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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Times Updates For Week 17

Welcome to Rotation Watch! Each week this article will break down who is gaining minutes around the NBA. Fantasy managers want the players that are getting the opportunity to shine, not the ones who are sitting on the bench and watching from the sidelines.

Let's talk about those trades. I love a player swap to open up some tremendous opportunities and playing time down the playoff stretch for those dormant fantasy monsters we have all been waiting for. We got Andre Drummond changing Central Division teams, Marcus Morris going from the east to the west coast, and Karl-Anthony Towns, possibly finding a suitable good-stats, bad-team partner in D'Angelo Russell. Certain situations still need to shake out, but others have already seen players take the bull by the horns and grab those extra minutes all for themselves as we head down the home stretch of the fantasy basketball season.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9 and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing the minutes to help your fantasy basketball team achieve the ultimate prize, a championship.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Terence Davis (SG - Toronto Raptors)

Season: 17.4 Minutes per Game

Week 16: 27.3 Minutes per Game

The Toronto Raptors have suffered some injuries to their backcourt with Norman Powell out indefinitely and Kyle Lowry on the injury report with a neck injury. Those injuries have allowed rookie guard Terence Davis the chance to grab some minutes and jump onto the fantasy basketball radar with some outstanding performances in Week 16.

For the week, Davis averaged 16 points on 51.4 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 made threes on 52.4 percent shooting, and 1.3 steals. Davis has reached double figures in four straight games due to getting more shots in Toronto's offense. Before Powell went out with his latest injury, Davis averaged 5.6 shots attempts per game but has seen that rocket up to 12.5 shots per game in the four games without Powell.

The unfortunate news for fans of the undrafted rookie is that the All-Star break is coming at the perfect time for his teammates to get healthy. Powell just suffered a fractured finger on Jan. 31, so he could still be sidelined on the other side of the break, but Lowry should return sooner rather than later. Again, Davis' ability to score, hit the three, and sprinkle in some counting stats in the rebounding and steals categories makes him a worthy add in 12-team leagues.

 

Gary Trent Jr. (SG - Portland Trail Blazers)

Season: 17.6 Minutes per Game

Week 16: 28.3 Minutes per Game

Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent has been on fire recently while his teammate, Anfernee Simons, is sidelined with a concussion and could remain in the protocol through the All-Star break. Trent had sneakily overtaken Simons as the first guard off the bench in Portland and was the No. 6 shooting guard in standard ESPN leagues for Week 16.

Over the four games the sophomore guard played last week, he averaged 16.8 points on 60 percent field goal shooting, 3.8 made threes on 55.6 percent shooting, and 2.3 steals in 28.3 minutes. He was particularly impressive in his final three games of the week, where he stood out in multiple categories each night. Against the San Antonio Spurs, he had 18 points and went 6-for-7 from behind the arc. In a visit to the Utah Jazz, the shooting guard had 16 points and four steals in 38 minutes. Then Trent capped the week off with his second-highest scoring performance of the season with 22 points, five three-pointers, and four steals against the Miami Heat.

The Trail Blazers bench is thin at the best of times, and, with Simons in the concussion protocol, there is no reason that Trent should lose his role in Portland. The 2018 second-round pick is an excellent source of points, three-pointers, and steals at the moment and is worth a pickup for a team in need of those categories for the last two months of the season.

 

Caris Levert (SG, SF - Brooklyn Nets)

Season: 26.7 Minutes per Game

Week 16: 30.7 Minutes per Game

When Kyrie Irving sits, a Brooklyn Nets player is guaranteed a spot in the following week's Rotation Watch. This week, Caris LeVert gets the nod after his electric Week 16 performances saw him finish as a top-25 player in ESPN leagues last week. The fourth-year player showed us flashes of his potential in the 2018-19 season before an injury saw him miss time, but LeVert seems to be building some consistency and taking his game to the next level this year.

In Week 16, the first-round pick averaged 29.7 points over three games and shot 51.7 percent from the floor while making 3.7 three-pointers shooting 68.8 percent from deep, and added 6.3 rebounds to his fantasy line. He scored at least 23 points in all three games, and saved the best for last on Saturday night as he scored a career-high 37 points with a career-high six made three-pointers.

LeVert is averaging career-highs in points, three-point percentage, field goal attempts, and free throw attempts this season. His step forward is excellent news for the 69 percent of owners that already roster the 2016 lottery pick and all the more reason that it's questionable why he is available in the other 31 percent of leagues. Irving could be one more injury away from shutting it down for the year, and if you can get LeVert and his potential during the fantasy playoffs, you will be giving yourself a huge advantage.

 

Duncan Robinson (SF - Miami Heat)

Season: 28.9 Minutes per Game

Week 16: 37.3 Minutes per Game

For most of the season, Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson has been a three-point specialist averaging 3.5 successful threes per game, but in Week 16, he started to sprinkle in a couple of counting stats, and that allowed him to finish as a top-15 small forward for the week.

The undrafted sophomore averaged 16.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists, and 4.8 made threes in his four games last week. He scored 18 or 19 points in three of the four contests, and he was able to drain six made threes against both Portland and Sacramento on the road.

Robinson should remain a three-point specialist, but if the boost in playing time (37.3 minutes per game) in Week 16 continues, then all of his other stats will follow suit. If you require threes, then you should poach him off the waiver wire right now.

 

Christian Wood (PF, C - Detroit Pistons)

Season: 18.6 Minutes per Game

Week 16: 34.5 Minutes per Game

We speculated a month ago that Sekou Doumbouya would pick up some of the minutes that Blake Griffin left behind after his knee surgery. Well, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood had other plans as he supplanted Doumbouya as the big man to pick up Griffin's minutes. Still, things got even better at the trade deadline when the Pistons shipped out Andre Drummond and essentially told Wood to get all the points and rebounds he could want.

Over the four games the former-UNLV Rebel played last week, he averaged 20.5 points, nine rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 made threes and 14 field goal attempts. He was efficient when shooting the ball, with 53.6 percent of his attempts finding the basket and 47.4 percent of his three-pointers finding nothing but net. Wood was getting a little bit of playing time over his first 47 games averaging 17.3 minutes per game, but, in Week 16, his minutes, and consequently his counting stats, rose to 34.5 minutes per game.

His ownership percentage has soared over the past seven days, and it may be too little too late in most leagues. It's worth checking if he is still available in your league though, as you may stumble into a second-half player that can lead you to a fantasy basketball championship in 2020.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 17

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 17.

 

Guards

Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers

The 22-year-old has opened up for 30 or more points in each of the last two games. He combined to hit 13 threes in the two games. That may or may not hold, but he has become the primary source of offense off the bench. If you can still find him on the wire, he should be picked up.

Gary Trent Jr., Portland Trail Blazers

Trent has really found a niche inside the offense and averaged 19 points, four boards and four steals per game. Guard Anfernee Simons (concussion) is out indefinitely with a concussion, and Trent should have free reign for the supplemental offense off the bench. His run might have sparked owners' attention in your league already, but he's worth the scoop if he's there.

 

Forwards

Juan Hernangomez, Minnesota Timberwolves

The fourth-year man came over from Denver and averaged 14.5 points and three boards in his first two games. He has been lights out from deep going 5-for-8 from three-point range, which has helped his cause.  The minutes at the four figure to be all his after the recent roster shakeup. Give him a shot in deeper formats.

Chandler Hutchison, Chicago Bulls

The 23-year-old swingman has scored in double figures in three of five games recently. He shot just 2-for-9 in Sunday's game for five points, but he posted seven boards and four assists. Hutchison can contribute in other categories even on off nights, and he's playing close to 30 minutes a night now. He has long-term value and some short-term appeal.

Jabari Parker, Sacramento Kings

The newly acquired Parker is expected to receive a long look from the team in the second half. Parker (shoulder) is close to returning from a shoulder injury and was playing at a high level before he went down. If he was dropped in your league, pick him up and see what he can rekindle.

 

Centers

Thon Maker, Detroit Pistons

The 7-footer opened eyes with 12 points and 12 boards Monday night. His banner games have been few and far between in his four-year career. He's limited offensively, but he can thrive in certain matchups. The Pistons have a slew of injuries in a lost season, and Maker's playing time should only increase. Give him another shot if he's out there.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for the All-Star Double Week 17+18 (Feb 10 - Feb 23)

With the fantasy playoffs drawing near, it's making less and less sense in waiting for that guy who "could blow up at any minute". He keeps putting up duds and we keep putting up with him since he's got potential. But even if he doesn't reach it by like tomorrow, it could already be too late with just a few weeks until the playoffs. That spot could better be put to use by streaming.

Especially now with the trade deadline behind us. Most of us were affected in a positive or negative way. If your lesser player found himself in an even worse situation it might be the right time to cut your losses and take matters into your own hands by maximizing your games played next week and grabbing that playoff spot you've set your sights on.

To try and help out with next week's (actually two weeks as the AllStar break will interrupt the normal flow of fantasy) options, I've analyzed the NBA schedule and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for the AllStar double Week 17+18. 

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 17+18

Next fantasy week is actually two weeks combined due to the impact of the AllStar game. We have games from Monday till Thursday (Feb 13) and then again from next Thursday (Feb 20) until that Sunday, with no games played between these two periods.
Most fantasy owners will have the most difficulty to navigate Thursday the 13th with just two games played, followed by Tuesday with five and next Thursday the 20th with six games. These will be the days we look into.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers

Teams with 2 games:
New York Knicks

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 18
Tuesday: 10
Wednesday: 22
Thursday the 13th: 4
Thursday the 20th: 12
Friday: 18
Saturday: 14
Sunday: 14

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: SAS
Tuesday/Wednesday: POR, WAS
Wednesday/Thursday the 13th: -
Thursday the 13th/Thursday the 20th: -
Thursday the 20th/Friday: MEM
Friday/Saturday: CLE, DAL, PHO, UTA
Saturday/Sunday: CHI
Sunday/Monday the following: MIN, WAS

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 5 games
Thursday the 13th: 2 games
Thursday the 20th: 6 games

Teams playing on all three days:
No team plays both Thursdays so...

Teams playing on Tuesday and Thursday the 13th:
Boston Celtics (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Sat)

Teams playing on Tuesday and Thursday the 20th:
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat, Sun)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday the 20th)
Atlanta Hawks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Brooklyn Nets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Detroit Pistons (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sun)
Golden State Warriors (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sun)
Miami Heat (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs 20th, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday the 13th to Sunday)
Boston Celtics (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder (4 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday the 13th)
New York Knicks (2 games - Wed, Fri)
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat, Sun)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Tue, Thurs 20th, Sat)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday the 20th to Sunday)
New York Knicks (2 games - Wed, Fri)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Thurs 13th, Sat)
Orlando Magic (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 17+18

Only four teams play on Thursday the 13th. These teams are the Celtics, the Clippers, the Pelicans and the Thunder. Furthermore, they all also play on the next scarcest day - Tuesday - with five games. Players from these teams will be our primary focus today as they are most likely to help owners fill out their starting lineups.

There are also three teams that play on both Tuesday and Thursday the 20th (which has just six games). They could also prove valuable to us streamers so we will be taking a look at players from Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. Keep in mind though that all three of these teams play just one game in the first of the two weeks ahead of us. Therefore, if you need help on other days besides Tuesday in the first week, you might want to look elsewhere. At least for the start of the week.

Another interesting to note is that Chicago is the only team to play three games in week two, so their players could be a decent play later in the double week.

 

Streaming Options for Week 17+18

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Enes Kanter, C, BOS, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats:REB, FG%
Marcus Smart, PG/SG, BOS, (75% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, ST
Marcus Morris Sr., SF/PF, LAC, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, FT% - buyer beware: just joined the Clippers, his role is still unknown
J.J. Redick, SG/SF, NOP, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, 3PM
Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (78% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (50% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, CHI, (53% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL
Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, CHI, (60% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU, (45% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (57% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% - buyer beware: left the game on Friday with a lower left leg injury, status still unknown
Glenn Robinson III, SG/SF, PHI, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB, STL - buyer beware: just joined the 76ers, his role is still unknown
Alec Burks, PG/SG, GSW, (45% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL, FT% - buyer beware: just joined the 76ers, his role is still unknown

 

Shallower League Add

Enes Kanter, C, BOS - 56% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%

Kanter was picked at around the 100 in most drafts as he was expected to get a 30 minute per game role as the starting center for Boston. That hasn't really happened as his injuries and great performances from Daniel Theis limited him to just 19 minutes per game so far this season with averages of 9.6 PTS (no 3PM) on 59.5 FG% and 68.4 FT%, 8.4 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.9 BLK and 1.1 TO. This is just enough for him to stick around in the top-120.

But the tables have turned for the bigs in Boston. Kanter is over his injury now and it's Theis that is having some health issues with a right ankle sprain. He missed two games so far and could miss a few more which would definitely play to Kanter's advantage.

In his previous game without Theis Enes played 28 minutes, hit 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe for 16 points, 15 boards, a block and a turnover. Not too flashy, but just what you expect from him.

Should Theis miss some more games, Enes is expected to play close to 30 minutes and post lines similar to the one in this last game. And with Boston having a favorable schedule, he could be quite useful, at least in the short term.

 

Deeper League Add

Coby White, PG, CHI - 17% Owned 

Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM - additional value with Dunn being out

If you're looking for a source of points and threes to help you out during the second week of our upcoming two-week matchup, there aren't many deep league options better than Coby White. Especially now with Kris Dunn on the shelf.

White hasn't been that great so far in his rookie season with 11.2 points and 1.8 threes on 37.4% from the field and 73.6% from the line, 3.4 boards, 2.3 dimes, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks and 1.5 turnovers in 24 minutes per outing. But he's picked it up a bit in the three games without Dunn with averages of 12.3 PTS with 2.7 3PM on 34.2 FG% and 75.0 FT%, 3.3 REB, 5.0 AST, no STL, 0.3 BLK and 1.3 TO in just under 27 minutes a night.

Yes, the shooting got worse and he is yet to pick up a steal, but the threes and assists are way up, and with such a small turnover rate in increased minutes. That's a big positive for White now and going forward.

Coby won't do too much in the stock department, but he can stuff the basket in a hurry along with adding a few assists to the mix. Do count on him dragging down your FG% however.

If you're fine with all of his weaknesses and could use help where his strengths lay, his schedule next week and his talent and current situation could prove quite useful.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU - 4% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL

Small ball and a short rotation have left plenty of room for Rivers to get his share of shots in Houston. A guy owned in just 4% of Yahoo leagues has taken seven or more shots in eight out of his previous nine games, scoring 8+ points in all of them and hitting double-digits six times. He also failed to hit a three-pointer in only one of these games, scoring two or more in the other eight.

This alone could be enough in the case you're looking for a three-point specialist who doesn't really do much else. But now we have Gordon who got hurt in his previous game and could miss some time, and we have Westbrook who is an occasional rest candidate, along with Houston declining to play a player who's tall enough to ride a rollercoaster on his own and this could result in Rivers getting 25-30 minutes and 10 shots per game (more than half of his field goals come from three-point range in his past 10 games).

If he can hit those at a reasonable clip, and you use him and the waiver wire wisely for the next two weeks, he could be responsible for you winning your 3PM and PTS categories. He could even provide a couple of assists and a steal here and there.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Grant Williams, PF, BOS, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, a little bit of everything
Brad Wanamaker, PG/SG,BOS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL, AST
JaMychal Green, PF/C, LAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Landry Shamet, PG, LAC, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (24% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
Nicolo Melli, PF, NOP, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, a bit of everything
Jaxson Hayes, PF/C, NOP, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL
Darius Bazley, SF/PF, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Luguentz Dort, SG, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Luke Kornet, PF/C, CHI, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, 3PM, FT% - additional value with the injuries in Chicago
Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, CHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
Cristiano Felicio, C, CHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB
Coby White, PG, CHI, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM - additional value with Dunn being out
Ryan Arcidiacono, PG, CHI, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, 3PM - additional value with Dunn being out
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, PHI, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK - buyer beware: with the 76ers acquiring a few players just before the trade deadline his future role is unknown
Shake Milton, PG/SG, PHI, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM - buyer beware: with the 76ers acquiring a few players just before the trade deadline his future role is unknown + with Josh Richardson now back from injury he could be close to being irrelevant

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 17/18

The waiver wire is where leagues are won and lost. The draft is long past and now your rosters feel completely different if you are even moderately active. Players come and go due to poor performances and/or injury all the time. Staying on top of your needs is essential to winning matchups and grinding your way to a championship.

As a reminder for most leagues, it is crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling, and player injuries are all things to consider. Make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents.

Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now, let's get prepared for Week 17/18.

 

Week 17/18 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

*Securing your categorical needs at this point is important, especially if you're playing in head-to-head leagues*

Columns are written based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

PJ Washington - PF - Charlotte Hornets (40% owned) 

With Marvin Williams bought out, P.J. Washington has a chance to continue his strong rookie campaign. He was already playing a good amount of minutes per game prior to Williams' departure but maybe this opens up a few shots and increases his usage. Washington's free throw percentage is a major bummer but if you can circumvent the negative impact, he is a solid add for boards and stocks while providing decent points, threes, and a field goal bump. He is coming off of an ankle injury which kept him out for a few games and is likely going to be rusty until after the All-Star Break. Hopefully, he gets a second wind after a few more days off and provides top-120 numbers the rest of the way. He's an end-of-bench add for 12-team leagues and more appropriate for those in shallower formats.

Shabazz Napier - PG - Washington Wizards (25% owned) 

Shabazz Napier's season has been a bit of a rollercoaster. At first, he was playing behind Jeff Teague, then he had the opportunity to start and thrived (fantasy-wise), then he's traded to Denver, and then immediately dealt to the Wizards. Washington is an ideal landing spot for him because, to be honest, there are not many starting jobs available for point guards in the NBA, particularly smaller ones who cannot defend. The Wizards starting point guard at the moment is Ish Smith who, with all due respect, is not very good. Napier has performed well enough over the past few games that he could find himself in a pseudo-starting role where he plays 30-minutes per game off of the bench and maybe even cracks the starting lineup eventually. For now, that is up in the air but his performances of late are promising. You mainly want him for his assists, the points, threes, rebounds, and occasional steals are just a bonus.

Gary Trent Jr. - SG - Portland Trail Blazers (14% owned)

Gary Trent Jr. would be more of a story out of Portland if Damian Lillard was not overshadowing the entire league as a whole. While Lillard is averaging around 40 points per game over his past 10 games, Trent is finding his footing in the league with several solid shooting performances. Over the past month, he is averaging double-digit points with nearly three threes and rebounds and a steal per game. What makes this so fantasy viable is that his efficiency is incredible. Trent Jr. is shooting roughly 50 percent from the field and 85 percent from free throw (although he does not get there much) and most impressive of all, the dude just does not turn the ball over. Trent has one turnover since January 18th. He is an add in all 12-team and deeper leagues.

De'Anthony Melton - SG - Memphis Grizzlies (12% owned)

Melton's been brutal over the past few games but we cannot ignore the impact that Crowder's absence will have on his usage and potential fantasy output. Prior to the trade, Melton was already putting up top-150 numbers in limited minutes per game (roughly 20). Now, he ha an opportunity to soak up between 25-28 if his coach allows for it and he could be a major fantasy asset. Melton's bread and butter are his steals and assists while he also does not hurt your percentages or turnovers. If he can score double-digit points per game soon, he will be a must-add in almost every 10-team and deeper league. He's a speculative add for now with great potential.

Kevin Porter Jr. - SF - Cleveland Cavaliers (7% owned)

Kevin Porter Jr. is showing up over the past two weeks. He's scoring well, hitting threes, grabbing steals and nabbing a few assists and boards. He is not the best add in the world given that the scoring could hit a lull (as is typical with rookies) but for anybody that needs points, he's a worthwhile waiver add. KPJ's role increased with the Jordan Clarkson trade and he is seemingly making the most of it. His minutes are in the high-20's and he has cemented himself as a capable sixth-man for Cleveland this season. He could find a starting role before years end but that probably does not affect his fantasy production much, especially if he's going up against starters. The increase in play-time would offset that spike in competition. We still do not know how much Andre Drummond's arrival will impact the team so KPJ is a volatile add who should be dumped at the first sign of struggle in 12-plus teamers.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 17/18)

This is going to be a very short week for standard fantasy leagues, but luckily every team is going to play at least once before the All-Star Break starts. If you are looking to make trades over this time, the earlier the better. The longer you wait, the more leverage you lose when it comes to upside and trying to make the most of a trade. Send out as many trade offers as you can and do what you can to get what you want.

Players like James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis have carried you this far, but be careful because all three of those players are likely to miss more and more games with the season winding down. On the other hand, players like Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, and Trae Young have been studs all season and show no signs of slowing down as the fantasy season gets closer and closer to playoffs.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 17/18

Seth Curry, PG/SG – Dallas Mavericks

Ownership: 14%

11.3 PPG /  2.2 RPG /  .470 FG% /  1.9 APG  

Seth Curry jumped up the rankings with his last game, scoring 26 points in 27 minutes, shooting with incredibly efficiency and filling in some other categories as well. Dallas plays two more times this week, Monday against the Jazz and Wednesday versus the Kings. Outside of one game this season, every time Curry has played either the Kings or Jazz, he has scored or has been close to scoring 20 or more points.

Even in the game he only scored 19 points, he posted four rebounds and four assists to go along with it. Curry has adopted a much bigger scoring role over the past two games and with only two more games left before a significant break, I don't expect him to stop shooting.

 

Jordan McLaughlin, PG – Minnesota Timberwolves

Ownership: 5%

6.9 PPG /  1.8 RPG /  .456 FG% /  3.9 APG  

D'Angelo Russell will be making his debut as the Timberwolves point guard soon, but until that is certain, Jordan McLaughlin, while very untimely, has been playing incredibly well. Minnesota had their best game of the season against the Clippers, and even though it was really just Karl-Anthony Towns, Malik Beasley, and McLaughlin doing all the scoring, that dynamic is likely to fade away rather quickly with Russell joining the offense.

Even with Russell, McLaughlin is deserving of minutes and a spot in the rotation simply because of how good he has been on both sides of the ball. Looking strictly at the numbers, the production is there and since he is facing the Raptors and Hornets with his last two games before break, the upside is there as well.

 

Marquese Chriss, PF/C – Sacramento Kings

Ownership 37%

 8.3 PPG /  .533 FG% /  5.5 RPG / 1.0 BPG

This is right below the maximum ownership for a waiver wire add to be considered "deep," but since Marquese Chriss, technically, should still be available in most leagues, he needs to be added. At first he was producing, but the Warriors weren't winning so Chriss was sent to the G-League for a few games, only to be called back up and given a contract. After he posted the best game of his career last outing, the Warriors can't do much but give the ball to the few players they have and let them do what they can while they are hot.

It'll be much easier for Chriss now that there is another serious offensive threat in the rotation, but don't let that distract you from the fact that Chriss plays better when he's not doing all the work. The more spacing he has, the better chance he has to produce.

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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 16

Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA Recap. In this feature, we will highlight one key fantasy basketball takeaway from each night during the past week. These viewpoints can be both positive and negative and will hopefully help to provide insight into different roster moves you should consider making.

Fantasy basketball has a lot of moving pieces with all the different scoring settings that are possible to play under, so I will always do my best to spotlight where players gain or lose value in certain game types.

Without further ado, let's get right into the 16th week of the season and try to figure out how to take advantage of what we saw transpire.

 

Monday, February 3rd

Markelle Fultz Hands Out Career-High 14 Dimes

Markelle Fultz set a new career-high with 14 assists on Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets, adding 12 points, one rebound, two steals and one three-pointer in 35 minutes of action.

Despite the potential to record a handful of assists and steals nightly, Fultz struggles to carry much weight in other statistical categories. When given a choice on complete slates, the former number one pick slots in better as a shooting guard for your lineup because his numbers check out as stronger for a two-guard, but his lack of three-point shooting is a negative that needs to be weighed into your analysis.

If Fultz is sitting on your waiver wire, he is a solid addition in leagues with 14 or more players, but it is difficult to become overly enthusiastic in standard settings because of his lack of explosiveness anywhere on the board.

 

Tuesday, February 4th

What To Do With Kyle Kuzma?

If you take away two of Kyle Kuzma's last three games, it has been a frustrating season for the Los Angeles forward. Stuck in Anthony Davis' shadow, Kuzma has failed to produce anything outside of scoring for fantasy owners this year, and even that has been hit-and-miss from a game-to-game perspective.

On Tuesday, Kuzma had one of his best contests of the season, tallying 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds and four assists on seven of 11 shooting, but it is difficult to tell if this is just the Lakers attempting to showcase one of their assets or if he has turned the corner.

Assuming Kuzma does not get moved by the real NBA trade deadline, I would first attempt to move him via trade in your league. Seventy percent of fantasy settings on Yahoo still have Kuzma on a roster, so there is a perceived market for him. Including the former University of Utah player in a two-for-one trade is my preferred route to go, but it also doesn't hurt to see what you can get as a swap. It is tough to win in fantasy when you have a one-dimensional player that adds nothing to your team but points, and that is what you are currently getting out of the 2017 draft pick.

UPDATE: Kyle Kuzma was not moved during the trade deadline and struggled on Thursday night, contributing four points and six rebounds. That won't help his value, but it is still worth trying to see what you can get. 

 

Wednesday, February 5th

Christian Wood Is a Must-Add For Many Reasons

I am re-writing my initial post because it is no longer speculation on if Andre Drummond will be shipped out of Detroit, and I'd prefer to cover this now with what we know to be true.

The Pistons decided to dispatch Drummond in a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday and essentially got back some popcorn and half a movie ticket. Wood was an add regardless of what transpired over the week, but the former UNLV star becomes one of the best acquisitions on the waiver wire with the old face of Detroit gone.

In games this season where Drummond did not play, Wood averaged (per-36 minutes) 22.9 points, 12.0 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 triples on a 60/36/75 shooting line. From personal experience of watching Wood up close and personal when he attended UNLV, I can safely say that his three-point shooting and block numbers are not a fluke. Wood's length in the paint is an issue for opposing teams, and his ability to stretch defenses to the perimeter is something that will continue to present problems.

 

Thursday, January 30th

Elfrid Peyton Gets Perfect Trade Deadline

The trade deadline couldn't have gone much better for Elfrid Peyton, who not only avoided getting moved to a contender to work as a backup point guard but also remained in line for the bulk of the minutes after the Knicks failed to acquire anyone behind him.

Peyton has been magnificent over his previous two games, averaging 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, 12.0 assists and 4.0 steals.  Head coach Michael Miller has praised Payton since taking the job and appears ready to let the 2014 draft pick run the show for the team after they decided to move on from leading scorer Marcus Morris.

Peyton has a legit chance to carve out top 50 value and beyond in all settings and is someone I am okay with trying to acquire during his hot streak because I still dont believe most owners will view him in the right range.

 

Friday, January 31st

Furkan Korkmaz Erupts For 34 Points

I'd be cautious and avoid chasing Furkan Korkmaz's stat line of 34 points and seven three-pointers against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Both of those statistics listed above were career highs, and while Korkmaz has shown during portions of his career that big numbers are possible, playing time won't always be as pristine as he got on Friday night. Josh Richardson did make his return to the lineup but only was able to play 15 minutes with the 76ers easing him back, and it didn't hurt matters for him that Joel Embiid missed the entire second half with a stiff neck.

I don't mind Korkmaz as a short-term addition to your fantasy squad, but the ceiling and floor both collapse once Philadelphia gets everyone back healthy.

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NBA Trade Deadline - Fantasy Basketball Winners and Losers

The NBA's trade deadline has past, and the past three days of trades have been an adventure. It started with a four-teamer that sent Clint Capela to Atlanta and Robert Covington to Houston, then culminated a smattering of last hour deals, including Andre Drummond getting shipped to Cleveland.

A lot happened, which is why RotoBaller is here to help you sort it all out.

Below, you'll find my picks for the biggest fantasy winners and losers of this year's NBA trade deadline.

 

Trade Deadline Winners

Andrew Wiggins- G/F - Golden State Warriors

The Warriors traded D'Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins in a deal that seems odd on the surface, since Russell's the better short and long term asset. But concerns about how D'Lo fits with Golden State's (hopefully) healthy core next year abounded, and the Timberwolves really wanted him, and now Wiggins is a Warrior.

While I think Wiggins' value starting next season drops, he should put up strong statistical numbers in the short term in Golden State, since Curry is out and their other top two scorers on the year aren't on the team now. Between Russell and Alec Burks, Golden State's got 39.7 points per game to replace, and that's not to mention Glenn Robinson III getting moved as well.

Wiggins is going to be asked to be the team's number-one option for now, and while that could result in a drop in efficiency, it should also lead to Wiggins putting up even higher counting stats than he already was.

Andre Iguodala - G/F - Miami Heat

Iguodala goes from sitting at home and not playing for Memphis to actually showing up and playing for the Heat, so it's a no-brainer that he gets tagged as a winner here.

How much of a winner is a different story. Should you roster Iggy? He has the potential to be a good player, but his value is much more as a postseason player than a regular season player at this juncture of his career. Will his seven points and five rebounds per game help you in your fantasy leagues? Maybe not, but he's a cheap option who has a chance to play important minutes, so for now he's a winner.

Christian Wood - F/C - Detroit Pistons

The Pistons traded away Andre Drummond, which means Christian Wood will be the team's starting center moving forward. He's played well lately, with his last five games seeing him average 15.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.4 steals on 51 percent shooting. The Pistons are a mess at this point, and Wood will get a chance to prove that he can be the team's center moving forward. Based on his per-36 numbers, Wood should excel in this expanded role.

Robert Covington - F - Houston Rockets

Houston has committed to always being small, which means Covington will get lots of minutes at the four. He took seven threes in his Rockets debut -- 0.5 more than his season average, and a likely a lower number than he'll end up averaging over the rest of the year. He should see his scoring and rebounding averages go up, with his field goal percentage increasing because he'll be playing with James Harden and Russell Westbrook, both good passers who also help open up space for RoCo to drain open corner looks.

Shabazz Napier - G - Washington Wizards

On Wednesday, Napier was traded to Denver. That would have been bad, as Napier finding minutes on that team would have been tough based on their construction. But on Thursday, he became a Wizard, and the path to Napier averaging double-digit points the rest of the way seems to be pretty open.

 

Trade Deadline Losers

Tristan Thompson - F/C - Cleveland Cavaliers

As long as he isn't bought out, Thompson -- who was already trending down -- is now behind Andre Drummond, which...you don't want to be behind the double-double machine that is Andre Drummond. Plus, we're not even sure if Cleveland intends to play Thompson the rest of the way, so there's that!

Alec Burks - G/F - Philadelphia 76ers

I love Burks's fit in Philly, but the minutes that he was getting in Golden State just won't be there. The Sixers rely too much on their starters, and while Burks can have a positive impact on this team winning basketball games, his scoring average will take a significant dive in his new role. See also: Glenn Robinson III.

Danuel House - F - Houston Rockets

I love House, but Robert Covington now occupies his role. We saw his minutes drop back into the 20s on Thursday, and he took just four threes, his fewest since January 24th. A drop in usage will lead to a drop in results.

Clint Capela - C - Atlanta Hawks

Good piece for the Hawks in the future -- I'm salivating at the idea of Trae Young and Clint Capela pick-and-rolls, since Capela is such a good finisher -- but the Hawks at 14-38 and have no viable shot at a playoff spot, even in the Eastern Conference. It's hard to imagine Capela getting back on the floor anytime soon as he deals with a heel injury.

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Josh Okogie (SG/SF, MIN): Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 31% of leagues

ANALYSIS: The Timberwolves have changed more than half of the players in their roster during the past few days leading up to the trade deadline. The team is barely recognizable and one of his stars during the past five seasons, Andrew Wiggins, has left to open the path for D'Angelo Russell to take that label going forward. One of the survivors to the shuffle, Josh Okogie, has flown under the radar all season and improved his game on a steady basis during the last month.

Although Okogie had a slow start to the season, he has averaged 11.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, and 1.6 spg going back to Jan. 11. That day marked Okogie's best performance of the year when he finished with a 16-5-5-4-1 line against Houston in 30 minutes. Back then, those minutes were a total outlier in Okogie's game log. These days, though, Okogie is playing an average of almost 28 minutes per night and he even started the last couple of Minny's games. In the aforementioned span (from Jan. 11 on) Okogie has logged 24+ minutes in 10 games and in all but three of them he's scored at least 12 points while contributing almost 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

One of Okogie's strengths comes in the shooting department, as he's not someone to rely on from the three-point line (just 0.6 3pm per game on the season) but he excels on the mid-range and interior game hitting 47.6% of his shots from the floor since Jan. 11. Another good trait are his free-throws, as he's taking an average of 4 fta per game while scoring them at a 72.3% clip. The addition of Malik Beasley might impact his numbers, but I'd advise picking him up (if you have room) until we know more as you'll always have time to drop him later.


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Jordan Clarkson (PG/SG, UTA): Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 32% of leagues

ANALYSIS: If you read our Waiver Wire blurbs weekly then you know I wrote about Malik Monk last weekend. It was surprising to find Monk with a very low ownership rate, but seeing Clarkson rostered in just 32% of Yahoo leagues is truly insane. Clarkson has played 50 games this season, 29 with Cleveland and 21 in Utah. The underlying numbers are pretty much the same in both stints but for someone constantly dropping 15 points with upside to reach the 20s and great shooting percentages the ownership is ground-level low.

Clarkson is entering the All-Star Week having scored at least 12 points in five consecutive games with highs of 20 and 37 against San Antonio and Denver respectively. His minutes of playing time in Utah are near the 25 per game and he's on a healthy diet of around 12 field goal attempts per game of which he's hitting 45.7 percent of them since moving to Salt Lake City.

While Clarkson's averages in the rest of categories are not mind-blowing (2.4 rpg, 2 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.3 bpg on the season), his shooting is well worth having him rostered. Clarkson is finishing a quite high 25% of Utah's possessions on offense with just 1.2 turnovers per game on the season, which is reasonable considering his high shooting percentages. More than a capable player and a must-have in deeper leagues, probably in 12-team ones if he improves a bit in the secondary stat categories.


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Glenn Robinson III (SG/SF, PHI): Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 26% of leagues

ANALYSIS: When it comes to recently traded players it's always hard to assess the value they will have in their new surroundings. Enter Glenn Robinson III, who is moving from a 31+ minutes starting role to a championship contender in which he will ride the pine and see his minutes cut way shorter. No matter what, I still see Robinson as a more than valuable player to get in your team, only knowing his upside won't be as high as it's been to this point.

In his 48 games for the Warriors this season Robinson has averaged 12.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, and 1.2 stocks. Those are definitely good numbers. Only 62 players in the NBA are averaging them, which might seem a big number but is not that high considering each team puts five starters on the court and there are 30 teams in the league, so only 40% of the starters are getting there, let alone rotation players, etc. The problem for Robinson will be keeping up that line while playing on a lesser role and fewer minutes, as he's averaging that line on 31.6 mpg.

The move to Philadelphia will turn Robinso into a specialist with most of his fantasy value coming from his three-point scoring prowess (1.4 per game on a 40 percent shooting beyond the arc). That is what made me change him from a 12-team league target to a 14-team or deeper one. If you happen to be part of one of those deeper leagues go for him. If not, you might want to pass as he won't be a heavy-minutes guy anymore.


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Marquese Chriss (PF/C, GS): Week 17 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 24% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Talk about an impactful trade! The Warriors flipped D'Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins and the winner was... Marquese Chriss!? Well, not directly, but at least in his last game he definitely showed what he's capable of by dropping 26 points on the Lakers to go with 9 rebounds, and 1-1-2 assists, steals, and blocks. I've lost almost all hope in Chriss becoming CHRISS, but hey, the signs aren't bad at all.

Marquese Chriss is far from what we all thought he could be when he was drafted high back in the day, but it looks like he's founding his place in Golden State. Chriss has been just another two-way contract player averaging an 8-6-2 line this season until he started to bolster his numbers starting around three weeks ago. Since Jan. 20 he has started seven of nine games and posted averages of 13.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, and 1.5 bpg while playing at least 21 minutes in each of those starts and an average of 26.

The Warriors 2020 season is nothing resembling their recent exploits and they will keep relying on players like Chriss nightly. That bodes well for the still-young big man, who will now have Andrew Wiggins next to him. The usage isn't high at around 17% in his last seven games so the presence of AW shouldn't impact his numbers a lot. The most impressive stats are coming at the field goal percentage (68.2% in his last 10 games) and points categories.


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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 16

The product on the NBA court this week is not as important as the drama taking place off it. By the time you read this, it's possible that the Feb. 6 trade deadline has come and gone, and perhaps the landscape of the league is noticeably different.

We got an advanced taste of this frenzied week when the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Denver Nuggets took part in a mega 12-player trade with noticeable names like Clint Capela and Robert Covington being moved.

The ramifications of this stretch from a fantasy perspective are clear. Some players are forced to split minutes with a new acquisition while others see a hole in the rotation open for their services. It's a case by case basis that might affect some of the guys found on this list, but time will be the only way to truly tell. Here are five mid-week waiver wire pickup options for Week 16 of the NBA fantasy season.

 

Week 16 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Reggie Jackson - PG/SG - Detroit Pistons - 36% owned

Don't let a recent three-point, one of 16 shooting performance fool you. Reggie Jackson has been productive since missing nearly three months, averaging 15.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.1 three-pointers in 26.1 minutes a night in the seven games he's played.

Outside of Derrick Rose, the Pistons lack consistent scoring options, especially from the perimeter. It's why they rank 19th in efficiency and 22nd in scoring. Those figures could only dip further if Detroit decides to ship Rose out before the trade deadline.

The Pistons are slowly easing Jackson back into the fold after his extended absence, but they are sure to ramp up his playing time after the All-Star break.

Whether Rose remains or not, Jackson's ballhandling will afford him control of Detroit's below-average offense. He might be better in points leagues on account of a sub-40 shooting percentage, but he should be reliable for solid stat lines on a nightly basis as he gets his legs back under him.

Dorian Finney-Smith - SF/PF - Dallas Mavericks - 23% owned

No single player on the Dallas Mavericks was going to replace the production of Luka Doncic. To keep steady as the All-Star rehabs a sprained ankle, several players would have to pitch in, and Dorian Finney-Smith has been one of those guys.

Since Doncic went down three games ago, Finney-Smith has managed to contribute across the board with averages of 16.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3.0 three-point makes a game.

That's incredible across the board production from a player known more for his high energy defensive acumen.

Finney-Smith doesn't have a long history of consistent statistical production, but it appears to be a likely bet that he'll keep up this level of play to try and make sure Dallas doesn't collapse in the absence of Doncic.

Bruce Brown Jr. - SG - Detroit Pistons - 15% owned

On the aforementioned Detroit Pistons team in desperate need of some offensive sources with one eye to the future, Bruce Brown Jr. has been given north of 27 minutes per game in an attempt to evaluate potential assets moving forward.

The results have so far been mixed for the sophomore guard, who follows up stretches of encouraging play with immense scoring struggles.

It's been Detroit's last two games where Brown's game has been more on the rise, cobbling together a combined 31 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists. It's not a coincidence that two of Brown's highest minute totals on the season led to this production with playing time in the high 30s.

If the Pistons intend to have the 23-year-old Brown come close to the 40-minute mark, there's a route that has him put up similar numbers for a team slowly falling out of the playoff picture. Here's to hoping he can continue capitalizing on it.

Malik BeasleyPG/SG - Minnesota Timberwolves - 6% owned

Even before a massive four-team, 12-player trade sent him to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Malik Beasley was trending upwards with averages of 14.0 points and 3.3 three-pointers a game over his last three outings.

Having departed from a crowded rotation that offered sporadic opportunities, Beasley is part of a Timberwolves team in need of some perimeter assistance.

A talented two-guard in his own right, Beasley averaged 11.3 points and 2.0 three-pointers in just 23.2 minutes a game last season. Expect Minnesota to afford the pending restricted free agent a similar role at the minimum, trusting Beasley to help pull the team out of their struggles with the chance to show off the talent that has sparingly seen the light of day so far in his career.

Shake Milton - PG/SG - Philadelphia 76ers - 5% owned

As the Philadelphia 76ers desperately search for shooting wherever they can find it, Shake Milton has emerged as an unlikely source of offense for a team still ironing out its imbalanced roster while coping with the absence of Josh Richardson.

The former late second-round pick has scored in double figures in four straight games, all starts, highlighted by the career-high 27 points he dropped against Atlanta. During that stretch, he's averaged 15.0 points on 54.1 percent shooting to go with 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals a game.

Losers of three straight with just a 6-4 record over their last 10 games, Philly is desperately trying to search for the right pieces to fit this oddly-shaped roster.

A trade that brings in some external assistance could derail Milton's ascent up the depth chart, but the Sixers seem to be relying on him a lot more compared to the start of the season. With Richardson still on the mend, there's no reason to think that will change as long as the current roster remains intact past the deadline.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 16

Welcome to Rotation Watch! Each week this article will break down who is gaining and who is losing minutes around the NBA. Fantasy managers want the players that are getting the opportunity to shine, not the ones who are sitting on the bench and watching from the sidelines.

The NBA Trade Deadline is Feb. 4th. That means a lot of next week's Rotation Watch will review who got shipped and who stayed put. The trade machine was reasonably quiet until late Tuesday night when the Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, and Minnesota Timberwolves orchestrated a huge four-team, 12-player swap that will surely have ramifications on playing time for those four teams. NBA Twitter is trying to figure out who won the trade, or if there even is a winner. I'll leave that debate alone for now, but I can say with confidence that one of those 12 players is about to lose a lot of minutes and affect some fantasy basketball playoff-contending teams during the stretch run.

Let's start searching those box scores from Jan. 27th to Feb. 2nd and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Shabazz Napier (PG - Denver Nuggets)

Season: 23.8 Minutes per Game

Week 15: 32.9 Minutes per Game

Let's start this week's article on a down note. Shabazz Napier was one of the 12 players involved in Tuesday night's mega swap and could be the biggest loser of this entire trade. During Week 16, Napier average 32.9 minutes for the Timberwolves as a starter. In Denver, he will not only join a loaded backcourt with Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and Monte Morris, but he will compete for band-handling duties with Will Barton and two-time All-Star Nikola Jokic.

It's crushing for the sixth-year guard's fantasy value as he had started the previous 22 games for Minnesota and averaged 11.4 points, 6.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in over 27 minutes per game. Those numbers will all dip in the Mile High City, and Napier should see his ownership percentage crater unless there is a new injury to the Denver backcourt. Napier is droppable in any league with more than 14 teams due to his lack of upside in his new city.

 

Josh Hart (SG - New Orleans Pelicans)

Season: 28.2 Minutes per Game

Week 15: 26.4 Minutes per Game

Brandon Ingram has ascended to an All-Star level talent, Lonzo Ball is the starting point guard for one of the most exciting young teams in the Association, and then there is Josh Hart. The New Orleans Pelicans guard has become the forgotten piece in the Anthony Davis trade. The third-year player has only started 11 of 44 games this season but showed us flashes of his potential during a couple of his Week 16 matches.

For the week, he averaged 26.4 minutes, 9.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and one block across three games. Those averages dropped due to a two-point, 21-minute performance against the Cavaliers. In the following two games, against the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston, Hart collected two double-doubles while shooting 50 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from behind the three-point line. Statistically, they were the best back-to-back performances for the former-Laker since early November.

There's been a lot of smoke about a Jrue Holiday to Denver trade (RIP Shabazz Napier and Monte Morris' playing time), and Hart would make the most sense to step in and take on a majority of those missing minutes. There are maybe four to five weeks left in your fantasy basketball season for head-to-head leagues, and now is the time to take fliers. Still, Hart could turn into a solid role player that complements your team's superstars and turns you from a playoff contender to a championship favorite.

 

Danuel House (SG, SF - Houston Rockets)

Season: 30.5 Minutes per Game

Week 15: 36.1 Minutes per Game

NBA teams are allowed 15 players on a roster at any time, but Houston Head Coach Mike D'Antoni only seems to see eight guys every night when he looks down his bench. That type of strategy will kill the championship aspirations for a team like the Rockets in late-May during the playoffs. Luckily, we, as fantasy basketball managers, don't have to worry about these kinds of problems and can use D'Antoni's crazy rotations to our advantage. One of those advantages is Danuel House.

House averaged 36.1 minutes during his four Week 16 games and was able to average 13.3 points, 7.5 boards, 2.0 threes, and 11.5 field goal attempts per game. He had a clunker of a game last Tuesday against the Trail Blazers on national television but sandwiched a couple of double-double performances around it. On Monday night, with a shorthanded Rockets team, House dropped 21 points and 11 rebounds against the Jazz in Utah. Then on Super Bowl Sunday, the fourth-year forward had 12 points and 12 rebounds against the New Orleans Pelicans.

House's ceiling will always be limited by his two, ball-dominate teammates in James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but in 14-team leagues or deeper, he is well worth an add for a sneaky supply of points, three-pointers, and some surprising rebounds.

 

Taurean Prince (SF, PF - Brooklyn Nets)

Season: 29.9 Minutes per Game

Week 15: 28.6 Minutes per Game

As basketball fans, we heard about the Brooklyn Nets and their two prized additions over the summer in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but those two are hardly affecting the Nets and their results on the court during the 2019-20 season. It's another offseason add in forward Taurean Prince that seems to be making the most significant impact of all the Nets summer moves.

The fourth-year forward has logged 25-plus minutes in 14 of his 17 games in 2020 and is averaging a respectable 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.4 made threes. In Week 16, he upped his performance across three games with 13.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. Last Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, Prince was the King as he had 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting, seven rebounds, and four steals to help the Nets win for the first time in two weeks.

He has acquitted himself admirably to the New York atmosphere, and although Brooklyn is a softer landing spot than Madison Square Garden, the former-Atlanta Hawk has transitioned himself well to his new team. The shooting ratios are a little lower than most fantasy managers would like, but Prince is a worthy of a roster spot in most formats thanks to his modest counting stats in points, rebounds, and three-pointers.

 

Davis Bertans (C - Washington Wizards)

Season: 29.3 Minutes per Game

Week 15: 29.3 Minutes per Game

There are three forwards in the NBA that average 15 points per game, and 3.0 made threes per game. One is Paul George, the other is Danilo Gallinari, and the final player is Davis Bertans. Now those are pretty specific parameters to make a list, but Goerge and Gallinari play the loaded forward position while Bertans is eligible at the center spot. The Wizards forward hit his 8.4 three-point attempts per game at a 42.9 percent rate. That makes him the ninth-best three-point shooter in the entire league. How is he still available is 45 percent of leagues?

Bertans has popped up in Rotation Watch a couple of times this season, but there remain some fantasy managers that will not bite on the career year. He had a down Week 16 but was still able to contribute 10.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 block, and 2.7 made threes per game for the 52.1 percent of fantasy basketball teams he is on.

Looking at his season averages makes me daydream about his potential when he is not splitting minutes in a rotation with Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura. He is an attractive piece to add for a contender at the trade deadline and could net the Washington Wizards a reasonable return during their strange rebuilding phase. I don't want to put him in this article next week, but I will if his ownership hasn't picked up. Snag Davis Bertans if you require threes or stable ratios from your center position.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 16

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 16.

 

Guards

Bruce Brown Jr., Detroit Pistons

The Pistons have been an injury-riddled mess all year, and Brown had a binge earlier this season. He went  off in a back-to-back set this week with 19 points, 10 boards and eight dimes Sunday and 12 points, seven boards and four assists Monday. The Pistons are going nowhere and are looking to move some veteran guards, which will open an even bigger lane for Brown to fill. We're buying his stock.

Terence Davis, Toronto Raptors

The rookie is coming off a career-high 31 points and six three-pointers, but it was just his third time in double figures in the last nine games. Guard Norman Powell (finger) is out indefinitely with a fractured finger, and Davis could have an opening for more production. If he's floating on waivers, give him the speculative grab.

Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets

The third-year man from Iowa State has seen increased minutes with injuries to the backcourt, and he looks to be gaining a comfort level. He had 19 points, seven boards and seven dimes in their most recent game. Point guard Jamal Murray (ankle), small forward Michael Porter Jr. (ankle) and power forward Paul Millsap (knee) are all banged up. Morris and shooting guard Malik Beasley's development is critical right now with the Nuggets in third place in the West. Both players should be owned in deeper formats.

 

Forwards

Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks

Finney-Smith has gone on an offensive run the last three games with 16.3 points and 8.7 boards per game. Power forward  Kristaps Porzingis (knee) missed one of those games, and guard/forward Luka Doncic (ankle) remains out, which has thrust Finney-Smith into the spotlight. He's a slept-on player that could be available in deeper formats, and this is a good time to stream him.

Cody Martin, Charlotte Hornets                                                                             

The second-round pick opened eyes with 13 points, eight boards, three assists and three steals Monday. It was just his third time scoring in double figures this year, which makes him the ultimate pickup based on speculation.

 

Centers

Moritz Wagner, Washington Wizards

Wagner (ankle) returned from a five-week absence Monday, and he posted eight points and two boards in 12 minutes of action. The Wizards are thin in the frontcourt, and it's a matter of  time before they start phasing 33-year-old Ian Mahinmi out. Wagner figures to eat up some of those minutes.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 16

The waiver wire is where leagues are won and lost. The draft is long past and now your rosters feel completely different if you are even moderately active. Players come and go due to poor performances and/or injury all the time. Staying on top of your needs is essential to winning matchups and grinding your way to a championship.

As a reminder for most leagues, it is crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling, and player injuries are all things to consider. Make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents.

Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now, let's get prepared for Week 16.

 

Week 16 Schedule

4 Games - Pacers, Mavericks, Magic, Grizzlies, Spurs, Pistons, Rockets, Hawks, Heat, Nets, Knicks, Trail Blazers, Suns, Clippers, 76ers, Celtics

3 Games - Raptors, Bucks, Lakers, Pelicans, Jazz, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Kings, Warriors, Wizards, Hornets, Raptors

2 Games - Bulls

 

Week 16 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

*Securing your categorical needs at this point is important, especially if you're playing in head-to-head leagues*

Columns are written based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Jalen Brunson - PG - Dallas Mavericks (26% owned)

18/8/7

13/11/4

10/11/7

11/7/3

21/9/4

7/3/3

27/8/4

These are Brunson's points/assists/rebounds when Luka Doncic has been injured or out. Pick him up and hold for as long as Luka is out.

Josh Hart - SG - New Orleans Pelicans (32% owned)

Hart's role presumptively should have been diminished with Zion's arrival, however, the opposite has occurred. Hart's production has seen a solid bump in recent weeks as he is producing consistent threes, stocks, and rebounds. His minutes are in the high-twenties and although he does not score too much, he is too valuable to leave on the waiver wire in 12-plus teamers. The occasional dud should be expected given the nature of his usage and play but he is a great glue-guy for most fantasy rosters.

Malik Beasley - SG - Denver Nuggets (14% owned) 

Malik Beasley is back in the Nuggets' rotation of late and has been pretty decent. His field goal percentage is abysmal but at least he is scoring double-digit points per game since January 16th and racking up steals. Beasley is only playing so much because Jamal Murray is injured and should be dropped if he remains in Denver past the deadline. Nevertheless, his name has been circulated around the trade circuit all year and due to his restricted status in this upcoming offseason, it should be expected that he is elsewhere by Friday.

Monte Morris - PG - Denver Nuggets (10% owned) 

Monte Morris is playing some solid ball since Jamal Murray went down with an ankle sprain. He is averaging 12 points, five assists, three rebounds, a steal and two threes with great efficiency over the past two weeks (essentially top-100 production). He is not going to overwhelm you anywhere but is great for this all-around production and should continue to provide value in the five games leading up to the All-Star Break.

Malik Monk - SG - Charlotte Hornets (7% owned)

Malik Monk is tricky to spin here. On one hand, he has played decently well (fantasy-wise) over the past five games and could get traded this week to a team that increases his usage. On the other hand, he has been extremely streaky throughout his NBA career and could land in an unfavorable situation that hinders him further. Monk is not much more than an upside play for a 14-plus team league. His value lies in scoring and threes.

Terence Davis - SG - Toronto Raptors (5% owned) 

Davis just went off for 31 points (with six threes) this past Sunday. That is great and so is the fact that he will have an expanded role with Norman Powell indefinitely out with a finger injury. However, he did not do much else besides score. His per-36 numbers are extremely promising, especially with how efficient he's been this season, however, it is typically hard to trust rookies, especially those fighting for usage among a talented group of guards like Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Vleet. He's an add in 12-plus team leagues if he can come close to repeating Sunday's performance.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 16)

The Portland Trail Blazers have had an interesting season to say the least. Not only have they been carried by Damian Lillard for the past month or so, but if it weren't for players like C.J. McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Rodney Hood, and a few others stepping up at just the right time, this explosion from Lillard might not have ever happened. Recently, it's been all Lillard in Portland. There are few players posting better stats and with his 48 points per game average over the past two two weeks, there isn't any sign of him slowing down just yet. He will, just not yet.

This is Lillard's comfort zone. He plays better when the team needs him and although this would start to take a toll on any player, we still haven't even reached the All-Star break and Lillard is still streaking upwards. He will experience a cooling off period at some point, but this isn't some generic rotational player, this is Damian Lillard and this could just be his year.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 16

Shake Milton, PG/SG  – Philadelphia 76ers

Ownership: 6%

6.6 PPG /  2.2 RPG /  .446 FG% /  1.3 APG  

Even with Matisse Thybulle stealing all his thunder, Shake Milton is carving out his own chunk of the 76ers rotational minutes and he is not letting them go to waste. After not playing in more than five consecutive games, he has played in the 76ers last five games, scoring double-digits in the last three, posting no less than four points and four rebounds per game. A low bar is being set, but with no ownership and no real downside, Milton is a perfect replacement for someone who might be dealing with Kyrie Irving, a player who seems to be missing more and more games as we get closer to playoffs. It also doesn't hurt Milton has received at least 20 minutes a game over this five-game span, nearing closer to 25-30 on most of those nights.

 

Danuel House Jr., SG/SF  – Houston Rockets

Ownership: 33%

10.3 PPG /  4.3 RPG /  .420 FG% /  1.2 APG  

There simply isn't much upside to this pick and that's just who Danuel House Jr. is. Nothing against him as a player, he just fills a role for a team that doesn't really require the offense. James Harden and Russell Westbrook have no problem being the only two players taking shots for the Rockets. Sometimes it's a good strategy because they are hitting, other times they struggle and House get's to clean up in terms of production. Since both Harden and Westbrook have found their struggles at interchanging times, specifically Harden's poor shooting over the past week, House has actually been able to find decent production within his role. It won't last and there isn't a ton of consistency to go along with it, but for the time-being, House is seeing close to a 20% usage rate in his most recent games and that should continue until the much needed All-Star break.

 

Dewayne Dedmon, PF/C– Sacramento Kings

Ownership 35%

 5.2 PPG /  .411 FG% /  4.7 RPG / 0.6 BPG

At this point I feel like I can just rotate a Kings frontcourt player and throw him in at this part of the article. Excuse the broken record part of this analysis, but until Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley return later this month, there is going to be a gap in the Kings frontcourt. After playing in the past seven of eight contests, starting in five of those seven games, he missed last outing against the Lakers and that is a cause for concern. If Dewayne Dedmon plays, he is always useful in terms of fantasy.

He plays defense and contributes defensive stats, not to mention he plays that role of a traditional center with how he is able to rebound over more athletic players and score on tough defenses. If Dedmon plays, he's worth the roster spot, but that seems skeptical lately, especially seeing how he went from playing 30 minutes and double-doubling against the Clippers to not even playing against the Lakers.

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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 15

Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA Recap. In this feature, we will highlight one key fantasy basketball takeaway from each night during the past week. These viewpoints can be both positive and negative and will hopefully help to provide insight into different roster moves you should consider making.

Fantasy basketball has a lot of moving pieces with all the different scoring settings that are possible to play under, so I will always do my best to spotlight where players gain or lose value in certain game types.

Without further ado, let's get right into the 15th week of the season and try to figure out how to take advantage of what we saw transpire.

 

Monday, January 27th

Eric Gordon Erupts For Career-High 50 Points

With James Harden and Russell Westbrook both out of the lineup, Eric Gordon exploded for a career-high 50 points against the stingy Utah Jazz. Gordon was scalding hot throughout the contest, making 14-of-22 shots from the field, including 16-of-20 free throws and six-of-11 baskets from behind the arc.

Westbrook was given the night off for rest, while Harden missed his second straight game with a thigh bruise. Owners that want to jump ahead of the duos return might want to consider Gordon as a sell-high candidate.

The veteran sharpshooter does add a decent floor for points and threes in deeper leagues, but it is difficult to expect much else out of him at this point in his career. Games like this typically will make someone overreact in your league, and it doesn't hurt to see what you can get in return.

 

Tuesday, January 28th

Malik Monk's Positive Momentum Gets Somewhat Stifled

Malik Monk entered the contest on Tuesday averaging 25.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 triples in 28.0 minutes in his previous two outings but was unable to keep the train fully rolling against the New York Knicks.

Monk struggled from the field throughout the game, scoring 13 points on 33 percent shooting and was only able to provide two rebounds and two assists on the day.

The thing the former Kentucky Wildcat has going for him is that the Hornets have decided to transform into a team that will feature their youth. There is a chance that the team is also attempting to highlight him for trade purposes before the deadline, so I don't mind the idea of holding onto him for another week and seeing how this situation plays out.

 

Wednesday, January 29th

Victor Oladipo Comes Up Clutch In Return

It wasn't the most efficient stat line for Victor Oladipo, who had missed the previous year after suffering a ruptured right quad in early January of 2019, but the Pacers superstar made his impact felt when he was able to drain a three-pointer with 10.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime and eventually into the win column.

It was moderately surprising that Oladipo was given the clearance to play over 20 minutes in his first game back (21 minutes to be exact), but head coach Nate McMillan did say that his star will remain on a 24-minute limit through the All-Star break.

Expect Oladipo to be ruled out for back-to-back sets for the immediate future, but the former second pick in the 2013 draft is finally back to having a bright future in front of him, which is good for not only the Pacers but also all NBA fans.

 

Thursday, January 30th

Bradley Beal Takes Out All-Star Snub on Charlotte Hornets

Bradley Beal played like a man that was informed earlier in the day that he did not make the All-Star team.

Beal erupted for 25 points in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets and eventually settled in on 34 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and six three-pointers.

The Washington Wizards star is set to be the first player in 35 years to score 28-plus points per game and not make the All-Star team, but not everyone in the NBA world is underestimating Beal's talent. Fantasy owners have a potential league-winner on their hands, and his new seek-and-destroy mentality should only help to add to his production.

Friday, January 31st

Mamba Mentality Is Displayed Across NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers were looking for a night of celebration after a week of grieving, and while I hurt for the fans that weren't able to see their team win on the evening they recognized the late, great Kobe Bryant, there is something poetic about Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers pulling the upset on the road.

Bryant built his legacy off of hard work and a no-quit demeanor. That carriage made him Los Angeles' favorite child, but it also earned him status as a hero and icon to millions of people around the world. We see traces of Bryant in countless young players in the league today. He is Kyrie Irving's go-getter attitude of 'clear out and let me go one on five.' And in perhaps the most beautiful elegy that Irving could have bestowed upon his friend and mentor on Friday night, the six-time All-Star dropped 54 points in Brooklyn's 133-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Bryant is also personified in Lillard's killer instinct, which inspired and led his team to a victory over Los Angeles. Knowing Kobe the way that we all feel like we knew him, I can't think of a better competitor for the Lakers to face in their first game since tragically losing the 18-time All-Star than Lillard. Bryant wouldn't have wanted to see an opponent lie down and give less than 110 percent, and I think Lillard made the 'Black Mamba' proud with his performance against his former team.

Even though number 24 might not be with us in the flesh anymore, his game lives on in the players he inspired, and that is something that we are going to have to hold onto during our time of mourning. As LeBron James said during his speech, "In the words of Kobe Bryant, 'Mamba Out' ... but in the words of us, 'Not Forgotten.' RIP Kobe. Your legacy lives on through all of us.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 16 (Feb 3 - Feb 9)

Fantasy playoffs are getting closer and closer and most of us are in a tight battle for either playoff birth or favorable seeding. Every matchup is a step closer or further away from our goal.

Streaming just the right players can be a very useful and powerful tool and help us make that step in the right direction. Here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 16. 

Playoffs - here we come!

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 16

Tuesday with four and Thursday with five games will be the hardest on fantasy owners in Week 16. With all other days having no less than seven games played, it makes sense that we focus on those teams that play on both Tuesday and Thursday.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs

Teams with 3 games:
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Chicago Bulls

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 20
Tuesday: 8
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 10
Friday: 16
Saturday: 18
Sunday: 14

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: CHA, SAS
Tuesday/Wednesday: DEN
Wednesday/Thursday: ORL
Thursday/Friday: HOU, PHI, POR
Friday/Saturday: DAL, DET, IND, PHO, SAC, TOR
Saturday/Sunday: LAC, NYK
Sunday/Monday the following: ATL, MIA, UTA

Days with five or fewer games
Tuesday: 4 games
Thursday: 5 games

Teams playing on both days:
Houston Rockets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
San Antonio Spurs (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Orlando Magic (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
San Antonio Spurs (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Houston Rockets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
New York Knicks (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Chicago Bulls (2 games - Thurs, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
Sacramento Kings (2 games - Mon, Fri, Sat)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
Washington Wizards (3 games - Mon, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Brooklyn Nets (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Charlotte Hornets (3 games - Mon, Tue, Sat)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sun)
Denver Nuggets (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sat)
Golden State Warriors (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 16

There are 10 games on Monday and nine on Wednesday. They should pose little trouble for fantasy owners. On the other hand, Tuesday with four and Thursday with five should prove more challenging.

This is why we will focus on the six teams that play on both Tuesday and Thursday. From this group of teams, Houston, Portland and San Antonio all have four games while the Lakers, the Bucks and the Pelicans play just three times next week.

Even though it's not always a good idea to stream a player who has just three games next week, the good news here is that there are 18 teams that play two games from Friday to Sunday so you can seamlessly replace your initial streamer who has just one game left after Thursday with another who plays two more times in Week 16. Furthermore, the Clippers and the Knicks have a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday. It's quite possible that the Clippers will rest either one or both of their superstars - Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, which could open more minutes for some deep league options like JaMychal Green or Moe Harkless.

 

Streaming Options for Week 16

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (48% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB - buyer beware: missed the game on Friday for unknown reasons
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, POR, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Derrick White, PG/SG, SAS, (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: Jack of all trades
Rudy Gay, SF/PF, SAS, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: Gay, too, is a Jack of all trades
Dejounte Murray, PG, SAS, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (46% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (68% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (44% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (56% Owned) -
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
J.J. Redick, SG/SF, NOP, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

 

Shallower League Add

Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, POR - 39% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL

Since Ariza was traded to the Trail Blazers from the Kings about two weeks ago he appeared in four games and is averaging 12.8 points with 2.0 threes on 54.1% from the field and 75.0% from the line, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 turnovers in 36 minutes a night during this stretch. This has him ranked inside the top-50 for the period.

His shooting might be flakey, as he had two 21-point games already for the Blazers, and also produced two duds scoring seven and two, but he was definitely brought into this Portland team for a reason, and 36 minutes per outing shows us he will be getting his fair share of playing time.

Now we can't expect miracles from Ariza as he will be the last option on offense in most Portland lineups, but he will contribute in his three strongest categories (3PM, STL, REB). If that is enough for you in his four-game week he can be a decent option.

 

Deeper League Add

Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP - 25% Owned

Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, 3PM

Hart has been hanging around top-100 value the whole season, and is, in my opinion, being widely overlooked and undervalued.

No, he is not the one who will go on a scoring spree. In fact, he only scored more than 20 points once this season.

No, he won't carry your team's percentages with his efficiency. He is just above 41% from the field and 76% from the charity stripe.

He will, however, contribute across the board and help you out heavily in threes, steals and out-of-position boards with a dash of points and a block and an assist here and there. He won't turn the ball over often either.

And if anyone thought Zion coming back will impact Hart negatively, that hasn't been the case so far, as he is averaging 9.2 PTS with 1.4 3PM on 45.9 FG% and no misses from the line (five attempts total), 7.8 REB, 1.0 AST, 1.0 STL, 1.2 BLK and 0.8 TO in 26 minutes a game. This has Josh flirting with top-50 value.

So, if you don't mind that Hart doesn't sound sexy, that he won't have a very positive impact on your percentages, and he won't blow you away with an otherworldly performance, but you will appreciate him working his ass for you to get you stocks and boards with some threes and points without hurting you in the turnover department, Hart is someone to consider. At least until he's played his third and last game for next week on Saturday.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Gary Trent Jr., SG, POR - 2% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%

Gary has showed up big time when the Blazers needed him the most when CJ McCollum was out and hit 12 treys and 61 points over a three-game stretch. This was a testimonial to both his character and ability. He stuck around in the rotation ever since and coach Terry Stotts seems to have faith in him.

If we count the last two weeks, which includes those three games with CJ out, Trent Jr is ranked at the #82 spot. Although it might be more realistic if we take into consideration the previous three games with McCollum back. In these Gary has averaged 8.7 PTS with 2.0 3PM on 42.9 FG% and no misses from the line (on just two attempts though), 2.0 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.3 BLK and 0.3 TO in almost 25 minutes per game. This has him ranked just outside the top-150.

When we factor in Portland's favorable schedule, deeeep league teams looking for some three-point range from a decent free throw shooter who can swipe the ball here and there could definitely do much worse than Trent during Week 16.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Gary Trent Jr., SG, POR, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Bryn Forbes, PG/SG, SAS, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Patty Mills, PG/SG, SAS, (7% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Jakob Poeltl, C, SAS, (18% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: BLK, FG%, REB
Trey Lyles, PF, SAS, (1% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Lonnie Walker IV, SG, SAS, (1% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL - buyer beware: missed the game on Friday and is questionable for Sunday
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Pat Connaughton, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB, 3PM
Nicolo Melli, PF, NOP, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, a bit of everything
Jaxson Hayes, PF/C, NOP, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Michael Carter-Williams (PG, ORL): Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 1% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Let's make something clear before we keep discussing MCW: this is a bench player, full stop. Michael Carter-Williams should only be a target for fantasy owners playing deep leagues given his playing time (around 17 minutes per game) and a limited role on offense (around 19% usage rate on the season). Other than that, though, the production has been very nice for the run he gets nightly.

The best run of games from MCW came back in early-to-mid December, when he averaged 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in a span of five games. During his last five matches going back to Jan. 22, though, he's also leveled up and is having his best numbers since then. MCW is averaging 11.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, and 3.4 apg in those last five. His minutes have crossed the 21-mark in the last three and he's scored 10+ points in three of those aforementioned five matches.

While Markelle Fultz is the clear go-to guy for the Magic at the point, MCW versatility and size allows him to play the point and a little bit of SG/wing, so he will keep seeing a fair amount of minutes going forward and has some upside on the boards over other players at the position. Again, not a lock to add in sallow leagues, but definitely worth considering in deeper ones.


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Danuel House Jr. (SG/SF, HOU): Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 25% of leagues

ANALYSIS: It makes sense to find House rostered in one out of every four leagues at the very least. Not only has he been putting on a show lately, but Danuel House Jr. has actually been a good player and top-80 player on the full season for these Rockets. House started 29 of his first 31 games played, and although he missed eight starts in a row during this past month he's come back to the starting lineup in two of the last three games played by Houston.

House will probably keep limited to an off-the-bench role going forward barring trade-deadline moves from the Rockets. Even with that, House has averaged 27 minutes off the bench and 42 (!) in the two games he has started this past week. In that full 11-game span House has kept up a more than good 10-5-1-1 line while shooting 40.6% from the floor with a very limited usage rate (12.6%).

With such teammates as James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and even Clint Capela and Eric Gordon it is reasonable to think he won't be getting many more chances to shoot and boost his numbers. That being said, he's already putting up nice lines while limited, so he should be a clear target in any league if he's still available.


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Mattise Thybulle (SG/SF, PHI): Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 13% of leagues

ANALYSIS: In the last bunch of WW pickups before the trade deadline goes past us, Mattise Thybulle might be one of the most interesting players out there not rostered in that many leagues. Philadelphia looks bad as an on-paper contender. The Sixers will need to step up their game more than a bit if they want to do something of impact, and maybe Thybulle ends helping them more than they planned to... whether it is in Philadelphia or trading him away for other pieces.

Whatever happens during the next few days (Thybulle stays or he's traded away), what is clear is that Philly values the kid as much as any other of their young assets. That bodes well for Thybulle's future and also speaks volumes of his contributions. While Thybulle averaged 15 minutes per game in his first 20 games, he's all the way up at 24 during the last 22 and he has even started seven of the team's last nine matches, becoming a much more prominent role player. In fact, the minutes have gone higher since Jan. 13, and in the 10 games he's played since then he's logged 28 mpg.

Thybulle is making the most of his opportunities with averages of 6.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.9 spg, and 1.1 bpg in his last 10 games. Those numbers might look low, but he's putting them up on a super-restricted 11.8% usage rate. Only trhee players are averaging at least 6-2.5-1.5-1.5-1 on the season: Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, and Jonathan Isaac. Thybulle is surely far from the level of those, but his late set of outcomes makes him a more than affordable acquisition with tons of upside.


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Malik Monk (PG/SG, CHA): Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 9% of leagues

ANALYSIS: For someone playing about 20 minutes nightly, it is surprising that only 9% of fantasy owners out there are rostering Malik Monk. No matter the production, Monk is a minute-eater every game the Hornets play and those have only ramped up lately: in his last five matches, Monk has averaged more than 27 minutes of playing time.

If this were only about minutes and opportunities, Monk would already rank high. If we pair the minutes with the actual production, the results can hardly get better. In his last five games, in which he has played 21+ minutes each time, Monk is averaging 16.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, and 0.8 bpg while shooting 42.4% from the floor on a more than healthy 13.2 attempts per game. His usage is back at 20% now, but it reached highs ranging from 27.6% to 36% in the last couple of weeks, something worth noting.

I always thought it was weird to see Monk playing under 15 minutes nightly, something he did from the start of January to mid-month, and time proved me right. With his current extended playing time, there is no reason to not roster Monk. Take advantage of the rest of the owners sleeping on him and pick him up before it's too late!


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Jakob Poeltl (C, SA): Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 18% of leagues

ANALYSIS: I'm sorry for my friends because they must be tired of me telling them to go pick up Jakob Poeltl from waivers. Seriously, I've been reminding them for days now. Just in case you don't know Poeltl, he's the most Spursian of Spurs Poster Boys. Born in Austria, he can do a little bit of everything. He just another piece making the whole system work smoothly.

In the 48 (!) games Poeltl has played he's averaged almost 18 minutes of playing time. He has only started nine of them (two of the last three, though), and only six times all season has he broke for a usage rate higher than 20%. This is how the Spurs work, and Poeltl fits the scheme like a glove. Although his season-long averages read a low 5.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, and 1.8 apg, he has improved a lot as of late: in his last four games he's scored 48 total points for an average of 12 per, is grabbing 8.8 rpg, and dishing out 1.8 to go with another 1.8 blocks per game.

Poeltl, as a big man totally careless of three-pointers, is shooting 61.7% from the floor this season and 72.7% in his last seven games. The points have started to pile up with three games of his last four reaching 11, 16, and 17, and the same has happened to the boards with records of 7, 13, 8, and 7 in that span. DeMar DeRozan and even more LaMarcus Aldridge will keep chances from Poeltl, but even with that the young man is evolving quickly and finding a more than an appealing role in his team. Go make him part of your roster before more owners start noticing his true value.


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Austin Rivers (PG/SG, HOU): Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 5% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Houston is trying to find help everywhere these days. Austin Rivers just happens to be another guy providing it, and not just in small amounts. It always amazes me how players that get a lot of minutes of playing time are rostered and owned in just a few leagues here and there. Rivers' fits that profile, with just a 5% share of ownership in Yahoo leagues currently.

That is weird, mostly because Rivers is playing 24 mpg on the year and almost 27 since Jan. 8. In that 11-game span Rivers has averaged 10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1 spg and started a couple of games. His usage rate (14.8%) is so low that reaching those marks is nice to see and he's also become a killer from long range: Rivers has scored 2+ three-pointers in his last six games, 3+ in three of those, and a season-high 5 on Jan. 29 against Portland.

Rivers' scoring averages have not been bouncy at all, with the lowest of lows and the highest of highs making for a mid-level average. Far from it. In the last six games Rivers has scored between 9 and 21 points in every match while hitting field goals at a massive 58.5% clip on 9.8 fga per game. Call me crazy, but this combination of minutes and stats screams "pick me up now" to me, no matter the league.


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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 15

Let's be honest. Few if anyone around the NBA is heavily invested in the game of basketball right now, not after the events of this past Sunday, when a helicopter carrying nine people, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, crashed, killing everyone on board.

We know what Kobe accomplished on the basketball court: Five championships, 18 All-Star appearances and a lifetimes worth of incredible basketball memories. It's what he was going to do in his next phase, things like podcasts, children's books, and mentoring the next generation of basketball players, that we only got a taste of and were so excited to embrace.

The NBA and its players will attempt to move on, but there won't ever be a replacement for the hole left by a player and person the stature of Kobe Bryant. Here are five mid-week waiver wire pickup options for Week 15 of the NBA fantasy season.

 

Week 15 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Jakob Pöltl - C - San Antonio Spurs - 18% owned

Jakob Pöltl was the forgotten piece of the famous Kawhi Leonard/DeMar DeRozan swap more than a year ago, but it appears the tracks on the third-year center have finally begun to gain some steam.

He's been a tremendous shot-blocker all season long, averaging 1.6 swats in just 17.5 minutes a game. Pöltl is also amid a streak of 10 games registering multiple blocks for the San Antonio Spurs.

After posting 11 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in 13 minutes against Toronto, Gregg Popovich threw his young center into the starting lineup and kept him on the court for 35 minutes, the results being 16 points on seven of 12 shooting, 13 rebounds, and three blocks.

San Antonio's starting center spot has been a positional question mark for most of the season, but as long as Pöltl holds up his end of the bargain with energetic activity around the bucket, there's no reason to think Popovich won't continue to extend his playing time.

Malik Monk - PG/SG - Charlotte Hornets - 12% owned

For the majority of his brief NBA career, Malik Monk has been a disappointment, having yet to average double-figure scoring marks. He still has a long way to go to reach the potential that made him the 11th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, but his play of late has been encouraging.

Over the Charlotte Hornets' most recent three games, Monk has produced just his fourth 20-point outing of the season as well as a career-high 31 points. Combined with a 13-point outing, he averaged 21.3 points on 52.4 percent shooting in just 26.1 minutes a game.

The Hornets aren't playing for much these days, instead, hoping to determine who on their roster is worth keeping around for the inevitable rebuild they're in the early stages of.

Monk may find himself on another team following the trade deadline, which could swing his value in either direction depending on his landing spot. For now, he remains in Charlotte, where the Hornets are letting him loose as of late and are being rewarded more than they thought was possible.

Doug McDermott - SF/PF - Indiana Pacers - 6% owned

Always known as a knock-down outside shooter, Doug McDermott has been on a bit of a perimeter surge for the Indiana Pacers in recent weeks.

McDermott has scored in single-figures only once over his last seven games, even producing his only two 20-point outings on the season while averaging 16.3 points per game on 60.3 percent shooting from the field.

Three of his Indiana's last five games have seen McDermott connect on six three-pointers each, including back-to-back outings in their previous two. He's hit multiple three-pointers in each of his last five games with a consistent stream of minutes that hover around the 20s.

The return of Victor Oladipo is upon us, but McDermott should only benefit from the attention the two-time All-Star will command, building on an impressive stretch that could be the start of a level of consistency that's evaded the former Creighton star throughout his NBA career.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk - SG - Detroit Pistons - 17% owned

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk wasn't much of a factor for the Detroit Pistons after coming over from the Los Angeles Lakers last season nor was he significantly contributing earlier in the year.

It's been the recent play from Mykhailiuk that's afforded Detroit a level of perimeter spacing they've sorely lacked over the years.

Mykhailiuk has spent the last month filling up the scoring column and raining down shots from beyond the arc. Across 15 games, he's averaged 14.1 points and 3.0 three-pointers a game at a 43.3 percent clip.

He's hit multiple three-pointers in all but one game during that stretch, even appearing in the starting lineup 11 times.

There won't be an abundance of rebounds or assists nor will Mykhailiuk likely cross the 20-point mark very often. But the second-year guard seems to have found himself in a consistent rhythm from downtown, doing his best to help a Detroit team looking for any source of offense it can find.

Luke Kornet - PF/C - Chicago Bulls - 6% owned

Luke Kornet's play has admittedly been sporadic since entering the starting lineup nearly two weeks ago with nearly as many games scoring single-digits as there are in double figures.

Despite his inconsistencies, there's a reason Kornet was inserted into the starting unit. With long-term injuries to both Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., the Chicago Bulls' frontcourt is in desperate need of size wherever it can be found.

When playing well, Kornet brings a unique blend of paint protection and outside shooting. Over Chicago's last seven games, he's averaged 1.4 three-pointers and 0.9 blocks in 22.3 minutes a game.

He might not be worth picking up given how much he still has to prove, but for those looking to fill a roster spot or potentially in need of another center, Kornet is an interesting flyer to take that could pay off given the expanded role he now finds himself in.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 15

Welcome to Rotation Watch! Each week this article will break down who is gaining and who is losing minutes around the NBA. Fantasy managers want the players that are getting the opportunity to shine, not the ones who are sitting on the bench and watching from the sidelines.

Kobe Bryant was, is, and will be one of the most iconic and legendary players the sport of basketball will ever see. One of the greatest things about Bryant was his work ethic. He would not let anyone outwork him in practice or on the court when it counted most. The stories coming out this week are a testament to how much he loved playing and learning the game of basketball. From the time he entered the league as a rookie in 1995, to the moment he retired as a five-time champion in 2016, no one played more basketball than Kobe Bryant. Over his 20-year career, Black Mamba played 48,637 minutes in the regular season and 8,641 minutes in the playoffs. He finished in the top-six minutes played five times and finished second twice. He played all those seasons, and all those minutes, under the brightest lights for one of the sport's most celebrated franchises. They don't build basketball players like Kobe Bryant anymore, and they never did. The Mamba was one-of-a-kind and is already greatly missed.

Let's start searching those box scores from January 20th to January 26th and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Reggie Jackson (PG - Detroit Pistons)

Season: 20.4 Minutes per Game

Week 14: 21.0 Minutes per Game

Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson finally made his return to the hardwood last week after missing 43 games with a back injury. The Pistons played him in two-straight games before deciding to sit him on the second night of a back to back. Jackson had not played a competitive game since Oct. 24, and three games in four nights would've been a tough sell for a team looking to protect their assets in a lost season.

The timing of Jackson's return couldn't be better for his fantasy value as fellow Detroit guard Derrick Rose is currently dealing with a knee injury and is one of the hottest names on the trade block. In Week 14, Jackson put up 18 points, five assists, two steals, and drained two three-pointers per game while playing 21 minutes per game. The ninth-year guard had an efficient return in the shooting department too. He shot 44.4 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three, and made 4.0 of his 5.0 free-throw attempts each game.

The smart fantasy manager would take a flier on Jackson right now, one week before the trade deadline. If Rose gets dealt, then Jackson will see enough minutes to rack up the counting stats over the final two months of the regular season. If Rose stays in Detroit, the Colorado-native would still be a solid contributor in 12-team leagues. Low-risk, high-reward transactions this late in the season are hard to come by, so take advantage of the one in Detroit and give your team a boost by the All-Star break.

 

Eric Gordon (SG - Houston Rockets)

Season: 30.0 Minutes per Game

Week 14: 32.4 Minutes per Game

Eric Gordon had a great Week 14, but before we get to that, I want to acknowledge that the 12-year veteran set a new career-high with 50 points against the Utah Jazz on Monday night. The Rockets were without James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Clint Capela, but Gordon went against the fifth-best defensive team at home in the NBA and hung 50 points on them. Good for you, EG.

Let's get back to Gordon's impressive Week 14, where he averaged 19.0 points and 3.8 threes while shooting 38.5 percent from deep. In the four games, he averaged 32.4 minutes, and that is significant because it's the highest four-game average he had played since returning from injury in late December. It seems as though Rockets Head Coach Mike D'Antoni feels comfortable letting the former-Hoosier fire on all cylinders again.

The Rockets have also been inclined the rest Harden a lot more than previous years with their eyes set on postseason success. The Beard's absence allows Gordon to get more shots in an offense that ranks second in pace this season at 104.18 possessions per game. If he is available, EG is a stable source of points and threes for your fantasy team as we enter the final third of the regular season.

 

Doug McDermott (SF - Indiana Pacers)

Season: 21.1 Minutes per Game

Week 14: 25.5 Minutes per Game

Would you believe me if I told you that the player tied for second in three-point percentage among qualifiers is on less than 10 percent of ESPN league rosters? Well, start believing! Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott is draining 46.8 percent of his three-point attempts this season and only trails George Hill in the category. His percentages are high, but he hasn't been getting the opportunity to shoot the ball consistently. Fortunately, that changed in Week 14, and he is a desirable add in standard formats.

For the week, McBuckets averaged 15.9 points, 4 made threes, 57.5 percent from the field, and 61.5 percent from behind the arc in 25.5 minutes. He's scored in double figures in seven of his previous nine games and seems to be growing into a more substantial role during his second season with the Pacers.

As it has been for a while now, any Pacer worth adding comes with the footnote that Victor Oladipo is expected back soon and will more than likely take a large chunk of the offense back in Indiana. However, it's getting to the time of year when fantasy managers are looking for difference makers. Whether you are in a roto league looking to make up some ground in three-pointers, or a head to head league just trying to win a week and survive, Doug McDermott is the smart add in the three-pointers made category.

 

Thaddeus Young (PF - Chicago Bulls)

Season: 22.9 Minutes per Game

Week 14: 27.9 Minutes per Game

Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young has had his name thrown around in trade rumors recently, but for now, he is helping fantasy managers win a couple of weekly matchups. Young is the last big man standing in the Windy City after Lauri Markkanen was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his pelvis and will be out for the next four to six weeks.

Markannen began his absence on Jan. 24, and this allowed Young to average 32 minutes per game while contributing 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, two assists, and two steals. He shot 51.5 percent from the field across four games in Week 14 and seems to be peaking at the right time for fantasy owners and the Bull's prospects of getting something for him at the trade deadline.

This is one of the rare cases where fantasy owners will want their players to avoid being traded away. Young is a piece to be added and complement a team, not become a game-changer and a focal point of an offense. If he remains in Chicago, he will have four to six weeks without Markkanen and the ability to rack up the counting stats for fantasy managers across all formats.

 

Jerami Grant (PF - Denver Nuggets)

Season: 24.9 Minutes per Game

Week 14: 33.2 Minutes per Game

With Paul Millsap in the lineup, the Nuggets had a winning percentage of .656, and without Millsap, they are winning at a .786 clip. Although the Nuggets boast one of the deepest rosters in the league, a primary reason for their lack of stumbles with Millsap sidelined is Jerami Grant. The former-Oklahoma City Thunder player is enjoying his first season in the Mile High City and has really picked it up over the last two weeks, and especially during Week 14 of the fantasy basketball season.

Across his four games last week, Grant dropped 18.8 points, collected 6.8 rebounds, swiped 1.3 steals, swatted 1.0 shots, and drained two made threes per game in 33.2 minutes. From the amount of adjectives I just used, it's evident that the second-round pick in the 2014 draft had quite an impressive week.

When Millsap returns, Grant will likely see a dip on his minutes and, consequently, his production, but the four-time All-Star has already been ruled out for one game this week and remains without a timetable for his return. We may not see Millsap until after the All-Star break at this point. If that does occur, expect Grant to continue his hot streak and contribute across a majority of categories in standard formats. At this point, he is a must-own in 12-team leagues and is creeping towards that status in 10-team leagues as well.

 

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 15

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 15.

 

Guards

Danuel House, Houston Rockets

The Rockets have been without star guard James Harden (thigh) for a few games due to a thigh contusion, and House has raised the bar off the bench. He had 21 points, 11 boards, two dimes and five steals Monday. The run is likely to be short lived because Harden isn't expected to be out long. However, they have been resting him and Russell Westbrook off and on, and House could remain a factor in deeper leagues.

Malik Monk, Charlotte Hornets

The former first rounder has gone off the last couple of games with 20 points last Monday and 31 points, five boards and five assists Friday. The 31 was a season high, and he hadn't even scored in double figures this calendar year. So, this binge is out of the ordinary, and it could lead to larger minutes. If he's floating on waivers in deeper leagues, he's worth the speculative grab.

Forwards

Kyle Anderson, Memphis Grizzlies

Anderson has been sneaking up into box scores recently. He had 10 points Jan. 22, and he put up six points, 12 boards, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes Sunday against the Phoenix Suns. Anderson fits the bill as a fringe deep-league flyer, and you're just hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.

Josh Jackson, Memphis Grizzlies

Point guard Grayson Allen (hip) is out indefinitely, and the team finally recalled Jackson from the G-League. The 22-year-old averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 26 games in the G-League. He'll probably be eased in, but this is a former top-five pick. He should be picked up in all deeper or long-term leagues with fingers crossed.

 

Centers

Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic

The sixth overall pick in 2018 has begun to tease in box scores again with 10 points in each of the last two games and five blocks total. He won't collect a ton of boards, but he'll definitely thrive in leagues that lean toward blocks.

Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs

The former ninth overall pick hasn't found his niche in the league yet. Forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) went down to a sprained thumb, and Poeltl lit up the stat sheet with 16 points, 13 boards and three blocks Monday. The odds are long for it to continue, but he should be picked up for depth due to the scarcity at the position.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 15

The waiver wire is where leagues are won and lost. The draft is long past and now your rosters feel completely different if you are even moderately active. Players come and go due to poor performances and/or injury all the time. Staying on top of your needs is essential to winning matchups and grinding your way to a championship.

As a reminder for most leagues, it is crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling, and player injuries are all things to consider. Make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents.

Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now, let's get prepared for Week 15.

 

Week 15 Schedule

4 Games - Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Bulls, Kings, Pistons, Jazz, Raptors, Rockets,

3 Games - Grizzlies, Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Thunder, Celtics, Bucks, Nets, Clippers, Hawks, Spurs, Lakers, Warriors, Suns, 76ers, Wizards, Knicks, Hornets, Heat

2 Games - Pacers, Timberwolves, Magic

 

Week 15 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

*Securing your categorical needs at this point is important, especially if you're playing in head-to-head leagues*

Columns are written based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Thaddeus Young - PF - Chicago Bulls (51% owned)

With Lauri Markannen sidelined for the month, Daniel Gafford out, and Wendell Carter Jr. dealing with his ankle sprain. There are plenty of minutes available in the front-court that veteran Thad Young will inherit over the next few weeks. Young is not the highest ceiling asset available but he is consistent and with more usage/shot opportunities, could be as valuable as ever on a bad Bulls team. Young is not much of a scorer but will rack up rebounds and steals while hitting a few threes and not wreck your percentages. He does not turn the ball over much and should display top-75 value until a few teammates return.

Shabazz Napier - PG - Minnesota Timberwolves (26% owned)

With Jeff Teague out of town, Napier has taken over as the starting point guard in Minnesota. He is not the best real-life point guard but can provide proper fantasy stats if he retains the starting job. His assists alone are worth snatching off of the wire. To add on to his appeal, Napier is prone to spurts of scoring outbreaks when given plenty of play-time and usage. If he can sit somewhere in the low-30's minutes-wise, he should be a must-add fantasy option off of the wire given that he can add steals, threes, and good ratios on top of his main production.

Cam Reddish - SF - Atlanta Hawks (14% owned) 

Rookies like Cam Reddish are hard to nail down. While they have great upside, the inconsistency Is treacherous to navigate. Over the past two weeks, Reddish has been very solid, maintaining a good shooting percentage with a few 20 point outings, steals outbursts, threes, and some rebounds. However, over the course of the season, we have seen him go ice-cold from the field and do nothing but hurt your squad. The addition of Jeff Teague may have helped him a lot of late given that there is a competent ball-handler behind Trae Young who can properly distribute the ball and run the offense. Reddish had been given the reigns at times but is not a good enough dribbler or passer yet to fulfill the role. His relegation to a more 3-and-D role may be benefitting him fantasy-wise and in real life. He's a speculative add in deeper leagues for teams that need some upside.

Seth Curry - SG - Dallas Mavericks (10% owned) 

With Dwight Powell out for the season, Seth Curry has slotted into the starting lineup recently and performed fairly well. The addition of Willie Cauley-Stein could push him back to the bench if they choose to alter the lineup again but that is a wait-and-see situation as WCS gets acclimated to Dallas's scheme. Curry is not a high upside add but can provide scoring, threes and good ratios for teams who need those particular categories covered.

Omari Spellman - C - Golden State Warriors (7% owned)

With the trade of Willie-Cauley Stein, Omari Spellman is left in Golden State as the most traditional option at the center position. While they have started Marquese Chriss there and utilized Draymond Green as they always have as their small-ball five, Spellman should see plenty of run with WCS's departure. Although his most recent outing against Indiana was a dud, Spellman has shown fantasy viability this season and should regain value in the next week or so. He is someone who doesn't hurt your ratios, can score in the double digits, add threes, rebounds, steals and the occasional block with low turnovers. Get on him in leagues with 12 or more teams as an end-of-bench big.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 15 (Jan 27 - Feb 2)

Every new week in fantasy NBA brings new rivals and new challenges. Each different than the one before, but with the same goal - to beat us in our matchup.

Streaming helps us adapt to the new circumstances, overcome them as best possible, and ultimately reach our regular-season goal of reaching the playoffs. Each week we're looking to maximize our teams' games and contributions in critical categories. Everything to get that sweet W!

Week 15 is no different and we will look into it and take some notes of how to navigate it. Here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 15.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 15

This week is pretty evened out when it comes to games played per day. Sunday is the most challenging with four games, with all other days having between six and 10 games. Therefore, maximizing Sunday's games will naturally be our top priority, mostly taking a look at teams that play at least two other games on days with seven or fewer games.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Indiana Pacers
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 12
Tuesday: 18
Wednesday: 12
Thursday: 12
Friday: 14
Saturday: 20
Sunday: 8

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: DAL, CLE, MIA
Tuesday/Wednesday: MEM, NYK
Wednesday/Thursday: SAC, UTA
Thursday/Friday: DEN, TOR
Friday/Saturday: BKN, DAL, LAL, POR
Saturday/Sunday: -
Sunday/Monday the following: DET, PHO

Days with seven or fewer games
Monday: 6 games
Wednesday: 6 games
Thursday: 6 games
Friday: 7 games
Sunday: 4 games

Teams playing on Sunday + another three of these days:
Chicago Bulls (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Detroit Pistons (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Houston Rockets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Sunday + another two of these days:
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)

Teams not playing on Sunday but playing on other three of these days:
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Utah Jazz (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Cleveland Cavaliers (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Utah Jazz (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Orlando Magic (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Indiana Pacers (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Brooklyn Nets (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Phoenix Suns (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Orlando Magic (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 games - Mon, Sat)
Indiana Pacers (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Memphis Grizzlies (3 games - Tue, Wed, Fri)
Miami Heat (3 games - Mon, Tue, Sat)
New York Knicks (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sat)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
San Antonio Spurs (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 15

Sunday has just four games played so players from teams playing on this day will be our primary focus. As all other days have between six and 10 games, it is pretty difficult to predict which fantasy teams will have trouble on which days.

With Tuesday having nine games and Saturday ten, these days will be covered in most teams, so we will disregard them to make things a bit simpler.

So, now we are left with Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday - all with six games apiece, and with Friday with seven games played.

First, we will take a look at players from teams that play on Sunday plus another three of these four days with seven or fewer games. These teams are: the Chicago Bulls, the Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets.

There are another two teams that play on Sunday and two more scarce days: the Denver Nuggets and the Toronto Raptors.

With only five teams fitting these descriptions, I've widened the search to teams that don't play on Sunday, but do play at least three games on the days with six or seven games. There are three such teams: the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Sacramento Kings, and the Utah Jazz.

 

Streaming Options for Week 15

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:


Kris Dunn, PG/SG/SF, CHI, (34% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: AST, STL
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF, CHI, (46% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL
Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, CHI, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, FT%
Christian Wood, PF/C, DET, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Reggie Jackson, PG/SG, DET, (35% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, FT%
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (49% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL - buyer beware: just returned from injury
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Michael Porter Jr., SF, DEN, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Serge Ibaka, PF/C, TOR, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, BLK a bit of everything
OG Anunoby, SF/PF, TOR, (57% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Norman Powell, SG/SF, TOR, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, FG%, STL
Marc Gasol, C, TOR, (77% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, AST, STL/BLK
Darius Garland, PG, CLE, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Collin Sexton, PG/SG, CLE, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, CLE, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, SAC, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, PTS, a bit of everything
Joe Ingles, SG/SF, UTA, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, UTA, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

 

Shallower League Add

Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU - 46% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Gordon has been on a tear lately with averages of 18.6 PTS with 4.4 3PM on 40.9 FG% and 75.0 FT%, 2.6 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.1 STL, 0.3 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 30 minutes a game in the last 14 days. Despite the lack of defensive stats, this is still good enough for #125 in Yahoo leagues. And this is with both James Harden and Russell Westbrook healthy! Furthermore, he scored 25 points on two straight occasions and hit six treys apiece in both these contests.

Gordon has been injured for most of the season and has just found his groove, which can explain why he is owned in less than half of the leagues. It could be argued that he should be owned in more, especially with his recent performances.

And now the Beard is flagged with a Game Time Decision tag for the Sunday's game against the Nuggets after getting a knee to his thigh in their previous contest, so if he were to miss time, this would open up a lot more shots for Gordon. However, this is the Beard we're talking about. Chances he misses games next week for a bruised thigh are minimal.

Nonetheless, Gordon is playing some great offense, and if he can complement that with a splash of stocks here and there, he should be rosterable in most leagues, especially considering Houston's good schedule next week.

 

Deeper League Add

Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU - 11% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything

Danuel has been very good to start the season, but ever since he returned from his shoulder injury he just hasn't been the same. His ownership fell from over 30% down to just 11% now in a matter of weeks and it's a risky move adding him outside the deep leagues.

But even with his poor form of late, House is still inside the top-150 on the season with averages of  10.0 PTS with 1.9 3PM on 42.7 FG% and 75.0 FT%, 3.9 REB, 1.2 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.6 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 30 minutes per game. Even though he has been moved to the bench role, he is still getting 27 minutes in the last two weeks and is hanging around the same value in this period as well.

He has shown us he can be a worthy fantasy contributor and with Houston's four-game slate next week, owners in deep leagues with a craving for some threes and defensive stats should be on the lookout.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Cristiano Felicio, C, CHI - 2% Owned

Strong Cats: FG%, REB

It's quite a dice roll here with Felicio, but with most of Chicago's frontcourt being out with injuries, he is in a good position to get some minutes and help his fantasy owners in some big men stats. A good indication of this is the fact he got 21+ minutes in two straight games and grabbed nine boards in each of them.

Now Felicio is probably not going to dazzle you with his performances. He is not a blocking specialist either, so if you're looking for a big who can swat with the best of them - look elsewhere. But if you're in the deepest of leagues, need help with rebounding, a few made field goals on good percentages and someone not to tank your TO and FT%, Cristiano could be your guy.

With Chicago playing four times on favorable days next week and the Bulls' physio room full of tall players, Cristiano should be good for around 30 boards over this stretch.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Luke Kornet, PF/C, CHI, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, 3PM, FT% - additional value with the injuries in Chicago
Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, CHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
Cristiano Felicio, C, CHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB
Coby White, PG, CHI, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Bruce Brown Jr., SG, DET, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB - buyer beware: missed previous two games due to illness
Langston Galloway, PG/SG, DET, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Tony Snell, SG/SF, DET, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM - buyer beware: missed previous game for an undisclosed reason
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, DET, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, PTS
Sekou Doumbouya, SF/PF, DET, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB,
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Austin Rivers, PG/SG, HOU (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Torrey Craig, SG/SF, DEN, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Malik Beasley, PG/SG, DEN, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, PTS, STL
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF/PF, TOR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Cedi Osman, SF/PF, CLE, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Alfonzo McKinnie, PF, CLE, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, a little bit of everything
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, a little bit of everything
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, SAC, (21% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Royce O'Neale, SF, UTA, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, REB, STL and plays almost 30 minutes a game

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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Deeper Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 15)

This is hard to write so I'll do my best. There's a cloud looming over the entire NBA community, and I only wish the impact was that minimal. There's nothing that can be said to make it better and it seems like the more we talk about it, the sadder the whole situation becomes. Through all the jokes, comparisons, knock-downs and hype-ups, everyone in the world felt a certain way about Kobe Bryant, and it revolved around his unwavering focus and dedication to do what mattered to him.

Out of basketball, that motivation and dedication hadn't really gone anywhere. Everyone who gave even the slightest of curiosity or attention to the NBA, would find it hard to miss Kobe Bryant sitting with his daughter at a few NBA games. It doesn't feel real. It feels like we are in the saddest part of a really crappy movie, and to be completely honest, there's nothing that can really heal this wound so freshly after being cut open. So for the time being, care for one another, tell people you love them, and don't wait for things to come to you. I love you Kobe and I'll miss you.

"Enjoy life. Have a good time. Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving, you have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other. Smile, and just keep on rollin." - K.B.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 15

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

T.J. McConnell, SG  – Indiana Pacers

Ownership: 9%

6.9 PPG /  2.6 RPG /  .516 FG% /  5.5 APG  

Even though this might seem a bit late, T.J. McConnell wasn't seeing over 20 minutes consistently until mid-way through January. He saw some big nights and did see games where he played over 20-25 minutes, but it was clear that the Pacers were not trying to utilize him in that way just yet. Since he has seemingly passed through that threshold and he is seeing both more minutes and more touches, it should translate to more consistent production. Anyone that needs assists and some immediate help with percentages, look for McConnell to post some quality games versus the Knicks, Mavericks, Bulls, and Raptors.

 

Kris Dunn, PG, SG, SF  – Chicago Bulls

Ownership: 37%

7.4 PPG /  3.7 RPG /  .436 FG% /  3.4 APG  

Since Kris Dunn is technically listed as a small forward on Yahoo, I'm taking this chance to throw in another guard into this article. There haven't been a ton of low-end guys that have turned it around this season, but as of recently, Dunn has posted his most consistent scoring streak of the season. It's only scoring in double-figures, but with how Dunn normally produces, the points are a pretty generous bonus towards his other counting stats. This upcoming week, he is going to be one of the few Bulls that should be able to generate production and seeing how his minutes have increased this last week compared to the previous month, there is absolutely upside here.

 

Harry Giles III, PF/C– Sacramento Kings

Ownership 1%

 4.5 PPG /  .451 FG% /  2.7 RPG / 1.5 APG

Hear me out. Harry Giles III is lacking upside with Richaun Holmes returning, and seeing how he really hasn't posted any big games just yet, this is still a pick that needs to be monitored. With Marvin Bagley also missing time, there is still a need for production from the Sacramento forwards, but none of them are really owning up to the task. One thing I wanted to mention was the upside that Giles has nearly every time he steps on the court. Despite mimicking a baby deer a times, he is very much like a Larry Nance Jr., Maurice Harkless type of player. He won't dominate a category, but he has upside everywhere and can post significant numbers on any night. He will need to hope for another opening in the rotation since he will most likely be the first one out, but if he can continue to be a playmaker from the center position, his minutes are sure to increase quickly.

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