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.
February 22, 2019, 1:53 amAustin Rivers - G - Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting with a rebound, a steal and a 3-pointer against the Lakers on Thursday.
Rivers was probable with a right elbow injury and played through it and logged 22 minutes. Now that he's a backup point guard there isn't any value to squeeze out of Rivers from a fantasy standpoint.
February 22, 2019, 1:45 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James led the Lakers in their 111-106 comeback win over the Rockets on Thursday with 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting to go with his 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block.
James activated "playoff mode" which is sweet music to his owners. A playoff season without LeBron is unheard of and he's going to do everything in his power to drag the Lakers into the picture. The first half of the game he was lethargic and almost disinterested, but you could tell the moment he snapped into focus that he was going to bring the heat. He had a beautiful statue of liberty dunk you can find all over Twitter and went 7-for-10 at the line which is the only blemish from his night. It's going to be fun watching him power his way through the home stretch of the season.
February 22, 2019, 1:42 amBrandon Ingram - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Brandon Ingram scored 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds and an assist against the Rockets on Thursday.
The scoring is nice and he's finally playing to his strengths by taking the ball to the hoop and drawing fouls, but his line is actually empty when you take another look. He went 11-for-14 at the line which is impressive considering he's a .660 free throw shooter on the year, but no peripheral stats and one assist leaves a lot to be desired.
February 22, 2019, 1:41 amJosh Hart - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Josh Hart returned to action on Thursday and scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and an assist.
He missed the previous two games before returning tonight. Hart came off the bench and logged 19 minutes and as it stands there isn't enough playing time for him to play to establish himself a standard league asset. Even with Lonzo Ball (ankle) out, Hart is taking a backseat to Reggie Bullock (14 points, five rebounds, an assist, a steal and four 3-pointers) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (six points, three rebounds, a steal and two triples) because Coach Walton likes their ability to spread the floor.
February 22, 2019, 1:39 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, an assist and two blocks on Thursday.
McGee logged 20 minutes as the Lakers opted to spread the floor with LeBron James. As long as he plays 20 minutes or more, McGee is good for some boards and a couple of blocks which is what we're expecting from him anyways.
February 22, 2019, 1:38 amKyle Kuzma - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma scored 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers on Thursday.
Kuzma's shooting touch is back and he's playing well alongside LeBron James. He's one of the few dependable Lakers players on the perimeter and his value is high right now, but it remains to be seen if he can keep this up alongside James and the rest of the Lakers so a sell-high wouldn't be a bad idea.
February 22, 2019, 1:37 amTyson Chandler - C - Los Angeles Lakers
Tyson Chandler grabbed a rebound in six minutes of action on Thursday.
He missed the last game before the All-Star Break and was questionable to play due to a neck injury and saw the floor for six minutes. Coach Walton kept a tight rotation tonight and the Rockets were running with lineups that were a bit too quick for him.
February 22, 2019, 1:35 amJames Harden - G - Houston Rockets
James Harden scored 30 points on 11-of-24 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Lakers on Thursday.
Harden had three fouls within the first quarter which threw him off his game, but he was still able to rack up the points and keep his 30-point scoring streak alive. His 3-point shot was off tonight and he was called for four offensive fouls which is an anomaly considering he's usually on the other end of those calls. Even on his bad nights, the Beard drops a full line so owners can't complain too much even if it's hard after being spoiled for a month.
February 22, 2019, 1:34 amChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul nearly triple-doubled on Thursday with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while chipping in a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.
Paul looked great against the Lakers and he had a little extra lift in his bounce tonight. The 3-point shot was on point for him as he went 3-for-5 from deep and also 9-for-15 from the floor. He's struggled with shooting efficiency all season so hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
February 22, 2019, 1:33 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela returned to action on Thursday against the Lakers and scored 12 points with 11 boards and a block.
He went 6-for-9 from the floor and logged 33 minutes which means there's no minutes restriction for the big fella. Go plug him into your lineups with confidence as the Rockets gear up for their playoff seeding push.