• Friday’s Daily Dish: Here Comes Jokic

    It’s starting to become an annual tradition for Nikola Jokic to come out of the gate slowly in fantasy, but recently he’s starting to look like the guy that everyone took in the top-10 of drafts back in October. We’ll take a look at that and more in today’s Daily Dish. But first – as always – let’s talk adds and drops.

    Add(s) of the Night

    Davis Bertans, PF, Washington Wizards – 28 minutes, 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, six 3-pointers, one steal, 7-for-13 FG

    Davis Bertans is already known as a threes and points streamer from his time with the Spurs, but his game definitely seems to be evolving in his role as one of the top reserves in Washington. Over the last two weeks he is averaging 14.6 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and 3.6 threes per game across 28 minutes. There’s a chance he could fall off eventually, but he’s worth an add right now to see if his more well-rounded stat profile sticks.

    DeAndre’ Bembry, SF, Atlanta Hawks – 35 minutes, 22 points, four rebounds, six assists, four three-pointers, four steals, 9-for-13 FG

    DeAndre’ Bembry got the start on Friday and responded with one of his best performances of the season. He’s been toeing the line between streamer and hold the last few weeks and with the injuries to Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish injuries adding up in Atlanta, grab Bembry and see what happens. He is usually known for chipping in most areas other than scoring but if he can capitalize on increased usage he will be a hold until the Hawks get healthy.

    If you’re looking for more potential adds, check out our Pickups of the Night, part of the Hoop Ball Gametime Premium package.

    Drop Zone

    We’re not saying that you have to drop any of these guys, only that you should at least consider it depending who’s on your waiver wire. Your mileage may vary based on league size and team build, but for the most part we’ll try to cut dead weight in the 12-team range.

    Kyle Kuzma

    Kyle Kuzma returned to action this season on November 1 and since then has averaged 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 threes per game on 45% shooting. Other than points and threes, Kuzma really is not contributing anything and the areas he does contribute in are readily available on most waiver wires. It really doesn’t make sense that Kyle Kuzma is rostered in over 70% of leagues. Go fishing for upside with that roster spot.

    Tyler Herro

    Tyler Herro is another example of a guy who is on too many rosters, and that is probably due to the preseason hype because his actual game hasn’t been anything worth being a must-hold guy in standard leagues. Similar to Kuzma, his production outside of points and threes isn’t consistent and the Heat are set to get Justise Winslow back eventually, which will only limit the opportunity afforded to Herro even more. More than likely, there is someone worth grabbing over Herro on your waivers.

    Injury Report

    Kemba Walker was carried to the locker room on Friday after running head-first into a teammate. He is being evaluated for a concussion.

    Here Comes Jokic

    Nikola Jokic reminded everyone why he was a no-brainer first-round pick on Friday night, posting his third triple-double of the season with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and a block. After the big night, Jokic’s season averages are sitting at 17.2 points, nine rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 threes.

    Those numbers are obviously solid, but there’s a few areas that are lacking. His field-goal percentage (47%) would be the worst of his career and the 5.8 assists would be his lowest since the 2017 season. As he reminded us on Friday night though, Jokic is never far from breaking out.

    Just as it’s become a trend for Jokic to start seasons slowly, it is also becoming a trend for him to break out in a big way around this time every season. The buy-low window is just barely still open and I’d offer a top-25 type for Jokic and see what happens because by this time next week he could be back in a big way.

    Is DeMar DeRozan a sell-high?

    First things first, DeMar DeRozan has been absolutely on fire to start this season. He is averaging 21.7 points per game and his 52.8% shooting from the field would easily be a career-high. He is doing all his damage going to the basket too as his 0.3 three-point attempts per game would be his lowest since his rookie season when he averaged 21.6 minutes per game.

    That said, other than the increased efficiency there isn’t a lot different about how DeRozan has performed so far this season. Typically relying on outlier efficiency is a fool’s gambit in fantasy. His top-20 value so far is completely thanks to that field goal percentage, so see if someone will send you a top-20 guy in exchange and enjoy a well-executed sell high.

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