• We delve into the depths, as we explore the deep-league additions as we come closer to the end of the fantasy season. We’ve got plenty to chatter about, so let’s get this started. Follow me on Twitter for the latest hoops talk.

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    Guards

    Kris Dunn (35% Owned) – Dunn is doing a little of everything, averaging 10.5 points, 0.8 threes, 3.8 boards, 2.8 steals and 1.3 blocks on 58.1 percent from the field in his last four games. He should be owned in all standard formats as he can provide the defensive stats from the point guard slot. He’s recorded a steal in seven straight games and should be able to keep up this sort of pace until season’s end.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues/Must-own in 14-team leagues

     

    Ish Smith (33% Owned) – Even before Reggie Jackson (knee) went down, Ish was promoted to starting duties. We all know what he can do as the starting point guard, with the ability to rack up easy points and assists. He is, what he is.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

     

    Cory Joseph (27% Owned) – Cojo has been much better lately as the Raps have strung together seven wins out of their last eight games. He had a double-double on Monday and followed it up with a brilliant 18 point, seven board, five assist, two steal, two block and two three performance on Wednesday. He’ll continue to draw the starts as Kyle Lowry (right wrist) has just started shooting with his right side.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

     

    Jordan Crawford (25% Owned) – Same story since coming back to the league – consistent scoring punch off the bench for the Pelicans. Carwford’s scored in double-figures every game, except one this season. He’s also hit a three in every single game he’s played this season.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

     

    Yogi Ferrell (21% Owned) – Even with Seth Curry (shoulder) returning to the lineup, Yogi (10 points, one steal, one block and four treys) had a solid game against the Pelicans on Wednesday. He’s put up enough value in limited minutes to be owned in deep leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

     

    Jameer Nelson (21% Owned) – Nelson turned back the clock on Tuesday (23 points, three boards, four assists and four threes) with his best outing of the season. That came out of nowhere, but he’s been providing above average assist numbers with the occasional steal and three. He’s holding down low-end value at the point guard spot if that’s of interest to you.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

     

    J.J. Barea (15% Owned) – Uncle Barea’s game won’t fade into the night, evidenced by his return to fantasy relevance in the past couple games. He has the ability to provide some offense with good assists numbers. The only downfall is the crowded backcourt and the inconsistent playing time. This limits him to deep leagues only.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Spencer Dinwiddie (6% Owned) – With Jeremy Lin taking back his starting job, Dinwiddie has been limited to a backup bench role. Still, he’s putting up serviceable numbers behind Lin, scoring in double-figures and recording a steal and three in his last two games. You never know how the Nets are going to handle Lin (or Brook Lopez) down the stretch in terms of shut-down or additional rest. In any case, Dinwiddie is next in line should Lin sit some games.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

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    Forwards

    Josh Richardson (30% Owned) – J-Rich has been picking it up lately, recording at least a three, steal and block his last three games. He’s hitting his stride at the perfect time as Dion Waiters (ankle) is still without a timetable. Richardson should be a nice addition with his ability to contribute in multiple-cats moving forward.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

     

    Taurean Prince (12% Owned) – Taurean Prince continues to hold down the fort as the Hawks are slowly recovering from injury. He’s provided low-end value for his multi-cat skillset, averaging 11.0 points, 4.6 boards, 1.3 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 triples in his last eight games. Kent Bazemore (knee) made his return on Wednesday, but Thabo Sefolosha (groin) remains out for Atlanta. He has at least short-term value in deeper formats.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Andre Roberson (9% Owned) – Roberson has provided the much needed defence for Billy Donovan and company all season. He’s holding down value for the block and steal combo from the wing. Don’t expect much offense from his end though.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Jared Dudley (7% Owned) – Dudley’s averaged 24-plus minutes in his last three games, posting 8.0 points, 4.7 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.3 triples in his last three games. Of course, he could just as easily disappear in the next game, but for now he’s at least worth monitoring. He’s a deep league add in my opinion.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2% Owned) – TLC has pieced together a few good games, posting 11.0 points, 9.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 block and 2.5 threes over his last two games. Consistency has been a real issue, but if you’re on your last leg and willing to take a chance, he could be a good gamble.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Centers

    Shawn Long (10% Owned) – Long has stepped in (out of nowhere) since the Sixers have been hurting for big men as they deal with plenty of injuries to their frontcourt. He’s effective, even in limited minutes, but is just as likely to post a dud. There’s risk, but if you’re willing to roll the dice then he’s not the worst option.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Brandan Wright (2% Owned) – Wright has gotten a major boost with both JaMychal Green (shoulder) and Marc Gasol (foot) dealing with their respective injuries at the moment. He could be a cheap source of blocks while adding a slight uptick to the field goal percentage in the short-term.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

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Fantasy News

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are all candidates for "load management" next season, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic

    This is pure speculation by Kosmider, but this does hold some weight after the Nuggets' playoff run last season and the league-wide popularity of resting players. Millsap would seem to be at the most significant risk to get rested due to his age and quality of depth behind him. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee would be the biggest beneficiaries should Jokic or Millsap miss time.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Thabo Sefolosha is among the attendees at Rockets minicamp in Las Vegas with a host of other notable free agents this week.

    Sefolosha will be joined by the likes of Nick Young, Luc Mbah a Moute, Raymond Felton, Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer. The odds of someone making the Rockets' roster increased with Iman Shumpert declining an offer sheet from the team.

    Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter

  • Iman Shumpert
    SG, Free Agent

    Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Iman Shumpert has decided to decline the contract offer from the Rockets and will not attend team minicamp in Las Vegas this week.

    It'll be back to the drawing board for Shumpert. It's unsure exactly where he'll end up now, or if he and the Rockets will come to a new agreement in the future. Shump can get steals and threes, but otherwise isn't much of a fantasy asset, unless he finds himself in an ideal situation.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    After an extraordinary summer of 2019, which saw a cavalcade of stars change teams, executives around the league expect that this year’s transaction wires will be dominated by the trade market.

    “We’ve been getting calls all summer,” one general manager said. “I think if you look at the market, there is going to be a very robust trade market this winter for a few reasons.” The big driver figures to be the open, empty crater that the 2020 free-agent class has become. Teams hoping to make significant changes in their direction won’t have free agency to lean on and trades will be the only way to go. If you enjoyed the twist and turns that came with the very busy NBA free-agency period this summer, then buckle up as the trade market means more could be on the way this season.

    Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter

  • Michael Beasley
    PF, Free Agent

    The Shanxi Loongs of the Chinese Basketball Association are trying to bring Michael Beasley back to China.

    Beasley agreed to terms with the Pistons last month but he never officially signed with them as the team opted to go with Joe Johnson instead. Beasley has already played in China with Shanghai, Shandong and last year with Guangdong averaging 22.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

    Source: Sportando

  • Justin Simon
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Former St. John’s guard Justin Simon has signed an Exhibit-10 contract with the Bulls.

    Simon is 6’5” and went undrafted out of St. John’s, where he averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds last season, while also being named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. The Bulls currently have 14 players on guaranteed contracts with guard Shaquille Harrison all but locked in to the 15th and final one, so that means Simon is likely headed to the Windy City Bulls of the G League.

    Source: Adam Zagora on Twitter

  • Mychal Mulder
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have announced the signing of guard Mychal Mulder.

    Mulder played last season with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League and averaged 8.8 points in Summer League this year. He has good range but is unlikely to contribute much at the NBA level in 2019-20.

    Source: Miami Heat

  • Vincent Poirier
    C, Boston Celtics

    Nicolas Batum praised the play of Celtics center Vincent Poirier at the FIBA World Cup.

    According to Batum, Poirier "is a center that can block shots and control the paint." A native of France, Poirier has performed well over six seasons in Europe. Nevertheless, he should only be a depth option for the Celtics with Enes Kanter starting.

    Source: NBC Sports Boston

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine has been fine tuning his playmaking skills in the offseason, according to an interview with FanSided.

    LaVine enjoyed the best field goal percentage of his career for the Bulls last season. He also scored a career best 23.7 points per game. However, LaVine averaged 3.4 turnovers and his fantasy value will increase if he can take better care of the ball.

    Source: FanSided

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    According to Ira Winderman, rookie Tyler Herro is unlikely to start for the Heat at the beginning of the season.

    The Heat drafted Herro out of Kentucky with the 13th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft. Dion Waiters should be the primary shooting guard at the outset. However, expect Herro to get plenty of opportunities to contribute.

    Source: Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel