Hey Hoop Ballers! Welcome back to another edition of Deep League Digging – my weekly column scouring the darkest reaches of the fantasy NBA landscape in search of diamonds in the rough for deep league…
April 9, 2019, 10:11 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss logged 16 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Hornets.
Chriss capped off his season with eight points, seven boards, a dime and a steal. The former eighth pick in the 2016 draft, Chriss played for his second and third teams in his career this season and was acquired by both of those teams as a throw in piece to a salary dump trade. He just barely cracked the top-400 in 8-cat formats – 399 – but wasn't as lucky in 9-cat formats as he finished as the 427th best player.
March 18, 2019, 6:51 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss will start at power forward on Monday night with Kevin Love (back) out.
Chriss will match up with Jon Leuer as the Pistons have chosen to rest Blake Griffin. The best-case scenario is that Chriss comes through with some defensive stats and maybe a 3-pointer, but he's only a streaming option or an add in very deep leagues.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
March 12, 2019, 4:59 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss has been suspended one game as a result of his altercation with Serge Ibaka on Monday.
Chriss gets the automatic one-game for throwing a punch, even though he didn't really instigate the situation — assuming you don't count whatever it was he said that set Ibaka off in the first place. He probably wouldn't get any discipline had he stopped at the shove, but that's tough to do when someone else is trying to fight you. Chriss misses a chance to get some extended run on Tuesday with Kevin Love resting, but he'll be fine to deploy as usual going forward. He's not much of a fantasy target.
Source: Chris Mannix on Twitter
March 11, 2019, 9:52 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss was ejected Monday night after a scuffle with Serge Ibaka that included some thrown punches.
Chriss had just three boards and a block in his 14 minutes, and he could be looking at a short suspension. He's not worth starting unless the Cavs rest about three members of the frontcourt.
March 8, 2019, 10:11 pmLarry Nance Jr. - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. suffered an apparent chest injury on Friday and will not return.
We should have an update after the Cavs run some tests but if Nance is forced to miss any additional games, Ante Zizic and then Marquese Chriss would next in line to take his minutes. Nance finished with two boards and a block in almost 17 minutes of action.
Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter
March 2, 2019, 7:52 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss started for Ante Zizic (concussion) on Saturday but failed to make an impact with only nine points (2-of-8 shooting), four rebounds, two 3s, one assist and one steal, but also with five turnovers.
His line was arguably more bad than good if you owned him in 9-cat thanks to those ugly turnovers. His minus-25 on the +/- column speaks volumes. He's not worth owning in competitive leagues right now.
March 2, 2019, 3:50 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss and Larry Nance will start on Saturday against the Pistons.
Chriss and Nance are replacing Ante Zizic and Kevin Love in the starting lineup and should both see plenty of minutes. Nance has been a must-own player regardless while Chriss could be an interesting dart throw in daily leagues. Cedi Osman will surely see plenty of minutes at at power forward although he is already the starting small forward.
Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter
February 13, 2019, 10:36 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss was a surprise in Wednesday's 3OT loss to the Nets, exploding for 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist, three triples and two steals in 28 minutes.
This is the best game we've seen from Chriss since joining the Cavs. Scratch that. Make that all season. Has he finally found the right home where he can be let loose and be fantasy-relevant once again? At the very least, he's worth a speculative add on the strength of this performance.
February 11, 2019, 9:34 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss logged 22 minutes off the Cavs' bench in Monday's 107-104 win over the Knicks and played solid basketball as he dropped 14 points (5-of-8 shooting), seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist and one steal.
That's actually not bad. His line is something someone can use in 16-team leagues or deeper right now. He's worth a speculative grab just don't get too attached in case he flakes out again – something he's done in multiple times in the past.
February 9, 2019, 9:51 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss got the starting nod for the Cavs on Saturday vs. the Pacers and posted a low-end line with seven points (3-of-7 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, one trey and one steal in 24 minutes.
The Cavs were resting Kevin Love (back-to-back), so Chriss got some extra run. He's not someone to target right now but is worth watching should the Cavs go into full tank mode down the stretch.
February 9, 2019, 6:54 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss will start on Saturday along with Collin Sexton, David Nwaba, Larry Nance Jr. and Deng Adel.
Chriss played 22 minutes on Friday night having season-highs across the board. With Kevin Love out, Chriss should have a heavy workload once again and is a decent daily option.
Source: Joe Gabriele on Twitter
February 8, 2019, 9:25 pmMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss logged 22 minutes on Friday night, turning in a productive Cavs debut with 13 points, eight rebounds and three 3-pointers.
Those are all season-highs by comfortable margins. Chriss is a fine gamble to take if you're in Cleveland's position, and if they keep trotting him out there for 20-plus a night it's probably going to result in some deep-league value given the stat set. We're not running to the wire just yet, and the threes are most certainly an anomaly, but this was an encouraging start to Chriss' stretch run.
February 8, 2019, 11:11 amMarquese Chriss - F - Cleveland Cavaliers
Marquese Chriss (trade) is available to play in Friday's game versus the Wizards.
Chriss is available, but may not play. Either way he is not likely to see much of a role with Ante Zizic, Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love returning from injury.
Source: Joe Gabriele on Twitter