Buy Low

  • James Johnson takes another step backwards on Friday

    James Johnson managed just five points on 1-of-4 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer over 23 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Sixers.

    Johnson has drastically underperformed so far this season and right now the local media believes that he might be hurt, and everybody can see that he’s not being aggressive on either side of the ball.  He talked after the game about some of the team’s timing on offense being off, and it’s possible that he’s not getting into his groove offensively because he relies on that timing.  Regardless, he holds just top 110-140 value on the year.  He’s still an easy hold and that’s before we get to the part where almost all of his numbers have a strong chance of positive regression.  Hopefully the All Star break helps him get healthy and this is an easy buy low moment.  

  • Isaiah Thomas remains ice cold as Cavaliers squeak past Heat

    Isaiah Thomas shot a brutal 2-for-15 from the field, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals.

    Thomas has had a hard time settling into his role with the team and it’s clear that the pieces are not quite fitting together for the Cavs. Expect the growing pains to continue, but this seems like an opportune buying window for Thomas with Kevin Love on the shelf. As he finds better chemistry with his teammates he should end up as a valuable fantasy asset. At this point it just isn’t clear how long that will take.

  • Aaron Gordon (hip flexor) is questionable for Wednesday

    A strained hip flexor may keep Aaron Gordon out another game against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Gordon missed Tuesday’s tilt against the Rockets and Mario Hezonja started and scored 17 points and three treys on 58 percent from the field. Expect a similar role for the 22-year-old whenever Gordon sits and he can be a low-end add in 14-team leagues. As for Gordon, the star forward has been in a big shooting slump over the last month and is a great buy low target for a turnaround. 

    Update: Status will be decided closer to tip-off so essentially a game-time decision. 

  • Isaiah Thomas playing at ’75, 80 percent’ of his capacity

    Talking to reporters after the game on Tuesday, Isaiah Thomas said that he is playing at about “75, 80 percent” of his former capacity, following seven months away from basketball to rehabilitate multiple right hip injuries.

    “I don’t have anything I used to have right now and I know I will at one point, but it’s just a process that I gotta really be patient with myself,” Thomas explained. Tyronn Lue confirmed there’s been no thought given to bringing Thomas off the bench while he works his game back to health. The buy-low window is still open as IT is developing some much needed chemistry with LeBron and the rest of team. And with Kevin Love expected to be sidelined for the foreseeable future we would expect Thomas’ usage to only go up.

  • Elfrid Payton struggles in loss to Rockets

    Elfrid Payton scored four points on 2-of-6 shooting with one rebound, two assists and two steals in just 18 minutes of action on Tuesday against the Rockets.

    Payton’s defense (or lack thereof) has really stood out and Shelvin Mack got 25 minutes in this one, putting up 15 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and two treys.  The trade deadline may also hit this squad hard, as they’re in the rumor mill and in the midst of a lost season with all the injuries that hit early.  Payton is a clear hold and a buy low target. 

  • Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James still finding their rhythm

    Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points on 3-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 12-of-13 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and six turnovers in Tuesday’s loss to the Pistons.

    Thomas is learning how to play with LeBron, which has been difficult for just about anybody that’s used to having the ball a lot, and by the time we’re in March it should be pretty funny to look back on some of these cold takes.  Thomas has made a lot of people look dumb through the years, and the Kevin Love apologists have seized upon the moment to pile on as the Cavs’ soap opera continues.  It’s a great time to buy low on Thomas and on the Cavs in general. 

  • Buddy Hield still hasn’t hit the go button for owners

    Buddy Hield scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with one rebound and no other stats in 22 minutes off the bench on Tuesday against the Pelicans.

    Hield hasn’t really taken to the sporadic minutes he has received this month all that well.  He’s still a solid late-round value on the year in just 24.1 mpg and it’s a testament to his shooting stat set.  Once they truly clear the path for the kids to play in Sacramento, he’ll be a threat for top-50 value.  He’s a buy low guy and a must-add guy if he hits the waiver wire.  Same goes for Bogdan Bogdanovic (seven points, two assists, one steal, 18 minutes), who is the team’s best player.

  • Ben Simmons scores 16 points with five assists and a steal vs. Bucks

    Ben Simmons played well on Monday against the Bucks with 16 points, six boards, five assists and a steal but was no match for Giannis in the 95-107 loss.

    Folks were expecting Simmons to play a bit better tonight with Joel Embiid out of the lineup but he had a relatively pedestrian line by his standards. Simmons has been a top-50/75 player in 8/9-cat leagues on the season and has an opportunity to improve once the Sixers get all of the floor-spacers healthy including Embiid and J.J. Redick.

     

  • John Henson swats two in win vs Sixers while scoring 13

    John Henson played 30 minutes on Monday in the 105-93 win against the Sixers, scoring 13 points with four boards, two assists and two blocks.

    Henson has seen his playing time increase since the Bucks made their coaching change so feel free to view him as a top-90 asset as long as the Bucks don’t trade for another center. It’s also amazing what consistent playing time can do for a players confidence so we could see Henson continue to improve as the season progresses.

  • Dennis Schroder double-doubles against Wolves with 18 points, 11 assists

    Dennis Schroder led the Hawks to a 105-100 win against the Wolves on Monday with 18 points, 11 assists, two boards, one block and one steal.

    Schroder got the best of Jeff Teague tonight who was 1-of-12 from the field while Schroder was a comparatively balmy 5-of-15. Schroder could be a buy-low candidate as we approach the trade deadline given the Hawks could unload some talent. Schroder has seen his field goal percentage lag a bit behind what he shot last year so he could improve there or he could see more playing time as he’s below 32 minutes a game on the season.  

  • Jordan Clarkson drops 17 on Raptors on Sunday

    Jordan Clarkson continued his streak of double-digit scoring games on Sunday against the Raptors by scoring 17 points with two boards and two assists.

    Clarkson knows how to get hot, and he’s now hit double-digit scoring in five straigth games. Clarkson could benefit from a trade at the deadline so consider making some last minute offers on the combo guard as his role could increase overnight. Lonzo Ball should return shortly and that will negatively impact Clarkson in the coming week. 

  • Justin Holiday continues to struggle on Friday vs. Lakers

    Justin Holiday hit just 2-of-8 shots (including a three) for seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal over 35 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Lakers.

    Holiday has hit just 30 percent of his shots over the last four games and that could easily be the friction of working Zach LaVine back in, but regardless we like his field goal percentage to improve as his teammates improve and this is a buy low moment. 

  • Darius Miller sinks six treys as Pels get by Rockets

    Darius Miller scored 20 points on a career-high six 3-pointers in the Pelicans’ win over the Rockets on Friday night.

    Miller’s 6-of-10 night from deep could be a good sign for his future. His 3-point volume appears to be on the rise and he’s hitting 3-pointers at a 43 percent clip for the season. Miller could end up being the guy to be inserted into the starting lineup after the injury to DeMarcus Cousins. With more minutes and more shots going up, Miller is quite the option as a 3-point specialist.

  • Wesley Johnson bathes in defensive stats in win over Grizzlies

    Wesley Johnson scored only three points in the Clippers’ 109-100 win over the Grizzlies but he added five rebounds, six steals and three blocks.

    This is coming after Johnson stole two and swatted four against the Celtics on Wednesday night. Johnson has become one of the finest defensive specialists in the league, sitting in the top-125 of total value while only truly being a plus in the steals and blocks categories. If he happens to be available in your league, Wes is worth a look as he can give you a leg up in a pair of areas that not many can.

  • D’Angelo Russell goes for 14 & 7 in 21 minutes (the seven was for TOs)

    D’Angelo Russell logged 21 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Bucks, hitting 6-of-14 shots for 14 points, two treys, one rebound and seven turnovers in the loss.

    Russell didn’t have an assist and this game won’t win him any awards and it can also be filed in the rust category.  We’ve been pretty clear about Spencer Dinwiddie being the better player and not being at risk with Russell returning, and the buy low window for Dinwiddie looks real good after he hit just 1-of-6 shots for nine points, three boards, three assists, one steal and one block (the patented low-key defensive night when the scoring number was down).  Likewise, if you sell Russell now you might find owners that think they’re going to fleece you and you’ll be on to a sell-high moment instead of fighting uphill against an iffy knee and the fact Dinwiddie isn’t going anywhere.