November 18, 2017, 6:56 pm
Welcome back to Saturday Night Stash. This month we will circle back with some of our preferred stashes from earlier in the season, as well as some guys currently on the wire.
Donovan Mitchell – Mitchell has taken well to the NBA so far, producing very solid averages of 14.9 ppg, 1.9 3pg, 2.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg, .6 bpg, 38.5 FG%, 85.3 FT% and 2.3 topg through his first 16 games. The FG% is currently keeping him out of the top 100, but he is contributing everywhere else. Utah starting him at point guard in the absence of Rubio shows their faith in him, and opens up new avenues for production and minutes that I didn’t previously consider last month.
John Collins – Like Mitchell, Collins was a low key rookie entering the season. Thus far, he is barely on the fringe of 12-team value, but profiles well for an increased role down the line. Quickly racing out to last place in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks will likely place an emphasis on future development as the season progresses. Averaging almost 11 points, seven rebounds and one block with a 52.4 FG% in just 21 minutes a game, Collins is great bet for a larger role and more production as the season wears on.
Greg Monroe – Moose has been firmly out of the top-200 this season, but was ranked top-100 on a per game basis last season in just 20 minutes a game and top-50 two seasons ago with 30 minutes per game. Your guess is as good as mine as far as where Monroe ultimately ends up this season, but if he finds himself on a team without too much front court depth he could end up approaching 30 minutes a game this season. The top-50 upside that comes with Moose getting loose makes him an attractive stash.
Gorgui Dieng – Buried behind KAT and the newly acquired Taj Gibson, Dieng has only been getting 15 minutes per game so far. With such a small role it is no wonder Gorgui is ranked outside the top-250 this season. Alas, we have seen this movie before and it ends up with Gorgui finding his way to more minutes, more production and a top-75 finish. Feel free to keep your eye on Mr. Dieng on the wire for now, but make sure to snatch him up as soon as you notice his minutes trending up. Alternatively, if you are in a weekly league he may be a better (read: higher upside) bench player than the guys that are currently not starting for your team.
Richaun Holmes – As long as Mr. Holmes avoids the fate of his namesake from Game of Thrones, he should eventually get to producing at least low end value for your team. He ended up with top 100 numbers last season in just 20 minutes a game, so a major role is not required for Holmes to produce standard league value. However, despite needing just 20 minutes to produce, Holmes has averaged a meager 2.5 minutes a game over his last two. Given the health concerns around Joel Embiid, Holmes has the widest range of potential outcomes on this list making him the ultimate risk/reward stash.
Nerlens Noel – A player the Mavericks organization was seemingly high on just last season, Noel has sputtered since an auspicious opening night performance this season. Bottoming out with an average of 4.2 minutes over his past three games, the short term outlook is bleak. Compounding the issue, his team has a crowded front court rotation and a head coach that isn’t afraid to mix and match. It will likely take an injury to stabilize Noel’s value, but in 14-team leagues or deeper, he is a viable stash.
Jamal Murray – Coming off two 30 point games in his last three outings, Murray owners are probably feeling very bullish on his rest of season outlook at this point. Producing low end value to start the season, Murray has a legitimate shot to climb higher as the season progresses. Murray has some stash appeal, but also sell high appeal at the moment. Consider either possibility depending on your team’s needs.
Tyler Johnson – Johnson managed to hang around the top-80 last season, but is playing on a healthier squad this year which is limiting his offensive opportunities compared to last season. Still, producing low end value on the season, Johnson is viable stash because an injury to almost any teammate, regardless of position, is likely to boost his value. Additionally, if his improvement in FT% is more than a small sample mirage he has the upside to cruise past his finish from last season. It will require an injury or two, but given Johnson’s low end value even now, he makes sense as a player to own.
Kelly Oubre – Oubre has seen his minutes and production dwindle since the return of Markieff Morris, but still profiles as a player who should gradually improve as the season wears on. With the ability to contribute all over the stat sheet, Oubre makes sense as a stash in 14-team leagues.
Allen Crabbe – Crabbe has been up and down to start the season, but has picked it up over his last two. Still feeling his way in with his new team, Crabbe’s role seems to be on the upswing after injuries to Lin and now D-Russ. Crabbe is probably not available on your wire anymore, but you may be able to sneak him into a trade.
Alex Len – Len’s owners have been confounded for two years running as the Suns keep trotting out Tyson Chandler for big minutes. Even with the injury to Chandler, Monroe has now emerged as another center on the Suns keeping Len from big minutes. However, Len is still the only one of the three with youth on his side and a potential to be in the Sun’s long term future. He is outside the fringe of standard league value at the moment, but makes sense as long term stash with the potential for Monroe and Chandler to be traded or shut down.
Tyler Ulis – One last Sun to finish this list. Ulis’ game is inefficient, and he hasn’t even approached the fringes of standard league value in two seasons. Nevertheless fantasy point guards don’t grow on trees, and Ulis does have the potential to secure the starting role and 30+ minutes per game. If he does, he can become a low end point guard for your team in the season’s second half.