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.
December 10, 2018, 3:34 pmJustin Holiday - G - Chicago Bulls
Buried deep within an extensive report about the dysfunctional Bulls is a note that contending teams have started investigating the availability of Justin Holiday.
Holiday was one of the players most vocal in pushing back against Jim Boylen's scheduled practice on Sunday, and it's clear that the team is in disarray. It's not at all surprising that contending teams want a 3-and-D wing like Holiday, but fantasy owners are probably hoping that the Bulls stand pat. He'd likely become a complementary player on any competitive team, and while he probably won't finish the season as an early-round value either way he's certainly in a great spot to produce fantasy numbers.
Source: Yahoo Sports
December 10, 2018, 3:22 pmTyler Johnson - G - Miami Heat
Tyler Johnson (left hip contusion) is probable for Monday.
Johnson left Saturday's game after just seven minutes but it appears like it's not an overly serious issue. With Goran Dragic and Wayne Ellington back, Johnson loses most of his appeal. He's been playing well this season but is too tough to trust in 12-team leagues when Miami is healthy.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 2:50 pmWayne Ellington - G - Miami Heat
Wayne Ellington will be back in action on Monday night against the Lakers.
Ellington missed two games for personal reasons. He might go back into the starting five but either way his value is generally capped as that of a 3-point specialist.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 2:48 pmJosh Richardson - F - Miami Heat
Both Josh Richardson (shoulder) and Tyler Johnson (hip) have been upgraded to probable for Monday's game.
It's a big boost for the Heat, who are also getting Goran Dragic and Wayne Ellington back. The returns will hurt Dwyane Wade, Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr. and we're back to a bunch of players who are basically rolls of the dice on any given night. Richardson and Dragic are the only ones you should really feel comfortable using in most formats.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 2:40 pmJamal Crawford - G - Phoenix Suns
Jamal Crawford (sore left knee) is questionable for Monday's game.
This is the first news of any injury for Crawford, and if he's forced to sit out his minutes will be split between Elie Okobo, De'Anthony Melton and Troy Daniels. Melton is the highest-upside of the bunch while Daniels is locked in as a 3-point specialist. J-Crossover's absence doesn't have much of an impact in fantasy.
December 10, 2018, 2:38 pmOmari Spellman - F - Atlanta Hawks
Omari Spellman (hip) was a limited participant in Monday's practice and is questionable for Wednesday, though he will travel with the team.
The Hawks can afford to take their time with Spellman now that John Collins is back and dominating. He's only a deep-league or dynasty play but does have a nice skillset that should make him a fantasy target down the line.
Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 2:35 pmJeremy Lin - G - Atlanta Hawks
Jeremy Lin was able to do a little bit of work at Monday's practice but the team hasn't decided if he'll travel to Dallas for Wednesday's game.
Lin missed Saturday with a back injury, and we'll need to wait another day or so to see if he'll be ready for Wednesday. The long layoff should help but you never know with back issues. DeAndre' Bembry will be the main beneficiary if Lin misses another game.
Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 2:32 pmRobert Covington - F - Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington (knee) is good to go for Monday's matchup with the Warriors.
Covington was listed as probable and says he feels good enough to play, so we're considering him a go for this big game. You might want to check back just to be sure nothing pops up in shootaround but he's a fairly safe play tonight. Derrick Rose should return to the bench while Josh Okogie takes the biggest hit and may fall out of the rotation.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 2:23 pmAllonzo Trier - G - New York Knicks
The Knicks are expected to convert Allonzo Trier's two-way deal to a standard contract this week.
It's hardly surprising as Trier emerged as a coaching staff favorite back in training camp and has played well into the regular season. He's been a great find in another lost year for New York, and the only question is which player gets the axe. Trier is definitely worth owning in deeper formats, though his inconsistencies might make it tougher to hold onto him in 12-team formats.
Source: Adam Zagoria on Twitter
December 10, 2018, 1:56 pmStanley Johnson - F - Detroit Pistons
Stanley Johnson (left knee contusion) is questionable for Monday's game with the Sixers.
Johnson has missed the last two games but figures to jump right into the starting lineup if he can go tonight. With Reggie Bullock out there are a lot of minute available on the wings, so it'd be a nice chance for Johnson to log a ton of playing time. Glenn Robinson III, Langston Galloway, Luke Kennard and Bruce Brown would divvy up Johnson's minutes if he can't play. This situation should only be of concern to deep-league players.