December 23, 2017, 10:12 pm
This week we will focus on stashes who are currently struggling. I had much higher hopes on all of these players entering the season, but they have all gotten off to starts that range from pretty bad to complete disaster. Nevertheless, the eternal optimist that I am, the following players have the goods to get it turned around later this year:
Gorgui Dieng – Gorgui is arguably in the toughest position of anyone on this list, with very few paths to fantasy relevance. At this point, Dieng’s best bet is to get traded but there have been no reports of any deals on the horizon. In Minnesota, Dieng will have a tough time getting on the standard league radar as long as Towns and Gibson are healthy. Dieng’s top 60 upside merits keeping an eye on but you can likely do so from the wire.
Allen Crabbe – Crabbe has really sputtered over the past month, with numbers barely inside the top-200. On the season he is right around the cut line for standard league value, but his recent production will likely see him joining the wire in many leagues. Given the lack of depth in the Brooklyn backcourt, and Coach Atkinson’s apparent commitment to Crabbe, it is likely Crabbe will have an extended opportunity to turn his play around. Accordingly, Crabbe is a fine bottom of the lineup stash for now with upside for later.
Richaun Holmes – There was some hope Holmes could maintain top-100 value even playing alongside a healthy Joel Embiid. Alas, those hopes have been dashed with Holmes barely sitting inside the top-200 thus far this season. The addition of Trevor Booker doesn’t make things any easier for Holmes, either. With the new logjam in the Philadelphia frontcourt, Holmes will need an injury in front of him in order to provide value. Given Embiid’s injury history, this isn’t the biggest stretch. Nevertheless, Holmes’ value had been trending down all season but has seen a slight increase this past week with Embiid’s back flaring up.
JaMychal Green – After suffering an early season injury, Green looked to be poised to reward his patient owners on a Memphis team lacking front court depth. Unfortunately for Green owners, Green ended up becoming more a problem than the solution to these frontcourt woes. Green continues to disappoint but at least has a shot at a big minute role on his team.
Greg Monroe – Moose is getting yanked like a yo-yo going from starter to DNP to reserve depending on the game. However, his per-36 numbers hint at some potential should he get a consistent 30 minute role on Phoenix (or elsewhere). With rumors swirling around him since his arrival in Phoenix, there is a decent chance Monroe gets traded before the February deadline. If he ends up on a team giving him 30+ minutes per night, he can be a strong asset for your fantasy team. If he ends up on a team where he strictly ends up playing backup minutes, he can be left on the wire.
Marquese Chriss – Chriss is in a similar situation to Moose above, except he appears to be part of the future in Phoenix. Accordingly, if and when Phoenix sheds some of its frontcourt players, Chriss has a golden opportunity for 30 minutes or more per game. As we saw at the end of last season, Chriss has mid-round upside with an expanded role. Given Phoenix will likely provide this opportunity to Chriss eventually, he makes sense as a second-half stash despite the short term hit in production that will come along with a Chriss addition now.