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.
December 12, 2019, 12:42 amMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley returned to action on Wednesday night and saw 23 minutes off the bench, ending with 11 points, six rebounds and a block on 5-of-13 shooting.
Bagley was weened into action but was able to contribute on both ends of the glass. It will be worth monitoring how time is shared with Richaun Holmes playing so well in his absence.
December 12, 2019, 12:38 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul missed the game-winner on Wednesday, but still had a respectable night, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, 12 assists and a career-high three blocks.
Paul wasn't able to get it done with his shooting on Wednesday, but made up for it with the rest of his stats. Not many people are setting career-highs at the age of 34, but the blocks were a nice gift to anyone with Paul in their starting lineups or DFS rosters. Paul is just outside of the top-20 and should be around the mark, barring injury.
December 12, 2019, 12:33 amSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams collected another double-double on Wednesday, finishing the night with 12 points, 11 boards, four assists and two blocks.
Believe it or not, Adams has been a top-20 player over the last two weeks. It was a slow start for the big man, but he is quickly making up for it.
December 12, 2019, 12:27 amShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put together a well-rounded line on Wednesday, ending with 14 points, four boards, four assists, a steal and a block on 4-of-11 shooting.
SGA is struggling with efficiency and has been outside the top-130 over the last two weeks. His ability to pitch in with other stats is promising and some buy-low offers would be advised before he heats up.
December 12, 2019, 12:23 amDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder turned 31 minutes off the bench into 17 points, two rebounds, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers on Wednesday night
Schroder is getting plenty of minutes, even if coming off the bench. He is a top-75 player in the last two weeks, and can keep that up if the playing time stays.
December 12, 2019, 12:22 amErsan IlyasovaPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova made the most of a spot start on Wednesday, chipping in 18 points (8-of-10 shooting), nine rebounds, two 3, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes.
Ilyasova joined the Bucks starting five with Giannis Antetokounmpo out with right quad soreness. He's a short-term value stream while the Greek Freak is on the mend, but should return to the shadows of fantasy obscurity once the Bucks' MVP candidate is active and playing once again.
December 12, 2019, 12:19 amEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
With Giannis Antetokounmpo (right quad soreness) missing Wednesday's game, Eric Bledsoe picked up the slack and led the Bucks to victory over the Pelicans, 127-112 with 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
Bledsoe was on fire, making 5-of-6 shots from deep, adding six dimes, three boards and two steals in arguably his best game of the season. Bledsoe has not lived up to expectations thus far, but tonight's gem should help rectify his less-than-stellar ranking.
December 12, 2019, 12:15 amDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker found himself with a double-double at the end of Wednesday night's 115-108 loss to the Grizzlies, ending with 15 points and 10 assists on 6-of-17 from the field.
Booker hadn't reached double-digit assists since recording 10 in the season-opener. It's not something owners can count on, but it's nice to see it from time-to-time. He is hovering around the top-30 on the season, and will likely stay around there moving forward.
December 12, 2019, 12:15 amBrook LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez was slowed by a bit of foul trouble on Wednesday and as a result was limited to nine points on 3-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, two treys and one block.
Lopez has been off lately, failing to score in double figures in five straight games now. He's still a quality stretch five by the league's standards and is a buy-low target at the moment.
December 12, 2019, 12:10 amJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday went 8-for-11 from the field for 21 points, six rebounds, six dimes, four 3s and two blocks with eight turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Bucks.
Holiday is struggling again in 9-cat per game rankings, falling to the top-100 range over the last week. He's still a buy-low play right now given his history of strong performances.