- PG Emmanuel Mudiay (New York Knicks): Mudiay already seems he could be a vital part of the Knicks’ offense down the regular season stretch. He has received over 20 minutes of playing time in his two premiere games with New York, and could potentially battle Jarrett Jack for even more logged minutes. After Jack, and Mudiay, the other options at the point for New York are suspect at best.
- PF/C Larry Nance Jr. (Cleveland Cavaliers): Cleveland addressed a lot at this year’s deadline, but the front court was not one of them. The fact that Nance will be one of the more reliable big men for Cleveland, means by default, he should put up at least decent fantasy production. Proceed with caution, as Cleveland hasn’t given him the minutes many have expected in his first few outings, but with the front court being so thin, it’s almost certain those minutes should increase.
- SF/SG Allen Crabbe (Brooklyn Nets): With LaVert out of the lineup since the all-star break, Crabbe has stepped up into the starting role. He has seen over thirty minutes in 5 of his last 6 games, as well as been averaging over 18 ppg in his last five contests. Considering the Nets lack a ‘go-to’ scorer, there’s no reason to believe that Crabbe shouldn’t continue to be a heavy part of the offense moving forward. He’s worth owning in most formats.
- C Dewayne Dedmon (Atlanta Hawks): Dedmon looks he may have officially taken the starting role down low for Atlanta. He’s started the last two games posting double-doubles in both contests. There’s no way Atlanta even recondsiders moving him back to the bench with the recent numbers he’s put up as a starter. With NBA big men hard to come by, Dedmon is worth grabbing as soon as possible if it isn’t too late already.
- PG Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors): VanVleet is a guy that shows amazing capabilities on the offensive end when he receives the minutes. If VanFleet were to ever to surpass thirty minutes, there’s no doubt that he would be putting up double-doubles on a consistent basis. He currently is the lead man of Toronto’s bench, receiving anywhere from 20-25 minutes per night. He’s a good handicap for Lowry, not to mention, his minutes may gradually increase if he keeps taking advantage of his opportunity.