• With several teams going with their youngsters as we’re winding down, there’s plenty to talk about and another set of quality deep league pickups before we wrap up Week 21.

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    Guards

    Cory Joseph (28% Owned) – Joseph remains a low-end guard option, putting up 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 steals since taking over starting duties in Toronto. Kyle Lowry is still at least a few weeks away from a return, so Cory should put up similar numbers moving forward.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

     

    Jameer Nelson (18% Owned) – Nelson is pretty much an assists specialist at this point, posting 5.3 assists in the month of March. He should continue to hold down starting duties as Mike Malone is playing it conservative with the Nuggets fighting off teams as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Note: The Nuggets only play one more game this week vs. HOU on Saturday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues for assists

     

    Tyler Ulis (15% Owned) – With the youth movement taking shape in Phoenix, Earl Watson decided to go with Ulis as his starter on Wednesday as Eric Bledsoe will be shut down for the rest of the season. Ulis has been a healthy source of assists when given some daylight of opportunity and he’ll get plenty of that moving forward. He’s averaging 10.3 points and 5.7 assists in March.

    Recommendation: Must-own in 12-team leagues

     

    J.J. Barea (10% Owned) – Barea has crept back in standard league conversations, taking minutes away from Yogi Ferrell from the Maverick bench. It could be a matter of time before J.J. turns this relationship into a timeshare as he’s inching closer to being able to receive a full workload. He handed out 13 assists on Wednesday and the minutes have only increased since returning to the lineup.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

     

    Joe Ingles (5% Owned) – With Rodney Hood (knee) continuing to deal with a knee injury, Joe Ingles could be a valuable source of threes in deeper formats. Quin Snyder has given him the bulk of the shooting guard minutes anytime Hood has been out, so expect the same pattern to continue should Hood be held out for the next few games. Note: The Jazz have only one game remaining in the week vs. CHI on Saturday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look for threes in 14-team leagues

     

    E’Twaun Moore (5% Owned) – While the peripherals have been lacking, E’Twaun Moore has put up serviceable offensive numbers from the guard spot in New Orleans. He’s averaging 10.5 points and 1.1 threes on 47.3 percent from the field in March. Add in that he’s also seeing 28.9 minutes over that span and he makes for a decent add in deep leagues should you need the offense.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Garrett Temple (4% Owned) – While Temple has been okay in his past few games, the key here is that he’s healthy and playing 25-plus minutes. He closed out Wednesday’s win against the Suns and should play relevant minutes as long as the hamstring holds up. He can be a cheap source of assists (3.8 in March), steals (1.8 in March) and threes (1.2 in March) for deeper formats. Note: The Kings have a back-to-back starting Saturday vs. OKC.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Denzel Valentine (4% Owned) – Valentine has quietly put together a nice streak of five straight games recording a triple and three straight games in double-figure scoring. Dwyane Wade’s (elbow) health could mean more minutes and touches for the Michigan State product. If you need the treys, he makes for a decent pickup with a back-to-back starting Friday against the Wizards.

    Recommendation: Streaming threes option in Week 21

     

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    Forwards

    Wayne Ellington (15% Owned) – Ellington has put up all the offensive numbers you could ever desire off the wire. He’s posted 15.0 points and 4.1 triples on 51.9 percent from the field on 10.1 attempts in the month of March. That includes back-to-back games of 19 points and five triples. He doesn’t need a massive amount of minutes (24.0) to get this done either, so add him with confidence.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

     

    Caris LeVert (14% Owned) – Everyone’s favorite dynasty league rookie has made some noise with back-to-back games with full lines. He starts the first of a back-to-back on Thursday against the Knicks, which should be a good indicator of whether or not he’s worth a pickup for the rest of the week. If he falls on his face, then it’s business as usual.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Matt Barnes (13% Owned) – Since signing with the Dubs for the season, Barnes’ role has been erratic up to this point. He closed out Tuesday’s game and played 36 minutes prior to that, so maybe things are trending in the right direction for Barnes. He’s got the ability to post a triple-one, so let’s see how Wednesday’s game against Orlando shapes up before giving him an add. Note: The Warriors have only one game remaining in the week vs. MIL on Saturday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Norm Powell (7% Owned) – Norm’s fate lies in the health of DeMarre Carroll (ankle). Usually that’s a pretty good bet, but Carroll was able to get in a practice and will likely see the court on Wednesday. Even if the Raps limit Carroll, Powell will probably be relegated to a backup bench role once again. Watch the situation closely.

    Recommendation: Add to watch lists in 14-team leagues

     

    Jeremy Lamb (7% Owned) – Nicolas Batum (migraine) has missed the last two games as he deals with a head injury. It’s not supposed to be serious, but he could miss a few extra games. Lamb has been inserted to the starting lineup in his absence and had one great game (26 points) and one mediocre (eight points) game. If Batum is ruled out for a few more, Lamb makes sense as a short-term add in standard formats. Note: The Hornets have only one game remaining in the week vs. WAS on Saturday.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues until Batum returns

     

    Skal Labissiere (6% Owned) – Skal finally saw more than 25 minutes on Wednesday and ended up with several career-highs, posting 32 points, 11 boards, two steals and one three on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. The kid’s got talent. Speculatively, he’s worth an add ahead of the back-to-back over the weekend. If you’re playing it conservatively, then wait and see how Saturday’s game against OKC shapes up.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

     

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (1% Owned) – TLC has started the last couple games and has showed lots of drool-worthy potential. He’s a gem for dynasty owners, but can still provide low-end value for threes, steals and some offense for season-long owners if he continues to get the opportunities under Brett Brown. It’s possible he starts the rest of the way.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

     

     

    Centers

    Richaun Holmes (34% Owned) – I’ll break the less than 30 percent owned ruled here because that’s way too low at this point for Richaun Holmes. He’s averaged 12.0 points, 5.9 boards, 1.0 steal, 1.5 blocks and 0.7 treys on 62.0 percent shooting in 23.4 minutes since the break. He has the ability to contribute in most categories and should get more run as we near the end of the season.

    Recommendation: Must-own in 12-team leagues

     

    Kotsa Koufos (19% Owned) – Koufos has had a great stretch of games since Boogie was traded, but did see an unexpected rest day on Monday. He’s posted 8.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks, adding 9.3 points on 48.8 percent from the field (9.1) attempts since the trade. If you’re in need of a big that can provide the occasional block and won’t hurt your percentages, Koufos is a decent bet.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

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Fantasy News

  • Kevin Knox
    SF, New York Knicks

    Coach Fizdale told the Knicks players that no starters have been determined and players had to earn their minutes.

    Kevin Knox will battle with veteran Marcus Morris for the starting small forward spot. Knox has been working on getting his body stronger to be able to take on more contact on drives to the basket. Last season as a rookie, he averaged 12.8 points on a putrid 37 percent from the field. Knox will look to get more looks closer to the basket and increase his field goal percentage to more respectable levels. Knox provided little else outside of points and rebounds last season and will need to improve his shooting and defense to be considered a standard-league player.

    Source: New York Post

  • Bol Bol
    C, Denver Nuggets

    According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Bol Bol could spend his entire rookie season in the G-League.

    Bol Bol was not drafted to be an immediate impact player, but just fell too late fore the Nuggets liking. The 44th overall pick needs to bulk up and show that he could take the bumps and bruises before having his chance on the big stage.

    Source: Nick Kosmider of The Athletic

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.

    It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.

    Source: Dan Woike on Twitter

  • Malik Beasley
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets want to extend Malik Beasley and Juan Hernagomez before the October 21 deadline.

    The Nuggets already locked up one of their 2016 first-round picks (Jamal Murray) to a long-term deal and now want to do the same with their other two 2016 first-round picks, Hernangomez and Beasley. If not, the two will likely become restricted free-agents at the end of the season. Both players saw stretches of big minutes last season due to injuries but at full health, Beasley was around 20 minutes per game while Hernangomez was at around 10. Fantasy wise, neither player puts up big defensive stats but Beasley is a very efficient shooter with low turnovers, knocking down 2.0 triples per game last year, putting him near top-150 value at only 23.2 minutes per game. Hernangomez is a decent rebounder and knocked down 0.9 triples per game but he would need closer to 30 minutes per game to be a factor in standard leagues.

    Source: Denver Post

  • OG Anunoby
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."

    With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Daryl Macon
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.

    Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.

    Source: NBA

  • Tahjere McCall
    F, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.

    This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.

    Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Tyler Zeller
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.

    Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.

    In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.

    Source: NBA