big hit when the Suns acquired Tyler Johnson but he'll still be a deep-league option for steals.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:52 pmDerrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) is on the active roster for Thurday's game against the Sixers.
That doesn't mean Jones will play, as Erik Spoelstra has been very forward about the Heat's returning injured players needing some more work before getting on the court. Jones' stat set is extremely fun and he'd be a nice target if the playing time is there. We'll see.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:46 pmGoran Dragic - G - Miami Heat
Goran Dragic (right knee) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Sixers.
Dragic is close to a return but the Heat want him to get some more work in before they put him back into game action. If you've been thinking about stashing him away this looks like your last chance.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:45 pmBoban Marjanovic - C - Philadelphia Sixers
Boban Marjanovic is in the starting lineup on Thursday night, taking Joel Embiid's spot at center.
Embiid is battling left knee soreness and has been shut down for a week, so Boban will get a chance to shine. If you've been looking for a reason to get him into your lineups, it might not ever get any better than this. Just keep your fingers crossed and hope that he's able to stay on the floor.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 5:46 pmTony Parker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Tony Parker (back strain) is no longer on the injury report.
Consider Parker good to go for Friday's tilt with the Wizards, not that fantasy owners should care.
February 21, 2019, 5:45 pmTomas Satoransky - G/F - Washington Wizards
Tomas Satoransky (personal) has been removed from the injury report and will play on Friday against the Hornets.
Satoransky missed two games before the break but wasn't expected to miss any time beyond that. Make sure he's in your lineups.
February 21, 2019, 5:44 pmTroy Brown Jr. - F - Washington Wizards
Troy Brown Jr. (left ankle sprain) will not play on Friday, as he's currently with the Capital City Go-Go of the G-League.
Brown was expected to return sometime shortly after the All-Star break but the Wizards will let him work back into shape at the lower level, at least for one night. He might hit the radar if injuries strike or Washington fades in the playoff hunt, but odds are that he's completely irrelevant for fantasy purposes.
February 21, 2019, 5:42 pmKris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn (back contusion) is not on the injury report and will play on Friday against the Magic.
Dunn went through Wednesday's practice and was expected to suit up tomorrow, and here's some early confirmation. He's good to get back into all lineups.