December 30, 2018, 4:59 am
There was a lot of action on Saturday with nine games to cover. Here are your top recommendations of players owned in less than 60% of Yahoo! leagues from those nine games.
10 Team Leagues – Top Priorities
Tomas Satoransky (39%)
Saturday’s Line: 33 MIN, 6-11 FG, 4-6 FT, 20 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 4 3PM, 1 TO
With John Wall out for the season, Satoransky should be able to provide mid-round value on most nights like he did in this one.
Mikal Birdges (22%)
Saturday’s Line: 39 MIN, 5-8 FG, 2-2 FT, 17 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 5 3PM, 2 TO
Looking more and more like the real deal with 2.3 triples, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks over last three games for top-20 value. At least one steal in nine straight with at least one block in five straight.
10-12 Team Leagues – Shouldn’t be left on the wire in standard leagues
Austin Rivers (7%)
Saturday’s Line: 37 MIN, 4-12 FG, 0-2 FT, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Line could have looked really good if a few more shots fell in. Has played over 30 minutes in all three games as a Rocket. Could be relied upon even more going forward with Eric Gordon getting an MRI.
Noah Vonleh (54%)
Saturday’s Line: 24 MIN, 3-5 FG, 5-6 FT, 13 PTS, 9 REB, 3 STL, 2 3PM, 1 TO
The only Knick big that has been getting constant minutes since beginning of year. Has returned top-100 value and has actually been a top-20 over last three games.
Marcus Smart (37%)
Saturday’s Line: 28 MIN, 3-7 FG, 1-1 FT, 8 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST, 4 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Not his best line but 4 steals and should be a top-100 play with upside for more as long as he remains the starter.
Al-Farouq Aminu (53%)
Saturday’s Line: 27 MIN, 3-8 FG, 2-2 FT, 9 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Streaky player but minutes are safe and top-115 value on the season.
12 Team Leagues – More likely to be available and deserve a long look
Derrick White (13%)
Saturday’s Line: 29 MIN, 4-6 FG, 3-3 FT, 12 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Has brought the defensive stats with 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks over last seven games for top-70 value in standard leagues.
DeMarre Carroll (6%)
Saturday’s Line: 35 MIN, 6-12 FG, 2-3 FT, 18 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 4 3PM, 1 TO
No word yet on Hollis-Jefferson’s injury but it could potentially open the door for consistent 30+ minutes a night for Carroll for a few weeks.
Luke Kornet (9%)
Saturday’s Line: 29 MIN, 5-11 FG, 14 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 4 3PM, 2 TO
4.7 triples over last three games and may continue starting for a few more as Fizdale wants to see what he has. Doesn’t help that Knicks got blown out so bad.
Thomas Bryant (29%)
Saturday’s Line: 36 MIN, 9-13 FG, 3-3 FT, 21 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 1 BLK, 0 TO
Will continue to get strong minutes with Markieff Morris out and is starting to be a lot more consistent with top-55 value over last eight games.with a 71.7 field goal percentages and 81.0 free-throw percentage.
Jeff Green (25%)
Saturday’s Line: 38 MIN, 5-13 FG, 2-2 FT, 13 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 3 BLK, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Has been playing big minutes with Otto Porter and Markieff Morris on the shelf but has been a top-125 value on the season in standard leagues nonetheless.
Marvin Williams (52%)
Saturday’s Line: 36 MIN, 7-14 FG, 17 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 3PM, 1 TO
Top-110 value on the season but has been a top-60 over the last two weeks as minutes have trended up.
12-14 Team Leagues – less exciting options that are close to the tier above
Moe Harkless (6%)
Saturday’s Line: 37 MIN, 3-8 FG, 1-2 FT, 7 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK, 0 TO
30+ minutes in two straight with 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks over that span. One game away from being in higher tier of recommendations.
Bryn Forbes (22%)
Saturday’s Line: 33 MIN, 4-8 FG, 10 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST, 2 3PM, 1 TO
Doesn’t fill up the box score but has been consistent with scoring and three-point shooting Assists have been trending up as well. Top-100 proaction over last two weeks.
DeAndre’ Bembry (9%)
Saturday’s Line: 29 MIN, 4-12 FG, 2-4 FT, 11 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Could see minutes in the 30’s in the near team to boost your defensive stats with Bazemore getting hurt and Prince expected to miss a few more games.
Cody Zeller (28%)
Saturday’s Line: 24 MIN, 3-6 FG, 2-2 FT, 8 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 6 TO
Maintaining the pace for top-110 value on the season mostly thanks to his strong percentages. Turnovers tonight was uncharacteristic.
P.J. Tucker (42%)
Saturday’s Line: 35 MIN, 1-9 FG, 2-2 FG, 5 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 1 3PM, 0 TO
Keeps trucking along with top-125 value on the year. No threat to his minutes.
Juan Hernangomez (37%)
Saturday’s Line: 35 MIN, 3-3 FG, 2-2 FT, 10 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 2 3PM, 2 TO
Has played too well to be forgotten after Barton and Harris return.
Emmanuel Mudiay (57%)
Saturday’s Line: 24 MIN, 6-11 FG, 13 PTS, 5 AST, 1 3PM, 0 TO
A decent line minus the defensive stats has been the norm for Mudiay.
Alec Burks (9%)
Saturday’s Line: 40 MIN, 7-14 FG, 2-2 FT, 17 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL, 1 3PM, 2 TO
Top-125 value over last four games and minutes should stay consistent with lack of depth (and offensive threats) on team.
Cedi Osman (23%)
Saturday’s Line: 36 MIN, 8-12 FG, 4-6 FT, 22 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 3PM, 3 TO
Forced into big minutes on a team without a lot of depth. Inconsistent shooting and lack of defensive stats make Osman tough to own in standard leagues.
Malik Beasley (11%)
Saturday’s Line: `29 MIN, 5-12 FG, 15 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 5 3PM, 2 TO
Is hot over last three with 19.3 points and 3.7 triples but is only a temporary add with Gary Harris and Will Barton due back soon.
E’Twaun Mooore (28%)
Saturday’s Line: 37 MIN, 9-19 FG, 21 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, 2 BLK, 3 3PM, 1 TO
Got the start tonight and responded in a big way. inconsistent but should hover around 150-to-170-value even as a sixth man. qq
14 Team Leagues
Rodions Kurucs (30%)
Saturday’s Line: 22 MIN, 0-5 FG, 2-2 FT, 2 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 3 TO
Huge momentum has drastically hasted with Kurucs’ last two lines but he flashed great potential in the three games prior to that and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s injury could help him maintain consistent minutes in the near team.
Dante Exum (3%)
Saturday’s Line: 26 MIN, 6-11 FG 1-1 FT, 13 PTS, 13 AST, 1 TO
Has been playing well lately and Ricky Rubio might need to miss a couple of more games.
Kevon Looney (6%)
Saturday’s Line: 25 MIN, 5-6 FG, 1-2 FT, 12 PTS, 5 REB, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Has not played as well as one would hope with the extra minutes this season but should be a good source for field goal percentage and blocks until Cousins returns. Has hit double digits in scoring in three of last four games. The three-pointer was his fist of the season.
14-16 Team Leagues
Kyle Korver (6%)
Saturday’s Line: 22 MIN, 5-10 FG, 15 PTS, 1 AST, 1 STL, 5 3PM, 1 TO
Can be used as a deep league three-point specialist with 3.0 per game over his last three.
Danuel House (1%)
Saturday’s Line: 32 MIN, 5-8 FG, 2-4 FT, 15 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 3 3PM, 0 TO
Doing just enough to average top-160 value over last two weeks. Eric Gordon expected to get MRI.
Tim Frazier (6%)
Saturday’s Line: 21 MIN, 3-7 FG, 7 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 1 3PM, 1 TO
Decent popcorn stats with 20+ minutes in last four. Temporary with Elfrid Payton due back soon
16+ Team Leagues – just to give these guys a mention for their strong lines
Kenneth Faried (1%)
Saturday’s Line: 27 MIN, 8-14 FG, 5-7 FT, 21 PTS, 10 REB, 1 BLK, 1 TO
Coach talked up Faried, saying he needs to do a better job of getting him into games. Ed Davis getting a rest day made that easier. Hollis-Jefferson injury may have opened the door for a 15 minute per game role.
Shabazz Napier (0%)
Saturday’s Line: 33 MIN, 9-15 FG, 10-12 FT, 32 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 4 3PM, 1 TO
Deserves props for this line but was mostly due to D’Angelo Russell getting a rest day and that the game was a blow out. Allen Crabbe is expected back next game so Napier could easily drop back into irrelevancy next game.
June 26, 2019, 5:58 pmEnes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers
The Blazers, Lakers and Celtics are among the teams that will be interested in free agent Enes Kanter, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Portland knows Kanter well and would surely like to have him back after his admirable work filling in for an injured Jusuf Nurkic, while playing through his own serious ailments, in the playoffs. The Celtics could use a ferocious rebounder to replace Aron Baynes and are barren at the center spot with Al Horford's departure, while the Lakers are lining up cost-effective depth with their roster almost completely empty. Kanter might not replicate his Knicks numbers, but he'll be a standard-league asset no matter where he lands.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 5:51 pmCheick Diallo - PF - New Orleans Pelicans
Cheick Diallo will be an unrestricted free agent after the Pelicans decided not to extend him a qualifying offer.
Diallo has solid per-minute output but the playing time has never been there for him in New Orleans. He's got talent and good work ethic, but the league is flooded with available big men at the moment. Hopefully Diallo lands in a spot where he can continue his development.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 26, 2019, 5:43 pmNikola Mirotic - PF - Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Mirotic is another player on the Mavs' list of free agent targets, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas News.
Mirotic is not as high on the list as Patrick Beverley, but the Mavs see the stretch forward as a potential fit. While Mirotic ended the postseason out of the rotation for Milwaukee, he's going to be a hot commodity given his floor-spacing and should hold solid standard-league value no matter where he ends up.
Source: Dallas News
June 26, 2019, 5:39 pmTobias Harris - SF - Philadelphia Sixers
The Clippers, Mavs, Nets, Nuggets, Wolves, Kings, Grizzlies and Pelicans are expected to be interested in Tobias Harris once free agency opens.
The Clippers are the most surprising team on the list, but only because they dealt Harris unexpectedly last season. Even so, the team and player had success together and the relationship wasn't necessarily damaged by the deal. Harris is one of the top second-tier free agents available and should have his pick of competitive offers. The Sixers are said to be confident about re-signing him, but they won't be able to do so without a fight.
Source: The Athletic
June 26, 2019, 5:30 pmJulius Randle - PF - New Orleans Pelicans
The Bulls are expected to indicate "early interest" in Julius Randle, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Randle is coming off a career year and is looking to cash in. The Bulls have plenty of space available and won't be in the mix for max players, so there's definitely a fit salary-wise if Chicago can get in on Randle before other teams pivot off the top players. It would be a pain for fantasy players however, as Randle joining a frontcourt that already features Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. would put a cap on each player. The Knicks and Nets are also interested in Randle, and we'll hear about more suitors in the coming days.
Source: The Athletic
June 26, 2019, 5:25 pmRondae Hollis-Jefferson - SF - Brooklyn Nets
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Wolves, Rockets and Suns are among the teams that are interested in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Hollis-Jefferson had a brutal season, injuring his groin in a charity game last summer and never catching up. He fell out of the rotation at times, just one year after emerging as a potential long-term solution at power forward. RHJ is a worthwhile reclamation project for any team and is not that far removed from top-100 fantasy output. He's not someone to forget on draft day, depending on where he lands.
Source: The Athletic
June 26, 2019, 5:22 pmCory Joseph - PG - Indiana Pacers
The Suns, Wizards, Kings and Bulls are among the teams that have shown interest in Cory Joseph, per Shams Charania.
Point-guard-needy teams should be all over Joseph, as he can be a cost-effective backup and acceptable fill-in starter to help any young players learn the ropes. CoJo figures to get more interest as the top guards on the market sign on, as his game fits with just about any team — from rebuilds to contenders.
Source: The Athletic
June 26, 2019, 5:17 pmD'Angelo Russell - PG - Brooklyn Nets
Shams Charania is reporting that the Lakers' interest in D'Angelo Russell is "real," and that the team likes that he is familiar to the organization.
Reports of L.A.'s interest in Russell continue to roll in, and if they do pursue him it would mean that they're passing up on adding a third superstar. The Nets have the right to match any offers coming Russell's way, and with the Lakers likely to have between $24 and $28 million available, Brooklyn would have quite a decision to make if they don't get Kyrie Irving as rumored.
Source: The Athletic
June 26, 2019, 5:11 pmTerry Rozier - PG - Boston Celtics
The Knicks are expected to be one of Terry Rozier's suitors in free agency, per Shams Charania.
Rozier will be an understandable option if the Knicks miss out on their top point guard acquisitions, which seems likely to happen based on current speculation. New York would rather give short-term deals to players like Rozier than lavish huge contracts on second or third-tier free agents. A starting spot would put Rozier on the standard-league map, though his fantasy stat set is not without serious holes.
Source: The Athletic
June 26, 2019, 5:02 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol has exercised his $25.6 million player option for next season and will remain with the Raptors.
Gasol seemed unlikely to test the open market at his age, and given the success of the core of Toronto's roster it's a good fit for him to stay with a competitive team as well. It's been speculated that Toronto's other players will decide to stay or go based on Kawhi Leonard's decision, so if you really want to read into this then you can take that angle — though between his age and the number of available centers, this seemed like a safe bet either way. Gasol made a lot of sacrifices upon joining the Raptors and finished the year with a top-100 stretch, but we'll need to wait on Kawhi before declaring Gasol a late-middle round option or an early-round guy once again.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter