Week of 12/2/18
PG Cory Joseph (IND): Joseph will see anywhere from 25-30 minutes a night, and while his production isn’t steady, he has the capability to produce on a sporadic basis. He’s good to consider for an emergency play in the backcourt because of his consistent volume in minutes.
PF/C Richaun Holmes (PHX): Holmes has taken over effectively for Tyson Chandler in the Phoenix frontcourt. He’s scored in double figures in 6 of his last 8 games, and is a great defensive option for managers in category leagues as he’s been able to accumulate blocks on a nightly basis. Owners may want to wait until he sees a slight uptick in minutes, as he’s seen over 20 minutes just twice within the past few weeks.
PF/C Bobby Portis (CHI): Portis is expected to return from injury sometime in early December, and was recently cleared for full contact play. When Portis does return, and finally does find a stable spot in the Chicago rotation, owners should keep an eye on what he might be able to bring in terms of fantasy production down low.
G Marcus Smart (BOS): Smart does all the little things that might not be evident on the stat sheet, and for fantasy owners, one might be saying, “well then what good does that do me”? While Smart won’t be lighting up the scoreboard on a nightly basis, his volume off the bench combined with his work ethic provide at least some depth in the backcourt.
Week of 11/25/18
G Jordan Clarkson (CLE): Clarkson has picked up his game with consistent playing time over the past few weeks. While listed as a PG, expect Clarkson to be more of a SG, as his primary contributing attribute has been his scoring ability. Clarkson is also capable of grabbing a handful of boards, making him an intriguing fill-in for category leagues.
SG/SF Josh Hart (LAL): Hart is coming off of an ankle injury that has limited his action the past week or so. Hart has proven that when healthy, he sees enough volume of work to be an efficient fantasy producer on a young Lakers team. Owners should be hesitant until Hart is truly healthy, as he’s only seen 25 minutes of playing time 3 times in the month of November. He’s likely worth keeping an eye on for now, but owners should be ready when Hart officially asserts himself 100%.
SG/SF Terrence Ross (ORL): Ross is a solid bench stash for owners looking for help at 3 point percentage. Ross plays a vital role in the Orlando offense around the perimeter that sees him drain a handful of 3 point FGs on any given night. In addition, Ross can also contribute on the boards, as when he sees enough playing time, he’s usually good for 4-8 boards per game. Ross is an ideal fit for owners looking for 3 point help in category leagues.
PF/C Cody Zeller (CHA): Zeller has asserted himself as the undisputed center in Charlotte. That’s troubling news for Hornets fans, but great news for fantasy owners looking for a big man. Zeller won’t light up the scoreboard, but he will provide efficient production in the scoring & rebounding categories. It’s also worth noting he’s tallied 5 assists in each of his previous two games. Zeller is a good bench stash/injury fill in when needed.
Week of 11/18/18
SG/SF Bogdan Bogdanovic (SAC): Bogdanovic may or may not be available, pending on the specific league formatting. However, he’s worth a serious look for depth at forward or guard if you’re in a league that classifies in the other 40%. He’s gotten off to a solid start since returning from injury, including scoring in double figures his last three games. The issue with Bogdanovic will be production outside of scoring, as it is usually minimal at best.
SG/SF Wayne Ellington (MIA): With Miami dealing with injury woes in the backcourt, veteran, Wayne Ellington could continue to see an increase in minutes. Dwayne Wade is expected to return this week, but it still remains uncertain when Goran Dragic is expected to return. When he garnishes enough playing time, Ellington is usually good for scoring in double figures, as well as grabbing a combined handful of boards & assists. He’s a decent short term option for owners looking for a fill-in in the backcourt.
PF Noah Vonleh (NYK): The Knicks current rotation is an open book. Vonleh is starting to see consistent minutes that have recently seen pass the 30 threshold. In fact, Vonleh has seen 30 minutes three times this season, posting double doubles in two of the three. Owners should keep a close eye on the Knicks rotation before making any type of commitment, but Vonleh is worth keeping tabs on for the time being.
F DeMarre Carroll (BKN): With the Nets without Ryan Hollis-Jefferson, and now LaVert, Carroll will see an increase in minutes bu default. Carroll is likely a short-term play, as when Hollis-Jefferson does return, his fantasy value will decrease rapidly. During the span he sees an uptick in minutes, Carroll will usually flirt with a double-double, as in addition to pure scoring capability, he’s solid on the boards.
Week of 11/11/18
PF/C Zach Collins (POR): Collins has consistently seeing anywhere from 20-25 minutes off the Portland bench this season. His rebounding ability has gradually been brought to life his past three games, and if he can haul them in consistently, he’s a candidate that can flirt with a double-double on most nights. He’s worth owning for potential owners who need depth in the frontcourt.
F Ersan Ilyasova (MIL): Another player who will see 20-25 minutes per night when healthy, Ilyasova will undoubtedly see those kind of minutes all season as Milwaukee will look for rebounding help off the bench. Ilyasova won’t put up huge numbers, but Milwaukee will need some kind of rebound production outside the starting 5, and Ilyasova fits this bill. He’s good for a bench stash for owners who may need help in the frontcourt, particularly owners in a category league looking for help with boards.
PG Shelvin Mack (MEM): Mack is proving to be a solid scorer early in his career. On nights he has seen over 25 minutes (5 of his last 6 games) he has scored in double figures, and has shown solid ball distribution by tallying 12 assists in last four contests. He should continue to see solid minutes, and his fantasy value should increase as the season carries on.
PF Trey Lyles (DEN): Lyles has scored in double figures 5 of his last 6 contests, including finishing just one rebound shy of a double-double in Memphis (16pts, 9rebs). The Denver forward put on a show last game where he went 7-11 from the field, putting up 16 points in just 20 minutes of play. One can only imagine Lyles’ minutes may increase, thus he’s an interesting player to monitor on the waiver wire.
Week of 11/4/18
SG/SF Jeremy Lamb (CHA): Lamb plays consistent minutes, and while he’s never a guy that will light up the scoreboard, he has the capability to hover near a double-double on a nightly basis. His past two games, the Hornets role player has put up stat lines of 19 points, 8 boards & 13 points, 9 boards.
F Al-Farouq Aminu (POR): Aminu hasn’t been overly efficient in the early stages of 2018, but his playing time alone assert his fantasy value, particularly in deeper leagues. Aminu is a versatile forward that has the ability to play near the perimeter, and is one of those streaky players that has caught fire at random points throughout the span of an NBA season. He’s a solid bench stash if anything.
SG/SF Garrett Temple (MEM): Temple brings underrated scoring ability that can help in category leagues. He will score with relative ease as long as he sees the minutes (which he has), and while he’s a prominent option for points & shooting percentage, he has the capability of grabbing a few boards as well.
PF/C Alex Len (ATL): Len has benefited with Dedmon being sidelined in the early weeks of action. Dedmon recently returned, and while many have stated Len’s value will drastically drop, it has yet to be proven on an Atlanta squad that looks for production from all angles. Yes, Len will split time, but to assert Dedmon’s return will demolish Len’s fantasy value completely is premature, especially on an Atlanta squad that doesn’t necessarily have a clear rotation. Len has still seen over twenty minutes of action his last three games, and it shouldn’t dip much lower than that.
PG Ish Smith (DET): Smith is one of those guys that will be productive, but nothing more. He’ll see solid play while taking on a bulk role in the Detroit backcourt, but if you’re looking for a player that is more of a ‘hit or miss’ with a higher upside, Smith isn’t your guy. Smith is a guy that will consistently be average, and sometimes average is better than a guy who is not hitting expectations.