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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 14

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 14th week of the season and try to figure out how to take advantage of what we saw transpire.

 

Monday, January 20th

Eric Bledsoe Continues Struggles On Monday

It has been a tough past week for Eric Bledsoe, who provided his third straight game of nine or fewer points on Monday night.

If you are a Bledsoe owner, you obviously won't be thrilled about the recent production you have received, but patience is key when dealing with mid-to-high-end players during a slump. The 30-year-old is still ranked inside the top-75 in nine-category leagues and is one of the better buy-low options on the market right now.

Bledsoe isn't the same dominant scorer he once was with Giannis Antetokounmpo in charge of the offense, but his efficiency and ability to stuff stat across the board shouldn't be overlooked. I'm always a proponent of attempting to acquire good players when they hit a lull, so see if you can't steal Bledsoe away for cheap.

 

Tuesday, January 21st

Maxi Kleber Should Be Owned in Standard Leagues

Maxi Kleber returned to his bench role on Tuesday but played 32 minutes on the night, scoring eight points to go with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

I assume Kleber was dropped in most leagues once it was announced that Kristaps Porzingis would be returning to the lineup, but the German should be made a top priority with Dwight Powell suffering what is likely a season-ending Achilles injury.

Kleber's nine-category potential has him as a top-75 player because of his ability to hit threes and create blocks, which is a combination that is very difficult to come by in fantasy. I assume we are going to have to deal with some ebbs-and-flows nightly, but I love adding unique two-way production out of my power forward/center.

 

Wednesday, January 22nd

Zion Williamson Electrifies New Orleans 

Zion Williamson made his NBA debut against the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 22 points with seven rebounds, three assists, five turnovers and four three-pointers in 18 minutes of action.

After scoring just five points in the first three quarters, the rookie exploded in the fourth with 17 straight points for the Pelicans. While Williamson's upside is obvious, we do still have an issue when it comes to minutes per game.

It is going to be a while before head coach Alvin Gentry unleashes the top pick in this year's draft for anything more than short bursts of playing time, and that can be a killer for fantasy squads that aren't able to acquire the production needed with limited minutes. Williamson has a bright future ahead of him, but  I'd be looking to sell high in non-dynasty leagues.

 

Thursday, January 23rd

Trevor Ariza's Move To Portland Opens Up Room For Fantasy Production

Trevor Ariza's trade out of Sacramento should be moved as a favorable move for him. The Kings possessed one of the most crowded rotations at forward, and the new addition from the Trail Blazers will be a welcoming sight for them, as the team features one of the thinnest forward rotations in the league.

Ariza struggled to find much production this season in Sacramento, averaging 6.0 points, 4.6 boards, 1.6 dimes, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.3 treys in 24.7 minutes per game, but the opening in Portland does give him 12-team appeal if he can lock down 30 minutes a night.

Ariza got off to a fast start in his first game on his new team Thursday, playing 36 minutes and scoring 21 points. If you are looking for threes, steals or scoring, the 34-year-old is worth a gamble that he can keep his statistical return at a high level.

Friday, January 24th

Jarrett Culver Is Replaced In The Starting Lineup

Well, it looks as if Josh Okogie will see a short-term boost for the Minnesota Timberwolves, as the team decided to play the second-year player over Jarrett Culver on Friday night. Okogie didn't do Culver any favors in regaining his role quickly by scoring 17 points in 32 minutes, but the team also didn't select the rookie top-10 overall to watch him come off the bench.

Culver is going to provide a handful of boom-or-bust outings this season, but I still believe he remains a hold in all 14-man and up leagues. The Timberwolves could be active in offloading players during the trade deadline, and I'd hold steady until we get better clarity on this situation.

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Svi Mykhailiuk (SG, DET): Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 14% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Talk about a walking bucket. Who would have thought? The Pistons are on the verge of a full rebuilding effort and Svi might be one of the key pieces going forward. At least that is what he's showing these days at just 22 years of age. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has played in every single Detroit game this season (42 of them), and it's been 14 games in a row already in which he has logged more than 24 minutes. In half of those 14, in fact, he went for runs of at least 30 minutes. And the playing time is only growing bigger!

Svi was a reserve during the first half of this half-season but he has been part of the Pistons starting lineup in 14 of their last 18 games, including the last three as of this writing. From Jan. 11 to Jan. 25, in eight matches, Svi has averaged 15.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 0.9 spg as a do-it-all man of sorts. His three-point shooting has been incredible hitting an average of three long-range shots per game while shooting at a 53.6% clip from the floor.

Truth be told, someone with Svi's averages shouldn't be so little owned anywhere. His first half is hurting his overall numbers on the year, though, and that is keeping him a little under the wraps. You should take advantage of that given what he's done since entering 2020. We're talking about a guy with a paltry 14% own-rate that is putting up a virtual 15-3-2-1 line lately, something only 39 players in the NBA are doing, and all of them well recognizable. Add a potential sellout from Detroit approaching the deadline and you might score yourself a near-no. 1 player in his team for the sweet price of nothing.


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Reggie Jackson (PG/SG, DET): Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 35% of leagues

ANALYSIS: It's about damn time. Finally, after three months off basketball courts, Reggie Jackson made it back to one. It happened on Jan. 22 and Jackson seemed to not have lost any single bit of his hoops knowledge. On just 19 minutes of playing time off the bench, he dropped 22 on the Kings and stuffed the box score from left to right adding three boards, four assists, and two steals to those points. He shot a great 57.1% from the floor on a healthy 14 attempts and his 37.5 usage rate was massive, to say the least.

Jackson's second game for Detroit after coming back wasn't that explosive (14-3-6-2) but the minutes went up to 23 and they will only keep growing, plus he already took on the starting-PG role. Jackson's numbers this season are virtually non-existent, but looking at last season stats we can expect Jax to be on the 15-5 average line nightly with some good shooting percentages from everywhere on the court.

The most interesting thing about picking up Jackson now if you have a hole to fill in your team is that anything can happen to/around him. Detroit might move Andre Drummond and Derrick Rose, and that will 1) give him more responsibilities as a whole and 2) definitely hand him all of the leading duties on offense if Rose ultimately leaves for good. Even if Detroit's roster stays the same, Reggie should be one of its best players going forward so he should be a no-brainer addition in any league.


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Daniel Theis (PF/C, BOS): Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 26% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Remember when Joel Anthony was the unsuspected starting center of The Heatles back in the day? Well, that is Daniel Theis, only in Boston and much better. Theis has started in all games he's played except one (the first of the season), and his usage rate has slowly but surely gone up through the year going from near 14% to 16% now. Nothing substantial, but his numbers merit it.

Theis' last week-and-change going back to Jan. 16 has been his best of the season so far. In a six-game stretch going back to that day, Theis is averaging 12 points, 4+ rebounds, 2+ assists, 2 blocks, and a steal per game. Only four players (Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, Bam Adebayo, and Giannis Antetokounmpo) are keeping up those numbers on the year (actually, only AD is over 2 blocks per). The sample is really small for Theis, sure, but it shows what he's capable of.

On the season, Theis is playing 22.1 mpg although he often gets extended runs of 26+ minutes on certain games. His averages read 8.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, and 1.5 (!) bpg, something that in this case is only being done four other players (Drummond, Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Rudy Gobert). The difference here is that all of those four are logging at least 33 minutes per game while Theis is getting there on just 22 minutes of daily run. Obviously, the marks those are reaching are quite higher than those at the threshold, but even with that Theis is a pretty valuable asset going completely under the radar. Take advantage and pick him up while you still can, given that Boston won't probably make any move prior to the trade deadline and Theis will keep his role.


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Marquese Chriss (PF/C, GSW): Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 5% of leagues

ANALYSIS: After three seasons and a half in the league, it is fair to say Marquese Chriss has been a bust. He is a former 8th-overall draftee but he has far from lived up to the expectations, though the current version of Chriss is probably the best we've seen in a long time. Playing (and starting) for a depleted Warriors team that had just traded Willie Cauley-Stein to Dallas, Chriss posted a 13-3-1-2-2 line against Indiana last Friday in just 21 minutes. Not his best game of the year, though, as he has already logged three double-doubles off the bench.

Chriss' role is undoubtedly going to keep growing now that the interior corps have lost WCS. Alghough Chriss is only averaging 17.6 mpg on the year, I'd expect a bump up to around 24 at the very least. In the 15 games Chriss has played 20-plus minutes this season he's averaged 10.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3 apg, 1.2 spg, and 1.6 bpg while shooting 54.1% from the floor on 6.7 attempts. Those 15 games are a big enough sample to hold high hopes in Chriss' production going forward.

It is hard to think of him keeping up those averages (only Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Bam Adebayo are doing so in the season), more than anything in the steals/blocks categories, but even if those two drop to 0.5 per game each, he'd still be doing something (putting up a line of at least 10-5-3-0.5-0.5) that only 23 players are doing this season, and no one playing under 30 minutes. Consider adding Chriss if only because he won't have many players to fight for playing time at the position so the stats will come no matter what.


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Trevor Ariza (SG/SF, POR): Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 31% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Had I to tell, I'd say that Trevor Ariza's ownership will only go up and up during the next few days and weeks. Portland traded for the veteran just a few days ago and in his lone game with the franchise up to this writing, he already showed what he will bring to the table and how the Blazers plan to use him. Ariza was slotted into the starting lineup, played almost 36 minutes in his debut, finished with a great all-around 21-7-2-2 contribution, scored four triples and shot 63.6% overall from the floor.

While the usage rate in his first game as a Blazer wasn't overly magnificent (it was super low at 16.4%, actually), that has been Ariza all year long and it is not that he needs much more to rack up goodies. Portland has a lineup full of finishers (Lillard, McCollum, Melo...) but if all goes as it did a few days ago then Ariza can turn into a very valuable asset.

Consider adding him to your roster as soon as you can, as Portland will do everything to make it to the postseason and this trade might be then only move they end doing in order to improve their options. They won't balk on playing him anytime soon, so the minutes and the opportunities will be there, and with them, the fantasy rewards just on sheer volume.


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Markieff Morris (PF/C, DET): Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 15% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Welcome to the ultimate what-if entry of this week's NBA waiver wire pickups! You might think we're a little bit crazy offering you advice on why you should pick Morris. It is not that Morris has been that bad, in fact, he's a valuable player considering his low ownership and his numbers, but it is actually what could be ahead for him that makes him quite an appealing addition this week--before it's too late.

As you know by now, Detroit is in completely disarray and about to start a complete rebuilding process. That might mean, first of all, getting rid of soon-to-be free agent Andre Drummond. With Blake Griffin already out for the year and Drummond possibly moving out of town, it could only get better for Morris, who will see his minutes bumped (from 22 per game now to potentially north of 30) and his stat line bolstered (currently at 11 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, and 0.8 stocks).

Again, Morris' numbers are not horrific considering his current role in this team: while 102 players are putting up lines of at least 11-3.5-1.5 on the year, just six of them (including 'Kieff and Zion Williamson, although he's only played two games up to this writing) are doing so while playing under 25 minutes per game. If Morris sees even the slightest of upticks in usage and minutes he will become a much more productive player, given the efficiency is already there. If you have room to stash him for a couple of weeks until the deadline goes past us, then you should consider doing it just in case he finds himself in a much better role in less than 15 days.


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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 14

Every team has passed the midway point of the 2019-20 season, resulting in several sure-fire pieces of knowledge that will likely shape its latter half, including the playoffs.

For starters, the battle for Los Angeles is real, with both the Lakers and Clippers asserting their dominance out west in a way that's left the NBA world giddy about a potential postseason meet up. On the other coast, what Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are doing is nothing short of historic and needs to be discussed under that lense.

From Luka Doncic and James Harden to Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons, there's plenty else to talk about and will be for quite some time. But that's not what's important here. What matters is that your fantasy team is in good shape as your league's playoff picture begins to smooth itself out. With that in mind, here are five mid-week waiver wire pickup options for Week 14 of the NBA fantasy season.

 

Week 14 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Maximilian Kleber - PF/C - Dallas Mavericks - 47% owned

There's a reason the Dallas Mavericks gave Maxi Kleber a four-year, $35 million contract over the summer. Despite pedestrian numbers, he's a versatile forward who sprinkles in a bit of everything throughout a 48-minute game.

He's had his moments this season but also times where he's tailed off. Already a consistent rotation piece, Kleber's responsibilities are about to increase quite a bit.

Kristaps Porzingis has already missed 11 games this season and is likely to miss more. The real kicker, however, was the torn Achilles tendon suffered by starting center Dwight Powell against the Clippers on Tuesday.

Powell's absence and KP's injury-prone tendencies leave Dallas' frontcourt extremely thin, which should result in Kleber being tasked with plugging as many holes as he can to help keep the Mavericks afloat.

JaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers - 49% owned

After bouncing around the league and doing his best to change an image that afforded little respect, JaVale McGee has proven to be a key piece towards the title hopes of the Los Angeles Lakers.

He's an elite finisher around the bucket -- easy to do when most of your shots are dunks -- whose rim protection has contributed to LA's 34-9 start.

McGee has blocked a shot in 18 consecutive games, has multiple rejections in four straight and has swatted three shots in each of the last three outings.

Over the Lakers' last three games, McGee is also contributing 13.7 points on 85.0 percent shooting to go with 7.3 rebounds per game.

It seems like he and Dwight Howard take turns with their hot stretches. As long as McGee is in the midst of his, he's certainly worth a look.

Eric Paschall - SF/PF - Golden State Warriors - 39% owned

Amid a roster that's been decimated by injuries, Eric Paschall has been a bright spot for a Golden State Warriors team in unfamiliar territory with the worst record in the league.

He's averaging 14.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in just 27.4 minutes a night on the season. The former Villanova forward has turned it up recently with back-to-back 20 point games that come during six straight outings in double figures.

During that stretch, Paschall has been even better, putting up 16.0 points on 53.3 percent shooting to go with 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

As Golden State's season ticks down, expect Draymond Green and perhaps even D'Angelo Russell to rack up the DNPs before being shut down for the remainder of the season.

If Paschall is already producing in the presence of those two All-Stars, imagine what he'll do around playoff time for most fantasy leagues with plenty of minutes and touches to accelerate his development.

Dario Saric - PF/C - Phoenix Suns - 28% owned

It's been a season of inconsistencies for Dario Saric. Part of that falls on the shoulders of a fourth-year forward who can't quite grasp how to stay ready amid fluctuating playing time. Other aspects at play include an unstable role within the offense stemming from constant experimentation by head coach Monty Williams.

Following nine consecutive outings in single-digits, perhaps Saric has rediscovered a rhythm that's come and gone throughout the season. Over Phoenix's last three games, He's averaging 11.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.

In fairness, we've seen Saric build up momentum only to come crashing down soon after, but he's returned to the starting lineup following a short stint on the bench.

After a rollercoaster first half of the season, a demotion may have been necessary to extract more out of a wholly talented player. Only time will tell.

Trevor Ariza - SG/SF - Portland Trail Blazers - 14% owned

The first half of the season was mostly a waste for Trevor Ariza, a 34-year-old veteran forward trying to find his place on a Sacramento Kings squad where youth is the top priority at the moment.

But following a trade to the Portland Trail Blazers, Ariza has a chance at a resurgence. Some may consider him washed, but it was just last season where he averaged 14.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 threes, and 1.2 steals per game across 43 starts for the Washington Wizards.

At 10th in the conference with a 19-26 record, Portland is in desperate need of assistance to reenter the playoff picture. Ariza, who averaged just 24.7 minutes per game in Sacramento, was brought in for that reason.

Because of that, he should see a significant bump in his minutes that afford more opportunities to produce numbers close to his most recent stint in the nation's capital.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 14

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.

Arghhhh! Are we serious with these injuries? Jamal Murray, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Marvin Bagley, and Richaun Holmes all picked up injuries and provided plenty of minutes for their replacements. The All-Star Break is coming up, and teams may keep their injured players on the shelf a little longer to give them a mid-season break. The trade deadline is also creeping closer by the day, and there has not been a whole lot of activity. One minor move could lead to a significant opportunity for someone that is currently riding the bench.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from January 13th to January 19th and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Marcus Smart (PG, SG - Boston Celtics)

Season: 31.3 Minutes per Game

Week 13: 34.4 Minutes per Game

Marcus Smart is playing the fifth-most minutes on the Boston Celtics this season but has primarily come off the bench when his team is at full strength. Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown were both sidelined at times during Week 13, and that allowed Smart to pick up more minutes, and he took full advantage of the opportunity.

In Week 13, Smart averaged 19.0 points on 42.1% shooting, 5.5 assists, 4.8 made threes, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.8 steals. It was a monster week for the reserve guard, and it was highlighted on Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns where Smart scored a career-high 37 points on a career-high 11 made three-pointers.

The sixth-year guard is averaging career-highs in points, field goal attempts, and minutes this year, and it is making up for the dip in his field goal shooting this season. Smart plays on a team that seems to be dealing with an injury reasonably often. If you play in one of the 35 percent of leagues that he is unowned, you could do a lot worse than picking him and having a guard that plays 31 minutes per game on a championship-contending team.

 

Malik Beasley (SG - Denver Nuggets)

Season: 16.9 Minutes per Game

Week 13: 19.8 Minutes per Game

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray suffered a nasty-looking ankle injury that will see him miss the "foreseeable future," according to Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone. That means 32 minutes per game are up for grabs in the Nuggets backcourt, and it looks like it will be a competition between Malik Beasley, Monte Morris, and Torrey Craig. Morris and Craig have both started since the Murray injury, but it was Beasley who shined the brightest during Week 13.

He averaged 9.7 points, 1.7 made threes, and 1.7 steals over three contests, but it was his performance on national TV that stood out. On Thursday against the Warriors, Beasley erupted from a dormant season to play a season-high 39 minutes off the bench while rallying the Nuggets with 27 points, four rebounds, three steals, one assist and five made three-pointers. It was an excellent showcase for the fourth-year guard.

Malik Beasley was a trendy breakout pick in some circles during the offseason after a career year in the 2018-19 season. Unfortunately, the Denver Nuggets are one of the deepest teams in the Association and can afford to spread the minutes out among eight to 10 players. Beasley's name has been floated around in trade rumors with his upcoming restricted free agency this summer. So this week's performance will hopefully get him traded to a team with more opportunities or gain him more chances with the team he is his already playing for in Denver. Sometimes, you have to wait for your chance and be ready when it comes around, and Beasley certainly proved that during Week 13.

 

Dillon Brooks (SG, SF - Memphis Grizzlies)

Season: 28.1 Minutes per Game

Week 13: 29.8 Minutes per Game

The Grizzlies play at the third-fastest pace in the league averaging 103.59 possessions per game. They only trail the Bucks and Rockets and are quickly becoming one of the best stories of the season. Their run-and-gun style seems to have propelled Dillon Brooks to new heights in his third season. The Grizzlies only played two games last week, but Brooks was still able to make quite an impact on the fantasy landscape.

In his games against the Rockets and Cavaliers, he saw a slight uptick in his minutes by averaging 29.8 minutes per game, and he had some phenomenal results. Brooks averaged 25.0 points on 51.5% shooting while draining five three-pointers per game on 58.8% shooting from deep. He added three rebounds, two assists, and half a steal per game. He has taken off in his third year, and it seems like he just needed some running mates to unlock his potential.

This level of production is hard to believe, and it seems regression is eventually in the cards for the small forward, but he added a 31-point performance to his current streak on Monday against the Pelicans. He has now scored 20-plus points in six of his past eight games, and these kinds of performances make Brooks a must-roster in 12-team leagues.

 

Nemanja Bjelica (PF - Sacramento Kings)

Season: 27.9 Minutes per Game

Week 13: 34.2 Minutes per Game

Four players in the NBA have scored 34 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and drained eight threes in a single game this season. The first three are well-known stars: Damian Lillard, James Harden, and Luka Doncic. The fourth? None other than Nemanja Bjelica. The Kings forward produced that stat line against the Orlando Magic to kick off Week 13 and then followed it up against the Dallas Mavericks with his sixth double-double of the season.

He saw a surge in his minutes with Marvin Bagley sitting a few games, and now Richaun Holmes has picked up a shoulder injury. Bjelica has played at least 33 minutes in six-straight games and seems locked into a primary role in the King's rotation at the moment.

Usually, I would air on the side of caution because when two starters return, the player benefitting from those starters sitting could see his minutes cut back. However, we have passed the halfway point of the season, and the track record says that Bagley and Holmes cannot and will not stay healthy. The fifth-year forward is a must-roster in all 12-team leagues and possibly 10-team leagues with the suitable league settings.

 

Daniel Theis (C - Boston Celtics)

Season: 22.0 Minutes per Game

Week 13: 26.6 Minutes per Game

Daniel Theis is an enticing fantasy option, but is splitting minutes with Enes Kanter, and that is currently limiting his upside. In Week 13, he saw his minutes rise to 26.6 per game, and it produced some exciting stat lines for fantasy.

He reached double figures in back-to-back games for just the third time this season and produced his second double-double of the season against the Milwaukee Bucks. His 12 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks may not seem like much, but that is more than enough in a scant 23 minutes.

If Theis can continue to see the type of work he had in Week 13, he will become an attractive option in 12-team leagues. However, unless a significant injury occurs to Enes Kanter, Theis will continue to see minutes in the 20 range.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 14

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 14.

 

Guards

Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets

Beasley was pegged as a breakout candidate coming into the season, but it hasn't panned out yet. Point guard Jamal Murray (ankle) went down for the foreseeable future with a sprained ankle. Beasley broke out with 27 points Thursday, but he followed it up with two points in 14 minutes. He'll have ebbs and flows, but he presents the kind of upside you hope for at this stage of the season in deeper leagues.

Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons

The Pistons have been a mess all year with injuries, but Jackson (back) could be back this week. He has missed all but two games due to a back injury. With forward Blake Griffin (knee) possibly out for the year, Jackson could be the team's first option on offense. If he's floating on waivers, he should be picked up immediately.

Forwards

Trevor Ariza, Portland Trail Blazers

The 34-year-old is known for his lockdown defense, but he'll enter the starting lineup with his new team. Guard C.J. McCollum (ankle) is on the mend, and Ariza could provide some supplemental scoring from long range. The Blazers are a run-and-gun team, and he could carve out a useful role in the offense.

Jerami Grant, Denver Nuggets

Grant is another Nugget player that has benefited from a slew of injuries. He has scored in double figures in four of five games. He's shooting 37 percent from distance and will pepper in some boards as well. Forward Paul Millsap (knee) is declining, and it's only a matter of time before his minutes become restricted. Grant has a chance for an extended run.

Centers

Nicolas Claxton, Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn has unleashed their second-round pick after center DeAndre Jordan (finger) went down. Claxton has posted 14 and 15 points, respectively in the last two games. He'll grab a few boards, but he isn't a glass vacuum. He should be scooped up for depth in deeper formats.

Ian Mahinmi, Washington Wizards

The 11-year veteran went through a dry spell recently, and he was dropped in a lot of leagues. He must have taken objection to it, and he scored 21 points with seven boards and three blocks Monday. Mahinmi will remain in the rotation, and if he's floating on your waivers, he's still worth throwing out there for points and boards.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 14)

The turnaround Marcus Smart has made not only on the court, but in the fantasy atmosphere has been one of the absorbing narratives of the season. There are very few owners willing to trade him, seeing how they most likely drafted him in a later rounds, and this is the first time over the past four seasons that Smart has been posting top 100 production. His explosion versus Phoenix bumped him up to 7th in over the previous week, and outside of the Lakers game, he's on the upswing.

Smart has always been a player that leads with his defensive stats and finally owners are reaping the benefits. He might not have another big game like that, but he has been quoted saying that he has gone to work in the gym trying to improve his outside shot and this season has just about proved that. Players and owners alike should take note, because if this continues, Smart is going to be the guy that everyone is going to invest in.

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 14

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG  – Detroit Pistons

Ownership: 14%

8.2 PPG /  1.7 RPG /  .437 FG% /  2.0 3MPG  

Similar to this article and its deadline, this pick is a bit late. Luckily, his ownership is still just at 14%, but Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk's previous two games has pushed his value into the top 12 over the past week. His role isn't going to change much going forward either, which is both good and bad. He will keep scoring as long as he is hitting his shot, but he doesn't really offer any value elsewhere. His scoring will translate to a few assists and a multiple nights where he will only miss a few shots, so anyone that needs help with percentages and points has to consider him while he is lighting it up.

 

Eric Paschall, SF/PF – Golden State Warriors

Ownership 29%

13.8  PPG /  4.6 RPG /  .495 FG% /  1.7 APG

After starting off the season on way too hot of a note, Eric Paschall experienced a cooling off period, followed by a string of injuries. Not the best start for risk-taking owners during his first real chance of being a fantasy asset, but lately he has turned it around completely. Whether it was the extra spacing from D'Angelo Russell or just the time to regroup and gather himself, Paschall has gone from fantasy irrelevance to being the 55th most valuable player over the last week. It's not much, but seeing how he wasn't even worth the consideration a few weeks ago, the spurt in production should help some owners looking to start this week strong.

 

Kyle O'Quinn, PF/C– Philadelphia 76ers

Ownership 1%

 3.2 PPG /  .500 FG% /  3.6 RPG / 1.4 APG

Joel Embiid is out and the 76ers will need to play a backup center. They have Norvel Pelle and Kyle O'Quinn waiting on the bench and both are more than capable of posting a few big nights in the time Embiid is out. Pelle should get consideration because he is younger and needs to develop, but O'Quinn exceeds expectations nearly every time he is given the minutes. Philadelphia might not resort to one of their backups bigs unless they absolutely need to, but in case they do, O'Quinn could be an easy way to sneak in some production with no risk. Just wait for game updates and if you hear one of the two is getting the start or is going to see extra time, don't hesitate. Embiid is expected to return around mid-February so there is definitely time for one of them to get solid exposure.

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Mike Muscala (PF/C, OKC) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 4% of leagues

ANALYSIS: From the surface, it would seem like you would be best advised to steer clear of Mike Muscala: he has largely shot poorly from long-distance this season, he is seeing his lowest volume of floor-time since 2015, and he appears to be securely behind other Oklahoma City big men like Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari, Nerlens Noel, and Darius Bazley. However, there remains upside in the way that Billy Donovan chooses to use him (Adams and Noel are hardly the same kind of players), and so even injuries to the likes of Andre Roberson, Abdel Nader, and Terrance Ferguson can result in greater playing time for Muscala.

To start off the month of January, Muscala has already been averaging season-best figures with 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game, with a 3.5% bump in usage rate and a combined offensive and defensive rating of 225. He has also recovered from a miserable month of December with a 34.2% success rate from beyond the arc and a season-high true shooting percentage of .570. While the final product may seem to be moderate or inconsistent, the increase in opportunity and the uptick in efficiency is a fantastic start to 2020, and particularly if the Thunder see any more additions to the injury report, that could quickly turn into an extended wave of momentum for a player as versatile as Muscala.


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Luke Kornet (PF/C, CHI) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 8% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Luke Kornet has made his living as a three-point shooting seven-footer for NBA teams with depleted or economical rosters so far in his career, and with the recent significant injuries to Wendell Carter and Daniel Gafford, Kornet will again be having his number called with greater regularity. In response to the window of opportunity, Kornet has capitalized encouragingly with wide improvements in efficiency.

After seeing the floor for only 4.1 minutes per contest in December, Kornet has been averaging 20.7 minutes per game to kick off January, putting up 7.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks on a nightly basis. While his success rate from long-distance of 32.3% is far from his standard, it is still a vast improvement from the first two months of the season where he went 5 for 24 from three, and he has amassed season-best figures for true shooting percentage (55.2%) and combined offensive and defensive rating (220). While his usage rate of 16.1% is modest and not even his best of the year, that rate becomes far more potent when applied to 20.7 minutes per game as opposed his 13.4 back in October. With Kornet picking up the pace beyond the arc and blocking shots at a decent clip, he can net significant rewards as a fixture on the floor in the coming weeks.


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Fantasy Basketball Week 14 Waiver Wire Specialists

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! This season has been entertaining with many different story lines, and we're excited for what the rest of the season has to offer. This is a reminder that fantasy basketball is a marathon, not a sprint. We are just past halfway into the fantasy season, where managers should have a sense of what they need to do for the remainder of the season to stay competitive. If you're holding onto the more than a couple of handful of players with an IR spot, it may be time to cut bait. Players like Jonathan Isaac (knee)  , Marc Gasol (groin), Otto Porter (foot) all comes to mind.

It's mindful to take all factors into consideration. Be mindful players who are off to flaming hot starts may eventually cool off, or eventually fade out. As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan ahead. Managers should be doing everything they can to make the fantasy playoffs, which start as soon as Week 20 in most settings. 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. In some cases, preach some patience in the early part of the season if a player isn't busting out of the gates. 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!

In this weekly piece, I'll go over some specialists in the peripheral areas where you can target on the waiver wire. These guys are not be must-own players by all means, but these are "specialists" in which you should target if you want a boost in assisting to win your statistical head-to-head match ups for example. Let's take a look at some of the guys in Week 14 that are likely on your waiver wire.

 

Week 14 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Specialists

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

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues.

 

Blocks

Nerlens Noel, PF/C - New Orleans Pelicans

Noel is back healthy now and there are trade rumors swirling around Steven Adams. If Adams get traded and Noel becomes a full-time starter, he would be one of the best defensive big men in fantasy for the rest of the way. Noel's ability to rack up steals and blocks even in limited minutes is worth owning in all standard leagues.

Dwight Howard / JaVale McGee, C - Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers front-court has been exceptional all season, and they're surprisingly providing enough value to be given consideration in most competitive settings. Both big man are able to rack up defensive stats, and the injury to Anthony Davis (back bruise) makes both of them more intriguing to own, especially if you're in need for blocks. Give them a look as you are surely going to get a boost in defensive stats.

Luke Kornet, C - Chicago Bulls

Kornet is the only healthy big man left in Chicago, with Wendell Carter J.R (ankle) and Daniel Gafford (thumb) out for multiple weeks. He's going to provide a decent amount of blocks, with a big of contributions in boards and 3-pointers as well. I don't believe he's a must own player by all means, given how Kornet is a limited liability in transition defense, but give him a look to see where it goes if you have some dead weight on your roster.

 

Assists

Jarrett Culver, PG/SG/SF - Minnesota Timberwolves

Culver has been playing close to a must-own player for over a week, and with the starting spot likely locked in for the rest of the way, Culver will get all the opportunities to thrive. His ability to get defensive stats from a multi-positional eligibility makes him a good add for anyone with dead weight on their roster. His percentages may be hard to swallow, but the upside to generate popcorn numbers makes Culver a good add, especially with four games in Week 14.

Shabazz Napier, PG/SG - Minnesota Timberwolves

Napier is a beneficiary of the Jeff Teague trade, and he should get meaningful minutes as a combo guard playing alongside Culver and Andrew Wiggins in the back court. He's not a must own player, but can be a nice source of assists and anything else would be a bonus. Napier has averaged eight assists per game over the last three contests, and he's now averaged 27 minutes of action in the month of January. He's going to hold solid value the rest of the way assuming he's not traded.

Monte Morris, PG - Denver Nuggets

Jamal Murray (ankle) is set to miss "multiple games" and there's a good amount of swelling in his ankle. There's a chance the Nuggets may hold him out until the All-Star break, meaning Morris will be the starter until Murray is healthy. He's always been a decent per-36 minute player, so getting to 30+ minutes will be be a key indicator if he can provide nice value while Murray is out. Give him a look as he's one good game to being a must-own player until Murray is back.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 14

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.

Be mindful of some of the players on your roster as they may be off to slow starts, and it could take another week or two to see the return you expected when drafting them. Typically, you should be looking to drop those on the end of your bench who, even if productive, do not provide a real long-term outlook. Stay the course with the talent you drafted.

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 14.

 

Week 14 Schedule

4 Games - Grizzlies, Raptors, Magic, Pacers, Thunder, Bulls, Pelicans, Lakers, Hawks, Celtics, Pistons, Timberwolves, Nets, Knicks, Rockets, Wizards, Clippers, Suns, Nuggets, Spurs

3 Games - Cavaliers, Heat, Mavericks, Kings, Jazz, Warriors, Trailblazers, 76ers

2 Games - Hornets, Bucks

 

Week 14 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:

Dillon Brooks - SG - Memphis Grizzlies (47% owned)

Happy learned how to putt! Dillon Brooks is one of the hottest scorers over the past few weeks with six of his past nine outings resulting in at least twenty points. He does not provide much outside of scoring and threes but those are valuable enough to go a long way. He might hurt your FG percentage but at least he does not turn it over much. This might just be a heater, meaning you can drop him once he's cold for a week, but for now, Brooks is a must-add to ride the wave and see if it carries on to April.

De'Anthony Melton - SG - Memphis Grizzlies (10% owned)

Melton is legitimately becoming the poor man's guard version of Draymond Green. He is a versatile defender who can distribute the ball and hit the occasional shot when called upon. When he plays significant minutes for Memphis, he has contributed to wins with his smart, impactful play-style. Obviously, we do not care much for this if it does not lead to fantasy production (which is why you are all here), and luckily, Melton is productive enough to act as a glue guy at the end of your bench in 12-plus team leagues. His steals are extremely valuable. The rebounds, assists, threes, blocks, turnovers, and percentages are decent enough to hold you over as well with the occasional bump.

Trevor Ariza - SF  - Portland Trailblazers (10% owned)

Trevor Ariza is finally on a competent team again. After starting the year off in Sacramento, Ariza now lands in Portland next to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. This tandem will make Ariza's job much simpler as they garner most of the other teams' attention. Ariza will be asked to shoot open threes and take easy shots around the rim while defending the perimeter on the other end. His fantasy value will be fine as long as he is healthy. Expect low-end scoring with good threes, steals, and boards. The Kings nerfed the heck out of his value with their inconsistent rotations and poor scheme under Luke Walton. Terry Stotts should be able to optimize Ariza in a more modern offense.

Luke Kornet - C - Chicago Bulls (10% owned)

The UniKornet is back. All it took was injuries to starting center Wendell Carter Jr. and back-up center Daniel Gafford. Kornet is not an ideal real-life center but he can shoot and rack up solid fantasy lines regularly, making him solid in our book. His blocks are what make him valuable, along with his threes and scoring. Kornet should retain value for the next two weeks while WCJ and Gafford remain out unless the Bulls add a center and start playing Kornet less. There is no long term value and he can be dropped if he struggles for two games in a row.

Jerami Grant - PF - Denver Nuggets (21% owned) 

This depends on Paul Millsap's absence. His mysterious knee strain/contusion has kept him out of several games thus farm thrusting Grant into a starting role. While Grant has not exactly excelled as a starter, he is producing valuable enough fantasy lines to warrant ownership in 12-team leagues. Particularly, his blocks. Grant is not going to "wow" anyone across the board regularly but does not kill you anywhere important and scores enough to be viable.

Svi Mykhailiuk - SG - Detroit Pistons (10% owned) 

With Luke Kennard out until after the all-star break, Svi will continue to take on his role as the primary ~shooting~ guard in Detroit. Svi's playtime has jumped over the past month and should plateau or continue to increase with how well he has played. On great percentages, he is making three threes per game over the past thirty days with 13 points and a steal along with it. He is not a "must-add" but should be slotted in any team in need of threes to replace a struggling player killing you in a category or two.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 14 (Jan 20 - Jan 26)

Hello, my fellow fantasy addicts! We're back this week with another look at how to best use the NBA schedule for our fantasy team's purposes and maximize the games our team plays during our upcoming matchup.

And how do we fantasy addicts do this? By streaming of course!

This week will be a tough one with some scarce gamedays coming up. I've taken a look at the schedule for the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 14.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 14

We thought that Sunday of Week 13 is tough with just two games played, but the NBA threw us another curveball in Week 14 with just one game coming on Tuesday. We also have just three games on Thursday and five on Friday, so these days will be our focus for the week.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors
Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Milwaukee Bucks

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 28
Tuesday: 2
Wednesday: 24
Thursday: 6
Friday: 22
Saturday: 10
Sunday: 16

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: LAC
Wednesday/Thursday: LAL, WAS
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: CHI, DET, MIN, OKC
Saturday/Sunday: BKN
Sunday/Monday the following: HOU, ORL, SAS

Days with five or fewer games
Tuesday: 1 game
Thursday: 3 games
Saturday: 5 games

Teams playing on all three days:
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams playing on two of these days:
Brooklyn Nets (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat)
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Los Angeles Lakers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Washington Wizards (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Brooklyn Nets (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Charlotte Hornets (2 games - Mon, Fri)
Milwaukee Bucks (2 games - Mon, Fri)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Charlotte Hornets (2 games - Mon, Fri)
Milwaukee Bucks (2 games - Mon, Fri)
Golden State Warriors (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Miami Heat (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 14

Mavericks vs Clippers is the only game on Tuesday so it goes without saying that their players should be picked up early in the week. With Mavs playing on all three scarce days, including three-game Thursday and five-game Saturday, their players are looking very sexy right now.

Three other teams play on both Thursday and Saturday - the Nets, the Lakers and the Cavs, so their players are hot commodities to end the week with for sure.

With such a low number of potential streaming candidates, we will include guys from Portland and Washington, although they only play on Thursday, and not on either Tuesday or Saturday. They do have another game on Sunday (eight games) so they could provide additional value to teams that need some help on the last day of the week as well.

 

Streaming Options for Week 14

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL, (60% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Maximilian Kleber, PF/C, DAL, (41% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM, buyer beware: should lose some appeal when Kristaps Porzingis returns
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, DAL, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Delon Wright, PG/SG, DAL, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL - buyer beware: in poor form
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, a bit of everything - buyer beware: low FG%
DeAndre Jordan, C, BKN, (69% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: dislocated finger, will be re-evaluated next week so check if he is active before adding
Joe Harris, SG/SF, BKN, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, FG%
Taurean Prince, SF/PF, BKN, (48% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Caris Levert, SG/SF, BKN, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, AST
Darius Garland, PG, CLE, (49% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Collin Sexton, PG/SG, CLE, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, CLE, (53% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (47% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (57% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (77% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Ish Smith, PG, WAS, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Jordan McRae, PG/SG, WAS, (35% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT% - buyer beware: got hurt in his previous game
Troy Brown, SG/SF, WAS, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Davis Bertans, PF/C, WAS, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, AST

 

Shallower League Add

Maximilian Kleber, PF/C, DAL - 41% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM

I really like Maxi. He seems like such a nice guy, always smiling. And lately, he has every reason to smile as his averages of 11.4 PTS with 2.3 3PM on 47.5 FG% and 89.5 FT%, 4.9 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.5 STL, 1.6 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 28 minutes per outing has him ranked in the top-90 for the previous two weeks. And in my book, this rank doesn't give him justice. That combination of threes and blocks with such a low turnover rate and on such high percentages is quite rare.

Now, these stats aren't completely realistic since they came with Maxi's increased minutes with Porzingis out. When he returns, Maxi will also go back to playing around 25 minutes and take more of a back seat. But the Mavs are unlikely to rush The Unicorn back, so we could see his absence prolonged for another week or two.

While Porzingis is out, Kleber should definitely be owned in most if not all leagues. Especially with the amazing schedule Dallas has next week! So if he is by some miracle still available in your league, it would be wise to pick him up.

 

Deeper League Add

Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR - 24% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK

Let's be honest here, Kent is not the fantasy player he used to be back in his Atlanta days. But with Rodney Hood out for the season and now C.J. McCollum going down with an ankle sprain, Baze is pretty likely to get more than enough minutes to contribute to most fantasy teams' counting stats, at least as a streamer.

Furthermore, he has been pretty good lately with averages of 9.5 points with 1.3 threes on 35.5% from the field and 91.7% from the charity stripe (on 3.0 attempts per game), 4.8 boards, 2.5 dimes, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.3 turnovers in 30 minutes a night in the past week. That is good enough for top-100 value during this stretch.

Of course, Baze won't always be this pesky on the defensive end, and he won't hit 90% of his free throws. But he will contribute across the board and help you edge out your opponent in the categories that are extremely close. Be sure not to care about your FG% though, as he might try and murder it on occasion.

The Blazers play on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, so it's not an ideal situation for fantasy owners here, but careful planning could provide you with some juicy stats from the Baze.

Since Bazemore has been traded for Trevor Ariza, pretty much everything said above could just transfer to Ariza then.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Alfonzo McKinnie, PF, CLE - 1% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, a little bit of everything

I have to be honest - one of the reasons I'm picking Fonzo here is because he just double-doubled for me in my 20-team, 10-cat league which counts DDs as the 10th category. Another is that he's done it with all of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr. healthy. And two-thirds of this trio might not be on the Cavs' roster come February trade deadline.

Furthermore, McKinnie is averaging 7.8 PTS with 0.3 3PM on 57.7 FG%, 5.5 REB, 1.3 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.5 BLK, and 1.0 TO in 23 minutes over four games in the last week. This is good enough for #136 on Yahoo's rankings.

Even though we can't expect Alfonzo to carry our fantasy teams, it is possible for us to get a competent player who will contribute a little bit in most counting stats without hurting your FG% and TO, and just putting in a slight dent in your FT% (he is a career 58.5% shooter on 0.6 attempts per game).

With Cleveland playing on both Thursday and Saturday, McKinnie should prove helpful in filling in those empty starting spots. And if Love and/or Tristan get traded, the Fonz could be in for a larger role ROS as well.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, DAL, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, a little bit of everything - buyer beware: should lose some appeal when Kristaps Porzingis returns
Seth Curry, PG/SG, DAL, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
JaMychal Green, PF/C, LAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Maurice Harkless, SF, LAC, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG% - buyer beware: hurt his back on Jan 16 so check his status before adding him
Landry Shamet, PG, LAC, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (23% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
Rodions Kurucs, SF/PF, BKN, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Garrett Temple, SG/SF, BKN, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL - buyer beware: missed a few games but should be back soon, check his status before adding him
Alfonzo McKinnie, PF, CLE, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, a little bit of everything
Cedi Osman, SF/PF, CLE, (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL - buyer beware: missed a couple of games so check his status before adding him
Quinn Cook, PG, LAL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL - buyer beware: only has value if Rondo is out or limited
Alex Caruso, SG, LAL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: a bit of everything
Troy Daniels, PG/SG, LAL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT% - buyer beware: very inconsistent minutes
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (24% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season and C.J. McCollum potentially missing time
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Anthony Tolliver, SF/PF, POR, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Isaiah Thomas, PG, WAS, (16% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Ian Mahinmi, C, WAS, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Anzejs Pasecniks, C, WAS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, FG%
Gary Payton II, SG, WAS, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, AST, STL
Isaac Bonga, SF/PF, WAS, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK

 

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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Monte Morris (PG, DEN): Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 13% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Jamal Murray is out injured and it is not clear when we will see him back on a basketball court. Monte Morris took his spot in the starting line last Thursday and although he only played 26 minutes due to game script (Denver needed a comeback and he was benched in favor of others) he still finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 dimes. Morris had not started in any other game prior to that one but slowly but surely he had found his role as a good reserve for the Nuggets.

On the season, Morris is keeping up averages of 7.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, and 3.3 apg. He's also contributing 0.8 stocks and only losing the ball 0.6 times per game. All of that in under 20 minutes of playing time (18.2 mpg). Only four players (including Morris) are putting up those numbers while playing fewer than 20 minutes: De'Anthony Melton, J.J. Barea, and Jalen Brunson.

Assuming Morris keeps the starting role or at least sees his minutes bumped up to around 25 at least, it is not out of the equation to expect his averages to get up to something closer to a 10-2-5-1 line (those are the numbers he's averaged this season when playing north of 20 minutes). That line on those near-25 minutes, by the way, would be similar to those currently averaged by the likes of Rajon Rondo and Dejounte Murray. Take advantage of Jamal's absence and go get Monte Morris before it's too late.


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Donte DiVincenzo (SG, MIL): Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 15% of leagues

ANALYSIS: The Milwaukee Bucks are the team of the season, yet no one seems to be aware of it. The Bucks are already leading the NBA with a 37-6 record and a .860 winning percentage (three games over the second-best Lakers). They have the reigning MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo, and a great second-fiddle in Khris Middleton. Even with all of those ingredients, the Bucks still feel bland. The main reason, I have to think, is that they are sharing the success between all of their players and each and every one of them is contributing his part.

Enter Donte Divincenzo. As a half-time starter (39 games played, 20 starts), DiVincenzo has only topped a 20% usage rate eight times this season. Even with that low share of possessions being finished by him he's still averaging 8.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, and 1.5 spg against just 1.2 turnovers on 22.7 minutes of run per night. Those numbers are low, but added together in a silly math operation they would yield a result of 17.2 combined points that are almost equal to his minutes and thus make a good ROI bet.

DiVincenzo is in a select group of just three players averaging at least an 8-4-2 line in fewer than 23 minutes of playing time and the other two are big men: DeAndre Jordan and Frank Kaminsky. Donte is one of the most important players of Milwaukee's second unit and given how the team operates on the court his impact will always be there. He's also raised his points-per-game lately averaging 13.3 in his last six games coming off the bench and hitting two or more threes in four of them.


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De'Anthony Melton (PG/SG, MEM): Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 10% of leagues

ANALYSIS: When discussing the current/new iteration of the Memphis Grizzlies a bunch of names will come to the table way before De'Anthony Melton's: JA Morant, Jaren Jackson, Dillon Brooks, etc. But for someone on a clear second-plane role as Melton is playing in this team, the production can't be higher. Backing up Morant, the second-year player out of USC is logging almost 20 minutes of playing time since the start of January and producing more than one fantasy point per minute. That is some serious production even for a bench rider.

The averages of Melton for the year aren't huge but the context he's putting them up should be taken into consideration. Melton is currently on an 8-4-3-1 line playing 17.4 minutes per game. He's the only player in the league with those numbers while playing under 20 minutes per game and the youngest (21yo) at it (next one is Fultz but he's averaging 27.1 mpg). All of this and his late even-better surge could translate into a bigger role going forward.

In three of his last four games, Melton has scored 10-plus points while averaged 4.5 rebounds, 4.75 assists, 1.5 steals, and a block in the full four-game span. Morant and Brooks aren't going anywhere but Melton pencils in as the third-stringer in the rotation and should be considered a good stash in any league in case his role is boosted up.


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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 13

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 13th week of the season and try to figure out how to take advantage of what we saw transpire.

 

Monday, January 13th

Christian Wood Is Worth A Speculative Addition 

As someone who went to UNLV for college, I don't get many opportunities to relive the glory days of our program. In reality, a lot of those historic moments came before I was born or old enough to appreciate the magnitude of what was happening, but it is always nice to get a chance to talk about someone from the school that is finding success professionally. I feel as if all we do is discuss players who have failed in the past. And yes, I'm looking at you, Anthony Bennett.

Wood was a freak athlete for UNLV who was as likely to hit a basket from deep as he was to block a shot out of nowhere. That two-way ability always made him an intriguing prospect to me, and that belief might come to fruition after Blake Griffin suffered what looks to be a season-long injury.

Wood's 18 points, nine rebounds, two steals, three blocks and two three-pointers on Monday night helps to explain the kind of value you could be acquiring off the waiver wire if the Pistons do decide ever fully to unleash the now 24-year-old, but this is far from guaranteed production, and you should be prepared for some ups and downs for the time being. Wood has enough upside that makes me willing to take a shot on him, but there is no guarantee of what you are going to get nightly, at least for now.

 

Tuesday, January 14th

Omari Spellman Might Not Be As Intriguing As Some Initially Thought

Anytime you hear Golden State Warriors and starter in the same sentence, you should at least dive a little deeper into the situation. I was never overly bullish on Omari Spellman's fantasy value going forward, but that never meant he wasn't worth taking a flier on if you had the bench space available.

Spellman went on a tear earlier in January, making 15-of-24 three-point attempts over a six-game stretch, but his showing on Tuesday night should at least give you second thoughts when it comes to what kind of production you should expect nightly.

Spellman wasn't terrible by any means, scoring 10 points to go along with four rebounds, but there does seem to be this dreadful trend taking place that the second-year product might not be good for much more than your occasional scoring outburst and a steady dose of threes. I wouldn't drop him quite yet, but with Willie Cauley-Stein and Eric Paschall both vying for minutes against him, there are going to be some evenings where Spellman isn't worth the headache. He remains a weaker hold in 12-team settings, but a strong case can be made for moving on in any other league.

 

Wednesday, January 15th

Jamal Murray Goes Down; Monte Morris Is Your Add

Jamal Murray was helped off the floor after turning his ankle on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

Murray couldn't put any weight on his left ankle as he exited, although ankle injuries are never quite as cut-and-dry as you would like when it comes to the extent of the harm done. An MRI for potential ligament damage will need to be run, and we will get a better idea of the severity after that.

I'd keep a close eye on this situation as the week progresses, but Monte Morris is a strong add in all leagues, even if it is just for a few games.

UPDATE: Jamal Murray is expected to miss multiple games, but tests didn't reveal any significant damage. That is excellent news for Murray owners, as the injury looked as if it could have been much worse. Morris will get a short-term boost that makes him startable in most leagues, but the positive update on Murray doesn't warrant the same intrigue as initially thought. 

 

Thursday, January 16th

Deandre Ayton Dazzles On Thursday

It has been a weird start for Deandre Ayton during year-two, but the former Arizona product is beginning to show his worth on a nightly basis.

Ayton dominated the Knicks on Thursday, making 11-of-15 shots from the field for a season-high 26 points, but it was his career-high 21 boards that really stole the show.

The buy-low window for Ayton as he served his suspension is unfortunately over, and if you were smart enough to hold onto him during that period, you should have an early-round producer going forward.

Friday, January 17th

How Much Will Victor Oladipo Hurt Malcolm Brogdon?

The short answer to this question is probably not a massive amount, but there is going to be a transition period once Victor Oladipo gets healthy.

Malcolm Brogdon is currently averaging 78.1 touches per game, second to only Domantas Sabonis for the Pacers, but it would be foolish to believe that Oladipo doesn't slowly begin to cut into that production as he becomes healthier.

We aren't going to get a clean bill of health overnight from the Pacers superstar, but there is room for Brogdon to fall in the upcoming months. Brogdon has produced nearly top-50 nine-category value in his absence, but I don't believe it is naive to think that we see that production slip 10 to 20 spots as the year progresses.

 

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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 13

As we draw closer to All-Star Weekend, fan voting for the main event in Chicago continues to dominate the national headlines with, shall we say, less than deserving players making their mark on the ballot.

The skewed fan vote doesn't have as large an impact as it did in previous years, but the bias towards those in bigger markets raises a larger question about where the media attention currently lies compared to where it should.

Certain fans in smaller markets tend to crave a bit more respect for their team's star players. Others are in favor of going where the clicks are. No matter the side you're on, debates are bound to follow. As a distraction, consider these five mid-week waiver wire pickup options for Week 13 of the NBA fantasy season.

 

Week 13 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Darius Garland - PG - Cleveland Cavaliers - 44% owned

Like plenty of rookie floor generals, Darius Garland had a rough go trying to run an NBA offense while balancing scoring and playmaking responsibilities.

Whatever concerns some may have had regarding Garland's future are slowly evaporating with each passing game for the Cleveland Cavaliers as the most recent No. 5 overall pick continues to shine.

Garland hasn't scored below double-figures since Dec. 27, a span of 10 games in which he's averaged 16.0 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.2 makes a game from beyond the arc.

A rookie wall might be in Garland's future. He may have already powered through it after gaining some early traction. As Cleveland strips down its roster having already traded Jordan Clarkson with a desire to also deal Kevin Love, expect Garland to shoulder more responsibilities offensively while looking mighty impressive doing so.

Thaddeus Young - SF/PF - Chicago Bulls - 40% owned

Thaddeus Young has been having his worst season since his rookie year on account of a crowded Chicago Bulls frontcourt that's limited his ability to contribute, but that rotation is going to look a lot different in the coming weeks.

Wendell Carter Jr., the young starting center for the Bulls who's already missed five straight outings, is set to miss the next four to six weeks after severely spraining his right ankle.

Over his last four, Young has had two single-digit performances, but those subpar outings were sandwiched by 17 and 18 point games, the latter of which was the more recent one against the Boston Celtics.

The absence of Carter should certainly result in more minutes for Young, who also finds himself an intriguing trade candidate as the Feb. 6 deadline inches closer.

A trade to a team in need of his services would do wonders for Young's production. For now, the adjustments being made along Chicago's frontline open the door for more of that desired role as well.

Omari Spellman - PF - Golden State Warriors - 36% owned

Omari Spellman was no more than a bench filler for the Golden State Warriors before the start of the new season. Like many of his teammates, however, the sophomore big man has taken the minutes afforded to him and left Steve Kerr without any option but to supply more.

He's played 23.4 minutes a night over his last seven games including three consecutive starts that have resulted in averages of 13.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 three-pointers, and 1.8 steals per game.

With the Warriors focusing more on the developmental side of basketball for the first time in a while, Spellman seems to have overtaken Willie Cauley-Stein in the starting lineup without any indication of a switchback any time soon.

As the losses pile up in Golden State, expect Kerr to turn to Spellman to see what he can provide beyond this season. And if this recent stretch is any indication, the outcome is encouraging.

Christian Wood - PF/C - Detroit Pistons - 31% owned

Christian Wood has bounced around several locations during his relatively short NBA career thus far, but the Detroit Pistons seem to be the team willing to give the former UNLV product a chance and are seeing first-hand what that results in.

The numbers have been sporadic for Wood over the last 11 outings with five single-digit outings. During that span overall, he's still managed to put up 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in just 21.0 minutes a game.

Blake Griffin is likely out for the year, leaving a gaping hole in Detroit's frontcourt that could only grow larger if Andre Drummond is dealt by the deadline.

His numbers aren't all that impressive now, but Wood has done enough to warrant a stash given the added opportunities that are being afforded to him now and the extra ones that may arrive in less than a month as well.

Elfrid Payton - PG - New York Knicks - 28% owned

After playing just four games to start the season, Elfrid Payton required more than a month to work his way back into the regular rotation for the New York Knicks.

Since then, the fifth-year guard has earned a spot in the starting lineup and has played well particularly as of late. Over his last five games -- excluding New York's most recent blowout at the hands of Milwaukee -- Payton averaged 13.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

His three-point stroke is non-existent, but Payton still shot 50.0 percent from the field during that stretch with only 2.2 turnovers in just 29.9 minutes of action.

The Knicks should be prioritizing their youth, but they seem to be content allowing Payton to be their primary floor general.

His numbers won't blow any potentially interested parties away and there will always be consistency issues and the threat of being demoted behind guys like Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilkinia.

But as long as Payton's numbers hover around his recent production, he's certainly worth a look if options at the point guard spot are a bit slim in your league.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 13

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 13.

 

Guards

Reggie Bullock, New York Knicks

Bullock has jumped into the starting lineup for various injuries the last couple of games, and his production has been good. He averaged 15.5 points, three dimes and 2.5 steals in the two games with minutes around 27 per game.  It's unknown how long he'll have this run, but he's worth streaming for the time being in mid-sized to deeper leagues.

Emmanuel Mudiay, Utah Jazz

The former first-round pick filled in for Mike Conley (hamstring) the last three games with solid production. He has averaged 14.7 points, five assists and 3.7 boards during the stretch. Hamstrings can be tricky, and Conley is starting to age, which could give Mudiay an extended run. He's an option as long as Conley is on the shelf.

John Wall, Washington Wizards

The former All-Star has been taking part in 3-on-3 drills, but the team spoke with caution about Wall's status that they were going to be conservative with him. He was supposed to miss most, if not all of this season after tearing his Achilles' again. The odds are long that he'll revert back to form this season, and he may not return at all with the team out of contention. However, he's worth stashing if space provides.

Forwards

Taj Gibson, New York Knicks

The grizzled 34-year-old has found the fountain of youth the last two games averaging 16.5 points and eight boards per game with forward Marcus Morris (neck) out.  Morris' absence shouldn't be long term, but he's hot on the trade block as well. Gibson could be trade bait as well before the Feb. 6 trade deadline, but Morris is more likely to draw interest.  Gibson should be picked up in deeper leagues in the event that more playing time opens up long term.

Eric Paschall, Golden State Warriors

The 2019 second rounder found his way back into the rotation of late, and he has posted 11 points, five boards, three assists and 2.5 steals per game. The cellar-dwelling Dubs have little to play for, and Paschall should be grabbing more consistent forward minutes any time. Paschall averaged 18.1 points and 5.8 boards per game in November, and he should have another window of opportunity to do so again soon.

Centers

Luke Kornet, Chicago Bulls

The Bulls lost center Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) for at least four to six weeks, and Kornet will be in the rotation with center Daniel Gafford to take those minutes. Gafford will likely have first shot at them, but he's probably owned in most deeper formats. Kornet could be a consolation prize. Kornet jacked up 3-for-9 in triples Jan. 11 en route to 15 points and six boards in 25 minutes. He went scoreless in the last game, and those peaks and valleys should be expected.

Jahlil Okafor, New Orleans Pelicans

The former No. 3 overall pick surfaces in a big way from time to time, but they never seem to give him consistent minutes. He had 25 points, 14 boards, five assists and three blocks in a ridiculous game against the Detroit Pistons Monday. It's unlikely to last long, but he needs to be owned everywhere pronto.

 

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 13

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.

I hate sounding like a broken record, but those pesky injuries keep popping up. Bradley Beal continues to sit periodically with a leg injury, and that is giving some Washington Wizards a chance to shine. Blake Griffin underwent knee surgery last week and could miss the rest of the season. His absence has created a vast hole in the Pistons rotation that someone will have to fill. We also have the trade deadline fast approaching, and the Jazz added a player over the holiday season that has surged them up the Western Conference standings.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from January 6th to January 12th and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Markelle Fultz (PG - Orlando Magic)

Season: 26.8 Minutes per Game

Week 12: 30.7 Minutes per Game

"Oh, my God! Okay, it's happening. Everybody stay calm." - Michael Scott.

It's not every day that you get to incorporate an Office quote into fantasy basketball analysis, but today is one of them. Markelle Fultz is healthy and playing like a top-100 player. Last week he was a top-20 point guard in ESPN leagues and was becoming an exciting flyer in most formats.

These results are due to a string of impressive performances by Fultz in Week 12, where he averaged over 30 minutes per game. He had a career-high 25 points against the Brooklyn Nets. Then on Wednesday, he had six points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and four steals as he stuffed the box score against the Wizards. And the former number one overall pick capped off his week with a 15 point, six rebound, six assist performance on the road in Phoenix.

With Jonathan Isaac out for the foreseeable future, this is a chance for Fultz to silence all his critics and take a step in the right direction. His minutes are trending up, and his counting stats are following suit. If Fultz is still on your waiver wire, he is well worth a speculative grab and stash. He has league-winning upside, and if it's do-or-die time for your team, he is precisely the kind of player you take a risk on.

 

Jordan Clarkson (SG - Utah Jazz)

Season: 23.7 Minutes per Game

Week 12: 27.3 Minutes per Game

Jordan Clarkson received an early Christmas gift when the Cleveland Cavaliers traded him to the Utah Jazz. Since that trade, Utah is 9-0 and must be loving the early returns on their investment. Mike Conley has been out since December 17th with a hamstring injury, and Clarkson has been a more than adequate replacement.

He finished Week 12 with two 20-point performances against the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards. He has scored more than 20 points in three of his nine games with the Jazz, after only reaching that mark six times in 29 games with the Cavaliers. He saw his averages rise to 17.5 points, 2.3 three-pointers made, and 1.0 steals in 27.3 minutes over the four games in Week 12.

Managers will want to keep a close eye on Clarkson once the Jazz return to full strength, but things are going great for him at the moment. When the trade happened, there were fears that he would lose fantasy value. Luckily, those fears have subsided as Clarkson picks up the slack and helps his new team make a mid-season push for a top-four seed in the Western Conference.

 

Troy Brown Jr. (SF - Washington Wizards)

Season: 26.1 Minutes per Game

Week 12: 34.3 Minutes per Game

I can picture it now. Fantasy basketball managers are scrolling through the waiver wire with the last seven days filter loaded and looking for a stud to carry them this week. Their eyes light up. "What is this?" they ask hesitantly, "A small forward averaging 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 made threes! I must have him!"

Well, stop right there. The player they found is none other than Troy Brown Jr. of the Washington Wizards. He did enjoy a huge week with a massive workload. He had back-to-back double-doubles in Week 13 against the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks, while only missing three in a row by one rebound against the Celtics. However, these results will not last. Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, Thomas Bryant, and Rui Hachimura are all on the mend for the Wizards and will cut into Brown's minutes and production opportunities as a result.

The wise move would be to drop Brown right now and pick him up in a couple of weeks before the trade deadline. There is some speculation that Davis Bertans could be cashed in for some assets at the trade deadline. A Bertans trade would open up more opportunities for Brown again and make him a viable asset in standard formats.

 

Sekou Doumbouya (PF - Detroit Pistons)

Season: 15.8 Minutes per Game

Week 12: 27.3 Minutes per Game

Blake Griffin's status for the rest of the 2020 season is up in the air after the star forward underwent knee surgery last week. Although that is a big blow to many fantasy rosters, it creates a massive opportunity in Detroit. Griffin averaged 28.4 minutes per game, and those will need to be filled by someone.

Enter Sekou Doumbouya. The 15th pick in the 2019 NBA draft has been down in the G-League for most of the year. Then the calendar turned to 2020, and the rookie has been getting his fair share of minutes. In Week 13, he averaged 27.3 minutes per game over three contests. He averaged 11.7 points and not a whole lot else.

Picking up Doumbouya is not about what has happened, though. It's about what could happen. With Blake Griffin out and Andre Drummond apparently on the trade block, Doumbouya has become a must-add in fantasy basketball because of the massive opportunity in front of him. He is raw and will have a lot to learn about the NBA, but there's nowhere better to do that than on a team that is going south and wants to give their young guys some looks. Add him now before everyone else looks him up in two weeks if Drummond gets traded. Be the smart fantasy basketball manager, and take a risk that could push your team into the playoffs.

 

Alex Len (C - Atlanta Hawks)

Season: 18.7 Minutes per Game

Week 12: 21.3 Minutes per Game

Alex Len entered Week 13, averaging 18.7 minutes per game and not providing a ton of value in fantasy leagues. However, he saw his minutes tick up to 21.3 per game last week, and he rewarded the managers that took a flyer on him with two straight double-doubles.

He's now scored in the double figures for five consecutive games. He averaged 11.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in Week 13 over four games. His two double-doubles came against the Houston Rockets (14 points, 10 rebounds) and the Washington Wizards (10 points, 14 rebounds). Both of those teams were missing critical cogs in their frontcourt, but it was encouraging to see Len take advantage of the matchup and give his owners a boost in the rebounding categories.

Unfortunately, what works against Len is that the Hawks are in the middle of a youth movement and are not even close to sniffing the playoffs. If the Hawks decide (or maybe they already have) that this is a lost season and they want to see their young guys, Len is a candidate to lose playing time. All you can do as a fantasy manager is keep a close eye and see where his minutes go from here. If he continues to gain minutes, then the Hawks are buying in, and like what they see, and Len will be worth a pickup in 14-team leagues.

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Fantasy Basketball Week 13 Waiver Wire Specialists

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! This season has been entertaining with many different story lines, and we're excited for what the rest of the season has to offer. This is a reminder that fantasy basketball is a marathon, not a sprint. We are just past halfway into the fantasy season, where managers should have a sense of what they need to do for the remainder of the season to stay competitive. If you're holding onto the more than a couple of handful of players with an IR spot, it may be time to cut bait. Players like Jonathan Isaac (knee)  , Marc Gasol (groin), Otto Porter (foot) all comes to mind.

It's mindful to take all factors into consideration. Be mindful players who are off to flaming hot starts may eventually cool off, or eventually fade out. As a reminder for most leagues, it's crucial to plan ahead. Managers should be doing everything they can to make the fantasy playoffs, which start as soon as Week 20 in most settings. 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. In some cases, preach some patience in the early part of the season if a player isn't busting out of the gates. 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!

In this weekly piece, I'll go over some specialists in the peripheral areas where you can target on the waiver wire. These guys are not be must-own players by all means, but these are "specialists" in which you should target if you want a boost in assisting to win your statistical head-to-head match ups for example. Let's take a look at some of the guys in Week 13 that are likely on your waiver wire.

 

Week 13 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Specialists

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

I write my columns based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues.

 

Blocks

Daniel Gafford, C - Chicago Bulls

Wendell Carter J.R (high ankle sprain) is out for at least 4-6 weeks, giving Gafford an opportunity to start and provide solid value, especially for those looking for traditional big man stats. He's not going to wow you with Hassan Whiteside numbers, but he's going to provide consistent block and rebounding numbers on most nights to sustain top-100 value. The more minutes he's able to play, the better he will be.

Jaxson Hayes, C - New Orleans Pelicans

Derrick Favors (hamstring) went down on Friday night and he's not exactly the quickest healer out there. Given how well Hayes has been playing, he should be a must-own player in all 12-team formats until Favors is back. He was already playing well being the first big man off the bench, and the Favors injury will force the Pelicans to play him in the 27-29 minute range. Hayes was great on Saturday, scoring a a career-high 20 points (9-of-13 from the field) with two rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Dwight Howard / JaVale McGee, C - Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers front-court has been exceptional all season, and they're surprisingly providing enough value to be given consideration in most competitive settings. Both big man are able to rack up defensive stats, and the injury to Anthony Davis (back bruise) makes both of them more intriguing to own, especially if you're in need for blocks. Give them a look as you are surely going to get a boost in defensive stats.

Steals

Jarrett Culver, PG/SG/SF - Minnesota Timberwolves

Culver has been playing close to a must-own player for over a week, and Karl Anthony-Towns (knee) is still unsure about a return date. With the starting spot likely locked in for the rest of the way, Culver will get all the opportunities to thrive. His ability to get defensive stats from a multi-positional eligibility makes him a good add for anyone with dead weight on their roster. His percentages may be hard to swallow, but the upside to generate popcorn numbers makes Culver a good add, especially with four games in Week 13.

Trevor Ariza, SG/SF - Sacramento Kings

The Kings are still without Marvin Bagley (foot) and Richaun Holmes (shoulder) will be out 2-3 weeks, meaning Ariza will get a boost in minutes. Ariza was a non-factor for much of the season, but if he's going to be getting close to 30 minutes a game on a nightly basis, he's a sneaky add. Ariza's always been a relevant fantasy contributor for much of his career, and his ability to fill up the box score with a bit of everything makes him worthy of an add in Week 13.

Markelle Fultz PG/SG - Orlando Magic

Fultz has been up and down for most of the season, but has really started to trend up again. He's quietly provided solid top-90 value over the past two weeks in nine-category leagues due to his contributions in assists (5.7 per game) and steals (2.3 per game). He's be good enough that whenever he's not scoring or struggling with his shot, he's still providing value with his rebounding, assists, and steals. He's a nice hold who can make a difference in the second-half of the season.

Omari Spellman, PF - Golden State Warriors

Spellman has emerged as a player to own in Golden State, and has dethroned Willie Cauley-Stein for the starting center spot in Golden State. Spellman is an interesting player to target since he contributes in multiple categories, and can shoot the 3-ball as a big man at a very nice clip (40% on the season). Spellman had a monster outing against the Clippers on Friday night, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and four triples.

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Josh Hart (SG/SF, NO) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 27% of leagues

ANALYSIS: There are definitely a couple of strong reasons for why you might want to avoid Josh Hart, namely that his three-point shooting percentage has decreased steadily each month from 40% in October to 29.7% to kick off the new year and his usage rate has dropped to a season-low 13.8% as well for January. However, there is plenty of time for Hart to turn things around this month, and what he does with high-volume playing time could more than make up the difference in no time.

Although his usage in January has dipped, Hart is still producing 10.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game across a season-best 30.3 minutes per contest, not to mention the fact that his combined offensive and defensive rating of 228 is his highest since October. His playing time averaging 30 minutes or more for the first time this season is a big deal as well. He has played in 12 games in which he played between 30 and 39 minutes this season, and in those games he averaged 13.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and a hardy 1.4 steals per contest. With so many Pelicans still on ice, the window remains wide open for Josh Hart to see the floor for a majority of any given evening, and with that hopefully will come a hot streak from beyond the arc.


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Dorian Finney-Smith (SF/PF, DAL) - Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 12% of leagues

ANALYSIS: It has been a nice two-month stretch of leaps and bounds for Dorian Finney-Smith out of the Dallas Mavericks front court. From October through December, the former Florida Gator was in the unique position of seeing his playing time steadily increase, yet his usage rate was steadily decreasing at the same time from 13.7% to 11.3%, which was a key factor in his per game averages staying static until the crack of the new year.

To start off January, not only has Finney-Smith seen a season-best figure for minutes per game at 32.6, but he is also being utilized at a season-high rate of 15.1%, so he is being used more than he has all season from both a total volume and percentage basis. This rise in involvement has led to Finney-Smith putting up season-bests across the board with 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game. Not only that, but since the start of December, he has gone 40 for 94 from beyond the arc for a superb success rate of 42.6%. With Rick Carlisle calling his number more and more as the season goes on and Dorian Finney-Smith now making the most of that opportunity, he is in prime position to make considerable contributions as an addition off of the waiver wire.


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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 13

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.

Be mindful of some of the players on your roster as they may be off to slow starts, and it could take another week or two to see the return you expected when drafting them. Typically, you should be looking to drop those on the end of your bench who, even if productive, do not provide a real long-term outlook. Stay the course with the talent you drafted.

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 13.

 

Week 13 Schedule

4 Games - Cavaliers, Magic, Pacers, Trailblazers, Bulls, Thunder, Celtics, Timberwolves, Suns, 76ers

3 Games - Nets, Mavericks, Raptors, Heat, Lakers, Hawks, Kings, Pelicans, Pistons, Warriors, Clippers, Bucks, Jazz, Knicks, Nuggets, Spurs, Rockets

2 Games - Hornets, Grizzlies, Wizards

 

Week 13 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:

Nemanja Bjelica - PF - Sacramento Kings (53% owned)

With Richaun Holmes out for the next few weeks, more minutes have opened up for Nemanja Bjelica to continue producing efficient, and valuable numbers. The concern with Bjelica beforehand was the return of Marvin Bagley, but now, that is less of a worry as Bagley could see more time at the center spot, leaving plenty of power forward minutes for Bjelica. Bjelica is not going to dazzle anyone with his scoring but he is fully capable of stuffing a stat-sheet without hurting your weekly score much, if at all.

Tim Hardaway Jr. - SG - Dallas Mavericks (35% owned)

Tim Hardaway Jr. returned from a week-long hamstring injury and performed as well as he has all season. His proficient three-point shooting has carried his fantasy value all season and should continue to as you superstar, Luka Doncic, remains by his side. Hardaway is not going to provide much outside of points, threes and some rebounds, however, he hardly turns the ball over and his FG/FT percentages are easier to stomach than some other specialists.

Jordan Clarkson - SG  - Utah Jazz (31% owned)

Jordan Clarkson's been a useful asset for the Utah Jazz. Since coming over from Cleveland, Clarkson's production has remained steady and provided the Jazz with a true sixth-man who can create offense on his own. His main benefits come via points, threes, low turnovers, and solid percentages, however, he is capable of accruing a few assists every so often. Clarkson is an ideal end-of-bench filler candidate for those in 12-plus team leagues.

Daniel Gafford - C - Chicago Bulls (10% owned)

With Wendell Carter Jr. sidelined for the next month at least, Daniel Gafford will step up as the starting center in Chicago. Gafford is not the strongest fantasy option in the world, and his minutes could fluctuate based on the matchup, but he is valuable. There is strong block potential, with a great FG percentage and rebounds on top. His FT percentage will be a bummer and should make him more of an option for owners already punting (or soft punting) the category.

Christian Wood - C - Detroit Pistons (21% owned) 

We have all heard the rumors regarding Andre Drummond, and from Detroit's rotations, it is clear that Christian Wood is the direct back-up. If Drummond is actually traded by next month, Wood could end up as the pick up of the year. He holds little standalone value at the moment but that does not matter. He is a worthy handcuff who can be dropped within a few weeks. Wood can be a solid provider for FG percentage, points, rebounds, blocks and potentially, threes, while not killing FT percentage. Grab him now and wait.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 13 (Jan 13 - Jan 19)

Fantasy NBA playoffs are getting closer by the minute and for those of us in the hunt for playoff berth or better seeding, every matchup counts. Streaming is that ace up our sleeve to help us when the going gets tough, and it gets tough a lot.

There are plenty of decisions to make when streaming. Who do I cut? Which categories will I need help with and who do I pick up for that?

It's not easy to find the right players with the right schedules and skills to maximize the potential for streaming on any given week. Fantasy owners have their work cut out for them, but to help out a little, I've done some analysis of the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 13.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 13

What!? Only two games on Sunday!? Okay, players from teams that play on Sunday go straight into our thoughts. Also, Tuesday has six and Thursday five games, so players from teams that play on both these days will be in our focus as well.
Monday and Friday have seven games apiece so some teams might want to look for help here two, but that would be too wide for us to cover today so we will stick to players from teams who either play on Sunday or on both Tuesday and Thursday.
Wednesday with ten and Saturday with eleven games shouldn't be too challenging for us.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Boston Celtics
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Memphis Grizzlies
Washington Wizards

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

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: CLE
Tuesday/Wednesday: BKN, DAL, HOU
Wednesday/Thursday: BOS, DEN, ORL
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: ATL, CHI, CLE, MIN, OKC, PHI, POR, TOR
Saturday/Sunday: -
Sunday/Monday the following: DEN, IND, MIA, SAS

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 6 games
Thursday: 5 games
Sunday: 2 games

Teams playing on Sunday:
Indiana Pacers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Denver Nuggets (3 games - Wed, Thurs, Sun)
Miami Heat (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
San Antonio Spurs (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on both Tuesday and Thursday:
Golden State Warriors (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Los Angeles Clippers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
New York Knicks (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Phoenix Suns (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

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

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
-

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Memphis Grizzlies (2 games - Tue, Fri)
Atlanta Hawks (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Miami Heat (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Memphis Grizzlies (2 games - Tue, Fri)
Charlotte Hornets (2 games - Mon, Wed)
Washington Wizards (2 games - Wed, Fri)
Detroit Pistons (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Brooklyn Nets (3 games - Mon, Tue, Sat)
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Mon, Tue, Fri)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Mon, Tue, Sat)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 13

Okay, so, only two games on Sunday. Indiana goes to Denver and Miami visits San Antonio. Players from these teams will be worth gold come the end of the week. Be careful though, only the Pacers have four games next week and they are the only team to play a game before Wednesday.

Six teams play both on Tuesday with six games and Thursday with five. These teams are the Warriors, the Clippers, the Bucks, the Knicks, the Suns, and the Jazz. It's quite interesting that all of these teams play just three games next week and all of them play on exactly the same days - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

As no teams provide the perfect coverage for next week (apart from maybe Indiana if their schedule works well for you), I see potential for the following strategy (mind you, this is based on the presumption that we already have full rosters for Wednesday and Saturday, but need help on all other days):

  1. Pick up a player who plays on Monday
  2. Swap him on Tuesday for someone who plays on both Tuesday and Thursday
  3. Drop him on Friday for someone who plays on both Friday and Sunday

This can give you five games on all days that don't have 10 or more games from one streaming spot if you have three acquisitions for the week (or two but you manage to snag the Monday guy during Week 12). Of course, if you have fewer than three transactions or more than one streaming spot, you should definitely devise a different tactic.

 

Streaming Options for Week 13

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, IND, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (78% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (62% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK, FG%, FT% - buyer beware: battling an injury so check his status before adding
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (59% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Duncan Robinson, SG/SF/PF, MIA, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Tyler Herro, SG/SF, MIA, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Goran Dragic, PG/SG, MIA, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
Kendrick Nunn, PG/SG, MIA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL
Derrick White, PG/SG, SAS, (36% Owned) - Strong Cats: Jack of all trades
Rudy Gay, SF/PF, SAS, (50% Owned) - Strong Cats: Gay, too, is a Jack of all trades
Dejounte Murray, PG, SAS, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB
Damion Lee, SG, GSW, (43% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Alec Burks, PG/SG, GSW, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL, FT%
Willie Cauley-Stein, PF/C, GSW, (49% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, a bit of everything - buyer beware: low FG%
Marcus Morris Sr., SF/PF, NYK, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, FT% - buyer beware: battling a neck injury
RJ Barrett, SF/PF, NYK, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Aron Baynes, PF/C, PHO, (32% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, PHO, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK - buyer beware: in poor form

 

Shallower League Add

Damion Lee, SG, GSW - 43% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

We talked about Lee back in Week 10 Streamers, but he was our "Insanely Deep League Add" back then when he was owned in just 2% of Yahoo leagues. With the way he has been playing, he deserves to be featured again. About a month ago, Lee was on a two-way contract and wasn't even a regular part of the Warriors' rotation. Fast forward 30 days - Lee earned himself a guaranteed contract and is playing over 30 minutes a night.

His averages of  14.6 PTS with 1.7 3PM on 41.8 FG% and 89.6 FT%, 6.6 REB, 2.9 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.1 BLK, and 1.4 TO in 14 games during this period tell the whole tale. Lee is ranked around the top-80 during this stretch. Furthermore, Damion is a quite consistent scorer, despite his FG% varying from game to game. In these 14 games, he failed to reach double-digit points in just two. And he doesn't show signs of stopping.

With this kind of form and a pretty good schedule, Damion isn't a bad shout for those who need some threes and points with a steal here and there on Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

 

Deeper League Add

Aaron Holiday, PG, IND - 26% Owned

Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL

The youngest of the Holiday brothers is doing quite well in the absence of Indiana's starting PG Malcolm Brogdon. He is averaging 12.6 PTS with 1.4 3PM on 39.7 FG% and FT%, 2.3 REB, 6.1 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.6 BLK, and 1.9 TO in 29 minutes a night over the past two weeks. This has him inside the top-150, and he is easily inside the top-100 for those who are punting FG% and TO.

Now, I would love it if I could tell you that Aaron is going to keep up this tempo in the long run. Heck, I would even settle for a short term. But alas, I cannot. Brogdon is nearing a return, and that will surely put a dent into Holiday's playing time and, consequentially, his fantasy output.

Even though Holiday won't be scoring 12 points and getting six dimes night after night, he could stick around his season averages of 10.6 points and 3.7 assists with a sprinkle of threes (1.6 on the season) and steals (0.8 on the season) with some great free-throw shooting (career average of 84.3%). This is not too bad for a deep league add in my book.

Furthermore, Brogdon still hasn't played a game, and even though it was reported that he is over his back injury, he has now caught a bug and missed a game due to that as well. With him playing the last full game back on Dec 22, and without clear information on when he will be back, Holiday might still get near 30 minutes a game next week. And with four games including a matchup against the Nuggets on two-game Sunday, Holiday is worth a shot - especially for those who don't care about his poor FG% and TO.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Omari Spellman, PF, GSW - 9% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB, PTS

Spellman is starting to look a lot like Damion Lee lately. He too wasn't heavily involved in the Warriors rotation but in the New Year all that changed quickly. He scored in double digits in all five of his 2020 games, and with averages of 16.0 points with 2.8 three-pointers on 56.8% from the field and 84.6% from the line, 5.3 boards, 1.8 dimes, 2.3 steals, 0.5 blocked shots, and 1.3 turnovers in 22 minutes per game, he is ranked at #28 in the past seven days. He even took over the starting center job from Willie Cauley-Stein, so his coach seems to trust him.

Of course, it's not realistic to expect him to be this good constantly, but if he just gets half of all these counting stats from last week, most owners that streamed him for his games on Tuesday and Thursday will be cool with it. Low-risk, high-award move here with Omari. Just like Damion Lee a few weeks back.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Doug McDermott, SF, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Aaron Holiday, PG, IND, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, IND, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
T.J. McConnell, PG, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, FG%
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Derrick Jones Jr., SF/PF, MIA, (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, a bit of everything
Meyers Leonard, PF/C, MIA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Bryn Forbes, PG/SG, SAS, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Patty Mills, PG/SG, SAS, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Jakob Poeltl, C, SAS, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK, FG%, REB
Trey Lyles, PF, SAS, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Lonnie Walker IV, SG, SAS, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Glenn Robinson III, SG/SF, GSW, (29% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB, STL
Omari Spellman, PF, GSW, (9% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB, PTS
Eric Paschall, SF/PF, GSW, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, FG%, rookie factor
JaMychal Green, PF/C, LAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Maurice Harkless, SF, LAC, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG%
Landry Shamet, PG, LAC, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (22% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
Kevin Knox, SF/PF, NYK, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL - buyer beware: poor FT%
Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, NYK, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Taj Gibson, PF/C, NYK, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK
Royce O'Neale, SF, UTA, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, REB, STL and plays almost 30 minutes a game
Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, UTA, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, UTA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, a (very) little bit of everything - could provide some value while Mike Conley is out

 

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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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 13)

If you haven't noticed, Zach LaVine has taken over these previous two weeks. This isn't to overshadow the production of DeMar DeRozan, Jaren Jackson Jr., or Kyrie Irving's spectacular return, but it should be noted that LaVine is helping owners in every category aside from rebounding and turnovers. The turnovers are a given seeing his transition to point guard, but the improvement across the board is slowly generating more and more attention from owners looking to clean up in the playoffs, or teams looking to make a final push for the postseason.

Aside from the three players listed in the article, Markelle Fultz, Bruce Brown, Miles Bridges, and Dwight Howard will all have considerable upside this week due to matchups and injuries. It's tough to gauge injuries and return times, but even if a player misses just one game, it's important to find their replacement quickly and try to capitalize and on any "free" production.

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 13

Josh Okogie, PG/SG  – Minnesota Timberwolves

Ownership: 3%

7.8 PPG /  4.4 RPG /  .387 FG% /  1.0 SPG  

The season-long stats are not exactly aesthetically appealing, but over the past week Josh Okogie has been posting top-40 value, anchored by his steals. This sign of improvement doesn't look like it's going to slow down seeing how he went from 25 minutes two games ago, to playing 30 last game against the Rockets. It did come in a blowout, but what else are you really expecting from this Timberwolves squad. They are struggling to stay competitive outside of some of the lower-ranking teams, but that struggle works in our favor for standard leagues. With 3% ownership, this is a perfect add for anyone needing steals and looking to fill in any gaps. Okogie hasn't been killing percentages either, so this is for someone looking for help across the board over the next week.

 

Norman Powell, SG/SF – Toronto Raptors

Ownership 40%

14.6  PPG /  3.9 RPG /  .497 FG% /  1.1 SPG

Both Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell returned to the lineup against the Spurs and were able to hit the ground running. The Raptors lost, but Powell scored 20 points, Siakam put up 15 and Kyle Lowry dished out 15 assists. Seeing how well Powell performed with all this going on in a loss at home, the future is promising. He is having a career season and that won't change as long as he is getting the minutes. Since he did suffer a dislocated shoulder, there always the chance of a lingering injury, but being directly inserted back into the starting lineup is definitely gives Powell a positive outlook for the rest of the month assuming he stays healthy. If you were worried about the rest of the Raptors stealing production and usage, I wouldn't worry seeing how often they look to get Powell involved, especially while Fred Vanvleet recovering.

 

Omari Spellman, PF– Golden State Warriors

Ownership 28%

 7.8 PPG /  .454 FG% /  4.9 RPG / .9 3MPG

This is the second time Omari Spellman has been on a deep waiver wire adds list, but that's going to be incredibly common with lower-tier teams, especially the Warriors this season. They are going to have consistent sources of production in terms of they will look to get the same players going early each night. Unfortunately, Spellman is not one of those guys, but for the next week or two, he has his chance. Although the Warriors are on a fairly distracting losing streak, that won't keep Spellman from getting his touches and his usage rate and minutes have some decent correlation for the first time all season. It's extremely unclear how long this will last, but as long as he is posting at least 10 points, a few rebounds and multiple defensive stats, it's worth the chance.

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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 12

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 12th week of the season and try to figure out how to take advantage of what we saw transpire.

 

Monday, January 6th

Jordan McRae Continues Hot Form

Jordan McRae remained hot for the Washington Wizards, accumulating 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, one assist, three blocks, two steals and two three-pointers in 38 minutes of action.

McRae has been on a strong run recently with averages of 17.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 threes per game over his past 10 contests, and despite Bradley Beal returning to the lineup shortly, the shooting guard out of the University of Tennessee remains a hold for now.

McRae's volume-based shooting that has resulted in averages of 35 percent over his past four contests does leave something to be desired, but his production of top-100 value over the past two weeks in nine-category leagues is worth the one category punt.

 

Tuesday, January 7th

Sekou Doumbouya Is A Must-Add 

With Blake Griffin likely out for the season after having knee surgery, Sekou Doumbouya is going to receive all the run he can handle in Dwane Casey's offense

On Tuesday night, the rookie was only able to put together 15 points, two rebounds and three steals, but none of that is necessarily a negative since Doumbouya's role isn't going anywhere. The quiet performance should allow you to sneakily add the French product, and his ability to produce across the board makes him an interesting commodity in most settings.

Over his last four games, Doumbouya is posting top-100 numbers in nine-category settings with 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 triples. There are going to be some ups-and-downs that you have to encounter, but his mixed-bag of production will make him worth the ride.

 

Wednesday, January 8th

Should You Pickup Eric Gordon?

Eric Gordon has been a potent scorer since returning from his mid-season knee surgery, generating 15.2 points and 3.0 shots from deep.

While all that is promising for those desperate for a player that can contribute points and threes, there are a handful of things I dislike about adding him. For starters, Gordon's field goal percentage will hurt your lineup, and his lack of production is many of the other qualifying statistics won't help either.

I'd anticipate we see the Rockets ease the 31-year-old back into action, meaning I'd doubt they play him for a few weeks when the team has a back-to-back set placed in front of them. That hasn't been a street we have crossed yet, but we will get more answers on that front when the Rockets play on Thursday.

UPDATE: Eric Gordon was indeed rested on Thursday. With the likelihood of missing random games and only two categories worth of production, I am leaving the sharpshooter on the waiver wire in standard leagues. 

 

Thursday, January 9th

Jarrett Culver Is Quietly Coming Around 

Don't look now, but Jarrett Culver has averaged 30.6 minutes per game so far during January, scoring 14.0 points to go along with 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 steals while connecting on 1.2 shots from deep.

Those averages are skyrocketed totals compared to the production that he provided earlier in the year, but how logical is it to expect this run to continue? Personally, I am adding him in all standard settings, as there isn't too much downside if you can get around his poor shooting from the field.

Culver's minutes have seen an uptick, his aggression level on offense has reached a new level and he has been a steady provider in most statistical categories as of late. That is enough to warrant more than consideration, and it seems likely that his 35% ownership level on Yahoo won't last for much longer.

 

Friday, January 10th

Tim Hardaway Jr. Scores 22 On Friday 

Tim Hardaway Jr. posted 22 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, adding seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three three-pointers in 32 minutes.

The performance was Hardaway's first 20-point game since returning from a three-game absence because of a hamstring injury, but it has been a wild ride this season if you own the explosive scorer.

Hardaway Jr. can help squads that are in need of scoring and three-point help, but his lack of production in other areas makes him more of a deep league option than a standard choice because of those flaws.

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