December 8, 2019, 12:30 am
It’s me again, Erik, still just filling in.
It was an interesting Saturday night. Even with just five games on tap, there were more than a few worthwhile adds that popped up. Now to be clear, I want to focus on only solid value adds. Yes, Mike Scott and Kyle O’Quinn played well tonight, but that was because Joel Embiid was sitting out the front end of a B2B set. Those were spot performances and the players are not worth considering – even as streamers, at least not right now.
Jalen Brunson (1% owned)
Brunson is potentially in line for more minutes moving forward. Delon Wright got hurt with a right adductor strain and is already unlikely to play on Sunday. Brunson flirted with a breakout towards the end of 2018-19, so we all know that there’s a serviceable asset tucked away in there, somewhere.
Aaron Holiday (4% owned)
Holiday started for an injured Malcolm Brogdon, who was out tonight with a sore left hand. Holiday is more of a short-term add for while Brogdon remains sidelined.
Elfrid Payton (11% owned)
Payton stuffed the stat sheet with a low-end line. But out of the mess that we call the Knicks’ point guard rotation, Payton remains my pony to come out ahead of the three-headed race. He’s the best balance of offense and defense and maturity.
Trey Burke (0% owned)
Burke is purely a deep-league play. He has the scoring chops to edge out Raul Neto of the backup PG job in Philly. You can play it safe and do a wait-and-see approach, but at the very least, put him on your watch list.
Ben McLemore (15% owned)
McLemore has been scorching-hot lately and there’s simply no reason that he should be sitting in your league’s wire right now. He’s playing out of his mind and it’s important – no, critical, that you ride out his hot streak while it lasts. His 28 points the last game and 27 points tonight might be the tip of the iceberg.
Tyus Jones (10% owned)
The real Tyus Jones finally showed up tonight to deliver seven dimes and three steals, overshadowing De’Anthony Melton. Jones is worth a speculative short-term hold while Ja Morant is week-to-week with his back issue.
Grayson Allen (1% owned)
Allen has scored in double figures in three of his last five games now. He’s worth a look in 14-team leagues or deeper.
Jeff Green (2% owned)
Green really turned back the clock tonight with his 19 points. He’s getting heavier usage lately, but remains more of a deep-league asset right now.