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Bruce Brown (SG, DET): Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 17% of leagues

ANALYSIS: I don't even know what to make of these Pistons. I guess the best we can hope for is for them to move Andre Drummond as soon as possible, lock into the rebuilding mentality, trade any other still-valuable piece (Derrick Rose), and settle for a long walk through the desert with the likes of Bruce Brown Jr. getting ample playing time and a stable role. It's been un and down for him this season as he started 26 of his first 30 games but only three of his last eight.

Since he was left on the bench for the first time in ages back on Dec. 26 Brown has stepped up his game, though. He's scored 10-plus points in five of those eight last matches and he had a booming performance against Cleveland on Jan. 9 in which he finished with 17 points, four rebounds, eight dimes, four steals, and two blocks. Cherry-picking, I know, but only two other players have put up a 17-4-8-4-2 line in a single game this season: Karl Anthony-Towns and De'Aaron Fox (twice).

While you can't expect Brown to perform to those heights nightly, he's back in the starting lineup and playing north of 30 minutes with an average usage rate of 20 percent. He's shooting 45 percent from the floor since Christmas Day and has hit 94.5% of his last 20 free throws (last six games). Not a long-range threat, but a cheap all-across-the-board contributor nightly with an average line of 11-5-5-2 in the last month.


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Troy Brown Jr. (SG/SF, WAS): Week 13 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In All Leagues

OWNED IN: 41% of leagues

ANALYSIS: When we make an ownership rate exception, you know something is going on. We normally hand out names owned in under-30% of leagues out there, but Troy Brown Jr. is someone to put your hands on as soon as you can before it's too late. Just peep at his last four games with the Wiz: 35 minutes in each of them, three triple-doubles, scoring outings of 15-plus points each, and between nine and 14 boards grabbed in those matches. Oh, and all of that coming off the bench and with a usage rate of under 20 percent.

Brown's minutes basically can't get higher even he was starting, but the fact that he's doing so much while riding the pine is incredible. The Wizards, somehow, are a fun team that is making things interesting with a roster full of strangers. Brown Jr.'s aforementioned performances have all come against moderately good teams (except his last one against Atlanta) in Denver, Boston, and Orlando.

Brown started to log heavy minutes on December 8th and hasn't looked back. He's playing much better as a sub than a starter (he did so earlier in the season). He's getting runs of around 31 minutes per in the last month and since December 23rd he's performed like a top-40 player in the whole NBA. Still available for free in almost 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues, you should go get him right now.


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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 12

Despite the multitude of injuries to big-time players that have spread out across the NBA landscape, the league is on its way to seeing that frustrating trend head in the opposite direction.

Victor Oladipo, the All-Star guard for the Indiana Pacers, is set to make his season debut on Jan. 29 against the Chicago Bulls according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. The most recent No. 1 overall pick and one of the most hyped prospects ever, Zion Williamson's NBA debut is getting closer with the former Dukie finally participating in some practices for the New Orleans Pelicans.

For those who have patiently awaited their returns, congratulations and reap the benefits. For those who have possibly profited from their absence with specific fantasy pickups of both teammates and backups, now's the time to start looking elsewhere. So, here are some options with five mid-week waiver wire pickup options for Week 12 of the NBA fantasy season.

 

Week 12 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Jordan McRae - PG/SG - Washington Wizards - 45% owned

The Washington Wizards are one of the best teams for individual fantasy production, and Jordan McRae is the latest in a long line of examples why.

After missing nine straight games, the third-year forward has taken advantage of an injury-plagued Wizards roster to stake a name for himself in the league. He averaged 20.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 three-point makes in 30.0 minutes a game over his last seven outings.

His 41.0 field goal percentage leaves plenty to be desired, but McRae makes up for the inefficiency by also chipping in 2.9 assists and 1.0 blocks per game during that same stretch.

Washington is as singularly offensive-minded a team as there is in the NBA right now and is still dealing with the absence of Bradley Beal.

Even upon the All-Star's return, McRae has done enough to earn consistent minutes with impressive play for a team that continues to foster offensive explosions from the most unlikely of sources.

Eric Gordon - SG/SF - Houston Rockets - 43% owned

Eric Gordon missed 22 games after undergoing knee surgery back in early November but has returned to the Houston Rockets lineup to provide his reputable marksmanship from beyond the arc.

Across three games since coming back to the court, Gordon has yet to score in single-digits -- 14.6 points per game -- and has drilled a total of nine three-pointers -- or 3.0 a game.

At this stage of his career with a very specified role, the scoring and perimeter prowess are just about all fantasy owners are going to get from Gordon, barring an injury to Houston's All-Star backcourt.

Interested parties with holes elsewhere should let Gordon sit on the market, but those in need of his areas of expertise should act fast for a guy who plays in a system built to maximize those talents.

Sekou Doumbouya - SF/PF - Detroit Pistons - 30% owned

Sekou Doumbouya was a recent 15th overall pick only 19 years of age, but he's slowly begun to garner more attention around the league on account of his recent play.

Over the Detroit Pistons' last four games, Doumbouya has seen an average of 33 minutes per game and has taken advantage after previously riding the bench in the form of 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game -- including double-doubles in the former two of those outings.

Unfortunately for the Pistons, All-Star Blake Griffin underwent surgery on his left knee and is out indefinitely. In all honesty, he's likely gone for the season.

If there is a silver lining in the unofficial end to Detroit's playoff hopes, however, it's the consistent spot in the rotation that's just opened up for Doumbouya that should allow his most recent stretch of performances to move closer to the norm.

Jarrett Culver - PG/SG/SF - Minnesota Timberwolves - 27% owned

Across his first NBA season, Jarrett Culver has slowly come along in his individual development. Recently, he's been entrenched in the starting lineup with more shot attempts at his disposal, so he's used them to his incredible benefit for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In 32.0 minutes a night over the last five games, Culver has averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers per game. He's had two 20-point outings, a four-steal game, and only once did he fail to connect from beyond the arc.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains on the shelf and has been for Minnesota's last 11 games. That's 17.5 shot attempts per game to go around the Timberwolves rotation. Culver won't absorb them all, but he seems to be embracing the opportunities that have been placed in front of him with production that more than warrants a look in most leagues -- and the three positions you can slot him in certainly don't hurt either.

Cedi Osman - SF/PF - Cleveland Cavaliers - 26% owned

Cedi Osman has admittedly taken a step back after an encouraging sophomore campaign, but his recent play has things looking up for the Turkish forward who seems to be part of the Cleveland Cavaliers long-term future.

His last five outings have produced scoring numbers of 14, 17, 22, 7, 17. This, while also chipping in 2.8 three-pointers a game while shooting 50.7 percent from downtown.

With the recent trade of shoot-first guard Jordan Clarkson, Osman suddenly has a bit more wiggle room to look for his own shot. This could even grow larger if the Cavaliers decide to part ways with Kevin Love before the Feb. 6 trade deadline or perhaps Tristan Thompson as well.

For now, it looks like Osman seems to be riding a nice wave of confidence for a Cleveland squad that isn't playing for much. He might cool down a bit in the coming games, but his efficient scoring is worth a look if you need it and could grow to something more in less than a month.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates for Week 12

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.

We are less than a month from the NBA trade deadline. The rumor mill is already starting to churn out moves that would have a huge impact on the fantasy basketball landscape. Kevin Love is telling Cleveland that he is done being on a losing team and this week we will talk about one of his soon to be former teammates. Meanwhile, injuries to Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns are opening up a lot of minutes for Maxi Kleber and a couple of Minnesota Timberwolves.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from December 30th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020 and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Collin Sexton (PG - Cleveland Cavaliers)

Season: 31.0 Minutes per Game

Week 11: 35.0 Minutes per Game

One downside to the NBA is that players can be written off in just a short amount of time. Now I'm not writing off Collin Sexton, but in the season and a bit sample size we have it seems fair to consider that we may have a one-category contributor on our hands. Luckily, the one category is what he excels in: getting buckets.

Through 118 career games, Sexton is averaging 17.3 points per game. That's nothing to laugh at and is quite useful in all formats. This year, he has picked it up and is averaging 18.5 points through 36 contests. That's good enough to rank him top-40 in the league in terms of scoring. In Week 11, he saw his minutes rise to 35.0 minutes per game and he averaged 23.0 points over four games. That included his first 30-point game since November 10th, 2019.

What's holding Sexton back from reaching fantasy stardom is his lack of production in all the other categories. Sure he is shooting 45.3% from the field, but he is only averaging 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, less than one made three per game and is shooting 29.6% from behind the arc.

He is still a hold in dynasty leagues because he is young and can still develop over time, but in season-long leagues, it may help if managers trade Sexton for a more well-rounded player that can contribute to their championship hopes in more than one category.

 

Terrence Ross (SG, SF - Orlando Magic)

Season: 25.2 Minutes per Game

Week 11: 26.8 Minutes per Game

Terrence Ross saw an uptick in minutes during Week 11 and it should continue to be that way for the foreseeable future. Ross' teammate, Jonathan Isaac, had been diagnosed with an injury that won't be reevaluated for 8-10 weeks. Ross is in line to be one of the main beneficiaries in Isaac's absence.

The problem with Ross is the same problem that was mentioned earlier with Collin Sexton. He only contributes to a couple of categories: points and three-pointers made. Fortunately for him and his owners, he was very effective in those categories during Week 11. He averaged 21.3 points on 56.4% shooting and made 2.8 threes across three games and had two of his three highest-scoring performances this season.

Ross is worth a flyer in standard leagues because of the Isaac injury. If he grabs a majority of the minutes that are up for grabs, Ross will likely see his counting stats rise and his fantasy value will follow as a result.

 

Robert Covington (SF, PF - Minnesota Timberwolves)

Season: 28.7 Minutes per Game

Week 11: 33.0 Minutes per Game

The trade deadline is February 6th this year and signs are starting to point towards Robert Convington being on a different team by then. His ability to shoot three-pointers and defend on the wing is a coveted skill set in the NBA and especially in the playoffs. With Minnesota falling out of playoff contention, Covington has a few weeks to put together a string of good performances and become a higher value trade asset.

Those performances may have already started. In Week 11, Covington averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 3.0 made threes. He played at least 30 minutes in all three games and collected his third double-double of the season.

With Karl-Anthony Towns still sidelined, Covington can expect to maintain his role on the offensive side of the ball in Minnesota. He's not excellent in any category, but his season averages of 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 2.1 made threes make him well-rounded enough to be on most rosters this season.

 

Maximilian Kleber (PF - Dallas Mavericks)

Season: 24.6 Minutes per Game

Week 11: 33.7 Minutes per Game

Kristaps Porzingis has been sidelined for a few games with some knee problems and it has left the door wide open for fellow European Maxi Kleber to put up some great stat lines for fantasy basketball teams.

Kleber averaged 33.7 minutes per game over three contests in Week 11 and had good to great performances in all three. Last Tuesday he recorded a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Then on Saturday, he came flying off the bench to score a career-high 24 points and made six threes. He hit at least three three-pointers in every game last week and is shooting 40.7% from deep this season.

When Kleber does get big minutes though, he takes advantage of them and produces. In games that he plays at least 25 minutes, he averages 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds and in games that he plays under 25 minutes, he averages 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds. Porzingis is expected back shortly, but if news comes out that he needs more time to come back then Kleber will be an admirable fill-in for those teams looking for a power forward that can grab rebounds and hit the three-ball consistently.

 

Gorgui Dieng (C - Minnesota Timberwolves)

Season: 17.9 Minutes per Game

Week 11: 28.5 Minutes per Game

From the 2014-15 season to the 2016-17 season, Gorgui Dieng averaged 9.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and shot 51.3% from the floor. He was quite a steady presence in fantasy basketball and was even considered a top-50 player in some preseasons. That level of performance had faded from many fantasy basketball manager's memory over the last two and a half years, but now Dieng is back and better than ever!

Karl-Anthony Towns has missed 10 games with a knee injury and still does not have a definitive date to return. Over those 10 Towns-less games, Dieng is averaging a double-double with 13.7 points and 10.0 rebounds while hitting 42.2% of his three-point shots.

A lot of this will mean nothing if Towns returns sooner rather than later, but while Towns remains out Dieng is a must-roster and possibly a must-start player in all formats. The combination of points, rebounds, blocks, and ability to hit a few threes is a rare combination from a pure center in fantasy basketball. If you can't get him in your season-long leagues you can still get a piece of the action while starting him as a cheaper option in DFS formats.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 12

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 12.

 

Guards

Dante Exum, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs just lost shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. (knee) for maybe a month, and Exum stepped up with 28 points Sunday. Exum won't contribute much except for points and threes, but he should have some leeway in the team's rotation. Pick him up in deeper formats for a short-term option or someone to flip when his value is at its peak.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Detroit Pistons

The second-year former Kansas Jayhawk has scored in double figures in four straight games. He's also shooting a lofty 43.2 percent from three-point land, which is higher than his 40.8 percentage overall from the floor. The Pistons have a slew of injuries, and their season is quickly going in the tank. The 22-year-old should remain an option to see what they have in him. Scoop Mykhailiuk if possible.

Shabazz Napier, Minnesota Timberwolves

The 28-year-old really took off the last four games averaging 21.8 points, 6.3 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.3 steals per game. He was filling in for minor injuries to guard Jeff Teague and forward Andrew Wiggins, but they're both back. Napier remained in the rotation. He should be owned everywhere as a possible sell-high chip when the team eventually features rookie Jarrett Culver.

Forwards

Sekou Doumbouya, Detroit Pistons

The 15th pick in the 2019 draft has seen his most extensive action the last three games and posted 12.3 points and 8.7 boards per game. He's being asked to play at the four a lot with Blake Griffin (knee) out, and his points and boards could stick. He just turned 19 last month and is still very raw, but he has shown a spark to build on.

Omari Spellman, Golden State Warriors

Spellman had a productive spurt earlier in the season and relegated back to the pack. The last three games, he has averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 boards and two steals per game. He's a little short at 6-foot-8 to play the four, but he's a big body. His rebounds will be inconsistent due to his athleticism limitations. However, the Warriors are a MASH unit and have little to play for. He has some short-term viability in deeper leagues.

Centers

Anzejs Pasecniks, Washington Wizards

The 7-foot-1 Latvian has done some good board work the last five games. He has averaged just six points per game, but he has hauled in 8.2 rebounds per game in just 21 minutes a night. He is very small at 220 points, and he has no long-range game. So, he's pretty limited offensively. However, he has proven to have a knack on the boards and could prove to be a sneaky piece for long-term outlooks.

 

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups- Week 12

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 12.

 

Week 12 Schedule

4 Games - Bucks, Warriors, Jazz, Wizards, Mavericks, Celtics, Spurs, Hawks, Knicks, Pelicans, Hornets, Nets, Nuggets, Bulls,

3 Games - Kings, Pacers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Suns, Pistons, Timberwolves, 76ers, Magic, Raptors, Suns, Rockets, Blazers, Cavaliers, Heat

2 Games - Clippers

 

Week 12 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:

Kevin Huerter - SG - Atlanta Hawks (50% owned)

Huerter should be owned everywhere. Injuries have certainly hampered his season, however, it has not stopped him from producing fantasy-friendly stat-lines aside from the first few weeks of the season. He stuffs the stat sheet across the board and only hurts one category significantly (FG%). Huerter is the ideal glue guy on any roster.

Troy Brown - SF - Washington Wizards (27% owned)

Troy Brown is putting up some solid archetypal 3 & D wing stats this season. With a double-digit scoring average, good threes/steals/rebounds, some assists, and solid percentages, he is basically a poor man's Otto Porter Jr. Brown is coming into his own over the past month and has had several opportunities to play over 30 minutes in games. Bradley Beal's recent absence due to a leg issue has certainly helped his play-time, however, with how well he has performed, it would be hard to imagine Washington cutting back his minutes severely, given that he is their first-round pick from last season.

Jordan McRae - SG  - Washington Wizards (42% owned)

Jordan McRae has come out of nowhere and performed like a fantasy stud. While there is more cause for concern in terms of his performances, there is always the possibility that he could keep this hot streak up for a while longer. McRae's recent stretch could definitely be defined as flukey but if you need upside, he could be the guy for those in deeper leagues. He's a 28-year old journeyman who can provide some threes, scoring, and assists for owners in deeper leagues. Maybe down the stretch, if Washington shuts down Bradley Beal, or moves on from IT, McRae could be a more legitimate option.

Darius Garland - PG - Cleveland Cavaliers (34% owned)

Darius Garland is coming into his own of late. With Jordan Clarkson out of the picture in Cleveland, Garland has an avenue to more shots and overall usage. Dante Exum's arrival is not as much of a threat given his nature as a non-scoring guard but could actually play a plus complimentary role for Garland. Garland's a natural scorer with great feel who is finding his shot and playing more comfortably over the past two-to-three weeks. His shots are falling and while he is not getting to the line often, that is okay given that he is still a rookie. If he can maintain a platable FG%, continue to rack up assists and grab some steals, Garland could end up a valuable add off of the waiver wire for owners in 12-plus team leagues.

Sekou Doumbouya - SF - Detroit Pistons (21% owned)

The Pistons have finally let Sekou loose. He has scored at least 10 points per game since being inserted into the starting lineup three games ago and has one stock in each as well. Sekou is still pretty much a fantasy unknown for the most part given the small sample, however, there is lottery ticket upside here. He was their first-rounder this season and has spent plenty of time warming up in the G-League. His size and shooting combination makes his prospects appealing for the future, but for now, it is a wait and see situation. If the play-time remains consistently high, he could return major value in multiple categories.

Jarett Culver - SG - Minnesota Timberwolves (13% owned)

Culver has found a more comfortable role in Minnesota of late. With Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague missing a good chunk of the past few weeks, Culver's insertion into the starting lineup has allowed him to work through some of his discomforts. He is still a poor free-throw shooter, but playmaking and defense have improved given his increase in assists and stocks. His shot still is not falling consistently from the field but that could come as his minutes remain high. The Wolves traded up for him in the top-5 for a reason, they want him to be great and contribute early on. Hopefully, the past few games are a sign of things to come. Fantasy-wise his game still is not extremely friendly due to the poor percentages, but his stock upside is high along with several other counting stats. Keep an eye on Culver in shallower leagues and grab him in 14-plus teamers.

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

Bruce Brown Jr. has carved out a nice role in Detroit as a ballhandler and defender. If he shot threes well, there would be more hype behind him but for now, we take what we can get. Brown can provide decent scoring averages with good rebounds, assists, and steal for a guard. He is painful when it comes to turnovers and FT% while only providing a league average FG%. Brown is a cheap glue guy type for rosters given that he doesn't necessarily specialize anywhere.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 12)

Every week we come back to the same problem. Why are these players doing well and my players doing so bad. Luckily, you aren't alone and there are always going to be surprises, especially at this point in the season. Last week, I touched on the importance of the All-Star break and how the best players will have monstrous games. The most recent examples of this are recent outings from Jamal Murray, Luka Doncic, Clint Capela and Devin Booker.

There are still going to be instances where players like Jordan McRae, Brandon Goodwin, and Marcus Morris come out of nowhere to post category swinging numbers, but let's be honest, it's hard to predict. That being said, these next three players are coming off of big weeks and should keep that momentum moving forward.

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 @ on Twitter.

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 12

Shabazz Napier, PG/SG  – Minnesota Timberwolves

Ownership: 29%

9.8 PPG /  2.4 RPG /  .406 FG% /  1.2 SPG / 4.2 APG 

Until Jeff Teague returns, there really isn't anyone competing for Shabazz Napier's minutes and usage. Jarrett Culver is most likely going to have a rough rookie season unless he manages to find some consistency with his ball-handling duties, but he is looking more and more like a just highlight playmaker. He'll have those games where he will do his version of filling the stat sheet, but Napier is going to be the one raking in the assists and points. That shouldn't change unless Teague returns and steals the minutes, but as far as the bench and younger player on the Timberwolves are concerned, Napier should be safely cemented in his role.

 

Mikal Bridges, SG/SF – Phoenix Suns

Ownership 39%

7.1  PPG /  3.9 RPG /  .497 FG% /  1.4 SPG

The Suns face the Orlando defense in a few days, but outside of that matchup, Mikal Bridges and Phoenix will run up against the Kings, Hornets, and Hawks in three of his next four games. You cannot find more opportunistic upside among a player this deep on the waiver wire, so if you are needing to take a chance, here you go. Bridges has been steadily improving as a player over the season, but it wasn't until extremely recently that he found some regularity in his scoring. It might not be a trend for the rest of the season, but for the next week or two, Bridges could be in store for some seriously impressive outings.

 

Maxi Kleber, PF/C – Dallas Mavericks

Ownership 37%

 9.0 PPG /  .467 FG% /  5.5 RPG / 1.7 3MPG

Sticking with the same theme of upside, Maxi Kleber has found the perfect role within the Mavericks offense. Yes, Kristaps Porzingis basically forced this recent production to happen by missing time, but it wasn't like Dallas tossed Kleber to the side before that. Focusing on his most recent games, it's easy to see why Kleber will be a hot commodity for the next few games. DFS'ers and standard players alike are eyeing Kleber to have one or two big games before Porzingis returns, but there's always risk in case he isn't hitting his shots. Just in case that does happen, I wouldn't be too worried since he does contribute on the defensive end as well.

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Jarrett Culver (PG/SG/SF, MIN) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 13% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Playing time can be difficult to come by for a rookie, even for a high draft pick who was as impressive in college as Jarrett Culver was. However, with the Minnesota Timberwolves as banged up as to see Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Jeff Teague all miss time of late, the window of opportunity has opened up for Culver, who has taken excellent advantage.

In the two games that he has played so far in the new year, Culver has averaged 10.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 steal per contest in 65 total minutes, after posting 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a robust 38 minutes played on December 30th. His chances this season have come few and far between, but he has shown out nicely when his number is called, as he also produced 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 steal per game in November when his usage rate jumped to 21.2%. While his three-point shooting has been extremely rough thus far (23.1%) and it will be hard to count on consistent court time, Jarrett Culver's size and versatility make him a great plug-in option for the Wolves when someone hits the injury report, and his well-rounded play offers a cornucopia of rewards when he is deployed.


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Michael Porter Jr. (SF, DEN): Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In All Leagues

OWNED IN: 37% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Sometimes writing the waiver wire recommendations is difficult, but picking up Michael Porter Jr. and adding him to your fantasy basketball team is not a difficult recommendation to write about. The second-year forward just set his career-high in points twice in one week of basketball. He had his Head Coach Michael Malone saying, "When he’s out there hoopin’, good things happen." He ended 2019 with a 19-point performance against the Sacramento Kings and then started 2020 with a career-high 25 points on an 11-for-12 shooting night against Indiana.

In the four games before the Nuggets loss to the Washington Wizards, the 2018 lottery pick had averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on 74.3 percent shooting in 19.5 minutes. Those are phenomenal numbers and it seemed like he was finally healthy and was earning the trust of Malone and ready to become the player that was considered a high lottery pick before his injury-plagued season at Missouri. That is the type of player that will win you a fantasy basketball season.

The only downside is that Michael Malone does tend to take one step forward with Porter Jr. and then two steps back. After a solid string of performances, Porter only saw 12 minutes of action against the Wizards on Saturday night. He still managed to have seven points, two rebounds, and a block in those 12 minutes and give owners something. The only thing standing in the way between MPJ and a full-fledge second-half breakout is Michael Malone. Once he trusts his prized asset 100% there is no limit to what Porter Jr. can bring to the Nuggets and your fantasy team for the rest of the season.


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Shabazz Napier (PG/SG, MIN): Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 20% of leagues

ANALYSIS: If you are more than an average basketball fan and NBA follower, you surely know Shabazz Napier. At the end of the day, Napier was a first-round draftee but he never truly seemed to pan out in his first five seasons in the league. This year, playing for Minnesota, his role was always going to be that of a reserve and that's why from Oct. 23 to Dec. 18 he played 14 games off the bench. Things changed on Dec. 20 when he started his first game for the franchise and took a turn for the great during Napier last three games in which the guard has been able to score at least 20 points each time.

This three-game streak of scoring 20-plus points has been the best in Napier's 2019 season and although we can't expect him to keep putting up those numbers nor logging these minutes (31-plus in each of those) he's truly find his place in a more-than-injured Wolves roster. On a larger role, Napier has finished those three contest with lines of 24-3-8, 22-6-3, and 20-3-7 to which he has added four steals and two blocks combined in all those three matches. Napier has attempted an average of 14.3 field goal attempts in his last four and hit them at a massive 58.7 percent clip in his last three. The triples are there too with an average of three per game in this late span.

Until the rotation gets healthy again (most of all Jeff Teague) Napier is more than worth an add in deep leagues, and that might take another week or more to become a reality so you can still get Shabazz and ride his hot streak while it lasts.


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Christian Wood (PF/C, DET): Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 21% of leagues

ANALYSIS: A little over a month ago, Christian Wood kicked December off with a monster performance against San Antonio: 28 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists, a steal, and a block on a 78.6 percent shooting night in which he logged a 34.3 usage rate. That was peak-Wood in 2019 and he's not performed to that level ever since. The good news for his owners (and you should be one soon if you're not already) is that Detroit's situation at the forward/center position is looking brighter by the day for Wood's and his bettors' interests.

To recap: the Pistons might move Andre Drummond before losing him for nothing this summer; Blake Griffin has played horribly bad this season, seems to be more than a little banged up and might be shut down for the year early; and Marcus Morris is losing playing time here and there due to health issues. With all of those problems around the team, Wood is primed to keep seeing playing time and raise his minutes nightly.

Wood has logged more than 18 minutes in seven of his last nine games going back to Dec. 14 and in those games he's averaging 11.8 points, 7.6 boards, and 1.1 assists. His usage has been average at around 20% but that might change if either one or both of Griffin and Drummond leave a definitive hole in Detroit's lineup, even more considering Wood has scored at a 48.2% clip from the floor in those aforementioned seven games of "extended" run.


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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 11

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 11th week of the season and try to figure out how to take advantage of what we saw transpire.

 

Monday, December 30th

Gary Payton II Fizzles On Monday 

Gary Payton II received the start again on Monday but was only able to produce five points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 14 minutes of action.

All things considered, the stat line was robust with his reduced playing role, and owners that rushed and picked up Payton last week have been rewarded with averages of 11.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 4.3 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.7 triples in 31.6 minutes over his previous three games before Monday.

However, even though category owners might have a literal steal on their hands with the way Payton can swipe the ball away from his opposition, the Wizards feature one of the deepest and most inconsistent rotations in the NBA. The eventual return of Bradley Beal, which should come before long, will only further reduce Payton's upside, and I don't believe there is enough playing time available for him to carve out a role that can produce fantasy value. I'm fine holding onto him and seeing how he does to close the week, but I am not missing out on waiver talent if someone with more concrete value becomes available.

UPDATE: Payton provided four points and three rebounds on Wednesday night in 10 minutes. It was a fun week-long stretch from 'The Glove 2.0,' but Payton is exposable to the waiver wire once again.  

 

Tuesday, December 31st

Kevin Porter Jr. Continues To See Increased Role

Make that four straight games that Kevin Porter Jr. has contributed double-digit points after the rookie rendered 13 in total on Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors. His increased role of 25.8 minutes per contest over his previous five games has allowed KPJ to add a little more substance and quality to his fantasy totals, and there is no reason to believe that we don't see the Cavaliers give the former USC product more playing time as the year progresses.

Cleveland's roster is in a state of flux currently, and other than Porter Jr. and Darius Garland, everyone seems to be expendable for the right price. KPJ's lack of defensive statistics does hurt his fantasy value somewhat, but the fact that he has added at least one three-pointer in 12 of 14 games during December does indicate that there is some hidden category league potential available.

Porter Jr. is currently only owned in six percent of Yahoo groups, but I'd consider adding him in settings as low as 12-man leagues. The Cavaliers are going to start selling off pieces shortly, so it is vital to be ahead of the market in terms of KPJ in this situation.

 

Wednesday, January 1st

Jonathan Isaac Goes Down With Left Knee Injury

While the news around Jonathan Isaac's left knee injury is terrible, it could have been much worse. Isaac was diagnosed with a severe sprain and bone bruise and will be re-evaluated in eight to 10 weeks.

The rising star from the Orlando Magic was putting together averages of 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks and 0.9 threes per game over the season, and that production loss in category leagues will be a big blow for rosters to handle.

Unfortunately, there is no direct pickup here to salvage the loss of Isaac, as players such as Khem Birch, Wes Iwundu, Terrance Ross and Amile Jefferson will all see an expanded role during his absence. Look for Aaron Gordon to also take on an enlarged position when he is able to return from injury, making this a tough situation to gauge. If you own Isaac, I believe he is droppable if you don't have an IR spot on your roster. An early-to-mid March return isn't guaranteed, and it is too long to stash the 22-year-old on the end of your bench with no real timetable currently presented.

 

Thursday, January 2nd

What To Do With Jordan Clarkson?

Jordan Clarkson scored 12 points on Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls, adding three rebounds and three three-pointers in 23 minutes of action.

Owners of Clarkson were put in an awkward position after the guard was traded from the Cavaliers to the Jazz just before Christmas, but he hasn't exactly given anyone a reason to drop him if they were happy with his production levels before.

There is no arguing that the Jazz's new acquisition doesn't have the same sort of upside on his new team as he did in Cleveland, but Clarkson remains a player that can provide points in bunches and three-point potential. The lack of additional statistics probably makes him someone that is best left on the waiver wire in 12-man settings, but deep-league participants that are looking to add a boost in either of those two areas might want to give him a second look.

 

Friday, January 3rd

Kevin Huerter Is Beginning To Regain Form

After a slow start to the month of December, Kevin Huerter has quietly put together a strong past eight games, averaging 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 shots from behind the arc.

A lot of his improvement can be credited to his increased playing time, but the ability Huerter has shown to stuff the stat sheet has made him more than a one-dimensional option for points and threes.

At less than 50% ownership in Yahoo settings, Huerter is still owned in the majority of competitive leagues, but owners might want to see if they can acquire the sharpshooter for a reduced price tag.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 12 (Jan 6 - Jan 12)

Reaching the playoffs in our competitive fantasy NBA leagues is never easy. That's especially true if we had some bad luck with injuries to our key players, or if the guys we drafted with so much hope turned out to be duds. So we turn to our wits and try to out outsmart and outplay our rivals.

On a weekly level, we try to do so by picking the best options from the waiver wire to help us out for that week. Streaming the right guy or guys with the right schedule can make all the difference in a one-week matchup and get you one step closer to a playoff spot or a better seed.

I've done some analysis of the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 12.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 12

Thursday will be the hardest day to fill the starting lineup with just four games played, followed by Tuesday with six and Saturday and Sunday with seven games each. Naturally, our focus turns to the eight teams that play on Thursday as all of them play on Saturday too, and five of them play on Tuesday as well.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors

Teams with 2 games:
Los Angeles Clippers

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

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: BKN, OKC, SAC
Tuesday/Wednesday: NYK, TOR
Wednesday/Thursday: BOS, HOU
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: CHI, DAL, LAL, MIL, NOP
Saturday/Sunday: DEN
Sunday/Monday the following: CHA

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 6 games
Thursday: 4 games

Teams playing on both Tuesday and Thursday:
Oklahoma City Thunder (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Detroit Pistons (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Minnesota Timberwolves (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Portland Trail Blazers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

We could also look at teams that play on Thursday and Saturday (7 games played):
Boston Celtics (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (3 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
Boston Celtics
Oklahoma City Thunder

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)
Los Angeles Clippers (2 games - Fri, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Memphis Grizzlies (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)
Miami Heat (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Indiana Pacers (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Orlando Magic (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)
Sacramento Kings (3 games - Mon, Tue, Fri)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sun)

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 12

Thursday with just four games will be the most challenging for us fantasy owners to field a decent team. Players from teams that play on Thursday provide the best schedule for streaming purposes so we will be looking at them. Furthermore, they all play their final game of the week on Saturday which is good for two reasons. One - seven games are played on Saturday so we might need help on this day as well. Two - you can drop that player after Saturday's game for another that plays on Sunday if you need the production.

Moreover, five teams play both on Thursday and Tuesday, the second scarcest day of the week. These teams are the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Portland Trail Blazers. They will be our primary focus. We will also take a look at the players from the other three teams that play on both Thursday and Saturday, but not on Tuesday - the Boston Celtics, the Houston Rockets, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

Streaming Options for Week 12

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (49% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Collin Sexton, PG/SG, CLE, (67% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Derrick Rose, PG/SG, DET, (77% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, AST, FT%
Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, MIN, (37% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: will return to the bench role when Karl-Anthony Towns returns from injury which could be very soon
Jeff Teague, PG, MIN, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Enes Kanter, C, BOS, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats:REB, FG%
Marcus Smart, PG/SG, BOS, (72% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Eric Gordon, SG/SF, HOU, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Shallower League Add

Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC - 49% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK

Noel has always been a per-minute monster, it's just been difficult for him to find playing time. He seems to have settled in nicely now with the Thunder and is averaging around 20 minutes per game both on the season and in the past 7 days. He is also ranked in the top-70 so far this season and is even better in the past week where his averages of 10.3 points (no three-pointers) on 66.7% from the field and 77.8% from the charity stripe, 7.3 boards, 0.7 dimes, 1.3 steals, 2.3 blocked shots, and just 0.7 turnovers have him ranked at #34 for the period.

These averages are insane for a guy playing just 20 minutes a game. But as Noel is unlikely to get a bigger opportunity, at least as long as Steven Adams is at OKC, he will be limited to some flashes of the bench.

This has an upside for those in shallower leagues, as Noel can be had off the wire in over half of Yahoo leagues. If you need help in stocks and boards next week, with this form and a great schedule - Nerlens really shouldn't be on your waiver wire for much longer.

 

Deeper League Add

Darius Garland, PG, CLE - 26% Owned

Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM

I'm a sucker for taking chances on young talents, at least for a short period of one week. Garland has settled in nicely in Cleveland and earned his role. He has played 25 or more minutes in 10 straight games, eclipsing the 30-minute mark in four.

Over the previous week, his averages of 14.7 PTS with 2.3 3PM on 52.9 FG% and 33.3 FT%, 2.7 REB,
5.0 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.0 BLK, and 2.3 TO in over 32 minutes per outing have him ranked in the #122 spot. Now, of course, he will not be shooting this good from the field, but he will not miss two out of three free-throws either. The steals and assists are a bit higher than the season averages, so let's hope that it's because Garland is adapting to the NBA and improving.

If your team is in need of some three-point shooting and scoring with a dash of dimes and steals, Garland could be your guy. With all three of his games next week coming on days with seven or fewer games played, he is someone to consider for streaming purposes in deeper leagues.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, DET - 1% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, PTS

Svi is just in his 2nd year in the NBA. He was a mid-second-round pick in the 2018 draft and still hasn't had a real chance to prove himself. In his rookie year, he played a total of 42 games (mostly for the Lakers) and averaged around 10 minutes a night. This season, his playing time is up to around 18 minutes.

But now Luke Kennard is injured and Svi has been given the extra opportunity. In the five games since Kennard went down, Mykhailiuk is averaging 11.8 PTS with 2.8 3PM on 43.5 FG% and 62.5 FT%, 2.4 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.0 BLK, and 0.8 TO in 26 minutes per outing. Nothing too flashy, but for a guy owned in just 1% of Yahoo leagues, not too shabby either.

Kennard is set to miss at least another week, and with Detroit playing their three games on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, all days with seven or fewer matches, Svi could be worth a look for streaming as a three-point specialist who can contribute a bit to points, assists, and steals.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Darius Bazley, SF/PF, OKC, (1% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Darius Garland, PG, CLE, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Cedi Osman, SF/PF, CLE, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
Kevin Porter Jr., SG, CLE, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Christian Wood, PF/C, DET, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Bruce Brown Jr., SG, DET, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB
Langston Galloway, PG/SG, DET, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Tony Snell, SG/SF, DET, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, SG, DET, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, PTS
Sekou Doumbouya, SF/PF, DET, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, rookie factor - buyer beware: the potential is there but it's not proven
Kelan Martin, SG, MIN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Shabazz Napier, PG/SG, MIN, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, FT%
Jarrett Culver, PG/SG/SF, MIN, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, a little bit of everything + rookie factor - buyer beware: poor %s
Keita Bates-Diop, PG/SG/SF, MIN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Daniel Theis, PF/C, BOS, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK - buyer beware: will probably see his playing time drop with Eric Gordon back
Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, HOU (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK - buyer beware: only played in a handful of games, the potential is there but it's not proven

 

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

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 11

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 11.

 

Guards

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers

KCP has quietly scored in double figures in eight of nine games, and he sprinkled in 19 points and four triples Sunday. Expect him to see a decent share with superstar LeBron James (groin) banged up. He won't contribute much more than points and threes, but the appetite is there for the feast.

Damion Lee, Golden State Warriors

The 27-year old from Louisville has been a beast lately. He had two double-doubles last week with 18 points and 12 boards and 22 points and 15 boards, respectively. Over the last five, he has averaged 18 points, 9.8 boards and 2.6 dimes. He has a ton of leeway on the injury-decimated team. If he's still floating out there, scoop him up.

Jordan McRae, Washington Wizards

The 28-year-old has stepped up in star guard Bradley Beal's (calf) absence. In Monday's game, he went off with 29 points and eight assists. Beal is on the mend and questionable for Wednesday's game, which may make McRae's run a short one. However, he has posted at least 20 points in two straight. Pick him up for depth.

Forwards

Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks

Ilyasova is on a double-double diet with 16.3 points and 14 boards the last three games. Some of that was done without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (back), who missed a couple of games due to a back ailment. However, he returned Monday for Ilyasova's 14-and-11 night. The value may not last, but he's definitely a short-term option for points, boards and a few triples.

Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets

The talented sophomore scored in double figures in back-to-back games before Tuesday night's seven points and three boards in just 11 minutes. Porter missed his entire rookie season recovering from a back injury, and the team is bringing him along slowly. He has a tall ceiling, and if he's out there in deep or dynasty formats, he needs to be owned. If an owner has grown annoyed with his development or with the last game's paltry 11 minutes, swoop in for the value.

Centers

Isaiah Hartenstein, Houston Rockets

The 21-year-old big man came out of nowhere last week with three solid performances. He boasted with 14.7 points and 11.3 boards per game over the stretch. He played just 18 minutes Tuesday night and still posted 16 points and 12 boards. Hartenstein needs to be owned everywhere since the position is so scarce.

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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 11

2020 is finally upon us. It's a new year, a new decade and the time we'll see a new team crowned as champions of the NBA. Which team that will be is anyone's guess -- finally -- but it's certainly been a refreshing change of pace to have a level of unpredictability the league hasn't seen in years.

As we say goodbye to the previous decade, it's crazy to think of all the madness crammed into those 10 years and what that same exercise will look like in 10 years from now.

It's a frivolous attempt to play psychic, but one that requires imagination and fosters creativity nonetheless. When you're not attempting to put your brain in a blender, though, come back to reality and focus on your fantasy team with five potential pick-up options for week 11 of the fantasy season.

 

Week 11 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Gary Payton II - SG - Washington Wizards - 40% owned

Gary Payton II only recently made his season debut for the Washington Wizards on Dec. 23, but he's been incredibly impactful during that short time it's difficult not to take notice.

Across just four outings, the former Oregon State alumn has registered 16 steals, or 4.0 a game. He had 10 points, 11 rebounds, six steals, and five assists in his debut against the New York Knicks. He's also scored in double figures three out of four times -- his most recent outing only afforded him 14 minutes.

With injuries affecting every crevice of Washington's roster -- including Bradley Beal -- the Wizards need some consistency in their lineups right now.

Payton hasn't even played 40 NBA games in his career, so he's not exactly the model of stability. For now, though, he's running with the excess opportunities he's been given, so why not ride along until it stops?

 Jordan Clarkson - PG/SG - Utah Jazz - 29% owned

Jordan Clarkson was already a solid source of points for fantasy owners early in the season. Then he got traded to the Utah Jazz on Dec. 23, thrusting him into a similar sixth-man role but with far more importance on a playoff contender.

Following an underwhelming debut, Clarkson has bounced back over Utah's last two games with a combined 39 points on 53.8 percent shooting.

Clarkson will occasionally knock down an excess amount of three-pointers -- he hit four in his last game against Detroit -- or contribute in other areas, but he's been about buckets his entire career and that's not going to stop anytime soon.

What is likely to change alongside more talented teammates, though, is a level of efficiency that's been modest at best. On a team in need of his scoring punch, that could pump up his value enough to make him a more viable pick up.

Danuel House Jr. - SG/SF - Houston Rockets - 27% owned

Danuel House Jr. has been hard to peg down in recent weeks, at least in regards to his scoring output. He had five straight games in single-digits only to follow that up with four consecutive in double-figures. Sandwiched in between two eight-point outings was a 22-point performance, bringing us to the present day where his consistency is still in question.

Even amid that rollercoaster ride, the one thing House continues to bring to the table is three-pointers.

Feasting off the looks created by his All-Star teammates, he's pumped in multiple makes from beyond the arc in six of the Houston Rockets' last seven games.

In Houston's amplified perimeter attack, there's no reason to think House's production from downtown will decrease.

It's a very niche area of production, but there's also the upside of the occasional breakout performance or hot streak that should serve as a bonus for those in need of three-pointers.

Kevin Porter Jr. - SG - Cleveland Cavaliers - 6% owned

Like many late-round picks, Kevin Porter Jr. certainly had his fair share of ups and downs during his rookie season.

He's averaged 8.6 points per game while shooting 30.3 percent from downtown, but recent developments have him playing at a much higher level.

The Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways with Jordan Clarkson more than a week ago, opening up a spot in the rotation that Porter has happily filled. Over his last four games, he's putting in 13.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game on 45.7 percent shooting.

Porter's three-point percentage of 21.4 on more than three attempts per game is woefully bad, but it's hard to get too picky with a first-year player.

As Cleveland charts path for the future, expect more trades to be made. If Porter continues this level of play after just one deal has been made, imagine what's to come if the Cavs part ways with more of their veterans to free up more time for youngsters like him.

Ersan Ilyasova- SF/PF - Milwaukee Bucks - 14% owned

For reasons known only to him, Ersan Ilyasova has decided to make the league-best Milwaukee Bucks even more unfair with incredible production over his last three games.

During that stretch, the 11-year veteran has posted three consecutive double-doubles, averaging 16.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.7 three-pointers, and 2.3 assists, all in just 23.4 minutes per game.

Two of these games came as part of the starting lineup as a replacement for Giannis Antetokounmpo, but even after moving back to the bench following the Greek Freak's return, Ilyasova still found a way to keep his double-double streak alive.

Ilyasova has never had a stretch quite like this, which makes it difficult to determine how long it will last.

It's for that reason then, that if he hasn't already been picked up in your league, then like a great shopping sale, go take advantage of his incredible play before it runs out.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 11

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.

New decade, new me. That's what the kids say right? It doesn't matter if it's the player empowerment 2010s or the soon to be named 2020s, Rotation Watch rolls on! Some interesting developments took place over the Holiday break as Eric Gordon returned to the Houston Rockets lineup and Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone started to let the unicorn Michael Porter Jr. out of the stable. I am assuming unicorns would be kept in stables.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from December 23rd to December 29th and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Tomas Satoransky (PG, SG - Chicago Bulls)

Season: 28.2 Minutes per Game

Week 10: 31.5 Minutes per Game

Tomas Satoransky is going to be a key to winning your fantasy basketball championship. You heard it here first! Long thought of as a player that can only fill in voids when owners need a boost in assists and three-point shots, Satoransky has found new life in Chicago. Week 10 was a perfect example of this as he played 30 minutes in both games and helped his managers in several categories.

He averaged 31.5 minutes, 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.5 made threes. If we look back over his past four contests, those averages sit at 33.7 minutes, 16.0 points, 7.25 rebounds, and 5.0 assists.

It's his first season in Chicago and he is rewarding his new team with career highs in points, rebounds, and assists. Over the past two weeks, he has been a top-50 player in standard formats and if he keeps getting minutes like he has been recently, Satoransky should be a favorite target in trades for the smart fantasy basketball manager. He is a name that many casual owners will happily trade for a bigger name that is producing at lower levels. Float some offers out and you could snag yourself a very useful foundation piece as you push for a fantasy championship over the second half of the season.

 

Ben McLemore (SG - Houston Rockets)

Season: 24.1 Minutes per Game

Week 10: 26.8 Minutes per Game

Ben McLemore was allowed to earn a regular spot in the Houston Rockets rotation while Eric Gordon was sidelined after knee surgery. Unfortunately for McLemore and his fantasy owners, Week 10 could not have gone any worse.

Although he saw an uptick in minutes from his season average, he saw his points per game dip from 10.1 to 7.3 and his three-pointers made go from 2.4 per game to 1.8. He cracked the double-digit barrier in one of his four games and shot 25% from the field on the entire week.

The bigger hit to McLemore's fantasy value is the return of Eric Gordon. In the 10 games to start the season, before Gordon went down with his injury, McLemore averaged 15.5 minutes per game and 4.5 shots. In the 22 games after Gordon's injury, McLemore saw his stats skyrocket to 27.7 minutes per game and 9.8 shots. Gordon will take some time to return to his full workload again, but it looks like McLemore's days of being a useful fantasy asset for the 2019-20 season are over unless another injury hits the Houston Rockets.

 

Michael Porter Jr. (SF - Denver Nuggets)

Season: 9.7 Minutes per Game

Week 10: 14.3 Minutes per Game

Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone channeled his inner Davey Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean and "Unleashed the Kraken" over the weekend. Michael Porter Jr. played 19 and 26 minutes in a weekend back-to-back and put together his best performances of the season.

On Sunday he set a career-high with 19 points in 26 minutes in his first career start. The Nuggets are a bit banged up with Gary Harris and Paul Millsap both nursing injuries and it is an encouraging sign that MPJ was Malone's first choice to fill one of the open starting spots. His athleticism was on full display during the Kings game as he grabbed several tough rebounds and had a putback dunk.

Owners looking to take a flyer on Porter should monitor his minutes in coming games though as his season has been filled with two steps forward, one step back performances. If he can keep this run of consistency going though Porter owners, Nuggets fans and NBA fans will be seeing him a lot more in the coming games.

 

Ersan Ilyasova (PF - Milwaukee Bucks)

Season: 16.9 Minutes per Game

Week 10: 22.0 Minutes per Game

Do not adjust your screens. You have not been teleported back in time to the 2011/12 NBA season. We are actually talking about Ersan Ilyasova on the first day of a brand new decade. The 12-year veteran is having the most efficient season of his NBA career and he stepped up last week when the Bucks were missing their MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

In Week 10, Ilyasova averaged 14.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.7 made threes and 1.3 blocks. He had back to back double-doubles against the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks too. He has been great for most of December and his advanced stats speak to that. The Bucks have a +25.4 net rating when Ilyasova is on the court and they are simply wiping the floor with teams. Giannis has already returned to the lineup, but Ilyasova should be on any DFS player's radar when the Bucks decide to sit their main man again.

 

Julius Randle (PF, C - New York Knicks) 

Season: 32.1 Minutes per Game

Week 10: 37.0 Minutes per Game

In Julius Randle's first 341 games in the NBA, he scored 30 or more points in 14 of them. That's good for once every 24 games. In Week 10 of the fantasy basketball season, he scored 30 points THREE TIMES IN THREE GAMES. I'll let you do the math on that one.

For the season he was averaging 32.1 minutes, 18.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.2 made threes per game. Those minutes jumped up to 37.0 per game in three contests and his stats followed suit. He averaged 32.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.7 made threes.

Unfortunately, if you didn't have Randle on your team this week you have probably missed out on his best stretch of performances for the season. If you do own him though and you can somehow offload him for a player with consistent value, that would be the smart play.

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Fantasy Basketball Week 11 Waiver Wire Specialists

Wishing everyone a happy holidays! 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 about 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 Norman Powell (shoulder), Marc Gasol (groin), Otto Porter (foot) all comes to mind.

It's mindful to take all factors into consideration. Players may be off to slow starts, and it may take a week or two to see consistency. Also 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. 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 11 that are likely on your waiver wire.

 

Week 11 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.

Points

Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF - Los Angeles Lakers

Kyle Kuzma has been red-hot since returning from his ankle injury that has plagued him since Team USA during the summer, and it's definitely a welcoming sign for the Lakers. He's averaged 21.6 points over the last three contests, having hit a combined eight 3-pointers during that span as well. He won't provide much else besides scoring and points, but it sounds like LeBron James could be in for some load management in 2020, making Kuzma a nice hold given how well he's played.

Terrence Ross, SG/SF - Orlando Magic

Ross will benefit from the injury to Aaron Gordon (Achilles) in which he's expected to miss multiple games. Ross is a true definition of a specialist, where his 3-pointers and points could swing the momentum in a weekly league if he's hot. However, he offers very little else other than points and 3-pointers, with the occasional steals.  Do not drop anyone of significant value for him, as he's also a liability in regards to percentages.

Darius Garland, PG/SG - Cleveland Cavaliers

The Jordan Clarkson trade is a sign that the Cavaliers is already moving towards the youth movement, and it could mean Kevin Love is next. Garland is an intriguing rookie who could get better as the season goes by. Be wary of his percentages, but he's worth a look if you're in a deeper league seeking for a points and assists guy with a hint of upside.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF - Dallas Mavericks

Like Ross, THJ won't do much other than points and 3-pointers. He is literally the same player as Terrence Ross, with an even streakier stroke.

Damion Lee, SG/SF - Golden State Warriors

Lee has played out of his mind lately for the Warriors, having played a key part in the Warriors recent 4-game streak. He's had a great stretch of games, including having reached double-digit scoring in five straight contests and seven of the last nine. He's a two-way guy for the Warriors and it'll be interesting to see what the Warriors do with his contract once it expires, but he's clearly played well enough to be owned in standard leagues. Lee has been a top-20 guy in the last week and a top-45 guy in 9-category leagues over the last two weeks. Keep rolling him out there.

Steals

Delon Wright, PG/SG - Dallas Mavericks

Wright has been outstanding recently, even in limited minutes. The return of Luka Doncic doesn't mean great things for Wright, especially given how random the rotations are with Coach Rick Carlisle. Wright's ability to rack up steals, to provide assists and 3-pointers without hurting your percentages still has him inside the top-100 for the season and top-50 within the last month, so he's worth a close look. The Mavericks also play four times in Week 11.

Gary Payton II, PG/SG - Washington Wizards

The son of Gary Payton has filled up the box score since having signed with the Washington Wizards earlier last week. In three games, he's averaging 11.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 4.3 (!) steals per game. Needless to say, that's likely not going to be the norm but it's certainly enough to be grabbed in most leagues while he's playing like this.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 11)

Quite a few players have been making a name for themselves during late-December, so make sure you are taking advantage of injuries and ideal streamer plays. For example, Jordan McLaughlin of the Minnesota Timberwolves has already been assigned to the G-League, but that's still 19 points at the start of the week with little to no adverse effects. If your league doesn't punish you for abusing the waiver wire, do it.

You might see some names you have never seen before, but that's common during this part of the year. You will see this type of trend again late in the season with teams that are safely in the playoffs and teams out of contention, so even though I'll be here to guide you along the way, one injury update or one player getting called up can make a huge difference in your weekly matchup. Those players make all the difference during fantasy league playoffs.

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

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 11

Gary Payton II, SG  – Washington Wizards

Ownership: 10%

11.7 PPG /  7.3 RPG /  .560 FG% /  4.3 SPG / 4.0 APG / 1.7 3MPG

There aren't many players that have made a bigger splash this week than Gary Payton II. He's played in just three games, two times having upwards of SIX steals. That's incredible on it's own, not to mention he has stuffed the rest of the stat sheet. With 13 steals already under his belt, he is carrying teams in that category alone. If you missed the chance, you need to go to the wire right now and put in your claim. There is no way he lasts much longer with that type of production, and looking where the Wizards are headed, he might be the Wizards prized possession here on out.

Regardless of the outcome of each game, Payton is dominating the stats and he will continue to see minutes even if he starts to struggle from the field. It's great to see his defense and athleticism translating to success, so look for this to become a trend and do not hesitate to pull the trigger if you are debating picking him up.

 

Gorgui Dieng, PF/C – Minnesota Timberwolves

Ownership 30%

 6.5 PPG /  .434 FG% /  5.1 RPG / 1.0 BPG

What? Is it 2016? Is Gorgui Dieng relevant again? Technically, yes. Dieng is posting top 40 numbers over the past two weeks and that shouldn't be taken lightly. Losing games during this part of your fantasy season could cost you later in the playoffs. Dieng won't ensure you win, but he'll sure as heck give you some nice counting stats to help fill any leaks you might have in your roster. His production isn't anything special, but it is similar to what he was doing when he was seeing close to 30 minutes way back when. For the time being, Dieng should be rostered and played, but once Karl-Anthony Towns returns, all his stats are almost guaranteed to take a dip.

 

Anzejs Pasecniks, PF/C – Washington Wizards

Ownership 1%

9.2  PPG /  4.7 RPG /  .553 FG% /  21 MPG

This is absolutely my favorite pickup of the article, week, month, whatever. Nobody knows about Anzejs Pasecniks unless they have been subjecting themselves to the torture that is Washington Wizards basketball. Truth be told, Jordan McRae, Pasecniks, and Gary Payton II have been great entertainment and diehards like myself, live for blowout games where bench players see starters minutes. In this case, we have a seven-footer with touch around the rim and the ability to actually rebound with little defensive upside. Brutal, but honest.

Pasecniks still needs to prove himself on both ends of the court, but he has the ability to produce against any team, whether it's a blowout or a close game. The Wizards are struggling which means they will resort to their backups sooner rather than later, so Pasecniks size and scoring ability bumps him to the front of the line. The fact that he can help with rebounding doesn't hurt his upside, but realistically he should be utilized for points leagues and anyone punting three's.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 11 (Dec 30 - Jan 5)

It's hard out here for an NBA fantasy pimp
When he tryin' to get this streamer for the Win
For the busts and the draft picks on them spent
Because a whole lot of guys playin' like sh*t

Using that last roster spot to stream available players with a favorable schedule in the upcoming week is a strategy known and used by many fantasy NBA owners. And rightfully so, as it maximizes the games your team plays and will more often than not contribute more than your end-of-the-bench guy will.

I've done some analysis of the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 11.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 11

Days with the highest number of games played are Saturday (11) and Thursday (9), followed by Tuesday (7). All other days have six or fewer games so these will be the days most of us will find it difficult to field a full starting lineup. That is the reason we will be focusing on players from teams that play on these days.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans
Philadelphia 76ers

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 12
Tuesday: 14
Wednesday: 8
Thursday: 18
Friday: 12
Saturday: 22
Sunday: 10

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: -
Wednesday/Thursday: MIN
Thursday/Friday: MIA
Friday/Saturday: ATL, BOS, NOP, ORL, WAS
Saturday/Sunday: CLE, DET, LAL, MEM
Sunday/Monday the following: -

Days with six or fewer games
Monday: 6 games
Wednesday: 4 games
Friday: 6 games
Sunday: 5 games

Teams playing on all four days:
Phoenix Suns (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Portland Trail Blazers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Mon/Wed/Fri:
Orlando Magic (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Washington Wizards (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing on Mon/Wed/Sun:
Minnesota Timberwolves (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun)
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing on Mon/Fri/Sun:
Miami Heat (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing on Wed/Fri/Sun:
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
New York Knicks (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sun)
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 11

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday all have between four and six games played so the teams playing on these days are more likely to have players that can help you out the most. The Suns and the Trail Blazers play on all four of these days and their players are worth gold next week.

Six other teams play on three of these days - the Magic, the Wizards, the Timberwolves, the Heat, the Lakers and the Knicks. Therefore, their players are also on our radar.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans don't have a game until their back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, so their players are best avoided, at least early in the week.

 

Streaming Options for Week 11

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dario Saric, PF/C, PHO, (57% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM, PTS
Aron Baynes, PF/C, PHO, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK - buyer beware: will see a drop in playing time once Deandre Ayton returns from injury (and he is due any day now)
Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, PHO, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK - buyer beware: in poor form
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Terrence Ross, SG/SF, ORL, (48% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Evan Fournier, SG/SF, ORL, (78% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Markelle Fultz, PG/SG, ORL, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Isaiah Thomas, PG, WAS, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Troy Brown, SG/SF, WAS, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, MIN, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: will return to the bench role when Karl-Anthony Towns returns from injury which could be very soon
Jeff Teague, PG, MIN, (78% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM, FT%
Duncan Robinson, SG/SF/PF, MIA, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Tyler Herro, SG/SF, MIA, (62% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Goran Dragic, PG/SG, MIA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST
Kendrick Nunn, PG/SG, MIA, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, STL
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (37% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (38% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK, (33% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL - buyer beware: poor FT%
Marcus Morris Sr., SF/PF, NYK, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, FT%
RJ Barrett, SF/PF, NYK, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL - buyer beware: poor FT%

Shallower League Add

Duncan Robinson, SG/SF/PF, MIA - 44% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Robinson is flirting with top-100 value both on the season and in the past week, so it strikes me as odd that he is owned in less than half of Yahoo leagues. Still, if this is the case in your league as well, now is the best time to add him with a four-game week on three of the four scarcest days.

To be fair, Robinson is not much more than a three-point threat. But he is a big three-point threat though. His season averages of 11.9 PTS with 3.3 3PM on 48.1 FG% and 95.0 FT%, 3.1 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.3 BLK, and 0.6 TO in 27 minutes per game tell the whole story. He will not hurt you anywhere, is very useful for non-counting stats as well, and with his turnovers this low, streaming him has no down-side.

So, if you expect a close matchup with threes being a decisive category, Duncan is your guy!

 

Deeper League Add

Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK - 33% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, AST, STL

It wasn't easy for Payton to find his way to playing time this season with him missing the whole month of November with an injury, and two former top-10 draft picks - Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina - fighting with him for the starting PG spot in New York.

But Payton is a top-10 pick himself and he has shown us his talent since his return to health. In the last eight games, he is averaging 9.1 PTS with 0.4 3PM on 41.8 FG% and 44.4 FT%, 4.6 REB, 7.4 AST, 1.4 STL, 0.3 BLK, and 1.5 TO in 26 minutes per game. This has him around the top-100 for the period.

Furthermore, Elfrid has played 30+ minutes two games in a row and it seems that he is the starting point guard for the Knicks from now on.

If you don't mind his terrible free-throw shooting and could use some dimes, steals and out of position boards, Payton's three games next week all come on days with six or fewer games played so he could be a great streaming option.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Ian Mahinmi, C, WAS - 3% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK

To be honest, I am not in love with Mahinmi, but it's slim pickings this week for the deepest of leagues, and Ian is a constant contributor in his categories. He had at least five points and five boards in each of his previous six games. During this period he failed to block a shot only once, had at least one steal in four out of the six games, and is averaging 7.5 points with 0.2 threes on 45.5% from the field and 60.9% from the line, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 1.8 turnovers in 22 minutes per outing.

The percentages are not great (although he is a career 53.5% field-goals shooter sho that should improve) and almost two turnovers from a center that barely plays 20+ minutes is not ideal so he does come with some limitations. But his contribution in boards and stocks is real and not easy to find in very deep leagues.

With Thomas Bryant not expected to return soon, Mahinmi should keep eclipsing the 20-minute mark on a regular basis, and with his consistency, he should get you around 25 points and boards and almost 10 combined blocks and steals if he plays all four games for your team next week. That could easily be the difference between a win and a loss, especially in the deepest of leagues.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Cameron Johnson, SG/SF, PHO, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, PHO, (16% Owned) -
Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Skal Labissiere, PF/C, POR, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK
Ish Smith, PG, WAS, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, PTS, 3PM
Ian Mahinmi, C, WAS, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Anzejs Pasecniks, C, WAS, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, FG%
Gary Payton II, SG, WAS, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, AST, STL - buyer beware: could lose minutes due to Isaiah Thomas' return from suspension
Treveon Graham, SG/SF, MIN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: he doesn't really do much, but he did play 40 minutes in his previous game so I had to at least mention him
Shabazz Napier, PG/SG, MIN, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, FT%
Derrick Jones Jr., SF/PF, MIA, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, a bit of everything
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Kevin Knox, SF/PF, NYK, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL

 

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

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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 10

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 10th week of the season and try to figure out how to take advantage of what we saw transpire.

 

Monday, December 23rd

Damion Lee Needs To Be Added Immediately 

Let's face it; the Golden State Warriors have turned into an absolute dumpster fire in 2019. The departure of Kevin Durant didn't help, but injuries to Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry helped to transform the year into a throwaway venture. Perhaps this leads to a top selection during the 2020 draft for a team that will get both the 'Splash Brothers' back in action next year, but someone is going to have to step up for the time being.

After returning from a broken hand that sidelined him for exactly a month, Damion Lee has quickly become one of the teams' best players, reaching double-digit points in four of his past five games. On Monday, the second-year guard out of Louisville quietly put together a stat line of 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and two three-pointers, and I believe the time to add him to your squad is now.

Lee is in a situation to not only be one of the top scorers for the Warriors but also has hidden category league potential since he is a solid rebounder for his position and will be given the green light from deep. The 27-year-old brings with him more experience than most second-year players have this early into their NBA career, and I'd act now before his fantasy stock rises past his current 10 percent ownership level.

UPDATE: Damion Lee scored 22 points to go along with 15 rebounds on Christmas and has already seen an extra 20 percent of managers add him to their roster. If he is still floating around your waiver wire, grab him and hope the run continues. 

 

Tuesday, December 24th

Christmas Eve - No Games

 

Wednesday, December 25th

Chris Boucher Has Stocking Stuffer Potential

Even though Chris Boucher has only amassed 11.6 minutes per game during the month of December, you might want to give him a second look - even if it is only for the foreseeable future.

Injuries to Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol have turned the Raptors into an extremely thin frontcourt, and with no timetable currently listed for the return of either player, head coach Nick Nurse has turned to Boucher over the past few games and been rewarded handsomely. During the two contests where he was given over 20 minutes of playing time, the third-year pro has averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.5 three-pointers made. That is obviously an abnormally small sample size we are picking from, but Boucher's ability to add blocks and threes to your team shouldn't be discounted.

Given the potential he has shown when being presented with more playing time, it is hard to imagine that the Raptors won't start expanding his role in any situation, but Boucher's short-term value at least makes him an add and hold until Siakam or Gasol returns. The worst-case scenario is that you get a few quality games out of the dynamic, young power forward, but there is a chance that you strike gold if things play out correctly for the former Oregon Duck.

 

Thursday, December 26th

Jalen Brunson Is Droppable In Almost All Leagues

It was a fun ride for Jalen Brunson, who filled in admirably during Luka Doncic's absence, but it is difficult to find a legitimate path to fantasy success for him now that the European sensation is back on the court.

Brunson was only able to log 14 minutes on Thursday, recording six points, three assists and one rebound in his reduced role, and while he should be a significant real-life factor for the Mavericks and their second unit, there just isn't enough playing time or a high enough usage rate to warrant being held in virtually any setting.

Brunson deserves his props for contributing 14.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 9.2 assists during his expanded five-game role, but part of your edge in fantasy basketball is knowing when to move on from a player when they no longer carry any value, and that time for the former Villanova product is now.

 

Friday, December 27th

Duncan Robinson Is A Strong Category League Asset

I wrote about Duncan Robinson last Friday and have decided to double-dip again this week. I tend to try and avoid recapping the same players since we have over 300 to choose from, but the Heat sharpshooter remains someone I find interesting in fantasy settings.

I mentioned last week how I wasn't the biggest fan of the former Michigan product in groups that reward points per statistic, and that still remains true, but category league participants have a unique player that can be plugged in as a utility option for their squad.

During the month of December, Robinson has connected on four threes per contest, which includes hitting six or more shots from behind the arc three times in his last eight games.  I prefer using him as a utility piece so I can build a complete squad around his skill set and not take a hit in other categories that may be drained by starting him, but his prowess from deep is enough to give you a massive boost for a cheap price tag.

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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 10

Christmas Day in the NBA has come and gone, providing its traditional blend of star power and entertaining basketball -- even in ways more unique than what we've grown accustomed to.

With the passing of Dec. 25, the 2019-20 season is unofficially underway! Outliers no longer exist and the greater identity of each of the 30 NBA teams and its players is present with greater clarity than ever before.

That being said, the unpredictable will always rear its head at one point or another -- most likely in the form of injuries -- and everyone needs to be prepared, especially fantasy owners with a realistic shot at the championship. For that reason, here are five potential pick-ups options for the 10th week of the fantasy season.

 

Week 10 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Chris Boucher - SF/PF - Toronto Raptors - 29% owned

Chris Boucher has amassed more than 20 minutes of playing time in two of Toronto's last three games. Across 51 total minutes in those games, the third-year big man has combined to put up 45 points on 60.0 percent shooting with 13 rebounds, and six blocks.

Surprisingly, Boucher has passed that minute threshold only six times this season, having scored in double-figures each time.

The Raptors are alarmingly thin in their frontcourt right now with injuries to Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol who don't have a timetable for a return anytime soon. While unfortunate, these absences present a clear path for Boucher to receive more playing time.

Given the potential he's shown when afforded a sizeable role, it's hard to envision Toronto keeping him grounded much longer, which could result in similar stat lines as the Raptors look for any assistance to remain steady through this rough stretch.

Gorgui Dieng - PF/C - Minnesota Timberwolves - 20% owned

With averages of just 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, Gorgui Dieng never warranted much consideration among any type of fantasy league, but that's changed over the Minnesota Timberwolves' last few games.

Franchise center Karl-Anthony Towns has missed Minnesota's last four outings on account of a sprained left knee. Inserted into the starting lineup, Dieng has taken advantage over that same time frame, averaging 14.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.3 three-pointers a night.

Towns is making progress in his recovery, but it looks like there will still be a few more DNPs before the All-Star big man makes his way back onto the court.

Once KAT is fully healthy, Dieng will return to the bench and his value will almost certainly evaporate. Until then, the six-year veteran is a solid plug-in option for the teams in need of a short-term stabilizer upfront.

Aaron Holiday - PG - Indiana Pacers - 18% owned

The Indiana Pacers have turned to Aaron Holiday for some backcourt assistance, and the second-year guard has responded with an increased level of production, specifically over the last two weeks.

Across Indiana's last seven games, the former UCLA product is averaging 15.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.3 three-pointers a night, even earning a starting role in the most recent three games.

One of either Jeremy Lamb or Malcolm Brogdon has been absent over the last three games, afford Holiday that spot in the starting lineup.

Even in their presence, the Pacers are still reliant upon Holiday for a sizeable amount of minutes. Maybe that changes with the return of Victor Oladipo, but Holiday seems to have carved out a spot in the rotation regardless, and his play should only improve with consistent playing time and the added confidence stemming from his contributions.

Ben McLemore - SG - Houston Rockets - 17% owned

Ben McLemore hasn't topped double-figures in scoring over his last four games, but that hasn't stopped him from proving a healthy dose of three-point makes.

On the season, he's averaging a career-high 2.5 makes a game from downtown. He hasn't made less than two three-pointers in a game since Dec. 14 and he hasn't had back-to-back of such outings in almost a month.

With just 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game, McLemore doesn't provide anything outside of a deft shooting touch. If that's a strength of your fantasy team, there's no need to give him a look.

If your squad, however, happens to be lacking in that department with an open roster spot to fill, any player getting looks on the league-leader in three-point attempts per game -- by a sizeable margin -- is a smart play.

Damion Lee - SG - Golden State Warriors - 10% owned

Like many players on this unrecognizable Golden State Warriors squad, Damion Lee has gotten a shot to prove his worth and his taking advantage of every second of it.

After returning from a broken hand, Lee has scored in double-figures in five of his last six games including over 20 in two of his last three. He's coming off the best game of his career, where he helped Golden State to a surprising Christmas day win over the Houston Rockets with 22 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two three-pointers.

Klay Thompson isn't expected back this season and Stephen Curry will likely follow suit given the ineptitude of the Warriors this season.

D'Angelo Russell certainly fills some of that gaping hole in the backcourt, but the Dubs need more if only to trot out an actual lineup.

Lee fits the bill on account of his recent play and experience within Steve Kerr's system -- he appeared in 32 games for the team last season. The lows will certainly accompany the highs, but there's no one standing in the way of Lee putting up numbers, and if there's was any doubt in his ability to do so, this recent stretch of play should speak volumes.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 10

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.

Happy Holidays from Rotation Watch! Today is the unofficial biggest day of the NBA season. With five games spread out over 13 hours of primetime viewing. So as a special treat, we will be talking about players from the games happening today. Boston-Toronto. Milwaukee-Philadelphia. Houston-Golden State. Clippers-Lakers. And last but not least, Pelicans-Nuggets. The league did a great job with its Christmas Day scheduling this year and there are so many things to watch from a fantasy basketball perspective.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from December 16th to December 22nd and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

George Hill (PG - Milwaukee Bucks)

Season: 21.4 Minutes per Game

Week 9: 20.7 Minutes per Game

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Grant Hill saw his minutes go down in Week 9, but his production did the opposite and he saw an uptick in points, rebounds, and three-pointers made. In fact, in Sunday's matchup against the Pacers he had a season-high nine rebounds.

Hill has reached double-digits in five straight appearances and averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.7 made threes per game during his three Week 9 contests.

Something else to consider is that in his reserve role he is now shooting a career-high 51.6% from behind the arc. Eric Bledsoe still leads him on the depth chart, but Hill is one of the best backups in the league. If he continues to produce these kind of statistical weeks, he should see his ownership percentage steadily rise as more and more fantasy basketball owners look to mine productive minutes from some of the better offensive teams in the league.

 

Alec Burks (SG, SF - Golden State Warriors)

Season: 29.6 Minutes per Game

Week 9: 32.3 Minutes per Game

Golden State Warriors Alec Burks has scored at least 10 points in his last 13 games, but that is underselling how impressive he has been in the scoring department lately. He has only started 4 of the 11 December games for the Warriors but is still finding a role in the offense.

In Week 9, he saw his minutes rise to 32.3 per game and his production followed suit. He averaged 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.7 steals, and 2.3 made threes per game. There are plenty of trade rumors circling the eighth-year player, but as long as he is on the Warriors and gets his fair share of minutes he will offer decent scoring upside in most fantasy leagues and formats.

 

Al Horford (PF, C - Philadelphia 76ers)

Season: 30.5 Minutes per Game

Week 9: 29.3 Minutes per Game

Al Horford has been a steady hand for the Philadelphia 76ers this season and had his fair share of productivity. Unfortunately, his name seems to be carrying more value than he deserves. This is not 2011 Al Horford anymore. He is not a primary, or even a secondary, option in the offense and is more valuable to his real team as a leader in the clubhouse than a producer of stats.

On the season, he is averaging 13.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. Those are not terrible numbers, but not what we are looking for. And in Week 9, things took a turn for the worse. Horford averaged 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 29.3 minutes. He only lost 1.2 minutes per game, but his production took quite a hit.

Those numbers were not good enough to make him a top-35 power forward in ESPN leagues last week. My advice would be to ship him in a trade while his name still carries some weight. It's the holiday season and the season of giving. So why not give your fantasy team a boost and "gift" Al Horford to a rival manager and receive something useful in return.

 

Serge Ibaka (PF, C - Toronto Raptors)

Season: 24.2 Minutes per Game

Week 9: 33.3 Minutes per Game

Serge Ibaka proved that he's still a force to be reckoned with after an outstanding series of performances in Week 9 of the fantasy basketball season. He reach the double-digit scoring mark in three of his four contests and that included two games where he scored 23 and 25 points.

The Toronto big man has primarily been coming off the bench most of the season. He has only started three of the 20 games he has appeared in but was still averaging 24.2 minutes per contest. His spike in production was due to the 33.3 minutes he played in the four Week 9 games. His Week 9 stats were 19.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.0 made threes. That made him a top-15 power forward for the week.

 

Derrick Favors (PF, C - New Orleans Pelicans)

Season: 21.5 Minutes per Game

Week 9: 24.5 Minutes per Game

Derrick Favors has been playing a solid role for the New Orleans Pelicans over the first third of the season. Before Week 9, he was averaging 8.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks. He stepped up his game in Week 9 and saw his averages climb to 8.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks.

Those are perfectly usable numbers in fantasy basketball, but he is appropriately owned at the moment as his 60% is probably all standard formats. If we sneak into Week 10 though, you would see that he had 30 minutes on Monday night against Portland and recorded his second straight double-double.

Fantasy basketball, and regular basketball, fans are awaiting the debut of Zion Williamson. Favors may be phased out whenever the much-anticipated rookie makes his arrival.

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Week 10 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Specialists

Wishing everyone a happy holidays! 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 about 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 Norman Powell (shoulder), Marc Gasol (groin), Otto Porter (foot) all comes to mind.

It's mindful to take all factors into consideration. Players may be off to slow starts, and it may take a week or two to see consistency. Also 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. 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 10 that are likely on your waiver wire.

 

Week 10 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.

Steals

Elfrid Payton, PG - New York Knicks

Although the New York Knicks share a three headed timeshare of Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr., and Frank Nitilinka, Payton has emerged as the best fantasy point guard to own for the time being. Over the month of December, Payton is averaging 6.2 assists per game with 1.4 steals, including six steals over the past two contests. Assists and steals are super hard to come by on the waiver wire, so he's definitely worth an add to see if he can continue to provide solid value.

De'Anthony Melton, PG - Memphis Grizzlies

Melton has quietly been craving out top-110 value over the past week, and it's thanks to his solid contribution in assists and steals. He's ahead of Tyus Jones in the rotation, and it helps that Melton can play together with JA Morant as well. Although the low minutes are annoying, he's worth a stream this week with the Grizzlies playing four times.

Lonzo Ball, PG - New Orleans Pelicans

It's not surprising to see Lonzo Ball appearing on some waiver wires this season, because he's been flat out terrible. His percentages (38% from the field, 44% from the charity stripe) are hurting most owners and the reduced bench role is making owners panic. However, his shooting does have room for progression and he's always been a strong steals guy. Ball racked up five steals in Friday's loss against the Warriors, in which he added 14 points with two 3-pointers. There's still a large chuck of the season left to be played and I'm still convinced he'll turn the corner as we edge towards the second half of the season and fantasy playoffs.

Donte Divincenzo, SG - Milwaukee Bucks

Eric Bledsoe (leg) is out for another week or so and Divincenzo will continue to see minutes the the mid 20s. He's filling up the stat sheet with a little bit of everything and he's looking like one of the best sophomores thus far. He's been flirting with top-50 value in nine-cat leagues over the past week and top-70 over the last two. He's going to be a strong player as long as Bledsoe is out. The Bucks play three times this week, including on Christmas and a b2b set on Friday and Saturday. You'd be wise to at least use Divincenzo as a streaming option.

Blocks

Chris Boucher, PF/C - Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are decimated with injuries and Boucher will be forced into a bigger role for the next couple of weeks. It helps that the Raptors also play four times this week, including a Christmas showdown against the Boston Celtics. Boucher blew up with 21 points, seven rebounds to go along with four blocks (!) and two steals on Sunday night in a win over the Mavericks. He's going to be a hot pickup after tonight's performance and he's certainly worth a flier to see if this can continue.

Jaxson Hayes, PF/C - New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans are splitting center minutes between Hayes and Derrick Favors, so Hayes will continue to log meaningful minutes until they get Zion Williamson (knee) back on the court. Hayes has averaged 1.3 blocks in the month of December and continues to look better on the court as the season goes on, so it's worth keeping an eye on especially with the injury-prone Derrick Favors missing games here and there. He's a solid add for the Pelicans upcoming four-game week.

Jerami Grant, SF/PF - Denver Nuggets

Paul Millsap (knee contusion) could miss some time, especially given how he's 34 years of age. He'll likely be replaced by Jerami Grant in the starting lineup and Grant can provide 12-team value if he's able to get more than 25 minutes per game. Although it's hard to trust any Nuggets player outside of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, the Nuggets also plays four times this week so it's certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Daniel Theis, PF/C - Boston Celtics

Theis is merely a blocks specialist in most leagues but he does that consistent enough to be worth adding in most leagues, especially when the Celtics play four times this week. Theis is arguably the best center to own in Boston and it helps that Robert Williams (hip) will be out of the lineup for the next three weeks.  Look for Theis to give solid big man stats, having averaged 1.8 blocks per game in the month of December.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 10

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 10.

 

Guards

Alec Burks, Golden State Warriors

The 28-year-old journeyman is the next cog up in the Warriors' depleted backcourt. Burks has dropped 17.2 points, 4.6 boards, 3.8 dimes and 1.9 steals per game in 11 games this month. So it might be a little late to grab him, but he has staying power with so many injuries and inexperience in the backcourt.

Aaron Holiday, Indiana Pacers

The second-year man from UCLA had a statement game Monday night in the 120-115 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors. He finished with 19 points and 10 assists, but he came up big late in the game to propel them to victory. He has scored in double figures in seven straight games, and he's shooting a career-high 41.7 percent from distance. Holiday is a fringe commodity in traditional leagues, but he needs to be owned in dynasty.

Gary Payton II, Washington Wizards

The son of "The Glove" had a phenomenal first game of the season Monday night against the New York Knicks. He had 10 points, 11 rebounds, five dimes and six steals in 34 minutes of action. Point guard Isaiah Thomas has one more game to serve in his suspension, and Payton should have another chance to make a splash and remain in the rotation. Give him the speculative pickup to see if he can build on his epic first game.

Kevin Porter Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers

Porter had 15 points and nine boards in 23 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks Monday. The 19-year-old has been making some noise sporadically and has averaged 11 points and 3.1 rebounds per game this month. The Cavs traded shooting guard Jordan Clarkson to the Utah Jazz, which will open up more minutes for Porter. Pick him up in deeper formats to see what he can do with them.

 

Forwards

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have a slew of injuries on their front line, and the 24-year-old Hollis-Jefferson figures to see increased action at the three. He's averaging 13.3 points, 6.7 boards, four assists and one block per game the last three games. He's not likely to score in bunches, but the playing time and his solid play bode well for multiple-category support.

 

Centers

Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timber Wolves

The 29-year-old veteran has witnessed a resurgence with superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) out with a sprained knee. Dieng has averaged 14.3 points, 8.5 boards and 1.3 steals per game over the last four contests. He'll sprinkle in some threes as well as he's shooting 36.7 percent from deep this year. He'll likely lose luster once KAT comes back, but he needs to be owned everywhere right now.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 10)

We are officially in Week 10 which means I can start saying that the season is coming to end to help sell my picks. Not the smartest idea to out myself like that, but it's the truth. The earlier you can forget about the regular season and start focusing on playoffs the better. We will call this the "load management" period where you need to start finding those players who are going to produce near the end of the season and start selling on the guys who will be sitting.

We all know Kawhi Leonard has taken load management to a new level, and while the internet has predictably responded with a flurry of "RESPECT LOSSED" tweets and player comparison charts, we know exactly what he is doing. He's taking a page out of my book and gearing up for playoffs early. Very smart, Kawhi. Very smart and totally my idea....

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 9

Langston Galloway, PG/SG  – Detroit Pistons

Ownership: 10%

11.5 PPG /  2.2 RPG /  .438 FG% /  2.3 3MPG

Since Langston Galloway had a hot streak earlier this season while Blake Griffin was out, it's easy to see why owners abandoned him upon Griffin's return. This upcoming week, Galloway faces the 76ers, Wizards, Spurs, and the Jazz. All teams that have defenses that have either taken a slight step in the wrong direction, or just let up points to wing shooters. Either way, Galloway has upside this week and while there is risk, there is risk with all the Pistons players. They have lost their last four games and since Galloway really isn't the reason for it, it would make sense that he sees a few extra minutes. To be entirely honest, I think he needs to be traded to a better team that needs perimeter scoring and defense. So literally every contending team.

 

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF/PF – Toronto Raptors

Ownership 14%

 8.8 PPG /  .434 FG% /  3.7 APG / 1.1 SPG

If you're smart like fellow RotoBaller Dennis Clausen, you have already picked up Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. With Norman Powell set to miss around 15-20 games with a shoulder injury, the Raptors need a secondary scorer that is able to defend, rebound and space the offense. Hollis-Jefferson is not good for spacing, but he is capable of having good shooting nights every now and again so this pick an ideal flier for the time being since he is pretty much guaranteed to see more usage. This also leads into my next option.

 

Chris Boucher, PF/C – Toronto Raptors

Ownership 20%

5.7  PPG /  4.1 RPG /  .442 FG% /  .8 BPG

The Raptors have given Chris Boucher the opportunity to contribute and he has not let the chance go to waste. Last game he saw a 30% usage rate and he managed to post a season-high 21 points. He is going to continue to get minutes even with Serge Ibaka back because they fill completely different roles. Boucher is more than willing to pull from three and has the ability to block multiple shots a game.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 10 (Dec 23 - Dec 29)

We're entering Week 10 of fantasy NBA basketball and it flew by if you ask me... It's becoming apparent where we stand at this point and whether we're sitting pretty at the top, just battling for beneficial seeding, or our teams are struggling and we need every W we can get to have a chance for a playoff berth.

If you're lucky enough to be in the first group, you have the luxury of keeping some benchwarmers who are not performing that well, but you expect to explode later on during fantasy playoffs - for example, Coby White. Whether you do this or not is up to you and your perception of what value those types of guys will bring later on, compared to the rest of your team, or the streaming spot.

The rest of us that are not a shoo-in for the playoffs are more desperate for some immediate contribution and just can't afford to keep slumping players solely due to their potential. Especially when so much short-term value can be found on most waiver wires. I've done some analysis of the week to come and here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 10.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 10

Quite a peculiar week is ahead of us, with no games on Christmas Eve, and a boatload of games on both Monday (11) and Saturday (14). Most fantasy owners will have full rosters on both of these days, so that leaves Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday - all with either five or six games played. These are the days most owners will struggle with and the tactic to best overcome these difficulties will be our primary focus.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans
Philadelphia 76ers
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards

Teams with 2 games:
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Clippers

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 22
Tuesday: -
Wednesday: 10
Thursday: 12
Friday: 12
Saturday: 28
Sunday: 10

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: -
Wednesday/Thursday: -
Thursday/Friday: OKC
Friday/Saturday: ATL, BOS, CLE, GSW, IND, MIA, MIL, ORL, PHI, PHO
Saturday/Sunday: DAL, DEN, HOU, LAL, MEM, NOP, SAC, TOR
Sunday/Monday the following: -

Days with six or fewer games
Wednesday: 5 games
Thursday: 6 games
Friday: 6 games
Sunday: 5 games

Teams playing on three of these days:
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Wed/Thurs:
-

Teams playing on Wed/Fri:
Golden State Warriors (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Boston Celtics (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)
Milwaukee Bucks (3 games - Wed, Fri, Sat)

Teams playing on Wed/Sun:
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Houston Rockets (4 games - Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (4 games - Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (4 games - Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Wed, Sat, Sun)

Teams playing on Thurs/Fri:
Oklahoma City Thunder

Teams playing on Thurs/Sun:
Memphis Grizzlies (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Dallas Mavericks (3 games - Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder

Teams playing on Fri/Sun:
Charlotte Hornets (2 games - Fri, Sun)
Oklahoma City Thunder

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Dallas Mavericks
Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder
Sacramento Kings

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 10

With Tuesday having no games, and both Monday and Saturday having 11 or more games played, most fantasy owners can disregard these days. The other four days all have five or six games, and should prove much more challenging to field a full lineup.

Only the Thunder play on at least three of these days, but they don't have a game before Thursday. If you have a hot player on the OKC roster on your waiver wire, you have to make a decision on whether you add them at the start of the week, regardless of this fact, or you wait until Thursday and try to get a game or two out of other guys before the switch (thus risking the OKC player being picked up by a rival).

There are 13 other teams playing on two of these days, so there are plenty of players to chose from this week. These are the guys we will be looking at. Do keep in mind which days you need help with before adding these players though.

 

Streaming Options for Week 10

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (40% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Willie Cauley-Stein, PF/C, GSW, (49% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Enes Kanter, C, BOS, (47% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, should see additional value with Eric Blesoe out
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, should see additional value with Eric Blesoe out
Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK, FG%, FT% - buyer beware: battling an injury so check his status before adding
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (58% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (68% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
J.J. Redick, SG, NOP, (71% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, TO 
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (44% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: STL, REB, a bit of everything
Lonzo Ball, PG, NOP, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL - buyer beware: poor %s
Derrick Favors, PF/C, NOP, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%,
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Serge Ibaka, PF/C, TOR, (77% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: PTS, REB, BLK a bit of everything - additional value while Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are out!
OG Anunoby, SF/PF, TOR, (71% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - additional value while Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are out!
Brandon Clarke, PF/C, MEM, (67% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, FG%
Dillon Brooks, SG/SF, MEM, (39% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL
Jae Crowder, SF/PF, MEM, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Richaun Holmes, PF/C, SAC, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, BLK/STL, FG%
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (40% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Delon Wright, PG/SG, DAL, (47% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, AST, STL - should see additional value with Luka Doncic out
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, DAL, (42% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL - should see additional value with Luka Doncic out
Dwight Powell, PF/C, DAL, (38% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Cody Zeller, PF/C, CHA, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK/STL
Miles Bridges, SF, CHA, (75% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK, REB, PTS

 

Shallower League Add

Dillon Brooks, SG/SF, MEM - 39% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, STL

Brooks is a nice surprise for the Grizzlies this season as he is flirting with top-100 value on the year. He has been even better in the past two weeks with averages of 18.3 PTS with 2.4 3PM on 43.5 FG% and 90.0 FT%, 3.9 REB, 2.5 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.5 BLK, and 2.1 TO in 30 minutes per game which has him ranked at #83 on Yahoo.

He is pretty consistent as well. Since Nov 30 he played in 13 games and scored in double-digits in 11 of them. He also played less than 25 minutes in three of these games. And yet, he is still owned in just 39% of the leagues, which is a bit surprising to me.

With a four-game slate in Week 10, Dillon is worth a flier for all those in shallower leagues who are in need of some scoring and three-point shooting, so if you like what you can get with him don't hesitate too much, he might be gone off your FA pool soon.

 

Deeper League Add

Seth Curry, PG/SG, DAL - 15% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Seth is a sharpshooter who often takes the back seat and offers a good option for perimeter shooting and stretching the defense. But lately, he's had a few flashy performances eclipsing the 20-point mark in three of his last five games. During this time he has averaged 18.6 PTS with 3.0 3PM on 59.3 FG% and 88.9 FT%, 3.4 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.4 STL, no BLK, and 2.4 TO in 25 minutes per outing. This has him inside the top-100.

Now, I know it's not fair to ask Seth to shoot this good every night. But with the increased opportunity that presented itself as a result of Doncic getting injured, I could see Seth hit two 3-pointers with points in the teens and a couple of boards and dimes in the short term.

Dallas only plays three games next week, but they come from Thursday till Sunday. With him being owned in just 15% of the leagues, and often being marked as just Stephen Curry's brother and therefore being undervalued - you might get away with having another streamer in your team for the games on Monday and Wednesday, and then making the switch on Thursday. This would be a good tactic and would definitely help you maximize the number of games your team plays in Week 10.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Damion Lee, SG, GSW - 2% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Pure gamble here, but we are talking about a player that is owned in just 2% of Yahoo leagues. Lee wasn't even on the radar up until about 10 days ago, but then was given the opportunity on Dec 12 and rewarded both the Warriors and insightful (or just plain lucky) fantasy owners that had him in their teams since. In the five games after Dec 12, Lee is averaging 12.8 points with 1.4 threes on 41.8% from the field and 84.6% from the charity stripe, along with 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.2 steals, no blocks, and 0.6 turnovers in 27 minutes a night on the scale of five games played.

Damion seems to have pushed Ky Bowman out of the rotation, and with the amount of playing time he is getting lately, he could make for a great speculative add even in the long run if he can keep it going. As for streaming purposes in Week 10, Golden State has four games, the last of which is on Saturday. So you can potentially get four games out of Lee, and then swap him out for another streamer on Sunday when you get a clear picture of what you need to finish off the week.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Glenn Robinson III, SG/SF, GSW, (24% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB, STL
Damion Lee, SG, GSW, (2% Owned)
- Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, PHI, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK
Daniel Theis, PF/C, BOS, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, MIL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Ben McLemore, SG, HOU (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of STL/BLK
Jaxson Hayes, C, NOP, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF/PF, TOR, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK - additional value while Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are out!
Patrick McCaw, SG/SF, TOR, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK - additional value while Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell are out!
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
De'Anthony Melton, PG/SG, MEM, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, FT%
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, a little bit of everything
Trevor Ariza, PG/SG/SF, SAC, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
Seth Curry, PG/SG, DAL, (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% - additional value while Luka Doncic is out
Maximilian Kleber, PF/C, DAL, (26% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, CHA, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST - could have additional value with PJ Washington out
Malik Monk, SG, CHA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Marvin Williams, SF, CHA, (21% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, BLK/STL - could see additional value with PJ Washington out
Cody Martin, SF, CHA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL, a little bit of everything - could see additional value with PJ Washington out
Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, CHA, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, 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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Derrick Jones (SF/PF, MIA) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 11% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones has been stuffing the stat sheet as one of the first players off the bench for the Heat the past few weeks. Over his past five games, he's hit seven threes while recording nine steals and four blocks and averaging 13.6 points per game.

Jones is shooting 54.4% from the field this year and that might be somewhat sustainable as he's a career 50.6% shooter. He's only averaging one assist per game on the year, but his 0.7 turnovers per game on the year help make the low assist output acceptable.

Jones is worth adding in just about all leagues right now and is a must-add in leagues of 12 teams or deeper. The Heat have a somewhat deep rotation that will get deeper once Justise Winslow (back) returns, and that should be somewhat soon. Still, Jones and Winslow offer very different skillsets and Jones should still manage to see around 20 minutes per game when Winslow is back.


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Bismack Biyombo (PF/C, CHA) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 19% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Charlotte Hornets power forward/center Bismack Biyombo has been posting some gaudy rebounding numbers the past few weeks and they can't be ignored by anyone in leagues of 12 teams or deeper. Biyombo grabbed a season-high 17 boards against the Pacers on December 15, three games after he came down with 15 boards against the Wizards.

Biyombo has been a rebounding and shot-blocking specialist in spurts throughout his career. However, this year, he's shown an ability to put some points on the board as well. He's averaging a career-high 7.6 points per game this year. That may not seem like much, but it's coming from a guy who's averaging 5.1 points per game over his career. He's scored 10-plus points in five games so far this month.

Biyombo has three double-doubles in December and has recorded four blocks over his past six games. He's averaged over 20 minutes per game this month and should retain deep league value for as long as that continues. Add Biyombo if you need rebounding help in leagues of 12 teams or deeper. He doesn't do enough beyond rebounding and shot-blocking to warrant adding in more shallow leagues.


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Chris Boucher (PF/C, TOR) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 18% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Toronto Raptors power forward/center Chris Boucher should be seeing a substantial increase in playing time with both Marc Gasol (hamstring) and Pascal Siakam (groin) out indefinitely.

Boucher saw some extra run in November while Serge Ibaka was hurt and proved to have some solid value as both a shot-blocker and a rebounder. He had back-to-back double-doubles on November 18 and November 20 and he had two straight multiple-block games on November 10 and November 11.

Boucher also provides value as a center with three-point shooting ability. He's hit 12 threes on 38 attempts this year. His 43.6% field goal percentage isn't ideal for a center, but he's a career 78% free throw shooter, which helps make up for it.

Add Boucher in leagues of 12 teams or deeper for help in blocks and rebounds. He should retain value for several weeks while the Raptors deploy him frequently.


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Donte DiVincenzo (SG, MIL) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 28% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Donte Divincenzo has received some steady playing time this year, especially since the team lost Eric Bledsoe (leg) to a broken fibula. Bledsoe should be out at least another week, which makes DiVencenzo a fantastic short-term add, but he could have long-term value in deep leagues as well.

DiVincenzo has 23 rebounds and 16 assists over his past three games. He also had back-to-back three-steal games on December 14 and December 16. He's averaging about 22 minutes per game on the season and has topped 25 minutes in each of his past four games.

DiVincenzo may not be a standout in any one stat, but he also likely won't hurt you in any category. He's hit four threes and recorded two blocks in his past three games, averaging just one turnover per game over that stretch.

Add DiVincenzo if you need short-term guard help in leagues of 12 teams or deeper. He's certainly start-worthy while Bledsoe is out and could retain value after Bledsoe's return as well.


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