• Week 1 was truly brutal for injuries and a lot of the add/drop action has already taken place.  We have a deep waivers article that runs mid-week and the idea here is to capture a snapshot of what is out there.  This article will run on Sundays and then I shift into the Waiver Wire Show for premium members later tonight at 5:30 p.m. PT.

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    This grouping is a bit light but for intermediate 12-team leagues and beyond there is actually some pretty good value.

    De’Aaron Fox: He was added in a lot of drafts but it’s possible he was skipped over in yours.  The Kings are already relying on him when they need playmakers and it has only been three games.  If anything happens to George Hill he has mid-round potential and he might just bring late-round numbers right out the chute.

    Status: Must-own in almost any format

    Evan Turner: The departure of Allen Crabbe really clears things up for Turner as he fits a need on offense and the Blazers benefit greatly from his defense.  He’s a lock to bring back late-round numbers this year.

    Status: Must-own in competitive 12-team formats

    Spencer Dinwiddie: I cleaned up in DraftMasters leagues with Dinwiddie basically wherever I wanted to take him, usually after Round 20 in 12-team formats.  He looks like a high-end backup PG with starter potential and he’s going to wiggle his way to the front of the line in Brooklyn, made easier by the injury to Jeremy Lin.

    Status: Must-own in competitive 14-team formats and solid grab in 12-team formats

    Danny Green: Green has enjoyed life without Kawhi Leonard a bit and he’ll settle in once Leonard returns.  Passed over in drafts for a lack of upside, he could be leaned upon just a little bit more and be a solid late-round guy for owners this season.

    Status: Must-own in 12-team, 9-cat formats


    J.J. Barea will be productive for however long Dennis Smith is out and might keep it up to a lesser degree after Smith returns.  Terry Rozier and Delon Wright are great deep league targets.  Dejounte Murray will be unbalanced and has issue in money counting stat categories but he’ll be fun for the next month.


    Joe Ingles: Because there are leagues out there that don’t read Hoop Ball and you might have just found us.

    Status: Must-start player

    Gorgui Dieng: He always has a slow start for whatever reason and then figures out his role and gets down to business.  A top-40 player when he’s getting 30 mpg, and very serviceable if he’s getting 22-25 mpg, there’s no reason to be jumping ship in Week 1.  Pick him up if he was dropped.

    Status: Must-own player

    Lauri Markkanen: There are going to be issues with his stat set as a stretch big that won’t produce gobs of defensive numbers, will hit a low percentage of shots and possibly struggle rebounding.  He’s getting his run of the yard with Bobby Portis punching Nikola Mirotic (and himself) out of the rotation.  When his minutes dip he might struggle for late-round value but it’s also possible the Bulls push the issue there so they can promote not being terrible.

    Status: Worth a short-term add in 12-team formats

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: RHJ might have been overlooked in smaller, more beginner leagues and he’s setting up to enjoy the Nets’ frantic, up-tempo box scores.  Can he keep it up?  We’ll see.  He’s always sort of regulated himself on that front.  He looks like a strong bet to finish with early late-round value and upside beyond that.

    Status: Must-own player

    Dillon Brooks: He was a post-draft pickup for me in 30-DEEP after I autodrafted my way out of a backup small forward.  Knowing the Grizzlies were planning for the future and with Brooks profiling as one of their better young players, I was sort of happy to see him there among the three other remaining free agents in a league with 400 rostered players.  He has shot off like a cannon early on and I don’t see why he can’t stay in a 25-minute role with upside beyond that.

    Status: Worth a look in 12-team standard leagues, must-own in 14-team formats


    Al-Farouq Aminu is probably going to be an easy 12-team guy with consistency issues this year. Trevor Booker is well worth a look for his regular first few months of the season surge.  DeMarre Carroll fits the same description.


    Kelly Olynyk: Just like with Joe Ingles, if you weren’t sure how the Hoop Ballers were rolling now you know.  Olynyk will be a late-round guy whenever Hassan Whiteside is healthy and he’s a guy that gets injured somewhat frequently.  The Heat are trying to manufacture Olynyk minutes, too.

    Status: Must-own player in standard formats

    Willy Hernangomez: This one is so Knicksy but it’s hard to see him getting less than 22 mpg this season.  It’s hard to see him not getting 25 mpg and there is obviously upside beyond that if Scott Perry can start getting any say around there.  It’s going to be a bit hard to stomach for the next few weeks but this is a top-100 asset in the waiting and he can climb higher than that.

    Status: Must-own player in leagues that aren’t overly prohibitive to stashing

    Skal Labissiere: Skal has looked very good to start the year in relation to where he needs to be and he has been productive when getting the minutes, too.  He has serious upside so it makes sense to have him on rosters while the going is good early on.  Still, expect speed bumps for the foreseeable future.

    Status: Must-own player in competitive 12-team standard leagues


    Lucas Nogueira could jump back on the scene quickly if anything happens with Jonas Valanciunas. Larry Nance is the early winner in the Lakers frontcourt and owners can probably plan on that until he gets hurt.

Fantasy News

  • Stephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry scored 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting to go with six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and 10 3-pointers in Thursday's 125-123 win over the Kings.

    Curry had another 10-bomb from deep and was drilling them in crunch time too. Something about a 3-pointer from Curry is just backbreaking but the Kings were resilient tonight, clawing their way back just to get drilled again by the two-time MVP. We're going to see this happen a few more times this season as the Warriors are firing on all cylinders thanks to their best player.

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Durant scored 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting with nine rebounds, four assists, a steal, a 3-pointer and seven blocks against the Kings on Thursday.

    Durant set a career-high with seven blocks tonight and six of them came in the first half. We've seen a few block parties hosted by him before so it's not like this type of line is too surprising, but it's good to see him being active on the defensive end of the floor again. In his last five games he's averaging 2.6 blocks but only 0.4 steals.

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled against the Kings on Thursday with 17 points and 10 boards while chipping in three assists, a block and a 3-pointer.

    Cousins logged 27 minutes and has surpassed the 25-minute mark in his last four games played (excluding the Blazers game he sat out). Stashing him has paid off and the all-around production will keep coming.

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Klay Thompson scored 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and a steal on Thursday.

    Thompson was a bit icy from deep from his standards but the Warriors got enough firepower from their main two superstars to pull through with a win.

  • Draymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green logged 34 minutes on Thursday and scored 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, a steal and three 3-pointers.

    Green came through for the Warriors at the end of this game and it was his best shooting display from deep in quite some time. He's gaining confidence (not like he needed anymore) and was integral for the Warriors in the fourth quarter as they barely pulled out a win against a tough Kings team.

  • Marvin Bagley III - F - Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley went bananas on Thursday, scoring 28 points on 8-of-19 shooting with 14 rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer.

    Bagley feasted on the Warriors and brought his high energy on both ends of the floor. The Warriors looked like they had no answer for the booming rookie and his stock has been trending upwards for quite some time now.

  • Nemanja Bjelica - F - Sacramento Kings

    Nemanja Bjelica received a DNP-CD against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Bjelica is now the odd man out with Bogdan Bogdanovic starting and Harrison Barnes entering the fray as well. It doesn't help that Marvin Bagley has been going bonkers and as of now Bjelica is waiver wire fodder.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic - G - Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic started on Thursday and scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with a 3-pointer, three rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    Bogdanovic finally drew the start and it's about time the Kings started their best forward. He and De'Aaron Fox are both playmakers and it's good to see them both handing out enough dimes to keep their owners satisfied.

  • Buddy Hield - G - Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield scored 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting with two triples, seven boards, two dimes and a swat on Thursday against the Warriors.

    Hield went 2-for-8 from deep but still found a way to get up to his scoring average for the season. Him and De'Aaron Fox (18 points on 6-of-14 shooting with three rebounds, eight assists, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers) played against the backcourt they're hoping to be in the next few years but as tonight showed, they're still a couple steps behind.

  • Harrison Barnes - F - Sacramento Kings

    Harrison Barnes scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, an assist and a 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Barnes had an empty scoring line and the volume is going to be lowered on the Kings. He's joining a team with more mouths to feed than the Mavs so his value is going to take a dip.