December 2, 2018, 1:24 am
We present the possible waiver wire adds and recommendations from the seven games on Saturday night’s schedule.
1. Danny Green (56%) – Recommendation: 8-10 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 32 MIN, 6-9 FG, 15 PTS, 7 REB, 2 BLK, 3 3PM, 1 TO
Criminally under-owned. Tired of mentioning it every week.
2. Marcus Morris (59%) – Recommendation: 10 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 27 MIN, 5-10 FG, 2-2 FT, 16 PTS, 3 REB, 2 STL, 4 3PM, 2 TO
Has been hot all season and continued to impress tonight. Top-75 value since becoming starter and it may stick.
3. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (57%) – Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 28 MIN, 3-10 FG, 4-4 FT, 11 PTS, 8 REB, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Slowly getting back his footing and recently got back the starting job. Was a top-100 guy player last year with a jump expected this year so the upside is there.
4. Mitchell Robinson (19%) – Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 20 MIN, 3-4 FG, 0-1 FT, 6 PTS, 5 REB, 1 BLK, 1 TO
Minutes have been erratic to say the least. Is a stash that still gets you two blocks a game. Had a key play in final seconds to secure victory. Minutes should increase and become more consistent as season progresses.
5. Marcus Smart (19%) – Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 28 MIN, 2-4 FG, 6 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL, 2 3PM, 0 TO
Rumors that he might replace Jaylen Brown as the starter. Started last three games with top-25 value producing 2.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.0 triples. We have seen this from Smart before.
6. Noah Vonleh (43%) – Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 35 MIN, 6-6 FG, 15 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3 3PM, 2 TO
A big-man that hits triples and free-throws. Top-100 value on the season so far and played over 30 minutes in six of the last eight.
7. Damyean Dotson (5%) – Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 33 MIN, 7-9 FG, 2-2 FT, 21 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 5 3PM, 0 TO
That’s three very strong games in a row. Courtney Lee returning on Saturday was expected to hurt his value but Lee didn’t even play and neither did Frank Ntilikina. Trey Burke went down with a knee sprain so Dotson’s minutes should be safe for now.
8. P.J. Tucker (35%) – Recommendation: 10-12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 31 MIN, 4-8 FG, 1-1 FT, 11 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 0 TO
Not the most exciting add but he just keeps trucking along and is a very safe top-85 guy for the foreseeable future.
9. Tyreke Evans (52%) – Recommendation: 12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 29 MIN, 5-12 FG, 12 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 2 3PM, 3 TO
Victor Oladipo is out indefinitely so this is a great opportunity for Evans to put up top-50 numbers like did last year. For some reason, that isn’t happening. Let’s not give up just yet.
10. Emmanuel Mudiay (11%) – Recommendation: 12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 36 MIN, 10-18 FG, 4-5 FT, 28 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 4 3PM, 3 TO
Led Knicks in exciting comeback victory. Add that Ntilikina didn’t even play with rumors that Knicks are giving up on him and Trey Burke leaving early with a knee sprain. Lack of defensive stats still caps his value to outside the top-100.
11. Fred VanVleet (47%) – Recommendation: 12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 33 MIN, 5-12 FG, 4-4 FT, 15 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Played well subbing for Lowry as the starter. Lowry could be back next game but still uncertain. VanVleet has been a top-150 player over last two weeks in limited minutes so even if Lowry comes back, VanVleet still has value.
12. DeMarre Caroll (9%) – Recommendation: 12 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 21 MIN, 3-9 FG, 2-4 FT, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Was the second night of a back-to-back after making his season debut on Friday so that could explain the low minutes. Was a top-110 player last season so could get back to that once he gets his feet back under him.
13. Kevin Knox (20%) – Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 37 MIN, 9-20 FG, 3-5 FT, 26 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 5 3PM, 2 TO
Best game as a pro by a mile but may want to see him do it again.
14. Alec Burks (14%) – Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 24 MIN, 5-13 FG, 2-2 FT, 13 PTS, 6 REB, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Two games with Cavs now with averages of 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 triples. This is completely speculative as it wouldn’t take much to become one of this team’s main offensive options and Burks is already asserting himself.
15. Stanley Johnson (8%) – Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 23 MIN, 8-16 FG, 19 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST, 3 3PM, 1 TO
The one thing holding him back was consistency. Has played well enough for top-75 value in last four with 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 steals. Has he finally come around? Probably not… but maybe.
16. Jordan Clarkson (43%) – Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 29 MIN, 7-17 FG, 3-3 FT, 18 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
The Cavs leader in scoring with Kevin Love out but not enough value in other stats to get higher than top-150.
17. Rodney Hood (26%) – Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 42 MIN, 4-10 FG, 4-5 FT, 13 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Hood is receiving an incredible opportunity to boost his career and one would have hoped that he would getting AT LEAST 20 points per game. He is averaging only 13.2, doing enough to maintain top-150 value in standard leagues. Continues to get big minutes tho.
18. Iman Shumpert (8%) – Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 28 MIN, 3-6 FG, 8 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Has been very useful for triples and steals as he displayed again today although unclear how long it will last.
19. Nemanja Bjelica (40%) – Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 20 MIN, 6-12 FG, 13 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Has played less than 20 minutes in five straight games with the emergence of Marvin Bagley III. Should maintain top-150 value in 20 minute role but there are likely more exciting options on the wire.
20. Taj Gibson (52%) – Recommendation: 12-14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 23 MIN, 4-6 FG, 0-4 FT, 8 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST, 2 TO
0-4 FT was uncharacteristic and under 25 minutes in two straight games may have caused him to be dropped. Could still produce top-125 value in 25 minutes.
21. Allen Crabbe (40%) – Recommendation: 14 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 33 MIN, 5-10 FG, 1-1 FT, 14 PTS, 2 REB, 2 STL, 3 3PM, 0 TO
3.0 triples over last eight games but not much more than a one category specialist at this point.
22. Doug McDermott (6%) – Recommendation: 14-16 Team Leagues
Saturday’s Line: 22 MIN, 5-8 FG, 2-3 FT, 14 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 2 3PM, 0 TO
Same boat as Crabbe with 3.0 triples over last three games.
March 18, 2019, 10:03 amKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
According to Raptors' beat writer Ryan Wolstat, Kawhi Leonard is not expected to play in Monday's game versus the Knicks.
Wolstat said it would be bizarre to either Leonard or Lowry suited up against a tanking Knicks' team. Serge Ibaka (suspension) will be out as well leaving the bulk of the workload to be handled by Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Fred VanVleet.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
March 18, 2019, 9:59 amKyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors
According Raptors' beat writer Ryan Wolstat, Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) is not expected to play in Monday's game versus the Knicks.
Wolstat also said he would expect Kawhi Leonard (load management) to sit out this one as well. Jeremy Lin drew the start in place of Lowry on Sunday, but Fred VanVleet has returned from his lengthy absence and played 31 minutes. VanVleet is the biggest beneficiary if Lowry sits out.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
March 18, 2019, 12:38 amLou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams scored 25 points and hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 119-116 win over the Nets on Sunday.
He added six rebounds, two assists and two triples to the box score while shooting 8-of-16 from the field. Williams has turned it on in the second half of the season and has seemingly locked in the Sixth Man of the Year award. He should return top-100 value for the remainder of the season.
March 18, 2019, 12:35 amDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari put up 20 points with 11 rebounds and five assists on 7-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes in a win over the Nets on Sunday.
Gallinari continues to be a top-30 value this season and has actually managed to have a healthy season. Montrezl Harrell also had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double with three blocks on 8-of-17 shooting. These guys are two of the main reasons that the Clippers hold a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
March 18, 2019, 12:30 amShai Gilgeous-Alexander - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 14 points with 10 assists on 5-of-12 shooting in a win over the Nets on Sunday.
He made three triples and added two rebounds to the stat sheet. He is a solid two-way player and can be labeled as an assists and steals specialist in most formats. He should provide late-round value for the remainder of the season and is worth owning in standard formats.
March 18, 2019, 12:22 amD'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell put up 32 points on 13-of-25 shooting with five rebounds, 10 assists and six 3-pointers against the Clippers on Sunday.
The Nets went on a 10-0 run with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game. They did all of that just for Lou Wiliams to hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Russell continues to be the best player on the Nets and boasts top-60 value on the season. The Nets will need him to stay on top of his game if they want to make it into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
March 18, 2019, 12:16 amDeMarre Carroll - F - Brooklyn Nets
DeMarre Carroll played well on Sunday in a loss to the Clippers as he had 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds.
He made all five of his attempts from the stripe and went 3-of-6 from deep. Carroll has been a deep-league shooting specialist this season and remains in that conversation as long as he remains on the Nets bench.
March 18, 2019, 12:11 amSpencer Dinwiddie - G - Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie shot just 2-of-16 from the field on his way to 13 points in a loss to the Clippers on Sunday.
He shot 8-of-12 from the line and added four rebounds, three assists and one block to the box score. He has been playing well as of late, so he gets some slack for the bad performance. Expect him to bounce back with a better, more efficient performance next time out there.
March 18, 2019, 12:07 amRodions Kurucs - F - Brooklyn Nets
Rodions Kurucs got in foul trouble on Sunday as he fouled out in just 13 minutes, but he was able to get two steals and three blocks before exiting the game.
He scored five points with two rebounds on 2-of-3 shooting as well. He definitely has an Andre Kirilenko type skill set and has the potential to end up as a dominant defensive player. He has put up top-70 value over the past two weeks and is worth owning in standard leagues for the remainder of the season for his shooting and defensive abilities. He should be able to provide late-round value at the very least.
March 18, 2019, 12:00 amChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul went off on Sunday with 25 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and six triples in a 117-102 win over the Wolves.
He shot 8-of-12 from the field, made all three of his attempts from the stripe and added a steal to the box score. James Harden put up 20 points and 10 assists on 8-of-24 shooting. This is definitely one of the most reliable backcourts to own in fantasy along with the Warriors duo.