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NBA Bench Risers: Waiver Wire Sleepers for Fantasy Basketball (Week 8)

NBA teams have a multitude of players coming off the bench, each with a unique role to fill. As a fantasy owner, you need to decide which of those players can contribute across multiple categories and have the potential to make the most of their time on the court.

To find bench players that can contribute more than just energy and defense during their time on the court, I will analyze usage rate and Per 36 statistics. Below are my Week 8 bench risers and waiver wire adds for fantasy basketball. These are some bench players whose stock should be rising based on their recent play and could be great fantasy pickups for deep leagues.

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Rising NBA Bench Performers

Note: I will only be selecting players who are not regular starters and who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

Patty Mills (PG, SA) 46% owned

For fantasy purposes, Mills has looked like the best point guard for San Antonio this entire season. He may not run the offense as efficiently as Tony Parker, but fantasy owners don't get rewarded for that. Mills is an offensive spark plug and mad bomber when given free reign, as he has earned in his six year tenure with the Spurs. Even with Parker in the lineup, Mills has put together games of 15, 16, and 16 points in the last three respectively.

Averaging about 23 minutes per game, Mills has crept into 10th place for Offensive Rating among all NBA players with a 123.0 rating. He is also sixth in True Shooting Percentage with .647% and fourth in Effective Field Goal Percentage at .615%. It's rare to see a prolific three-point shooter nearly making half of all his field goals, but Mills is at a .490 FG% for the season, despite over half his shots coming behind the perimeter. At 3.2 3PM per 36, he will help any team in three point categories across the board. For a point guard, he averages a decent 5.6 assists and 1.2 steals per 36. Even if Parker misses time again, Coach Pop will keep his rotation consistent as always, which means a big jump in value is unlikely to ever come for Mills. His consistency remains his greatest asset.

Dwight Powell (PF/C, DAL) 23% owned

The Andrew Bogut injury will boost Powell's value most of all in Dallas. He had a lackluster Monday night against Denver with just eight points and one board, but prior to that he had been outplaying fellow center Salah Mejri. Powell has been averaging 4.8 rebounds in about 20 minutes per game. Those numbers should jump now that he will see closer to 30 minutes on average. He is averaging 8.2 REB per 36 minutes, as well as 12.3 PTS and 1.0 BLK.

Powell hasn't gotten off to a hot start this season, but that may be due to a subpar cast around him. The Mavs aren't going anywhere this year, especially with all the injuries to their best players. As long as Nowitzki and Bogut remain out, there should be ample opportunity for Powell to take on more responsibility. If anything, he could soon outplay his career averages (13.8 PTS, 9.1 REB per 36), even though he is below them right now. He can provide solid depth at the big man positions in larger leagues.

Allen Crabbe (PG/SG, POR) - 25% owned

He is still a bench player, even though he was nearly listed as a starter the other day. Evan Turner's inconsistency plays into Crabbe's favor, as he comes off the pine to provide a shooting spark. Crabbe collected 62 points in a four-game stretch last week, raising his scoring average to almost 10 a game (9.7). He is currently averaging 12.6 points per 36 minutes, although that figure was higher last season at 14.2.

The limitation with Crabbe is that he won't contribute much in non-shooting categories. He'll chip in 1.6 AST and 0.7 STL per 36. Deep league owners will want him for his .406 three-point percentage and consistent scoring. Portland's thin bench should keep Crabbe in the rotation all year, with the potential for big gains if one of their starting guards should miss extended time.


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NBA Waiver Wire (Week 8): Offensive Category Streamers

It's never too early to start streaming. Whether you have an opening due to an injury, you auction-drafted a crew of stars and scrubs, or you just didn't bother putting any effort into your last couple draft picks, you probably have a player or two on your team who isn't must-own. You're better off using that roster spot to stream players to eke out wins in close categories in your weekly head-to-head matchups.

This year, RotoBaller will be making weekly recommendations for extreme short term category specialists every week in all six counting stat categories (points, assists, threes, rebounds, steals, and blocks). Below are my Week Eight offensive category streamers for fantasy basketball - points, threes, and assists are below. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Three Points Made Streamer

Terrence Ross, SG/SF, TOR, Opponents: Thursday vs. ATL, Saturday @ ORL (15% Owned)

Terrence Ross has taken a step forward this season after seeming to have regressed in the previous two. It’s early, but he’s putting up Steph Curry-esque percentages (50.3% FG/46.1% 3P/88.5% FT), which has easily been his career-best. He’s taking less shots and getting less minutes, but is currently tied with his highest points output (10.9). That speaks volume about the quality of his shots he’s taking when he’s on the floor.

Despite Shaqtin’ A Fool with his missed breakaway windmill, Ross has been a serviceable streaming option for threes in the past three weeks. He’s hit a three in nine of the last ten games. Of those nine games, he’s had a multi-three game in seven of them. During that stretch, he’s attempted 4.6 threes per game. Not too shabby.

Even though they rank ninth from the bottom for three-point attempts (24.3), the Raptors sit in the top 10 for three-pointers made (9.8) and first in three-point percentage (40.1%). It’s all about quality from beyond the arc for the Raps as they’re also first in the league for offensive rating (114.9). Toronto will take on Atlanta on Thursday, who have given up the ninth worst threes (10.0) and seventh worst percentage in the league (36.5%). The matchup looks good and he’s coming off a season high 25 points. Give him a look.

Other Options: Allen Crabbe, PG/SG, NOP (25% Owned); Patrick Patterson, PF/C, TOR (22% Owned); Wayne Ellington, SG/SF, MIA (22% Owned); Langston Galloway, PG/SG, NOP (10% Owned); Jared Dudley, SG/SF/PF, PHX (8% Owned); Joe Harris, SG, BKN (2% Owned); Joe Ingles, SG/SF, UTA (2% Owned)

 

Points Streamer

Omri Casspi, SF/PF, SAC, Opponents: Friday @ MEM, Saturday @ DAL (6% Owned)

To start the season, Omri Casspi was irrelevant in the crowded Sacramento frontcourt because of Rudy Gay’s strong play and Matt Barnes’ familiarity with Dave Joerger’s system. Now, he finds himself in a nice situation as Gay is dealing with a hip flexor and the Kings are “resting” Matt Barnes while he’s being investigated by the NYPD. Yikes. Casspi has a clear path to minutes and could start at small forward as Rudy Gay remains questionable against Houston tonight. Even if Gay does suit up, the Kings could limit him as they play three games in six days on the road.

Since the weird postponed game in Philly, Casspi has seen a boost in minutes, averaging 23.7 minutes in the last six games. He’s become a bigger part of the offense over that span, attempting 7.3 shots per game, which eclipses his 4.8 attempts in the prior nine games before that. He’s averaging 10.0 points and converting 55.8% on his field goals over that six-game period with an opportunity to improve on those numbers. While the weekend opponents aren’t ideal for fantasy, Casspi is still a good bet to put up good offensive numbers and is widely available in Yahoo leagues.

Other Options:  Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, ATL (9% Owned); Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, DAL (13% Owned); James Johnson, SF/PF, MIA (13% Owned); Marco Belinelli, SG/SF, CHA (12% Owned); Leandro Barbosa, PG/SG, PHX (3% Owned)

 

Assists Streamer

Brandon Jennings, PG, NYK, Opponents: Thursday @ GSW, Saturday @ DEN (21% Owned)

Derrick Rose exited last night’s game against Phoenix after only 10 minutes due to back spasms and has been dealing with back issues for the better part of a week now. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Knicks to rush Rose back given his extensive injury history, so Young Money immediately steps into the fantasy spotlight. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for and we knew it was only a matter of time before Jennings got his opportunity.

In the past week, Brandon Jennings has stepped into a bigger role averaging 30.3 minutes per game. He’s posted 10.3 points and 4.8 assists in that time, but should be able to outperform those numbers if Rose misses additional time. If Jennings does start, he’ll see Steph Curry and Emmanuel Mudiay over the weekend. While the Warriors game has blowout potential, both teams have high paced offenses, which should help the nine-year vet rack up dimes along the way. He’s a great streaming option for assists in the late week and could be a hold candidate passed that depending on Rose’s timetable.

Other Options: Tony Parker, PG, SAS (22% Owned); Andrew Harrison, PG/SG, MEM (14% Owned); Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (11% Owned); Ty Lawson, PG, SAC (9% Owned); Shelvin Mack, PG, UTA (3% Owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire (Week 8): Defensive Category Streamers

Desperately trying to steal steals from your opponent?

Below are my Week Eight defensive category streamers for fantasy basketball - rebounds, steals, and blocks for the weekend of 12/16 - 12/18. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Rebounds Streamers

Patrick Patterson, PF/C, TOR, Fri vs. ATL, Sun @ ORL (owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues)

Patterson has been racking up rebounds in recent games, with a top 40 caliber 7.4 per game over the last 15 days.  Tack that onto multiple treys per game, and you've got yourself a combo streamer in those two categories (it's not like he does anything else).  If you want an extremely poor man's version of the same thing, you could also try Kelly Olynyk this weekend.  If you need better FG% with your rebounds, try Larry Nance.  If you need blocks, try Salah Mejri.  Really, there's a options for whatever you need with your rebounding -- it's simply the easiest category to stream.

Other options: Larry Nance Jr., PF, LAL (25% owned); Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL (22% owned); Salah Mejri, C, DAL (1% owned); Andre Roberson, SG/SF, OKC (14% owned)

 

Steals Streamers

Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, ATL, Fri @ TOR, Sat vs. CHA (owned in 21% of Yahoo leagues)

Sefolosha has been so great lately, especially when it comes to steals, that he probably deserves to be owned on a permanent basis in standard leagues. He's been racking up a Tony Allen-esque 2.0 steals per game on the season, alongside reasonable rebounds for a wing and good efficiency when it comes to decent percentages and low turnovers.

At the very least, he's as plum a candidate for a weekend pickup that you'll find.  Add him for a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday, then have the ability to drop him for another streamer (like the usual suspect, Tony Allen) if you're still needing steals for Sunday.

Other options: Tony Allen, SG/SF, MEM (27% owned); Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (49% owned -- including him here to say that this is really all he's good for anymore: he's a desperation streamer for steals if Sefolosha and Tony Allen are already owned, not someone worth hanging onto at this point)

 

Blocks Streamers

Salah Mejri, C, DAL, Fri @ Uta, Sun vs SAC (owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues)

With Dallas's frontcourt decimated by injuries, Mejri is getting a chance at some regular (for him) playing time. He periodic good games last year in good matchups, sandwiched between DNP-CDs when the Mavs played small ball, and of late he's entered into the same pattern, except he's still getting 10 minutes even in the bad matchups.  This is good news if you are desperate for steals.  After averaging 3.1 blocks per 36 minutes last year, he's swatting 2.5 per 36 in 2016-17.  When Mejri gets playing time he blocks shots at an elite level. Look no further than Monday nights game against the Nuggets where he racked up 4 in 22 minutes.

This weekend's opponents are actually not the best matchups for him, so I'm not betting on him in DFS leagues or anything, but as a pure blocks play in H2H leagues, it's hard to find a guy so widely available with such a good track record of blocking shots.

Other options: Lucas Noguiera, C, TOR (12% owned); Roy Hibbert, C, CHA (7% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Roto Wings (SG/SF, SF, SF/PF) for Week 8

This year, RotoBaller is separating its waiver wire recommendations by position a little differently. In our three position breakdowns, we'll be separating players into GUARDS, including point guards (PG), shooting guards (SG), and combo guards (PG/SG); WINGS, including small forwards (SF), swing men (SG/SF), and small ball fours (SF/PF); and BIGS, including power forwards (PF), centers (C), and bigs who play both front court spots (PF/C).

Today we will be looking at some wings who are ready to fly off your waiver wire and help their owner march towards the playoffs and even the championship. So if your small forwards have failed you, take a look at some of the names possibly still not owned in your league. They just might make the difference you need to beat your buddies.

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Standard League Waiver Wire Wing Adds

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA (52% owned)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a guy who has had his share of injury woes throughout his career. He's had trouble with his right back in 2013 and again in 2014. He's also had his hand broken in 2013 and his ribs bruised in 2014. Then he strained his hamstring in February 2015 and one month later he sprained his ankle. All those saw him miss 51 games in his first three years in the NBA. But none of them were nearly as serious as his shoulder injury which cut his 2015-2016 season short with just seven games played.

This season though, he has missed only one of Charlotte's first 25 games. And he has been pretty decent in those 24 games he played. 9.3 PTS, 7.0 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.8 STL, 1.0 BLK and just 0.8 TO in 29 minutes of action. His percentages, along with the relatively low scoring and the lack of threes, are what is keeping him from being owned in most leagues. His field goals are down by 2.1% from his career average and are sitting at 44.4% on the season. His is hitting 75% of his free throws this season, which is an improvement compared to his 69.9% shooting from the stripe during his career.

If you've built your team for punting FT%, points or threes, Kidd-Gilchrist should definitely not be on your waiver wire! Even if you are looking for a balanced squad, him hitting 2.6 of 3.5 FTs per game will not hurt too much, and his FG% could go up a bit if his career percentage is any indication. It's hard to get nice defensive stats and boards with such a multicat contribution from the waiver wire, without hurting some other stats. With Kidd-Gilchrist you get just that. Furthermore, he has recorded five double-doubles already this season, which is a nice bonus for all the owners whose leagues reward that.

His minutes are steady at just under 30, and his contribution across the board is pretty consistent. If you have faith that Kidd-Gilchrist's body will hold out through the season, and you like what he brings to the table, by all means pick him up!

Jamal Crawford, SG/SF, LAC (49% owned)

Now one might argue that at age 36, Jamal Crawford is passed his best. But he is the current holder of NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. And he won it twice before in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. That is a clear indication that Jamal is not slowing down.

If the aforementioned Michael Kidd-Gilchrist didn't fit your team's needs, Crawford just might, since they appeal to completely different fantasy team mentalities and aspirations. In contrast to Kidd-Gilchrist, Crawford is an established scorer with three-point range. He is also a great free throw shooter and gets you a few assists too. On the other hand he doesn't rebound as well, and he's not much of a shoot blocker.

This season he averages 12.8 PTS with 1.4 3PM on 42.7 FG% along with 89.1 FT%, 1.4 REB, 2.1 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.1 BLK with 1.2 TO in 26 minutes per game. He is a pretty consistent scorer, contributing to his owners with double-digit scoring in 11 straight games. He has also failed to hit a three in just two of his previous 21 games (that is also true for Stephen Curry).

Jamal is sure to minutes in the mid to upper 20s this season. He could even get some more run if an injury bug hits the Clippers as it did during last seasons playoffs, which took out both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

On the other hand Crawford is a pretty durable player, having missed more than 23 games just once in his career, in his second season in the NBA back in 2001-2002. Furthermore, the Clippers have 5 games in week 22 (March 20-March 26) so that can be pretty useful in your fantasy playoffs.

The owners in the market for some threes, steals and excellent free throw shooting should give Jamal Crawford a look, he rarely disappoints.

Other options: Courtney Lee, SG/SF, NY (41% owned) and Evan Turner, SG/SF, POR (40% owned)

Deep League Waiver Wire Wing Adds

Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, ATL (21% owned)

Thabo Sefolosha is the kind of player that fills every statistical category standard leagues count. So far this season he is getting his owners 7.4 PTS, 0.4 3PM, 4.7 REB, 2.0 AST, 2.0 STL, 0.4 BLK with just 1.0 TO in 25 minutes a night. He is shooting a decent 47.8% from the field and hits 0.8 of his 1.1 free throws a game.

He is a lovely fit for all the balanced teams out there, looking for something extra on the defensive end. His 2.0 steals are tied for 4th best in the league this season. His field goal percentage and rebounds are also above average for his position. Moreover, those two assists every game and a block every other game come in handy too.

Considering he helps out everywhere and doesn't hurt you in any category, Sefolosha is a bargain for all those teams looking for a multicat, across the board production for their Roto or well balanced Head-2-Head teams, since he is owned in just every fifth Yahoo! league. If he fits your plans, make sure he is on the wire in one less league.

Other options: Tony Allen, SG/SF, MEM (26% owned) and Wayne Ellington, SG/SF, MIA (22% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire Bigs (PF, C, PF/C) for Week 8

This year, RotoBaller is separating its waiver wire recommendations by position a little differently.  In our three position breakdowns, we'll be separating players into GUARDS, including point guards (PG), shooting guards (SG), and combo guards (PG/SG); WINGS, including small forwards (SF), swing men (SG/SF), and small ball fours (SF/PF); and BIGS, including power forwards (PF), centers (C), and bigs who play both front court spots (PF/C).

We are looking into some potential power forwards and centers who might fit well with your team and are sitting on the waiver wire in about a half or more of the Yahoo! leagues. So if you're in the market for a big to help your team fill out it's needs, one of the players from this article might just be what you're looking for.

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Standard League Waiver Wire Big Adds

John Henson PF/C, MIL (47% Owned)

In the beginning of the season being a center for the Milwaukee Bucks was kind of a nightmare. Miles Plumlee, Greg Monroe and the hero of our story John Henson were locked in a timeshare at the five position. That prevented any of them from having any real fantasy value. But Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd seems to have made a decision to stick with just two of those three. A decision that saw Plumlee sit out the last five games and play a total of only seven minutes in the three games before that. That decision is just what Henson's owners were hoping for.

Since November 27th Henson has seen his minutes bumped up from 16 to 25 per game. In those eight games since being "unleashed" his averages have come up to 11.7 PTS, 6.5 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.5 STL, an insane 2.5 BLK and just 1.1 TO per game with shooting percentages of 55.6 FG% and a 75.0 FT% which is not too bad for a center. Henson is particularly valuable for a team that is punting threes or free throws, but doesn't hurt too much in neither of those cats and his multicat production and great blocks and FG% are what makes him a great addition to most teams.

Barring any change of coach Kidd's heart, Henson will be getting minutes in the mid to high 20s the rest of the way. That is plenty of time for a fantasy friendly player like Henson to give decent value to the fantasy owner who is fast enough to pick him up from the wire, before the others see his true potential.

Tyson Chandler C, PHX (49% Owned)

Need some rebounding, defense and nice FG%? You don't care too much about FT% scoring and assists? And who needs 3-pointers from a center anyway? Tyson Chandler is your guy. Elite rebounding, anywhere between one and two combined blocks and steals with around 60.0 FG% is what you can expect from the veteran.

Owners should be careful though. Chandler is 34 years old, and he does get injured more often accordingly. Furthermore, his Suns are 7-17 at the moment and it doesn't look as if they will be fighting for a playoff spot this season. That could mean some rest days near the end of the season, or in other words right in the middle of fantasy basketball playoffs.

The aforementioned injury proneness has kept him out of eight games during November. But he is back now, and is playing with style. In his seven games back from the injury (not including the first one in which he played just 11 minutes) Chandler is on a tear with 8.0 PTS on 67.6 FG%, extraordinary 11.3 REB, 0.9 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.7 BLK per game and is shooting a decent 76.9% from the line. He is turning the ball over 1.9 times and doesn't shoot threes, but his stat line of 14 PTS and 21 REB on 83.3 FG% and 80.0 FT% will make you forget all about that.

His rebounds alone are worth an add if that is what your team needs, not to mention the defensive stats and great field goal percentage he brings to the party.

Standard League Honorable Mentions: Cody Zeller (42% owned), Jon Leuer (39% owned)

 

Deep League Waiver Wire Big Adds

Dwight Powell PF/C, DAL (25% Owned)

Dallas is having big injury problems this season. In addition to their two best PGs replacing each other on the injury list, their top two bigs Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut are also on the shelf. Nowitzki has only played in five games this season and Bogut in 16, and they are both currently out and there aren't any news on when we should expect either of them back. It could be a few games, a few weeks or even months. Also, Dallas is the worst team in the NBA this season and the playoffs are probably out of their reach so the two veterans are probable to pick up some rest along the way.

Dwight Powell is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Mavericks. In his previous seven games he is averaging 10.9 PTS on 61.2 FG% and 84.2 FT%, 6.0 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.4 BLK and just 0.6 TO in 24 minutes per game. Great efficiency along with across the board production is what gives Powell good value in both Roto and Head-to-head leagues.

As long as Dallas' bigs are injured or being rested, Powell should get enough run to help his fantasy owners with this multicat production. Moreover, it is not out of the question that he gets even more minutes and touches if the Mavs decide that it's too late to save the season and give more run and responsibilities to their youth.

Even though Dallas lost the playoff opportunity and some players to injury, they may have gained a decent player in Powell, and so did the fantasy owners who picked him up in their deep league.

Deep League Honorable Mentions: Frank Kaminsky (24% owned), Patrick Patterson (25% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire Guards (PG, SG, PG/SG) for Week 8

This year, RotoBaller is separating its waiver wire recommendations by position a little differently.  In our three position breakdowns, we'll be separating players into GUARDS, including point guards (PG), shooting guards (SG), and combo guards (PG/SG); WINGS, including small forwards (SF), swing men (SG/SF), and small ball fours (SF/PF); and BIGS, including power forwards (PF), centers (C), and bigs who play both front court spots (PF/C).

In this post, we'll provide options for guards, eligible at PG, SG, or PG/SG who may be available in both standard leagues (less than 50% owned) and deeper leagues (less than 25% owned), and will typically provide a boost in points, assists, threes, and steals.  All position eligibility and ownership rates based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Standard League Waiver Wire Guard Adds

Patty Mills, PG, SAS (45% Owned)

Last call!  Mills is already owned in almost every active 12 team league, but at only 45% owned on Yahoo, he's still out there in many not-so-competitive ones and in a lot of 10 team leagues.  He's been lights out for the Spurs -- over the last 11 games, he's been shooting a blistering 51%, including 48% from downtown.  That's putting him at close to top 50 value in that timespan.  While that kind of insane shooting is obviously not going to keep up, he's going to get plenty of minutes going forward, with the upside for more if the aged Tony Parker were to get injured or regress even further past the point of coach Pop's trust in the lineup.  Top 50 is unrealistic, but top 100 in a bench role with upside if he starts is more than enough to warrant universal ownership in fantasy hoops leagues.

Oddly enough, Patty's most recent outing against Brooklyn, where he played only 16 minutes, might be his most encouraging yet.  In those 16 minutes against the hapless Nets, Mills racked up 16 points, 4 assists, 4 treys, and 3 steals on 54.5% shooting, then sat out the 4th quarter to rest in what had become a blowout.  Not only is that outstanding production in such limited time, but the fact that he -- a bench player! -- got rested underscores how important the Spurs see him.  Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, and even Pau Gasol were still out there at points in the 4th quarter playing alongside bottom of the benchers like Davis Bertans and Nicolas Laprovittola, but Mills got to take it easy with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.  The Spurs see him as that important, so fantasy owners should, too.

Allen Crabbe, PG/SG, POR (25% Owned)

There's a reason Crabbe is a guy who spazzes between starting rosters and the waiver wire in fantasy leagues as quickly and erratically as one of Draymond Green's legs.  This is a guy who provides you little to nothing in most of the non-shooting categories -- assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks -- so his production relies 100% on whether his shot is falling.  If it is, he's racking up points and treys with good percentages.  If it isn't, he's providing no counting stats while he destroys your percentages.

Right now his shot is falling and he's been getting minutes, since his ability to play off-ball makes him a much better fit alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum than Evan Turner.  It could stop falling at any moment, but the situation for him right now is excellent.  Playing time and open shots are all you can ask for when it comes to Crabbe, and right now that's what he's getting.  If the poorly fitting Turner ends up getting traded (especially if it's for a pick or a big man), that'll lock in his situation even tighter.  Crabbe's too one-dimensional to want to drop a real player for, but he makes a solid plug-in for anyone down a point guard in competitive leagues.

Standard League Honorable Mentions: Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (16% Owned); Troy Daniels PG/SG, MEM (22% Owned); and if you're really desperate for short term assists, Shelvin Mack, PG, UTA (4% Owned)

 

Deep League Waiver Wire Guard Adds

Malcolm Brogdon, SG, MIL (3% Owned)

The steal of the draft so far after being taken by the Bucks in the 2nd round, Brogdon is one of those guys who got overlooked because he was a college senior (he turned 22 on Sunday, and is a full 5 days younger than Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was drafted 3 years earlier), despite the fact that all he did was ball out and win in a killer conference. Of course, Buddy Hield and Denzel Valentine didn't get overlooked for being elite college players who came out as seniors, and a fat lot of success they've had so far in this season, so maybe we shouldn't be too hard on the league for not taking a chance on Brogdon.

Anyway, Brogdon's been particularly hot of late, putting up a line of 9.6 points, 3.1 assists, and 1.9 threes on 50% shooting with less than a turnover per game in an average of 22 minutes since Thanksgiving.  That's been close enough for him to sniff top 100 value.  Now you should not treat him like he'll get anywhere near top 100 value and be worth an add in standard 12 team leagues.  He's been buoyed by an even more unsustainable hot streak than Mills -- Brogdon has hit 17 of 24 three point attempts since Thanksgiving.  Yes, he's hitting SEVENTY-ONE PERCENT (!!!) from downtown over the last 9 games. Unless he is the result of the Monstars stealing the talent of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Ray Allen, then infusing it all into one single player, I feel pretty safe in saying he's not going to keep that up.

In deep leagues, he doesn't need to keep it up to be useful, though. He was a good shooter in college and he looks good in the pros.  He won't be otherworldly going forward, but it seems like he should be decent. He'll be able to provide a smattering of treys and assists in a decent role for the Bucks going forward, which is really the best you can hope for off a waiver add in 14 or 16 teamers. Plus, he'd have very nice upside were Giannis or Matthew Dellavedova to miss any time this year.

Deep League Honorable Mentions: Shelvin Mack, PG, UTA (4% owned); Joe Harris, SG, BKN (2% owned); Rodney Stuckey, PG/SG, IND (1% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Deeper League Pickups (Week 7)

You and your friends love fantasy basketball? Each and every one of you got a few more mates who love it too and would like to join your league? With deeper leagues, some of the players that we own are bound to let us down at some point.

If you're ready to move on from those underperformers, here are my Week 7 deeper league waiver wire pickups for your fantasy basketball teams. These are some options for a replacement player which should be still available on the waiver wire in deeper leagues.

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Deep League Waiver Wire Add

Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL (23% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

If Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of Dallas Mavericks' frontcourt were healthy I probably wouldn't be writing about Dwight Powell. But injuries are an everyday occurrence in the NBA, and bench players get their chance to shine and show they are deserving of a more significant role. That is exactly what happened with Powell.

He started the season playing 15-20 minutes per game. But since Dirk is injured and Andrew Bogut, who already missed five games out of 21 the Mavericks have played, has suffered a knee bone bruise and is scheduled to miss anywhere between 10 days and four weeks of action, Powell's minutes have increased drastically. In his last four games he racked up averages of 11.0 PTS, 7.0 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.8 BLK on 57.6 FG% and just 0.3 TO in 27 minutes per game.

Considering there are no updates on Dirk's status and Bogut is out for a couple of games at least, there is no reason to think Powell won't be getting the same amount of minutes and chances to keep up his solid production. Even when both the veterans return, his recent performances earned him plenty of minutes in a healthy Dallas rotation. Moreover, Dallas is the worst team in the Western conference with 4-17, so as the season progresses, and their chances for a playoff birth come to a close, the veterans will be getting even more rest and up-and-comers like Powell will take over.

Powell is already owned in almost one quarter of Yahoo! leagues and won't be on your waiver wire for long, so if you like what he is producing don't hesitate for too long. Later might be too late.

 

Super Deep League Waiver Wire Add

Kyle O'Quinn, PF/C, NYK (5% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Kyle O'Quinn's situation is somewhat similar to Dwight Powell's. He started the year as a backup to Joakim Noah and was getting around 10-15 minutes per game on average. But Noah already missed five games and his stats have taken another step back this season. That is why O'Quinn was given an opportunity, and so far he has taken advantage.

In his four games last week (Noah played in three of those) O'Quinn played 23 minutes per game and averaged 11.5 PTS, 9.0 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.3 STL, 2.0 BLK, all on a ridiculous 71.0% shooting from the field. Granted his best performance did come when Noah was out, scoring 20 points on 9-11 shooting and grabbing 13 rebounds.

But he kept his production up even when Noah returned, and it is quite possible that he will keep it up the rest of the way too. Not to mention Noah's recent injury woes. In addition to missing five games already this season, he had a nightmare with Chicago last year playing in just 29 games. Noah played more than 67 games in only three of his nine seasons in the NBA.

O'Quinn's recent run of nice performances combined with Noah's injury proneness and poor outings should be enough for owners in very deep leagues to take a flier on him. His rebounds, blocks and high FG% might be pretty helpful come fantasy playoffs.

 

Insanely Deep League Waiver Wire Add

Sam Dekker, SF, HOU (5% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Just like my other two picks for this week, Sam Dekker also started the season in a lesser role than the one he is currently in. In his first 17 games of the season he eclipsed the 20 minute mark just twice, although he never played less than 10 either. But in his last five games he is playing 24 minutes per game and scoring 11.0 points, grabbing 6.0 rebounds and adding 1.0 3-pointer, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.4 blocks with 51.2% of his field goals going in. Not too shabby is it?

All that extra run he has been getting is based just on his hard work, good play and more trust from his coach Mike D'Antoni. No injuries have hit the Houston Rockets so far, except Nene Hilario getting his rest days here and there and Patrick Beverley who started the season injured, but is back now. But, the Rockets have a few players on their roster who are injury risks. Apart from Beverley, who is a point guard and whose absence wouldn't change Dekker's situation much if at all, and Nene who has already missed four games this season, there are the two new additions from New Orleans, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson. They are great shooters who fit D'Antoni's system very well. But they both played over 66 games in just one season in their NBA careers so far.

It should be mentioned that Donatas Motiejunas saga is still unfolding. Houston matched his offer sheet from Brooklyn as a restricted free agent a few days ago, but he failed to report for a physical with the Rockets. It's unclear what that means and if or when D-Mo will be playing for the Rockets again. If he does, Dekker would get some more competition for his minutes. But for now, I believe that a hard working youngster like Dekker would be in favor with the coaches and the team over a disgruntled, injury prone Motiejunas who is in a battle with Houston over his contract for around six months now, and has declined to report for a physical.

If Dekker stays on his coach's good side and continues to get minutes in the mid 20s, his production should be enough for a deep league owner to fondly remember the day he picked him up from the waiver wire. Furthermore, an injury to any one of the players mentioned above would mean more run for Dekker and even more time for him to bless his owners with his increasing multicat contribution.

 

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NBA Bench Risers: Waiver Wire Sleepers for Fantasy Basketball (Week 7)

NBA teams have a multitude of players coming off the bench, each with a unique role to fill. As a fantasy owner, you need to decide which of those players can contribute across multiple categories and have the potential to make the most of their time on the court.

To find bench players that can contribute more than just energy and defense during their time on the court, I will analyze usage rate and Per 36 statistics. Below are my Week 7 bench risers and waiver wire adds for fantasy basketball. These are some bench players whose stock should be rising based on their recent play and could be great fantasy pickups for deep leagues.

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Rising NBA Bench Performers

Note: I will only be selecting players who are not regular starters and who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

Jeff Green (SF/PF, ORL) - 8% owned

In an unusual reversal of fortune, Green's value may be rising now that he has become a bench player again. Green wasn't putting up useful stats in his first 16 games for the Magic, half of which came as a starter. His .366 FG% is well below his .433% career average and well below the league average. However, he is turning things around in his last three games, averaging just over 14 points on .451% shooting. Green has never been a great rebounder for his size, but he's collected 11 over the last two games and won't hurt you at the SF position.

What's interesting about Green is the trade talk circulating around Orlando already. The Magic are a young team that don't appear to be playoff bound, so a player like Green could be moved to a contender in need of scoring before too long. Conversely, if someone like Serge Ibaka is traded instead, Green could find himself in a bigger role. Green's current usage rate of 19.9% is already ahead of teammate Elfrid Payton (19.8%) and barely behind Serge Ibaka (20.9%) and former Magic guard Victor Oladipo (20.8%). That number could shoot up further in the near future. Green is a player to watch more than an immediate add at the moment, but he could become a fantasy factor in deeper leagues eventually.

 

Dario Saric (PF, PHI) 49% owned

A position switch might be just what the doctor ordered for Saric and the 76ers. Saric has been off to a slow offensive start in his rookie year, shooting just .388 from the field. Like Green, Saric also moved out of the starting lineup onto the bench 10 games into the season. He got into a funk soon after, totaling 10 points in a three-game span at one point in late November. Saric may be re-emerging now after shifting to small forward. He's dropped 21, 17 and 17 the last three games, including a season-high 3-for-6 from behind the arc in all three contests.

Perhaps more impressive have been the rebounding numbers this past week. Saric has 27 total rebounds in the last three games. Obviously that's an average of nine per game, which matches nicely with his Per 36 numbers: 1.4 Offensive Rebounds and 7.5 Defensive Rebounds. Despite that production, Saric slots best as a SF in fantasy because he doesn't block shots (0.3 BLK per 36). He is listed only as a PF in Yahoo! leagues, but that may change in the near future. With Robert Covington struggling from the field and now facing a knee injury, Saric's role should continue to expand along with his ownership rates.

 

Wayne Ellington (SG, MIA) 18% owned

Just when it looked like Josh Richardson was ready to make an impact, he goes down again with an ankle injury. Dion Waiters will be out at least a couple of weeks and Justise Winslow has missed 12 games already. Enter Ellington, the veteran shooter and former Tar Heel in his first year with the Heat. Ellington has been everything the team could have hoped for, doubling his career scoring average so far with 14.8 PPG. His three-point percentage is decent (.368) and he's increased his overall field goal percentage to .475.

Ellington has only appeared in five games for Miami after starting the season with a bruised thigh suffered in the preseason. It's hard to extrapolate too much from such a small sample size, but so far the results are promising. Ellington is averaging 13 shots per 36 minutes, 8.3 of which come from three-point land. His shortcomings come in the counting stats where he contributes very little (1.8 REB, 2.2 AST, 1.3 STL per 36). He is a shooter first and foremost, so consider adding him if you need help in points or multiple three-point categories. This may be Ellington's seventh NBA team in six seasons, but he seems to be right at home in Miami and should find a larger role as the injuries keep piling up.


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NBA Waiver Wire (Week 7): H2H Offensive Category Streamers

It's never too early to start streaming. Whether you have an opening due to an injury, you auction-drafted a crew of stars and scrubs, or you just didn't bother putting any effort into your last couple draft picks, you probably have a player or two on your team who isn't must-own. You're better off using that roster spot to stream players to eke out wins in close categories in your weekly head-to-head matchups.

This year, RotoBaller will be making weekly recommendations for extreme short term category specialists every week in all six counting stat categories (points, assists, threes, rebounds, steals, and blocks). Below are my Week Seven offensive category streamers for fantasy basketball - points, threes, and assists are below. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Three Points Made Streamer

Wayne Ellington, SG, MIA, Opponents: Friday @ CLE, Saturday @ CHI (23% Owned)

The Miami Heat dressed nine on Tuesday night as they’ve been decimated by injuries this season. They’re hurting bad. Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson will not travel with the team on their three-game road trip which rules them out for the week. That means the Heat will be forced to lean on guys like Wayne Ellington at shooting guard at least until Monday. Yes, he’s playing for his seventh team in seven seasons and Wayne Ellington has become fantasy relevant. Did I mention the Heat are hurting?

On the fantasy front, Ellington has been producing solid numbers. Since making his season-debut last week, he’s averaged 12.0 points with 2.0 threes on 7.6 three-point attempts per game in 32.4 minutes. Coach Spoelstra is trusting him with the minutes while Miami deals with injuries. The minutes should yield enough three-point production while he’s shooting at 37.0 3P%. Watch the status of the other Heat wing players in the next week as Ellington could be a hold candidate for his offensive output. He’s available in over a quarter of leagues and should be snatched for the short-term.

Other Options: Patrick Patterson, PF/C, TOR (25% Owned); Allen Crabbe, PG/SG, POR (24% Owned); Terrence Ross, SG/SF, TOR (14% Owned); Joe Harris, SG, BKN (2% Owned); Anthony Morrow, SG/SF, OKC (1% Owned); Jodie Meeks, SG, ORL (2% Owned)

 

Points Streamer

Jeff Green, SG/SF, ORL, Opponents: Friday @ CHA, Saturday vs. DEN (10% Owned)

After a confusing off-season of moves, Frank Vogel’s adjusted by moving Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic to the bench while starting Bismack Biyombo and D.J. Augustin. Vogel was also tinkering at small-forward, but finally settled on starting Aaron Gordon with Jeff Green coming off the bench. It’s worked as the Magic have won four of their last five; the best run of their early season. It’s annoying, but the rotation is likely here to stay.

It hurts to admit this, but Jeff Green has proven valuable in the past four games as the Magic are starting to figure it out. Green’s posted 16.0 points on 56.1 FG% (10.3 FGA) in the last four. There’s no way he keeps this up as he’s shooting 36.6 FG% on the season, but let’s take advantage while he’s hot. Green’s coming off the bench behind Aaron Gordon (24.5 MPG past four games) but the Magic are still opting to give the Georgetown product more minutes (26.1 MPG past four games). It’s looking like a time share at small-forward all season, which stinks for Gordon owners, but makes Green a short-term add until he comes back down to Earth.

Other Options:  Wayne Ellington, SG, MIA (23% Owned), Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL (18% Owned); Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, ATL (9% Owned)

 

Assists Streamer

Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, GSW, Opponents: Thursday @ UTA, Saturday @ MEM, Sunday @ MIN (24% Owned)

It’s no surprise that the Golden State Warriors have the highest team assists average (32.0) in the league, but with the addition of Kevin Durant, they’ve been sharing the ball more (28.9 last season). They have four road games in five nights, so you can bet all hands will be on deck as they visit the Clippers before they set out on a Northwest Division road trip. On the fantasy end, the Dubs will have three remaining games in the late week, which is solid for digging out streaming targets.

Over the last two weeks, Iguodala’s averaged 3.9 assists in 25.7 MPG and sits inside the top-50 in that time span for total assists. He’s seen a dip in his offensive output, but the assists have been the best in his three seasons (3.4, 3.0 in previous two seasons) under Steve Kerr. Additionally, he’s averaging 17.9 AST%, which is also the highest under Kerr in the last three seasons. Alternatively, there are other great streaming assists options this week, but with three games left in the late week, Andre 3000 is a great streaming option for dimes.

Other Options: Brandon Jennings, PG, NYK (17% Owned); Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (13% Owned); D.J. Augustin, PG, ORL (6% Owned); Isaiah Whitehead, PG/SG, BKN (1% Owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire (Week 7): H2H Defensive Category Streamers

Hey, let's think about this weekend.  No, not about actually leaving your house and doing something.  Let's plan who we're burning our precious weekly transactions to steal a category or two in our fantasy matchups.

Below are my Week Seven defensive category streamers for fantasy basketball - rebounds, steals, and blocks for the weekend of 12/9 - 12/11. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Rebounds Streamers

P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, PHO, Fri @ LAL, Sun vs. NOR (owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues)

With T.J. Warren still sitting for the Suns, the uninspiring Tucker has been in the lineup for the Suns doing his usual inconsistent thing on offense.  21 points one day, 4 points another, we've been watching this act for years.  One thing you can rely on Tucker for is a solid amount of rebounds for a wing, though.  This weekend he makes a great option for stockpiling boards, especially if you've already maxed out your F/C lineup spots, because he'll have every opportunity to not soil the bed in the rest of his stat line thanks to a couple of extremely fantasy-friendly matchups against the Lakers and Pelicans.  Teammate Tyson Chandler, hovering at around 50% ownership in Yahoo! leagues, makes an even better streamer for boards (and perhaps long-term solution for rebounds) in leagues where he hasn't been rostered yet -- though he's likely unavailable in competitive leagues.

Other options: Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL (17% owned); Salah Mejri, C, DAL (1% owned); Andre Roberson, SG/SF, OKC (14% owned)

 

Steals Streamers

Wayne Ellington, SG, MIA, Fri @ CLE, Sat @ CHI (owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues)

There are better options if you're selling out completely for steals.  Add Roberson or Tucker, or better yet use two transactions to snag Thabo Sefolosha for Friday and Tony Allen for Saturday.  But if you want to make one transaction to make a push in steals while also helping out in a few other categories, Ellington is a guy who has averaged a consistent steal for every 30 minutes played, plus he can shoot and score.  And he is getting plenty of playing time and shot attempts for the MASH unit which is the Miami Heat.  It's not often you can tack on 15 points and a couple of treys to your steals streamer.

Other options: Andre Roberson, SG/SF, OKC (14% owned); P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, PHO (14% owned); Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL (17% owned)

 

Blocks Streamers

Kyle O'Quinn, PF/C, NYK, Fri @ SAC, Sun @ LAL (owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues)

It's true, O'Quinn's playing time and production has been a roller coaster lately.  But even in his down games, he's been netting plenty of blocks -- including 4 swats in his previous game against the Kings this past Sunday, which was an otherwise disappointing 14-minute outing sandwiched between two games where he saw the court for 25+ minutes and produced big numbers.  It's worth rolling the dice on O'Quinn this weekend in a rematch against the Kings followed by another friendly matchup with the Lakers.  Best case scenario, you get one or two of the good O'Quinn games.  But even if you whiff, you've still added one of the best bets for blocks on the waiver wire.

Other options: Andre Roberson, SG/SF, OKC (14% owned); Salah Mejri, C, DAL (1% owned); Roy Hibbert, C, CHA (8% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Punting Small Stats (FT%, 3PM, AST) for Week 7

Got a craving for some good old fashion punting? Some of your players haven't work out as well as you hoped, or you just figure you're better off with using a roster spot for streaming? Well, if you crave punting threes, free throws and/or assists, here are some suggestions.

Below are my Week 7 fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups for punting small stats - free throw percentage (FT%), three pointers (3 PM) and assists (AST). Let's turn that punting craving into fantasy gloating.

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Waiver Wire Guards - Punting Small Stats

Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, GSW (24% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Andre Igoudala fits FT% and points punt teams the best. Most of his value lies in his 3.7 AST and 1.0 STL while committing just 0.7 TO in 25 MIN per game. He also adds a decent 3.2 REB and 0.3 BLK on 45.1% from the field. He scores just 5.8 PTS per game, but hits 0.8 3PM to contribute across the board. In addition to low scoring, he is currently on 50.0 FT% this season, although that is well bellow his career average of 71.4%. Given he only takes 0.8 free throws per game, it isn't too painful for his owners.

And his minutes in his three games last week have gone up to 31 a game. And that increase saw him score 9.0 points with 1.7 threes on 58.8% from the field, grab 5.0 rebounds and dish out 4.3 asists per game. That's more like it!

Andre's numbers aren't all that overwhelming so far this season. Furthermore he plays for the Golden State Warriors, who set the record for most regular season wins last season, and then added Kevin Durant in free agency, so there are not too many shots and minutes for Igoudala. But there haven't been any rest days either.

Last season, while setting the aforementioned record, Golden State coach Steve Kerr didn't rest his players when the regular season was nearing it's finale, despite having secured the number one spot in the West. That arguably cost him the championship. Stephen Curry got injured during the playoffs and the well rested Cavaliers came back from 3-1 down to take the long awaited championship ring.

If Kerr takes a different approach this year, and gives some rest days to his star players towards the end of the regular season, it might just mean minutes around the 30s. And if this past week is any indication, Igoudala can produce in that time, and maybe even more so if he gets more offensive responsibilities when some of the stars are rested.

And guess what? Those rest days might just happen in the middle of your fantasy playoffs. Moreover, for all you punters looking for a streamer, the Warriors play five games this week.

Other guard options: Tyler Johnson, PG/SG, MIA (45% owned), P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, PHO (12% owned), Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, ATL (15% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Forwards - Punting Small Stats

JaMychal Green, PF, MEM (40% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

The Memphis Grizzlies are pretty banged up at the moment. The injuries are piling up. Mike Conley is expected to miss another 5-8 weeks, Chandler Parsons will be reevaluated in about a week, James Ennis is still sidelined and now so is Vince Carter. Moreover, Zach Randolph has taken some time off due to the loss of his mother.

The Grizzlies needed the healthy players to raise their level of performances to compensate for all the absences and the did just that. Memphis is 3-3 in their last 6 without Randolph and 2-1 in their last three without both him and Conley.

JaMychal Green is one of the more consistent players on the Memphis' squad in the previous period. He hit double digits in scoring in seven of his last nine games. His averages in the last two weeks of action are more than deserving of a roster space in many fantasy leagues. He has 11.3 PTS, 7.8 REB, 1.0 STL, 0.9 BLK. He is shooting an efficient 57.9 FG% and 79.2 FT% and is turning the ball over just 0.6 times per game in 32 minutes on the court during those eight games. He is also adding 1.4 AST and 0.6 3PM, just to help you out in all categories.

Now, when the Grizzlies get back to full health it isn't very likely that Green will be getting as many looks, and maybe his playing time drops by a minute or two. But with the way he played when Memphis needed him the most, and the fact that he is averaging 29 minutes from the start of the season, Green will most probably get enough run to produce and a guy like that shouldn't be on your waiver wire, at least while the Grizzlies are injury plagued.

Other wing options: Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL (6% owned), Luol Deng, SF/PF, LAL (41% owned), Larry Nance Jr., PF, LAL (27% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Centers - Punting Small Stats

John Henson, PF/C, MIL (46% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

The center situation in Milwaukee has been a real headache for coach Jason Kidd, and for all the fantasy owners who hoped for a resolution to the problem and picked John Henson, Greg Monroe or Miles Plumlee in their fantasy drafts. The three player time share has seen all of them loose at least some of their fantasy value and appeal. But it seems that Kidd has finally decided to use just two of his three bigs.

Miles Plumlee a total of eight minutes in the Bucks' last four games and if coach Kidd doesn't change his mind John Henson and Greg Monroe should be worth much more to their fantasy owners the rest of the way.

After playing just 16 minutes per game and averaging 4.8 PTS, 5.5 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.8 BLK and 0.5 STL on 52.4 FG% in his first 11 games, Henson has improved significantly since. In his five games he is rewarding his patient or intuitive owners with 12.2 PTS, 6.8 REB, 1.6 AST, 0.4 STL and an insane 3.0 BLK (tied for 2nd in the NBA in that period) on great percentages of 51.1 FG% and 83.3 FT%. He is also turning the ball over just 0.6 times in 25 minutes per outing in those last two weeks. Now while the FT%, turnovers and the incredible blocks might not remain on that lever, there is no apparent reason why Henson would have a drop off in the rest of his stats for the remainder of the season.

John Henson is playing very well of late, and is finally getting the minutes he needs to produce. As long as that is the case he should be owned in all deeper leagues, especially by the owners who don't mind his poor 55.9% career free throw shooting.

Other center options:  Mike Muscala, PF/C, ATL (14% owned), Tyson Chandler, C, PHO (48% owned), Cody Zeller, PF/C CHA (42% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Deep League Options (Week 6)

If you're in too deep (a league) and you're trying to keep (a playoff spot) up above (your friends) instead of going under again, here are some deep league waiver wire options for Week 6 of the fantasy basketball season.

Below you will find some NBA players for you to consider adding to your rosters, to bolster you chances of winning it all this year. Let's get to it.

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James Johnson, SF/PF, MIA (16% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Miami is currently plagued with injuries. Dion Waiters will be reevaluated in two weeks. Justice Winslow didn't travel with the team on their three game road trip and will not play before December 6th. Josh Richardson suffered an ankle injury and is probably also done for the road trip. That leaves  opportunities for the rest of the Heat to show what they're made of.

One of the guys who took advantage of the situation is certainly James Johnson. With Winslow out, James Johnson has been playing very well in his eight games with averages of 11.0 PTS, 1.1 3PM, 5.0 REB, 2.0 AST, 1.0 STL and 1.3 BLK on 44.9 FG% shooting in 28 minutes a game. He is at just 68.0% from the line and does lose the ball 1.9 times per game. Although, if that isn't too big an issue, the rest of his stats should be more than enough for you to give him a go.

And even if you look at his stats from the beginning of the season, the drop off before the Winslow injury is not too significant. He averaged 9.6 PTS, 1.1 3PM, 4.6 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.8 STL and 1.1 BLK with 44.8 FG%, 78.6 FT% and 1.7 TO. So he is consistent in three points, field goal shooting and was actually better in shooting free throws. He was getting just 1.4 PTS and 0.2 everything else, including turnovers, less before Winslow got injured, playing 25 minutes a game so he should hold on to his playing time and keep up the production even when Miami gets back to full health.

If well rounded multi category production from a deep league option sitting on your waiver wire is what you seek, look no more. James Johnson is your guy.

 

Super Deep League Add

P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, PHO (10% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Those who read my Waiver Wire for Punting Small Stats column a couple of days ago might get a dejavu, since I wrote about P.J. Tucker there too. But he kept it going since then and deserves a place in fantasy teams who are in super deep leagues.

His season averages aren't that great with him posting 5.8 PTS, 5.7 REB, 1.0 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.2 BLK, 0.5 3PM, 0.9 TO in 24 minutes a night. His shooting is what was pulling him down considering his averages of 38.9 FG% and 75.6 FT%. He is getting more run since T.J. Warren got injured. In 31 minutes per outing over that seven games, he boosted his stats up to 9.4 PTS, 6.9 REB, 1.0 AST, 1.3 3PM while retaining the same number of turnovers in increased court time. He also improved his shooting, posting 43.8 FG% and 83.3 FT%. His defensive stats took a small hit with his steals dropping to 0.7 and him not blocking any shots in that period, but he makes up for it in his better percentages and more threes, points and rebounds.

Warren has just started light activity and shouldn't be back in the next week of two so Tucker will be getting his shot at increased minutes during that time.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Wayne Ellington, SG/SF, MIA (1% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Wayne Ellington has been turning some heads in his two games back from his injury. He was supposed to have a minutes restriction but played 58 minutes in those two games, scored nine and followed up with 22 points and averaged 3.0 3PM, 2.0 REB, 2.0 AST and just 0.5 TO on 52.2% shooting from the field. He hit 1 of 2 free throws but is 84.7% in his career so that shouldn't worry deep league owners.

Sure, Dion Waiters' injury pushed Ellington into an increased role. Sure, Josh Richardson not playing against Denver on November 30th helped Ellington get even more run. But with Miami being in the bottom three in points scored per game and in the bottom four in offensive rating, Eric Spoelstra could be looking for some changes to his minutes distribution.

Waiters won't be back for at least another two weeks, and is notorious for his poor shot selection. Josh Richardson will miss at least Miami's next two games. Ellington has earned minutes in his first two games of the season, and if he can steal the starting gig from one of the two injured players mentioned before, he could improve on his stats from his two best stints (2012-13 with the Cavaliers and 2014-15 with the Lakers) when he averaged around 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1.6 AST, 1.4 3PM, 0.8 TO and 0.6 STL on nice FT%. That is worth an add in most deep leagues.

 

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NBA Bench Risers for Fantasy Basketball (Week 6)

NBA teams have a multitude of players coming off the bench, each with a unique role to fill. As a fantasy owner, you need to decide which of those players can contribute across multiple categories and have the potential to make the most of their time on the court.

To find bench players that can contribute more than just energy and defense during their time on the court, I will analyze usage rate and Per 36 statistics. Here are some bench players whose stock should be rising based on their recent play and could be great fantasy pickups for deep leagues.

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Rising NBA Bench Performers

Note: I will only be selecting players who are not regular starters and who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

 

Wade Baldwin IV (PG, MEM) - 2% owned 

News of Mike Conley's back injury was devastating to many fantasy owners, who now look to his replacement for help. Andrew Harrison is likely to take over the majority of minutes early on. His ownership will surely skyrocket over the next 24 hours as he becomes the new starter at PG. The domino effect of this injury means that Baldwin becomes the backup at point. He is a player that will be overlooked by many, but I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes just as valuable a fantasy asset as Harrison.

Baldwin, a first-round pick out of Vanderbilt, made an early impression with a stat-stuffing line in his first NBA game. He recorded seven points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in 24 minutes of action on October 26 against the Knicks. He then went through a 7-27 shooting funk the next five games before starting to see the bench most nights. He was actually deactivated for five days before being recalled on Nov. 25. Now he is due to receive at least 20 MPG with ample opportunity to contribute.

Despite his rough shooting so far (.333 FG%, .182 3P%), it should be acknowledged that he shot .422 on three-pointers in two years of college ball. He also averaged almost five assists and four rebounds per game. In limited time this season, Baldwin is managing 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals per 36. If you are a Conley owner looking for his successor, Harrison is the safe bet, but Baldwin may offer more upside. If you are set as point guard and simply looking for a bench stash, take a chance on the fourth Baldwin and see how he performs the next couple of weeks.

 

Brandon Jennings (PG, NYK) - 16% owned

He's driven us crazy before with his poor shooting and inconsistency, but Jennings still has value in New York. Jeff Hornacek is rotating Jennings in at the same time as Derrick Rose and it seems to be working well. Jennings has dished out 40 assists in the last seven games, along with 13 steals. His 32.2% AST% is now 14th in the league and his 8.3 assists per 36 minutes match the highest mark in his career. His 2.7% STL% is good for 20th in the league, as his 1.9 steals per 36 are a career high thus far.

As usual, the concern with Jennings is his percentages. The current .302 three-point percentage is lower than he has ever finished a full season. On the one hand, this could be concerning. On the other, it could mean positive regression is in order. Generally speaking, his .373 FG% is something you're going to have to live with if you want those counting stats, although he will still pop off the occasional double-digit scoring game too.

Many will shy away from Jennings because of those shooting numbers, but if you need help in the harder-to-achieve categories of steals and assists, he can help you in deep leagues. It's hard to believe he's only 27 years old, so don't discount Jennings as a has-been while he can still produce.

 

Sean Kilpatrick (PG/SG, BKN) - 46% owned

With Jeremy Lin and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson out recently, there are plenty of shots available in Brooklyn. Kilpatrick has not been shy about taking them either. He turned in a team-high 22 points on Sunday against Sacramento, after pouring in 23 against the Celtics last week, giving him 61 points over the last three games.

Kilpatrick's involvement in the offense is not a new development - his 26.6% usage rate actually ranks 31st in the NBA, ahead of players like Eric Bledsoe, Bradley Beal and the aforementioned Mike Conley. Kilpatrick's main contribution comes as a long-distance shooter. He is making 2.1 three-pointers per 36, out of 6.2 attempts. Those numbers mirror his career average, as does his .338 3P%, so expect similar production the rest of the way. He also rebounds well for a guard at nearly six rebounds per 36.

There are few bench players averaging 15 PPG that are available in over half of fantasy leagues. If you need a scorer who is experiencing an uptick in usage, Kilpatrick fits the bill.


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NBA Waiver Wire (Week 6): H2H Offensive Category Streamers

It's never too early to start streaming. Whether you have an opening due to an injury, you auction-drafted a crew of stars and scrubs, or you just didn't bother putting any effort into your last couple draft picks, you probably have a player or two on your team who isn't must-own. You're better off using that roster spot to stream players to eke out wins in close categories in your weekly head-to-head matchups.

This year, RotoBaller will be making weekly recommendations for extreme short term category specialists every week in all six counting stat categories (points, assists, threes, rebounds, steals, and blocks). Your week six offensive category streamers for points, threes, and assists are below. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Three Points Made Streamer

Nik Stauskas, SG, PHI, Opponents: Friday vs. ORL, Saturday vs. BOS (14% Owned)

My fellow Mississauga native has held down this spot for two weeks in a row. He’s really turned it around this season. Since last Wednesday, Nik Stauskas has averaged 30.3 MPG including a 43-minute OT loss to the Grizzlies. It’s looking like Brett Brown is committed to getting him minutes because of his ability to space the floor. He probably has a dry spell on the horizon, but let’s ride him while he’s hot.

Sauce Castillo has hit 2+ threes in eight straight, while notching a three in 16 of 18 games on 45.1 3P% for the season. Over the last two weeks, he ranks eleventh overall in three pointers made (21 3PTM). The guy’s a real Fredrick Zoller from 24-feet. Add in that Philly is averaging 32.7% of their points off treys (3rd in NBA) and it’s looking likely that Stauskas should pile together a few threes for your squad in the late week. Despite Orlando and Boston defending the three-ball well, Stauskas should still put up 2+ treys per game. 10/10 would recommend again.

Other Options: Terrence Ross, SG/SF, TOR (13% Owned); Tony Snell, SG/SF, MIL (4% Owned); Patrick Patterson, PF/C, TOR (11% Owned); Anthony Morrow, SG/SF, OKC (1% Owned)

 

Points Streamer

Rodney McGruder, SG, MIA, Opponents: Thursday @ UTA, Sunday @ POR (1% Owned)

The Miami Heat could set up a turnstile in the backcourt with all the injuries they’ve been dealing with in the season. Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, and Justise Winslow have all missed time with injuries. Rodney McGruder has stepped up in their absences, but Winslow’s return will likely spell the end for McGruder’s value. However, Justise isn’t travelling with the team on their three-game road trip. That means, Winslow’s earliest return date is December 6 at home vs. the Knicks. That gives us until next week to take advantage of Rodney McGruder starting numbers. Let’s dig out as much value as we can there.

McGruder started the last three games, but has posted double-digit scoring numbers in the last four straight games (11.0 PPG). Classic McGruder! Over that span, Coach Spolestra has given the rookie 33.4 MPG. If Spo is willing to continue that trend, then he should be able to hit double-digit scoring and rack up a few threes along the way. He should make a good streaming option with two games left in the week and is available in most leagues out there.

Other Options:  Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, CHA (23% Owned); Nik Stauskas, SG/SF, PHI (14% Owned); Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (10% Owned)

 

Assists Streamer

D.J. Augustin, PG, ORL, Opponents: Thursday @ MEM, Friday @ PHI, Sunday @ DET (4% Owned)

The Magic have been struggling on the offensive end, which has forced Frank Vogel to shuffle the lineup. Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic are coming off the bench, while Bismack Biyombo and D.J. Augustin have started the last two games. Who knows how long it’ll last. They’ve split the games, snapping the Spurs’ 9-game winning streak and dropping a close matchup against the Bucks. It’ll likely stick for the rest of the week, so let’s take advantage of it while it’s there.

Augustin’s made a career out of being better than a backup, but not being quite good enough as a full-time starter. He’s with his eighth NBA team, but it’s déjà vu all over again. He’s averaged 4.2 assists in the last six games, while starting in two of them. He’s only getting 25+ MPG as the starter, but it should be good enough to return value if you’re looking for the assists.

There are some great streaming options for dimes but it’s tough to pass up on Orlando’s three-game schedule in the late week. The opponents aren’t ideal for fantasy purposes because they’re all road games against defensive squads, but the totals should make up for that. Don’t be afraid to give him a quick look for your matchup.

Other Options: Sergio Rodriguez, PG, PHI (26% Owned); Andrew Harrison, PG/SG, MEM (13% Owned); Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (9% Owned); Jose Calderon, PG, LAL (3% Owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Punting Small Stats (FT%, 3PM, AST) for Week 6

Is your team is big heavy? Do you own DeAndre Jordan or Andre Drummond? Your first few picks can't shoot from distance or pass very well? Did you decide to punt any or all of those categories at which usually guards excel?

If so, here are a few players who might fit your team like a glove, and could still be sitting on your league's waiver wire.

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Waiver Wire Guard for Punting Small Stats

P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, PHO (8% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

On a healthy Phoenix team P.J. Tucker is a deep league option for owners in need of solid rebounding and steals. He averages 5.9 REB and 1.1 STL in 23 minutes of action per game. He adds 5.2 PTS, 0.9 AST and 0.2 BLK and does it on poor shooting of 38.5% from the field and 73.7% from the charity stripe this season. So he is not spectacular when the Suns are complete.

But in six games since T.J. Warren got injured, P.J. is getting 31 minutes and averaging 8.1 PTS, 7.5 REB, 1 AST, 0.8 STL and, yes, even 1.2 3PM. And it's worth mentioning that in his last game, when Jared Dudley was out too, Tucker went off for 21 PTS, 8 REB, three 3PM, one assist and one steal on 60 FG% and hit 6 of his 7 free throws in 42 minutes on the court.

The Suns' general manager Ryan McDonough said a few days ago that T.J. Warren will probably miss a couple of weeks and there is little information on Dudley's injury. So even though P.J. Tucker isn't worth owning in most leagues in normal circumstances, he might just be worth the add for your matchup this week. Maybe even next week, and the week after, and the week after in the odd case some of these injuries linger on longer than expected. And do keep in mind that the Suns' frontcourt duo of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight missed almost a whole season (81 games) between them last season. Any injury to the Suns frontcourt means more minutes and more relevance to P.J. Tucker.

Other guard options: Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, CHA (8% owned), Seth Curry, PG/SG, DAL (34% owned), Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, ATL (16% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Forward for Punting Small Stats

Maurice Harkless, SF, POR (51% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Maurice Harkless has been on a tear since Al-Farouq Aminu got hurt. He scored in double digits in his last 7 games averaging 14.4 PTS, 6.4 REB, 0.8 STL, 0.4 BLK and 1.4 3PM on 52.5% field goals. And he has been getting 32 minutes a night, and that includes his 22 minutes in a blowout win against the Brooklyn Nets. Now those are some pretty stats for a guy owned in only half the leagues.

He found his place in Portland. It's a place where he fits well, plays well, and serves his fantasy owners well. Even when Aminu returns, Harkless is sure to get minutes in the high 20s and produce similar stats to what he is producing at the moment. Portland will give him room to develop and grow as a player in hopes that he will justify the four year $40 million contract they gave Maurice this past off season. Judging by his recent level of play, seems like money well spent. And it will cost you a lot less to pick him up if he is sitting on your waiver wire.

Other wing options: Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL (48% owned), Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, GSW (24% owned), Larry Nance Jr., PF, LAL (26% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Center for Punting Small Stats

Andrew Bogut, C, DAL (50% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

This is Andrew Bogut's 12th season in the NBA. He is an experienced veteran and you know exactly what you can expect from him. He will get you around 10 rebounds, one block, out of position assists-about two a night, and a steal here and there. He is averaging 10.5 REB which is good enough for number 11 in the NBA. He is a career 53.4% shooter from the field, although he is only hitting 42.6% of his field goals so far this season, scoring only 3.8 PTS a game. That is well below his averages from previous seasons, even in Golden State, where he had to share the ball with the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, so it is probable that he will get his points average closer to ten than to zero.

Owners looking into adding Bogut should be aware that he will be getting a rest day here and there and with the Mavs currently at league's worst 3-13 he might be getting even less run as the season draws to a close. But for the time being, if you need elite rebounding with a splash of blocks and assists from your center, Bogut can be found on the wire in half of leagues, and is a great option if you're punting free throws.

Other center options: Joakim Noah, PF/C, NY (48% owned), Tyson Chandler, C, PHO (45% owned), Cody Zeller, PF/C CHA (43% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Deep League Options (Week 5)

Many a man, nay, many a soul have chosen poorly during their fantasy drafts. The last few picks are always a gamble. If we don't like the initial hand luckily we can fold and get another one, from the waiver wire that is.

The deeper and more competitive your league is the less chance there is for you to hit gold from the fantasy free agent pool. Here are some potential golden nuggets (no connection to the NBA team from Denver) currently covered by sand, but who might just get dusted off and used to forge your NBA Fantasy Championship ring.

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Timofey Mozgov, C, LAL (25% owned)

Timofey Mozgov has been very efficient with his shooting so far this season. He has been hitting 61.2% of his field goals and a whopping 90% of his free throws. That's good enough for top 30 in the NBA. Those percentages are ridiculous, and it will be hard for him to keep them up at that level. But here we are 14 games in and they still look great, so they shouldn't drop too much. He also has 8.7 PTS, 4.7 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.4 STL and 0.7 BLK per game so far in 2016. He is the best center on the Lakers team and he is usually used more when there is a dominant center on the opposing team.

This all being said, he is still averaging just 22 minutes per game. His eye injury did have a little to do with that, and it seems to be fully behind him now. But his owners, and all fantasy managers looking into becoming one, would like to see him getting more playing time. Somewhere in the upper 20s would be enough for Mozgov to do some serious damage in rebounds, FG% and blocks to your league rivals. If those are the categories you are looking to improve, Mozgov is the guy for you, no question about it.

 

Super Deep League Add

Nik Stauskas, SG, PHI (10% owned)

While we are still on the subject of good percentages, we can use the efficiency argument for Nik Stauskas, too. The former Wolverine has been shooting pretty well connecting on 53.8% of his shots from the field, 46% of his threes and on 82.6% of his free throws this season. He is getting his fantasy owners 10.0 PTS, 1.6 3PM, 2.6 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.5 STL and 0.3 BLK per game. He's been killing it even more softly in his previous seven games, scoring in double figures in six of them and averaging 13.6 PTS, 2.4 3PM, 2.4 REB, 0.7 AST and 0.4 BLK and on a beautiful 62.3 FG%.

Now those percentages are a vast improvement on his career average. But he is in his third year in the NBA and who's to say he won't finally find his shot? He has been compared with Peja Stojakovic and has trained with him when he signed for the Kings, so maybe some of Peja's sniper aim rubbed off on him.

Stauskas is a sharpshooter and a three point specialist who also gets you defensive stats and is helpful with your percentages. He is getting 24 minutes per game with his recent run of good performances he might get even more playing time, and that would make him a very valuable pickup in those deep, deep leagues.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Justin Holiday, SG/SF, NYK (1% owned)

While Justin Holiday has been pretty quiet to start the season, playing more than 20 minutes in just one of his first seven games, he has been on the rise since. In his seven games after that rough period, Holiday has been playing 22 MIN and scoring 8.3 PTS with 1.3 3PM, grabbing 3.6 REB and getting 1.1 AST, 0.7 STL and 0.6 BLK while turning the ball over just 1 time per game. He is also going 47.7% from the field, 45% from three point range and hit 7/8 of his free throws. Not too shabby for a guy owned in just 1% of Yahoo! leagues.

He is currently a backup to starting SG Courtney Lee who is playing 30 minutes per game. Lee is not a star player and I could see Justin stealing some minutes away from him over the course of the season. Also, let's not forget who the point guards are for the New York Knicks. Derrick Rose is the former MVP, and his talent is undeniable, but he is a huge injury risk. He played a total of 166 games in his past four NBA seasons. Brandon Jennings is a bit more reliable, but has also played just 41 and 48 games the previous two seasons. If any one of them goes down, Holiday could get more run.

Holiday's stats are already solid for a player available in almost any league, and his recent uptick in production as well as his outlook for more playing time as the season goes on make him a viable option which could prove to be crucial come fantasy playoffs.

 

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NBA Bench Risers for Fantasy Basketball Week 5

NBA teams have a multitude of players coming off the bench, each with a unique role to fill. As a fantasy owner, you need to decide which of those players can contribute across multiple categories and have the potential to make the most of their time on the court.

To find bench players that can contribute more than just energy and defense during their time on the court, I will analyze usage rate and Per 36 statistics. Here are some bench players whose stock should be rising based on their recent play and could be great fantasy pickups for deep leagues. Note: I will only be selecting players who are not regular starters and who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Rising NBA Bench Performers

Glenn Robinson III (SF, IND) 3% owned - Big Dog Jr. has been inserted into the starting lineup out of sheer necessity. The Pacers have had as many as four main contributors, including three starters, out with injuries this week. As a result, Robinson has seen his minutes jump from barely 10 per game in the early going to 25, 45, and 37 the last three games. It won't be a permanent move, but Robinson does have the chance to make an impression and earn more time off the bench for the rest of the season, especially if the Pacers continue to have injury woes.

He hasn't shot particularly well in his brief audition as a starter, including a woeful 3-14 night against the Warriors. He did collect 19 rebounds over those three games, giving him a 6.1 TRB per 36 minutes. His 12.1 PTS per 36 and .429 FG% are right on par with his career averages, but a couple of good shooting nights can lead to a big jump. Keep in mind that Robinson is just 22 years old and this is his first opportunity at significant playing time. He isn't going to help you across the board, averaging just 1.6 assists per 36 and 0.6 blocks and steals, but he could be a solid source of points/rebounds for deeper leagues.

 

Josh Richardson (SG/SF, MIA) 48% owned - Richardson began the year on the shelf recovering from an MCL tear, but he is quickly recapturing the form that made him a surprising success as a second-round pick last year. After being eased back into action, he is becoming a main contributor off the Heat bench once again. His percentages are down from last year (.418 FG% & .368 3P% in 16-17, .452 FG% & .461 3P% in 15-16), but he has played just nine games so far and a pair of clunkers, including a 1-11 showing against the 76ers, have skewed those stats.

Some are skeptical of last year's numbers, calling for a big regression in his three-point shooting. While it is unlikely he will shoot above 45% on threes, Richardson should stay well above the league average (34.8%) and can chip in around three a game now that he is back to his regular minutes. The Heat aren't going to sniff the playoffs this year and there is little competition for shots now that Wade and Bosh are gone for good. Richardson should maintain an important role coming off the bench, not only as an outside shooter, but as a defensive threat as well. He will give fantasy owners just over one steal (1.1) and just under one block (0.9) per 36, as well as 3.7 rebounds and a pair of assists per 36. He slots nicely as a flex option on fantasy benches right now with the potential for even higher value if given more responsibility in the offense.

 

Frank Kaminsky (PF/C, CHA) 17% owned - Last year's ninth overall pick is starting to find his way in Charlotte. Tyler Zeller's absence the last couple of games has led to Kaminsky getting more involved. He has averaged 12 shots the last four games, resulting in 62 points and a pair of 20+ point games. His .436 FG% still leaves a lot to be desired, but his Player Efficiency Rating is at least approaching the league average of 15. Kaminsky has seen a jump in his per game averages across the board compared to his rookie season, other than blocked shots. He is now up to 10.7 PPG with a 16.0 PTS per 36 average. As a long-distance shooting big man, he won't give you blocks (0.4 per 36) or a ton of rebounds (6.3 REB per 36), but he is hoisting seven three-pointers a game and nearly four assists per 36.

The Hornets have been one of the surprising success stories early this year and Kaminsky could benefit greatly from an improved cast around him. Kaminsky may suit your fantasy team if you are in need of another shooter and can compromise big man stats at the 4/5 position. He certainly could stand to improve his shooting, but that will come with time and experience.


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NBA Waiver Wire (Week 5): H2H Offensive Category Streamers

It's never too early to start streaming. Whether you have an opening due to an injury, you auction-drafted a crew of stars and scrubs, or you just didn't bother putting any effort into your last couple draft picks, you probably have a player or two on your team who isn't must-own. You're better off using that roster spot to stream players to eke out wins in close categories in your weekly head-to-head matchups.

This year, RotoBaller will be making weekly recommendations for extreme short term category specialists every week in all six counting stat categories (points, assists, threes, rebounds, steals, and blocks). Your week one offensive category streamers for points, threes, and assists are below. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Three Points Made Streamer

Nik Stauskas, SG, PHI, Opponents: Friday vs. CHI, Sunday vs. CLE (10% Owned)

After losing five straight to start the season, the Sixers have been unstoppable at home, having won four straight in Philadelphia. It’s Always Sunny in The Wells Fargo Center. Philly is in the middle of a six-game home stand and we’ll get to see what they’re really made of when they take the Champs on Sunday.

Over that span, Sauce Castillo has splashed an average of 2.4 threes per game, while shooting 46.0% from deep for the season. He’s looked to have locked up a consistent role with Brett Brown, who’s feeding the third-year player consistent minutes (24.0 MPG) with the second unit. On top of that, Nik Stauskas has hit a three in every game after the home-opener. He’s an awesome target to stream for treys in standard leagues.

The Sixers are getting nearly a third (31.0 %) of their points off three-pointers, which is currently ranked fourth in the league. Philly ranks eighth in 3PTM (10.1) and sit inside the top-ten for 3P% (35.6%). Yeah, they’re letting it go from deep. They have two games over the weekend including a bout on the final day of this week’s matchup, making Sauce an easy streaming target after Thanksgiving. Give him a look.

Other Options: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, ATL (12% Owned); Justin Hamilton, PF/C, BKN (12% Owned); Matt Barnes, SG/SF, SAC (23% Owned); Tony Snell, SG/SF, MIL (3% Owned)

 

Points Streamer

Jamal Murray, SG, DEN, Opponents: Friday vs. OKC, Sunday @ PHX (24% Owned)

After an abysmal start to his rookie season, the 19-year old Canadian has caught fire, posting 21.0 points with 3.0 threes on a ridiculous 71.4% shooting over his last two. He’s not sorry. The shooting is unsustainable, which makes him a streaming option only at this point for re-draft leagues. Gary Harris is out for a month, but Will Barton has reclaimed the starting SG spot after returning to the lineup. That still frees up plenty of backup minutes (22.2 MPG since Harris’ injury) for Murray to do his thing.

The Nuggets will see the Thunder and the Suns over the weekend, who’ve been great fantasy opponents this season. Oklahoma City runs a torrid pace (102.31) and sits fourth in the league, with the Nuggets a few spots behind at seven (101.58). Get your popcorn ready for that one. Phoenix ranks in the bottom-five for both opponent field goals made (40.7) and opponent field goal percentage (46.3%), which should offset Denver’s equally stinky defense. Both make great match-ups on the fantasy front. The weekend schedule and the sudden surge have put Jamal Murray in a great place to stream for buckets in most formats.

Other Options:  Michael Beasley, SF/PF, MIL (2% Owned); Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, PHI (21% Owned); Gerald Henderson, SG/SF, PHI (5% Owned); Vince Carter, SG/SF, MEM (15% Owned)

 

Assists Streamer

Ty Lawson, PG, SAC, Opponents: Friday vs. HOU, Sunday @ BKN (12% Owned)

Okay, hear me out. He’s not the Ty Lawson we remember, but Sacramento is looking for answers after losing four straight before the controversial shot-clock win against the Raptors on Sunday. I’m still not over it. Coach Joerger has switched things up with Matt Barnes and Darren Collison entering the starting unit, while giving Kosta Koufos and Arron Afflalo the boot.

Surprisingly, Lawson has started all but one game this season even with DC returning. He’s using the two guards together, but it’s more out of necessity since Afflalo and Ben McLemore simply have not produced. Lawson is averaging 6.5 assists in 31.5 minutes over the last two games, which is great value for a widely available waiver option. It’s encouraging that Joerger is still committed to Lawson and could potentially be a hold option past this week.

Over the weekend, the Kings will have a tasty match-up against the Brooklyn Nets, who’ve been among the best fantasy opponents to square off against this season. The Nets are only behind the Suns in pace (104.3), while owning some of the worst defense in the league. They’re last in both opponent field goals made (42.6) and attempted (91.2). On top of that, they’re second last in opponent field goal percentage (47.5%). Good for us, not so great for Brooklyn fans. To put the cherry on top, the Nets also allow the most assists per game (24.9), which make Lawson a strong streaming option for assists in the late week. Aren't you glad you heard me out?

Other Options: Jarryd Bayless, PG/SG, PHI (11% Owned); Marco Belinelli, SG/SF, CHA (10% Owned); Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (3% Owned); Brandon Jennings, PG, NYK (15% Owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Punting Small Stats (FT%, 3PM, AST) for Week 5

Traditional centers are becoming nearly extinct. Small ball, many three point shoots, a lot of running and high scoring is threatening to change the game of basketball for good. But some of us still remain faithful to our dominant, post up bigs. Bigs who can't shoot from distance, don't pass a lot and find it easier to dunk the ball from the free throw line than to hit the free throw shot. We remain faithful, at least in our fantasy basketball teams.

If you're one of the brave who decided to punt some or all of the small stats, here are some players owned in less than half of the Yahoo! leagues, who could fit your strategy well and help you win some categories you're targeting.

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Waiver Wire Guard for Punting Small Stats

Gerald Henderson, SG/SF, PHI (5% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

With this years first overall draft pick Ben Simmons injured, there have been a lot more minutes to go around for all the 76ers players. One of the guys who took advantage is Gerald Henderson. He is scoring 10.0 points on 48.2% from the field, adding 2.7 rebounds and one steal in his 25 minutes a night. He also turns the ball over less than once per game, gets 0.2 blocks so far this season (and his career average is double that number so that should go up as well) and he doesn't kill your small stats either with 1.4 AST, 0.6 3PM and 73.7 FT% on just 1.5 attempt on average.

As long as he is getting minutes in the mid 20s those are the stats you can expect from him. Considering he signed a two year deal worth 18 million dollars before this season, it would make sense for Henderson to get those minutes no matter what.

He is a pretty well rounded guy and his defense and double digit scoring on a pretty nice FG efficiency so far this season make him a deep league option for owners who could use his multi cat contribution.

Other guard options: Tyler Johnson, PG/SG, MIA (46% owned), Andre Roberson, SG/SF, OKC (10% owned), P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, PHO (7% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Forward for Punting Small Stats

Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL (48% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Brandon Ingram hasn't shown too much of his talent so far in his rookie season to be honest. But it's all about upside with him. Let's not forget that he is the 2nd overall pick in this year's draft. Another fact that goes in his favor is that he is on a young and talented Lakers team. They probably won't be able to contend for the title in the next few years, until their core players improve. And Brandon Ingram (along with the likes of D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle) is one of the players whose development is key to Lakers getting back to their winning ways. That means he will get the space and time on the court to show what he's made of.

He has been slow to adapt to the NBA so far, posting just 6.7 PTS, 3.2 REB, 1.6 AST, 0.6 STL and 0.4 BLK on just 38.3 FG% and 75 FT% with 1.0 TO and 0.4 3PM in 22 minutes per game. Compare that to his college averages of 17.3 PTS, 6.8 REB, 1.1 STL and 1.4 BLK on 44.2 FG% and 2.2 3PM and you can see why he was taken at #2 and it really isn't about weather he will get better, but more about when and how much better will he be this season.

So if Ingram is available in your league, and you like exciting, high upside players, scoop him up. He should get the run and he has the talent to be worth the gamble.

Other wing options: Alan Williams, PF, PHO (9% owned), Jared Dudley, SG/SF/PF, PHO (17% owned),Larry Nance Jr., PF, LAL (19% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Center for Punting Small Stats

Alex Len, PF/C, PHO (45% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Alex Len is made for the Small Stats Punt. His value goes way up if you disregard his lowly 0.8 assists, no threes and 63.8 free throw percentage. His 8.7 PTS, 7.7 REB, 0.6 ST, 1.2 BLK on 47.9% from the field and 1.0 TO in just 22 MIN per game come in very useful for his owners. But those 22 MIN per game are what is most concerning about him.

Phoenix has several players in it's frontcourt who are battling for minutes. Although rookie forwards Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss have had an underwhelming start to the season, who's to say they won't start adapting to the NBA soon and begin getting more court time. Even with his biggest rival for minutes at the center, Tyson Chandler, out due to his mother passing away, Alex still hasn't seen much more playing time. And Alan Williams came out of nowhere and double doubled in both of his previous two games, adding 4 steals and 5 blocks to his line, so he is a threat to Len's minutes too.

Len is very useful and gives his best, especially on defense. In addition to his 1.8 combined blocks and steals, he is second in the NBA in contested shots with 13.3 per game. That dedication should give him some extra minutes.

Len is a true Punt Small Stats center. He is talented and still only 23 years old. But the Suns are pretty crowded at his position and he will be in a constant battle for minutes. If he can win that battle and get his minutes to high 20s, he could be a cornerstone for your punting teams championship run!

Other center options: Andrew Bogut, C, DAL (50% owned), Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL (4% owned), Cody Zeller (37% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Deep League Options (Week 4)

Most of us drafted someone who hasn't lived up to our expectations, right? That guy tests our patience day after day, dud after dud. And we would have dumped him a long time ago, but it's just that we're in such a deep league, no real talent is left on the waiver wire.

Well, do not despair! No matter how deep your league is, there are always A Few Good Men still out there. And we are going to find them.

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Deep League Add

Jared Dudley, SG/SF/PF, PHO (16% owned)

Jared Dudley is a multi-cat contributor on a Phoenix team that is ranked first in the NBA in pace. That means the Suns get more possessions per game than any other team. It is always useful for fantasy owners to have their players get as many opportunities as possible, and with P.J. Tucker playing poorly and rookies Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender being pretty slow to adapt to the NBA, Dudley has been getting just that, opportunities.

He averages 8.6 points, 3.4 boards and 1.9 dimes in just under 25 minutes of action this season. He also has 1.7 threes, 0.9 steals and chips in 0.3 blocks. And he does that on 50% from the field and a ridiculous 48.8% from three point range! His true shooting percentage is 63.9. That is better than the Golden State Warriors (60.9) have as a team!

He has been drinking the same energy drink as DeAndre Jordan this season it seems, since he hits just 54.2% of his free throws, but he is a 73.2% FT shooter in his career so we should see a bump in that category. Moreover, he shoots only two per game so it's not too hard to swallow.

Do keep in mind that we are talking about Phoenix. They are 3-9 to start the season and are heavy underdogs to even fight for a playoff spot, so there is no telling how their lack of ambition in the current season is going to affect their players playing time. But Dudley's flexibility to play multiple positions, and the fragility of the Suns' main guys (Eric Bledsoe played just 31 games last season, Brandon Knight has played a total of 115 games over the course of last three years and T.J. Warren has played only 87 games in his only two NBA seasons) make a strong case for Dudley to be on the court enough to contribute to your deep league fantasy team.

Owww, did I mention he is also SG/SF/PF eligible? Talk about flexible!

 

Super Deep League Add

James Ennis, SG/SF, MEM (10% owned)

After changing three teams in his first two seasons in the NBA, James Ennis has finally settled in with the Memphis Grizzlies. He is putting up 9.5 PTS, 5.5 REB, 1.1 AST, 1.1 3PM and 0.9 AST so far this season. He does that while shooting 44% from the field and 81.3% from the line and turning the ball over 1.3 times per game. Considering he plays 30 minutes per game those numbers aren't spectacular. On the other hand, considering he plays 30 minutes per game shouldn't he be owned in more then just 10% of the leagues?

Now, one could argue that his playing time might drop when Memphis gets to full health when Tony Allen recovers from his groin injury and Chandler Parsons comes back to his prime following his meniscus surgery back in March. And all that might be true, but Memphis is old and injury prone. In addition to Allen and Parsons (who both have missed at least 16 games in their last 2 seasons) there is Marc Gasol who played 52 games last season due to foot surgery and Vince Carter who is 39 years old. The most consistent of the bunch are Mike Conley and Zach Randolph and even they missed 26 and 14 games last season, respectively. And all of the will be rested more than occasionally this season.

So, while Ennis' per minute production isn't all-star, the minutes and stats are there. That should be enough for owners in deep leagues looking for help in multiple categories to consider adding him.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (4% owned)

Jameer Nelson is a proven NBA point guard in a Denver Nuggets team that craves experience and leadership. He is entering his 15th NBA season as a mentor to Emmanuel Mudiay, who Denver took with the number seven pick in last years draft.

Nelson is 34 years old and that makes him the only Nuggets player over 30 to play more than 5 minutes per game this season. The only other player over 30 is Mike Miller who played a total of 14 minutes in three games. That means whenever Denver needs experience and a cool head running the offense, Jameer will be on court, doing what he does.

And what he does, fantasy wise, is 8.9 PTS, 1.3 3PM, 3.5 AST, 2.4 REB and 0.7 STL in 25 minutes per night so far this season on 46.4 shooting from the field. He hasn't missed so far from the free throw line, although he has visited it just six times. He does have 2.2 TO per game and hasn't blocked a shot yet this season so don't expect much there.

Injuries to Gary Harris and Will Barton, along with Wilson Chandler's ongoing struggles with his hamstring have helped Jameer get more playing time. Nevertheless he is a deep league option for owners in need of PG stats, at least as long as Denver is having their injury woes.


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NBA Bench Risers for Fantasy Basketball Week 4

NBA teams have a multitude of players coming off the bench, each with a unique role to fill. As a fantasy owner, you need to decide which of those players can contribute across multiple categories and have the potential to make the most of their time on the court.

To find bench players that can contribute more than just energy and defense during their time on the court, I will analyze usage rate and Per 36 statistics. Here are some bench players whose stock should be rising based on their recent play and could be great fantasy pickups for deep leagues. Note: I will only be selecting players who are not regular starters and who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Rising NBA Bench Performers

Lucas Nogueira (PF/C, TOR) 41% owned - A former first-round pick in 2013, Nogueria has only 39 games of NBA experience under his belt. The loss of Bismack Biyombo in the offseason and the relative ineffectiveness of Jacob Poeltl have led to an increased role for the Brazilian recently. His playing time has jumped from 7.8 MPG last season to 25.8 MPG this season. The sample size of four games is too small to draw many conclusions from yet, but Nogueria certainly has the physical ability to make his presence felt down low and is showing signs of doing so.

First of all, he is shooting a ridiculous 88.2% on all field goals. Granted, he is only averaging 4.3 attempts per game and doesn't stray too far from the basket, but that may be a good thing. The obvious comparison is to project Nogueira as a younger, thinner Nene Hilario, but it may not be too far from the truth. He is also averaging 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. That translates to 10.1 REB and 3.5 BLK per 36 minutes. At 11.5 points per 36, Nogueira may not be a double-digit scorer off the bench, but those defensive figures are hard to overlook regardless of point production. If your league counts offensive rebounds as a separate category, 3.8 ORB per 36 is quite a boon too. If you need depth at center, consider giving Nogueria a chance while he is still available in over half of fantasy leagues.

Vince Carter (SG/SF, MEM) 10% owned - He may almost be 40 years old, but he won't go away quietly. Usually a player who has relied on his exceptional athleticism and an aggressive style of play tends to fade earlier than other professional athletes. Instead, Vinsanity has reinvented himself as a jump shooter and it's working. Carter's field goal attempts have stayed in the double digits each of the last four games, as have his point totals. That includes two 20-point games and a 55% shooting percentage in the last ten days. Carter's minutes have stayed fairly consistent throughout the early part of the season, but he is now becoming more involved in the offense as JaMychal Green has failed to generate much scoring.

Carter's FG% the last two seasons in Memphis of .333 and .388 indicate that regression is certainly in order. After all, NBA players typically don't improve once they hit 40. Carter doesn't project as a long-term addition for fantasy teams, but his recent production is too good to ignore if you could use scoring (who couldn't?) In addition to the points and great shooting percentages, Carter is logging 5.5 total rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per 36. Believe it or not, he is collecting rebounds, blocks, and steals at a higher clip than his career average in addition to shooting a .035 higher FG%. Stream Carter for now and enjoy the flashback while it lasts.

Seth Curry (PG/SG, DAL) 25% owned - The younger Curry won't be hoisting a championship trophy any time soon, but he may be developing into a fine role player. Curry has seen additional minutes this past week due to a calf injury to Deron Williams (surprise, surprise). In a matchup with his older brother a week ago, Seth filled the stat line with 10 points, nine assists and five steals. The downside is that he finished 4-for-17 on field goals in that game, probably a result of trying a bit too hard. Prior to that, he scored 23 against the Lakers, going 4-for-7 on threes. In the past week, he is averaging 32 MPG and has hoisted up 44 shots in three games. If you had any doubts whether he emulates big brother, Seth has attempted more three-pointers (40) than two-pointers (36).

His 18.2% usage rate keeps him in the same company as other top bench guards such as Tyler Johnson and Patty Mills, and ahead of Rajon Rondo. Curry's sudden involvement in the offense may taper off a bit when (if) Deron Williams is healthy, but he seems to have solidified an important role on a thin Mavs bench. Bear in mind, Curry has been on five different teams in less than four seasons, so the upside is limited. If you are looking for a mad bomber that is seeing increased minutes off the bench, Curry fits the bill.


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NBA Waiver Wire (Week 4): H2H Offensive Category Streamers

It's never too early to start streaming. Whether you have an opening due to an injury, you auction-drafted a crew of stars and scrubs, or you just didn't bother putting any effort into your last couple draft picks, you probably have a player or two on your team who isn't must-own. You're better off using that roster spot to stream players to eke out wins in close categories in your weekly head-to-head matchups.

This year, RotoBaller will be making weekly recommendations for extreme short term category specialists every week in all six counting stat categories (points, assists, threes, rebounds, steals, and blocks). Your week one offensive category streamers for points, threes, and assists are below. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Three Points Made Streamer

Jared Dudley, SG/SF/PF, PHX, Opponents: Friday @ IND, Saturday @ PHI (16% Owned)

Jared Dudley was recently demoted to a bench role in favor of developing Marquese Chriss. Although, since the move, Chriss has only seen 17.2 MPG as a starter against Dudley's 27.7 MPG off the bench. I don't think Earl Watson got the memo. The Suns are going the way of playing their old guys early and often because, you know, this team's here to win right now. *Ding* Shame. Fortunately for us, we can take advantage of Earl Watson's strategy.

Dudley's got the hot-hand right now and, in being one of Watson's guys, will see 25+ minutes to do his thing. He's averaged 3.7 treys in 29.7 minutes over the last three games. On top of that, he's shooting a blistering 57.9% from deep in that span. The Suns also rank first for pace (105.12) in the league, so we know Dudley's going to get looks in Earl Watson's Old & Fast lineups.

Phoenix will see Indiana and Philadelphia over the weekend, who have been great fantasy opponents this season. The Pacers have taken a step back defensively as they've yielded the fourth most threes per game (10.1), while the Sixers are tops in the league for opponent field-goals made (42.2) as well as second to last in Opponent FG% (47.3). Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Dudley is a solid candidate to provide a few treys over the weekend if you're in need.

Other Options: Channing Frye, PF/C, CLE (11% Owned); Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, PHI, (20% Owned in Yahoo);  Jamal Murray, SG, DEN (22% Owned)

 

Points Streamer

Vince Carter, SG/SF, MEM, Opponents: Friday @ DAL, Saturday vs. MIN (12% Owned)

Vince Carter definitely got a hold of Michael's Secret Stuff because he's looking like a young man at 40 years-old. In season 19, Memphis has been leaning on Vinsanity for production because of early injuries. Tony Allen has been dealing with a lingering groin issue and could be out a little bit longer, while Chandler Parsons still isn't ready to take on a full workload. Vince should see decent usage until the they have no restrictions.

VC is averaging 2.0 3PTM, 17.0 PTS, 4.0 REB on 55.6% from the field in his last four games. For the season, he's playing 27.4 MPG, which has been a necessity because of the injuries. With a back-to-back approaching, David Fizdale could opt to rest Marc Gasol and/or Mike Conley as he did earlier in the season. With the Griz already thin, it'll mean all hands on deck.

Carter is widely available in Yahoo! leagues and should continue to see 25+ minutes while Memphis eases its players into action. Ride him while he's hot. When does Space Jam 2 start filming?

Other Options:  Jamal Murray, SG, DEN (22% Owned); Gerald Henderson, SG/SF, PHI (5% Owned); Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, PHI (18% Owned)

 

Assists Streamer

Tony Parker, PG, SAS, Opponent: Saturday @ LAL (24% Owned)  

We've got another old guy rounding out the list of streaming options. I'm pretty sure Tony Parker was a rookie when George Gervin had his run with the Spurs. Dude's old. While holding no upside, my man Tone is still a great option for assists. The Frenchman has the starting gig locked up and could be a decent hold option into the next week if you need those dimes. His prospects season-long stink since Greg Popovich hates your fantasy team. That's right, yours.

Since re-joining the Spurs on November 11, Parker has averaged 4.4 AST with only 1.0 TO. in 24.7 MPG. He'll probably sit around that minute mark for the season, so it's unrealistic to expect huge totals on a nightly basis. The assists, however, are still above league average, so don't let the age scare you away.

The Spurs will see the high-paced Lakers on Saturday, so Parker should have a decent chance of racking up a few assists to help you out with your matchup. Beyond that, San Antonio has a four game slate next week, in which Parker should play at least three. That should set you up nicely.

Other Options: Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, WAS (2% Owned); T.J. McConnell, PG, PHI (2% Owned); Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (3% Owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Punting Small Stats (FT%, 3PM, AST) for Week 4

Another week of NBA is behind us. Another set of ups and downs, poor performances, injuries and opportunities for new faces to shine. Another week of shots blocked, balls stolen, rebounds grabbed. On the other hand, another week of missed free throws, no threes shot and no balls passed.

For all of you who don't mind the latter and appreciate the former, here are a few pickups that should be available in your league. They could help you bring your mates down to their knees, ruing the day you read about (and made that courageous decision to add) the player who blocked that one shot and won you your weekly matchup.

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Waiver Wire Guard for Punting Small Stats

Andre Roberson, SG/SF, OKC (8% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

There are just too many minutes on the court for Andre Roberson to ignore him in deep leagues or as a category specialist for your weekly matchup. He is appalling from the line, his career average is 52.7% thanks to him hitting only 29.4% of his free throws this season. For comparison Andre Drummond hits almost twice as many of his free throws (53.1%) so far this year. He gets you just one assist in 29 minutes per game. But we already decided not to care about those stats right?

Those massive minutes translate well to defensive stats he stacks up pretty well. Extraordinarily well for a guy owned in 8% of Yahoo! Leagues. He is getting averages of 4.9 REB, 1.4 STL and 1.1 BLK. Taking into account he plays 29 minutes a game, his 0.8 turnovers is a bargain. He does score just seven points per outing, but it's on a decent 45.2 FG% and is a career 47.8% shooter so he might improve there. He only scored in double digits twice this year. The good news though for Fantasy Basketball owners is that it happened in the last two games, so he seems to be loosening up on offense. He might just step his scoring up a bit, keep your fingers crossed.

Other guard options: Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, ATL (22% owned), Gerald Henderson, SG/SF, PHI (4% owned), PJ Tucker, SG/SF, PHO (7% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Forward for Punting Small Stats

Larry Nance Jr, PF, LAL (21% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

As a young player in his second year in the NBA Larry Nance Jr. has the capacity to become a fantasy relevant player. He plays for a talented Lakers team and for coach Luke Walton, who doesn't shy away from giving his youth the space and time they need to develop. He is averaging 6.7 PTS on 62.5 FG%, along with 5.1 REB and 1.4 STL per game. He also gets a block every other game and turns the ball over twice in three games he plays, so he helps out in those categories too. One assist and 66.7 FT% with averaging under one free throw taken a night won't hurt you too bad either.

And this is all with him getting minutes in the low 20s. In the three games Mozgov was out or limited with his eye injury this season Larry got 86 minutes. That's almost 30 a night! And he produced too! He racked up 12.3 points, 7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and one block on 68% shooting in those three games. Mozgov has played in more than 46 games just twice in his 8 years in the NBA so far. That is far from reliable.

Larry Nance Jr. is also getting some time at the center position in his last few games and if he outperforms his frontcourt rivals, or someone gets injured he could get his minutes up to around 30 and with his current level of performance, those minutes would make him a fantastic add from the wire. Just make sure someone else doesn't beat you to it.

Other wing options: Dwight Powell, PF, DAL (5% owned), Jared Dudley, SG/SF/PF, PHO (11% owned), Marquese Chriss, PF, PHO (7% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Center for Punting Small Stats

Lucas Nogueira, C, TOR (28% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Lucas Nogueira has been tearing it up! He's been just too good not to mention, especially if you are punting small stats. Just listing his averages proves a point: 8.3 PTS, 7.3 REB, 1.8 STL, 2.5 BLK and all that with a ridiculously efficient shooting of 88.2% from the field. He is also contributing 0.8 AST with 75% from the line and 0.9 TO which doesn't hurt too bad. And all that in 26 minutes of playing time a night.

He leads the league in FG% if you count all players that play more than 10 minutes per game. He is second to only Anthony Davis (4.7) in combined blocks and steals with 4.3. And Davis plays 38 minutes per game.

Now, first of all, Nogueira has played just 4 games so far. Second, Jonas Valanciunas got hurt and missed two and was limited in the other two games. If that hadn't happened, who knows weather Nogueira would have gotten any playing time at all. But it did happen. He did get his chance. And boy did he use it!

He is playing with his heart out there. He contests 14.3 shots per game. Only Robin Lopez contests more with 15.4. He is also useful on offense where 3.8 of his screens lead to field goals every game. That is tied at 11th in the whole NBA!

So, is it possible for him to keep this level up? No. Will he get the same amount of run when Valanciunas is back to 100% health? Probably not. But is he worth a flier, just in case he gets his minutes one way or the other and keeps up at least a part of what he is producing now? YES, YES, YES!!!

Other center options: Alex Len (50% owned), Timofey Mozgov (25% owned), Cody Zeller (33% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Roto Bigs (PF, C, PF/C) for Week 4

This year, RotoBaller is separating its waiver wire recommendations by position a little differently.  In our three position breakdowns, we'll be separating players into GUARDS, including point guards (PG), shooting guards (SG), and combo guards (PG/SG); WINGS, including small forwards (SF), swing men (SG/SF), and small ball fours (SF/PF); and BIGS, including power forwards (PF), centers (C), and bigs who play both front court spots (PF/C).

All of these positional recommendations will be written from the point of view of rotisserie leagues, meaning they'll value across the board category contributions.  They're still useful for head-to-head category leagues, but they won't take into account how well a player fits into your ability to punt categories in H2H settings.  We'll provide options who may be available in both standard leagues (less than 50% owned) and deeper leagues (less than 25% owned).  All position eligibility and ownership rates based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Standard League Waiver Wire Big Adds

Clint Capela PF/C, HOU (67% Owned)

The projections for how Clint Capela would fill Dwight Howard’s role never took into consideration just how much James Harden would change as a player. Harden was never shy to dish the ball but he now resembles a basketball Santa handing out free buckets to anyone that wants one. Clint Capela has been greatly benefitting from the benevolent bearded baller.

After going four straight games with scoring less than double-digit points Capela has rebounded by pouring in four straight 12 or more point performances. He’s also been actually rebounding the ball at a rate of nearly eight boards a game. Right now he’s hovering at 10 points, eight rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots per game on 61% shooting. There’s no reason he shouldn’t remain at these numbers all season including his scary-looking 31% shooting from the free throw line. Capela rarely gets to the line enough to make his free throw performance that damaging but eventually those missed shots will add up and all takers have to be willing to deal with that.

Lucas Nogueira C, TOR (25% Owned)

DeMar DeRozan is having an MVP start to the season. The rest of the Raptors are also playing well despite people questioning how the team would be able to replace the defense and rebounding of Bismack Biyombo who came up huge during the playoffs last season. Well it seems that the Raptors management knew they had a direct Biyombo replacement in Lucas Nogueira.

He started the season off slow with little playing time but now that he’s seeing the court his averages are around eight points and seven boards a game. The fact that he’s adding 2.5 blocks and two steals per game while shooting 88% from the field and 75% from the free throw line make his pedestrian numbers a lot more appealing. As long as he is getting minutes than Nogueira will be worth rostering especially if his rebounding and defensive production stay consistent.

Standard League Honorable Mentions: Al Jefferson (32% owned), Larry Nance Jr (22% owned)

 

Deep League Waiver Wire Big Adds

Kelly Olynyk C, BOS (23% Owned)

After missing some of the preseason and the start of the regular season Olynyk has returned healthy and played in three games for the Celtics. He is still a three pointing shooting big man that can consistently score, grab a few rebounds, and even dish out a few assists.

The Celtics have a deep team with a few players that are expected to get the ball before Olynyk has any offense run through him. That being said he has shown to be productive when he can stay healthy and with no Al Horford and a Celtics frontcourt that lacks talent in a lot of areas expect Olynyk to get career highs in minutes and shots.

Deep League Honorable Mentions: Frank Kaminsky (14% owned), Channing Frye (8% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Quality Game Streamers for Week 4

When you are trying to stream players to win your head-to-head fantasy basketball matchup, often when your streamer is playing matters as much as who he is. A player with games on Wednesday and Friday doesn't help when you've already got a full lineup worth of players playing on each of those days. However, a player with a game on Thursday would help a lot if the vast majority of your existing players have the day off. Games on mostly "off" days like that are called "quality games." Here we'll feature a few enticing streamer options for players with quality games in Week 2 who are available in the majority of Yahoo! leagues.

All position eligibility and ownership rates based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Tuesday 11/15 Quality Game Streamers

Nick Young, SG, Los Angeles vs. Brooklyn (Owned in 49% of Yahoo! Leagues)

Those that have played fantasy hoops in the past are probably familiar with Nick Young; one of the classic microwave players in the modern NBA, Young can get scorching hot at any point in time. We now seem to be at that juncture, as rookie head coach Luke Walton has gotten the inexperienced Lakers squad to a 5-4 record while utilizing Young as his starting shooting guard. The one thing to note with your typical 'microwave' player is to ride them while they're hot, and Young is on pace for a career season shooting the ball at an unusual 46.3% (career average 41.8%). Regardless of whether or not this new Lakers system is causing Young to become ultra efficient, we suggest keeping him on your roster's, as well as riding the hot streak until the wheels fall off.

With a cupcake match-up against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, Young needs to be plugged in lineups everywhere. Both teams are currently ranked second, and third in pace, so this will most surely be an up-and-down game with a lot of shots. Young has been connecting on 2.4 three-pointer's per game out of the gate, and given the match-up its not all that unreasonable to assume he could drop a productive scoring line against a middle of the line defensive team (tied for 15th in defensive efficiency).

Early results are showing Walton's system has added some efficiency to Young's game, now whether or not that will continue is a question for another day, but against the Nets Young is a good bet to drop a nice scoring line while the game is still competitive.

Other options: Josh Richardson, SG, Miami vs. Atlanta (37% owned); Moe Harkless, SF, Portland vs. Chicago (28% owned); Cody Zeller, PF/C, Charlotte vs. Minnesota (35% owned)

 

Thursday 11/17 Quality Game Streamers

Maurice Harkless, SF, Portland vs. Houston (Owned in 28% of Yahoo! Leagues)

One of my personal favorite under-appreciated players will make for a great stream play this week due to a combination of match-up and injury.Moe Harkless has been the starting small forward for the Portland Trailblazers all season, too bad no one has noticed, with a own rate of only 28% in Yahoo! leagues. The recent injury to starting power forward Al-Farouq Aminu opens up tons of minutes for Harkless at both forward spots for the foreseeable future. Coach Terry Stotts as noted that Aminu will only be re-evaluated in a "couple weeks", so there is plenty of time for Harkless to be a productive fantasy contributor. The other aspect making him an above average streamer is the juicy match-up with the Houston Rockets, who are well known for getting up and down the floor in a hurry. Both teams rank inside the top-12 for offensive efficiency, and are both top-15 teams in pace. All of this screams a high scoring affair, and while Harkless doesn't have the offensive juice to light it up, he is a good bet to get you a three, a steal, and a block per game (averaging 1.4, 0.6, 0.8 respectively) while not killing your field goal percentage (50%). Talent an opportunity are a formula for success in fantasy, and Harkless has heaps of opportunity and with an improving game he should prove to be a productive player this week.

Other options: Evan Turner, SG/SF, Portland Vs. Houston (35% owned); Brandon Jennings, PG, New York vs. Washington (15% owned); Tyus Jones, PG, Minnesota vs. Charlotte (11% owned) (Ricky Rubio is due to return from his elbow injury, but coach Thibs can still give minutes to Jones after he leapfrogged rookie Kriss Dunn in the rotation while Rubio was hurt)

 

Sunday 11/20 Quality Game Streamers

Lucas Nogueira, C, Toronto vs. Sacramento (Owned in 8% of Yahoo! Leagues)

For our last selection we will dig a little deeper to find a useful player who is now just starting to get some run on the court. Backup center for the Toronto Raptors Lucas Noguiera has recently seen an uptick in minutes (25.7 vs.career average of 8.6) with a knee injury to starting center Jonas Valanciunas. Even though Valanciunas has already returned from his injury on 11/11 coach Dwayne Casey still opted to give the young big-man 27 minutes to relieve Valanciunas during stretches of the game. We are expecting Valanciunas to be fully healthy going into their Sunday match-up against the Kings, but its likely Noguiera can see minutes in the 25+ range again giventhat the Kings have arguably the best offensive center in all of basketball, and guarding him wont be an easy task. On top of that, Sacramento has a bevy of bigs it likes to throw at opponents with players like Kosta Koufos, Willey Cauley-Stien, and rookie Skal Labissiere all getting 15+ MPG on a nightly basis.

Given opportunity Noguiera puts up some impressive numbers, averaging a solid 8.9 RPG, 1.9 SPG, and 2.3 BPG per-36 minutes; I wouldn't wager that he'd get 30 minutes on Sunday, but something around the 20-25 minutes isint totally out of the real of possibility, meaning he should produce some valuable defensive statistics for owners heading into the end of the week needing a boost in those cats.

Other options: Isaiah Whitehead, PG, Brooklyn vs. Portland (1% owned); Domantas Sabonis, PF, Oklahoma City vs. Indiana (11% owned); Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Denver vs. Utah (22% owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Weekend H2H Offensive Category Streamers (Week 3)

It's never too early to start streaming. Whether you have an opening due to an injury, you auction-drafted a crew of stars and scrubs, or you just didn't bother putting any effort into your last couple draft picks, you probably have a player or two on your team who isn't must-own. You're better off using that roster spot to stream players to eke out wins in close categories in your weekly head-to-head matchups.

This year, RotoBaller will be making weekly recommendations for extreme short term category specialists every week in all six counting stat categories (points, assists, threes, rebounds, steals, and blocks). Your week one offensive category streamers for points, threes, and assists are below. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Three Points Made Streamer

Channing Frye, PF/C, CLE, Opponents: Friday @ WAS, Sunday vs. CHA (5% Owned)

Since getting moved to Cleveland from Orlando, Channing Frye is averaging 1.8 3PTM on 4.4 3PA with a solid 39.8 3P%. On the early season, he’s averaged 2.6 3PTM and 10.6 PTS in only 17.5 MPG; he’s the definition of perimeter specialist and will do one thing really, really good.

On the season, the Cavs are averaging a league leading 35.7 three-point attempts and are second in makes (13.0 3PTM on 36.4 3P%). The Cavs suffered their first loss last night to the Hawks as they decided they’d die by the three. They attempted a ridiculous 42 treys, but only made 11 (26.2 3P%). One thing is obvious; they’ll continue to hoist it up with the best of them.

On Friday, the Cavs square off with the Wizards who are last in the league for opponent 3PTM (11.3). Consequently, they’ll see the Hornets who rank seventh from the bottom in opponent 3PTM (10.3). The Cavs should feast and Frye should be able to put up a few crooked numbers in the three-point column in the process. He should be available in most leagues and makes for a great streaming option in the late week.

Other Options: Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, PHI, (20% Owned in Yahoo); Terrence Ross, SG/SF, TOR (8% Owned); Langston Galloway, PG/SG, NOP (6% Owned); Luke Babbitt, SF, MIA (1% Owned);

 

Points Streamer

Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, PHI, Opponents: Friday vs. IND, Saturday @ ATL (20% Owned)

The Sixers have been using Ersan Ilyasova in multiple positions as he's even shared the floor with the younger, better version of himself, Dario Saric. He brings a legitimate shooting threat to the starting lineup, something they lacked with Jerami Grant. Brett Brown loves his versatility and with Embiid out (rest) could potentially see some minutes at the five-spot for today’s game.

Ilyasova has scored in double-figures for all four of his appearances on the early season, including his time with the Thunder. He’s averaging 2.4 3PTM and 15.0 PTS with the Sixers in 25.7 MPG. The minutes should be there in the short-term with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid sitting on a minute’s cap as well as Nerlens Noel and Ben Simmons still out.

The Sixers have a home and home with the Pacers, who rank last in the league for opponent field-goals made (41.4). The Sixers will look to capture their first win of the season and Ilyasova should be able to take advantage with the point totals. He's available in 80% of leagues; the three-pointers will come as an added bonus.

Other Options: E'Twaun Moore, PG/SG, NOP, (16% Owned in Yahoo); Wilson Chandler, SG/SF, DEN (28% Owned); Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, CHA (14% Owned)

 

Assists Streamer

TJ McConnell, PG, PHI, Opponent: Saturday vs. CLE (2% Owned)  

After losing the positional battle with Sergio Rodriguez for the starting point guard spot, TJ McConnell has been relegated to a bench role. However, he’s averaged 5.4 APG in only 17.0 MPG for the Sixers. For the early season, that puts him 36 in APG among league leaders and would be ready to put up double-digit assists if Spanish Chocolate were to go down.

Jerryd Bayless was supposed to start in Philly, but a wrist injury has kept him out and could do so for an extended period. This is good news for both Rodriguez and McConnell as they both hold value with Bayless out of the lineup.

There is a blowout factor against the Cavs on their Saturday matchup, which may net McConnell some extra minutes. The waiver wire is tough enough for finding assists, but he’s looking like a solid streaming specialist in the early going. Extra points to McConnell for the football tackle on Ibaka in last night’s game.

Other Options: Lance Stephenson, SG/SF, NOP (12% Owned); Wade Baldwin, PG, MEM (6% Owned); TJ McConnell, PG, PHI (3% Owned); Brandon Jennings, PG, NYK (18% Owned); Isaiah Canaan, PG/SG, CHI (2% Owned);


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NBA Waiver Wire: Deep League Options (Week 3)

Got a lot of buddies who are NBA Fantasy fanatics just like you? You all got together and formed a deep league? Your leagues waiver wire is very active and nobody good stays on there after they produce a decent game or two?

Here is some advice to stay ahead of your mates and scoop up some talent from the wire before they do. It might just be the difference between a disappointing end in the fantasy playoffs and gloating as the Champion.

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Deep League Add

JaMychal Green, PF, MEM (21% owned)

JaMychal Green is a locked starter for the Memphis Grizzlies and is getting 29 minutes a night. Now his upside isn't too high, but for a guy playing so much and with averages of 8.6 PTS, 5.1 REB, almost a block and half a steal, an assist and a three-pointer per game, he is sitting on too many waiver wires. His FG shooting is at 45.3% and he has a career average of 47.2; pretty nice for a guy on the wire. He is turning the ball over 1.3 times and shooting 66% from the FT line, but that is below his career averages. Those should get better, too.

With Green, you get a guy with solid rebounding and defensive stats, while he holds value because of his relatively decent percentages and contributions in all categories. The new Memphis head coach, David Fizdale, obviously trusts JaMychal so he will get plenty of run during the season to improve and contribute even more. Furthermore, if Zach Randolph gets injured, as he has done in the past, Green could get an even bigger minutes bump which could have him as a double-double threat every time he is on the court.

Super Deep League Add

Patrick Patterson, PF/C, TOR (10% owned)

Patrick Patterson is a stretch four on a Toronto team consisting of multiple scoring threats. Kyle Lowry likes to drive to the basket, Jonas Valanciunas is an inside force and DeMar DeRozan doesn't shoot three's. With DeMarre Carroll playing poorly so far this season, the space Patterson's three point range provides for his teammates has been crucial to Toronto's impressive start to the season.

He is hitting a three a night with 5.6 REB, 2.1 AST, a steal and a block. His shooting is pretty off so far, hitting only 32.7% from the field and 66.7% from the line. When you compare those with his career averages of 46.4 FG% and 74.7 FT% you have to believe his percentages will increase. He helps in all your counting stats and is getting 31 minutes per game.

Those minutes could take a slight hit when Jared Sullinger returns. But so far, Sullinger hasn't played a game this season and is set to miss another 2-3 months. Moreover, Valanciunas has missed Toronto's last two games due to a knee injury. Sullinger and Valanciunas are pretty injury prone, boding well for Patterson's playing time. If, or better said when, Patrick gets his shooting back to his normal level, he could be a valuable pickup in deep leagues for his all around production.

Insanely Deep League Add

Archie Goodwin, PG/SG, NO (5% owned)

Archie Goodwin is a longshot and probably just a one-month rental, but he has some upside while stranger things have happened. He just signed for the New Orleans Pelicans after Lance Stephenson sustained a long term injury and was waived. Tyreke Evans should be back before December 15th and that will hurt Goodwin's chances for minutes and production. Also Jrue Holiday's return (he is tending to his wife who is having brain surgery) would cut Goodwin's run even more, but it's unclear when Holiday will return this season.

Now that we listed all the reasons not to pick up Goodwin, let's take a look at what he could provide your team with. Last season, when he got the space in Phoenix after their injury woes he averaged 15 points and almost four assists, logging around 32 minutes per contest during February. He should get the same opportunity in New Orleans. His career per 36 minutes averages of 5.0 REB, 1.1 STL and 0.5 BLK make him and interesting option in very deep leagues. If he can see the floor for around 30 minutes, and equal or exceed his career production during the next month, he could overtake his competitors in the frontcourt and have enough value to remain in lineups even when Evans returns.


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NBA Bench Risers for Fantasy Basketball Week 3

NBA teams have a multitude of players coming off the bench, each with a unique role to fill. As a fantasy owner, you need to decide which of those players can contribute across multiple categories and have the potential to make the most of their time on the court.

To find bench players that can contribute more than just energy and defense during their time on the court, I will analyze usage rate and Per 36 statistics. Here are some bench players whose stock should be rising based on their recent play and could be great fantasy pickups for deep leagues. Note: I will only be selecting players who are not regular starters and who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Rising NBA Bench Performers

C.J. Miles (SG/SF, IND) - 41% owned

The 12-year veteran has seemingly been around forever, even though he is yet to celebrate his 30th birthday. Miles isn't part of the Pacers' core nucleus, but he has been more efficient than starters Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis to start the season. Miles is currently second in the league in effective field goal percent at a .667 clip. Surprisingly, he is also second in the league with 4.4 3PTM per 36.

Not known as a prolific outside shooter, Miles is playing his role in this offense as well as coaches could have hoped for. His outstanding 51.4% three-point percentage won't last, but that shouldn't stop fantasy owners from deploying him while he is on a hot streak. Miles slots at both guard and forward in fantasy leagues, making him a versatile add as a bench player.

While that has always been the case, fantasy owners should look at his increasing minutes over the last week (25 minutes played against Charlotte on Monday) and double digit FGA in five out of seven games. Sure, he's been streaky before and may not maintain this pace, but for Week 3 he appears to be one of the best options widely available.

 

Ersan Ilyasova (SF/PF, PHI) - 20% owned

The 76ers usually don't trade away one of their young talents to get anything other than a draft pick in return, but things may be different now under Bryan Colangelo. Jerami Grant upgraded from Philly to OKC, while Ilyasova now inherits his minutes on the 76ers bench. Initially, Ilyasova is seeing more time at the four spot, which could eat into Dario Saric's minutes.

Saric has been playing a rookie-high 26.4 minutes per game, but is shooting just .356/.400/.571 so far. Ilyasova, a career .443/.371/.769 shooter brings more stability to the position and can rebound just as well. He has a 19.3 usage rate over the first six games, comparable with Ryan Anderson and Pau Gasol at the moment. That figure should trend upwards as he becomes a more integral part of Philadelphia's offense. He is averaging nearly 26 minutes since joining the 76ers and has hoisted 12, 13, and 12 shots in those three games.

His last one against Utah was a clunker as he went 2-for-12 from the field, but he had just come off a 21-point game against Cleveland, going 4-for-6 on threes in the process. This sudden "win now" mentality may ultimately lead Ilyasova to supplant Saric in the starting lineup if the rookie can't improve his shooting. For the moment, Ilyasova is a steady bench option that can provide at least a 10/5 nightly average with the potential for more.

 

Jon Leuer (PF/C, DET) - 17% owned

There would seem to be little opportunity for a big man to make waves in Detroit other than Andre Drummond, but Leuer is performing nicely off the bench. Among a plethora of other big men, including former Spurs Aron Baynes and Boban Marjanovic, Leuer has become a favorite of coach Stan Van Gundy. He is currently averaging 10.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, with a 52.6% FG%.

Unlike Drummond, he is actually an asset at the free throw line, shooting 83.3% on the season. Leuer even shoots the occasional three, draining five out of 14 shots in his first seven games. Leuer isn't quite the defensive presence that Baynes is, but his offensive upside may keep him on the floor more often. He is averaging 26.9 minutes per game, by far a career high for a player whose career average is 14.0. Leuer's percentages are already strong for his position, and his per 36 stats are encouraging as well.

He is providing a solid 13.4 PTS, 8.2 REB, 1.3 BLK and 1.5 STL per 36. He isn't likely to supplant Marcus Morris in the starting role as long as things are clicking, but he will continue to be one of the most relied upon bench players in Detroit. Fantasy owners who need consistency at the big man positions could benefit from Leuer on their own bench. Drummond owners should also consider adding him, both as a handcuff and to balance out Drummond's horrific FT% and lack of threes.


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NBA Waiver Wire: Weekend H2H Offensive Category Streamers (Week 3)

It's never too early to start streaming. Whether you have an opening due to an injury, you auction-drafted a crew of stars and scrubs, or you just didn't bother putting any effort into your last couple draft picks, you probably have a player or two on your team who isn't must-own. You're better off using that roster spot to stream players to eke out wins in close categories in your weekly head-to-head matchups.

This year, RotoBaller will be making weekly recommendations for extreme short term category specialists every week in all six counting stat categories (points, assists, threes, rebounds, steals, and blocks). Your week one offensive category streamers for points, threes, and assists are below. All position eligibility and ownership percentages are based on Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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Three Points Made Streamer

Channing Frye, PF/C, CLE, Opponents: Friday @ WAS, Sunday vs. CHA (5% Owned)

Since getting moved to Cleveland from Orlando, Channing Frye is averaging 1.8 3PTM on 4.4 3PA with a solid 39.8 3P%. In the early going of the season, he’s averaged 2.6 3PTM and 10.6 PTS in only 17.5 MPG. He’s the definition of perimeter specialist and will do one thing really, really good.

On the season, the Cavaliers are averaging a league-leading 35.7 three-point attempts and are second in makes (13.0 3PTM on 36.4 3P%). The Cavs suffered their first loss last night to the Hawks as they decided they would die by the three. They attempted a ridiculous 42 treys, but only made 11 (26.2 3P%). One thing is obvious; they’ll continue to hoist it up with the best of them.

On Friday, the Cavs square off against a Wizards team that is last in the league in opponent 3PTM (11.3). Consequently, they’ll see the Hornets who rank seventh from the bottom in opponent 3PTM (10.3). The Cavs should feast and Frye should be able to put up a few crooked numbers in the three-point column in the process. He should be available in most leagues and makes for a great streaming option in the late week.

Other Options: Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, PHI, (20% Owned in Yahoo); Terrence Ross, SG/SF, TOR (8% Owned); Luke Babbitt, SF, MIA (1% Owned);

 

Points Streamer

Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, PHI, Opponents: Friday vs. IND, Saturday @ ATL (20% Owned)

The Sixers have been using Ersan Ilyasova in multiple positions as he's even shared the floor with the younger, better version of himself, Dario Saric. He brings a legitimate shooting threat to the starting lineup, something they lacked with Jerami Grant. Brett Brown loves his versatility and with Embiid out (rest), Ilyasova could potentially see some minutes at the five-spot for today’s game.

Ilyasova has scored in double-figures in all four of his appearances, including his time with the Thunder. He’s averaging 2.4 3PTM and 15.0 PTS with the Sixers in 25.7 MPG. The minutes should be there in the short-term with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid sitting on a minute’s cap, while Nerlens Noel and Ben Simmons are still out.

The Sixers have a home and home with the Pacers, who rank last in the league in opponent field-goals made (41.4). The Sixers will look to capture their first win of the season and Ilyasova should be able to take advantage with the point totals. He's available in 80% of leagues. The three-pointers will come as an added bonus.

Other Options: E’Twaun Moore, PG/SG, NOP, (16% Owned in Yahoo); Wilson Chandler, SG/SF, DEN (28% Owned); Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, CHA (14% Owned)

 

Assists Streamer

Ty Lawson, PG, SAC, Opponent: Thursday vs. LAL, Friday @ POR (19% Owned)  

This is not a typo, we realize Darren Collison has returned from his suspension, but that doesn’t mean Ty Lawson holds zero value in fantasy hoops. Lawson still started on Tuesday, but the chances he remains the starter are minuscule, and I’m betting this is his last week in the starting unit. All I’m saying is we should take advantage of the production while it’s there for the taking. Owners have been dropping him like a bad habit, evidenced by a negative 10% change in ownership across Yahoo! leagues in anticipation of Collison’s return. He should be available in most leagues as a streaming option.

Lawson has looked awful at times as the starter, but he has put up awesome value for assists (6.6 AST). That’s above league average and you won’t find value anywhere near that on the waiver wire, especially considering assists are the toughest stats to stream. He’s at least worth owning as a stream option for the late week, but I’d even hold on until the wheels fall off. To be fair, that shouldn’t be much longer. Give him a look.

Other Options: TJ McConnell, PG, PHI (3% Owned); Tyus Jones, PG, MIN (0% Owned); Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN (5% Owned)


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NBA Waiver Wire: Punting Small Stats (FT%, 3PM, AST) for Week 3

Different Fantasy Basketball leagues have different values for different stats and therefore different values for same players. Depending on a league's setup, a missed free throw can mean a lot in one league while it means next to nothing, or literally nothing in another.

The strategy of punting is used in head to head category leagues, which means neglecting a category or several categories to pick up players who can help you excel in other cats. So one player in one system of play, or team with a certain mindset and strategy can have a huge role and impact, while in another can be considered useless, or even hurt the owner. Here are a few players who could fit well in a team which doesn't care much about its free throw percentage, assists, and/or or three pointers.

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Waiver Wire Guard for Punting Small Stats

Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, ATL (17% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Thabo Sefolosha is a synonym for defensive stats off the bench. He can back up both shooting guard and small forward position in Atlanta. That gives him minutes in low to mid 20s every night. So far this season he has a ridiculous 2.8 steals and 57.1 FG% in 22:30 per game. Those averages will be very hard to keep up. Now his 7.5 PTS, 4,5 REB and 1.0 TO sound much more realistic.

And another good thing about Thabo, he doesn't really hurt your small stats either. He is a career 73% free throw shooter, dishes out 1.5 dimes and hits 0.6 treys. Now considering he is a SG that's not that great for a guard. But since there are teams who don't care about getting too much shooting and passing from their guards and are in a deep enough league, Thabo's 1.5 combined steals and blocks per night, 4-5 rebounds, high FG%, and low TO could be enough to warrant grabbing him off the waiver wire. If you own a team like that, go and pick him up!

Other guard options:  Tony Allen, SG/SF, MEM (4% owned), Gerald Henderson, SG/SF, PHI (4% owned), Andre Roberson, SG/SF, OKC (11% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Forward for Punting Small Stats

Terrence Jones, SF/PF, NO (48% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

There is no denying that Terrence Jones is a very talented basketball player. He has showed that in flashes back in Houston and he is doing that again now in New Orleans. His line from 4th November of 19 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL and 4 BLK on 64.3 FG% and only one turnover in 28 minutes shows just that. He even hit one three pointer. Now for a line like that in the NBA you got to have talent.

It's just that he doesn't seem to do it consistently. That was his first double digit scoring game this season. His injury history doesn't help his case either. He has played more than 50 games in just one of his 4 NBA seasons, back in 2013-2014 (76 games). Those durability and consistency issues are what's keeping him owned in under 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

This season he is in a new environment in New Orleans. He is finally free of Houston's crowded front court and shadows of Dwight Howard and James Harden. His good college buddy Anthony Davis (played together in Kentucky and won the NCAA tournament in 2012) is the star of his new team and the chemistry between them is already better than he ever had with the Superman. Besides him and The Brow, only Omer Asik seems to still be in the mix for bigger minutes in the Pelicans frontcourt (Alexis Ajinca played in only three games and an average of 11 minutes).  Jones could finally see enough time and space to show his full potential. He makes an especially intriguing target as a SF for a FT% punting team.

Other wing options: JaMychal Green, PF, MEM (25% owned), Jerami Grant, SF/PF, OKC (8% owned), Larry Nance Jr., PF, LAL (24% owned)

 

Waiver Wire Center for Punting Small Stats

Tyson Chandler, C, PHO (50% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Tyson Chandler is 34 years old. He doesn't shoot or score a lot. He is in a Phoenix frontcourt competing for minutes with Alex Len, Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender. All of them are young, talented players on a Phoenix team which probably isn't going to compete for the NBA Championship ring anytime soon. It would make sense for the Suns to play their potential future stars ahead of the "old" and "not too exciting" experienced big man that is Chandler.

Still Chandler finds himself playing almost 30 minutes and so far this season grabbing a career high 13.3 rebounds a night, and on 67.7 FG% (second in the NBA among players playing over 25 minutes per game). Add to those stats his career averages of 1.3 BLK and 0.6 STL and the fact he has averaged a double double in three of his last 10 NBA seasons (last one in Dallas only two seasons ago) and you can understand why he is such an important part of Phoenix and also plenty of fantasy teams in need of Big stats. If you're aiming to beat your buddies in FG%, rebounds and blocks, and need a center to help you do that, Tyson Chandler is your guy!

Other center options: Alex Len (43% owned), Timofey Mozgov (27% owned), Cody Zeller (32% owned)


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