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Jalen Brunson (PG, DAL) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

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ANALYSIS: It's not often that a team can replace a superstar point guard, Luka Doncic, with a two-time NCAA Champion, but that's exactly what the Dallas Mavericks are doing by inserting Jalen Brunson into it's starting lineup. The second-year point guard has been living in the shadow of his European teammate for two years, but Doncic is now sidelined with an ankle injury and Brunson should start to shine in all fantasy basketball formats.

Brunson has seen his minutes soar after Donic went down. Sometimes minutes don't translate to production in fantasy basketball, but they have for the former Villanova Wildcat. In the four games since Doncic went down, Brunson has seen his averages spike to 30.5 minutes of playing time while producing 13.0 points, 9.25 assists, 5.2 rebounds and taking 11.8 shots per game.

As soon as Doncic returns, Brunson will return to a reserve role and lose a lot of his value. Given the scarcity of assists on the waiver wire these days, fantasy managers could do a lot worse than add Brunson to their team in the short term and still hang onto him while Doncic works back to his full capacity of minutes.

 


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Fantasy Basketball Risers and Fallers: Week 9

Welcome to the fantasy basketball risers and fallers column, a weekly look at a few players whose stock is rising and a few who've been struggling with some analysis of why that's been the case. As always, this doesn't mean you need to drop these players who are struggling, but this could be a useful piece for making some trade decisions or for making some tough lineup choices.

It's been a couple of weeks since our last column because the end of the semester was a busy time for me with four classes of essays to grade, but we're officially back. And not back in a "Texas is back" college football way, but in a real "let's get back to discussing the NBA moving forward" way.

If you have any fantasy basketball questions, follow me on Twitter, where I'm always willing to respond to your tweeted questions: @juscarts

 

Fantasy Basketball Risers

Brandon Clarke - PF/C - Memphis Grizzlies

Remember when Brandon Clarke fell to the 21st pick in the NBA Draft and everyone on Draft Twitter was collectively like "what, how, why???"

Over the past four games, Clarke is averaging 18 points per contest along with 5.8 rebounds per game. He's shooting 66.7 percent from the floor even though he's shooting just 20 percent from three. With a very high free throw percentage for a big and an increased scoring load on a Grizzlies team that needs all the help it can get, Clarke is trending up.

Joe Ingles - SF/SG - Utah Jazz

We're just a couple weeks removed from Ingles being so disappointing that people were dropping him in most formats, but in seven games since returning to the starting lineup he's basically finally been the guy we thought we'd see this year.

Over that seven-game stretch, Ingles is shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from three on 4.6 attempted treys per game. 13 points, five rebounds, and six assists per game are solid averages and have helped him regain his fantasy value after a long period of mucking around in fantasy purgatory.

Hassan Whiteside - C - Portland Trail Blazers

Whiteside continues to put up strong stats for the Trail Blazers.

He's had a double-double in nine straight games, and his last two games have been wild from a rebound perspective: 16 points and 23 boards against the Warriors, followed by 10 points, 17 rebounds, and five blocks against the Magic.

Whiteside has also recorded at least one block in 10 consecutive games, with multiple blocks in eight of those. He's basically doing all the things you think of when you think of Hassan Whiteside, and he's doing them at a supercharged rate.

Bam Adebayo - PF/C - Miami Heat

Whiteside's former Heat running mate is now the main center in Miami and he's been putting together some great performances.

In the last eight games, Bam is averaging 20.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, ad 1.4 blocks per game on 59.2 percent shooting, which...those are superstar numbers. I don't really get many chances to watch the Heat, but last weekend I visited our site's NFL editor while I was on a trip, and he's a huge Heat fan, so I watched the Heat/Mavericks game where Bam got a triple-double and...wow.

 

Fantasy Basketball Fallers

Danuel House Jr. - SG/SF - Houston Rockets

House's hot start is a distant memory now, and over the last five games he's averaging 6.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game on 36.1 percent shooting. He's shot just 17.6 percent from three over that span.

House is a fun player, but he's also basically always going to be the fifth option for the Rockets, which means that he has to be efficient with the looks that he gets to have fantasy value. Right now, that's not happening.

Miles Bridges - SF - Charlotte Hornets

Bridges has fallen before 30 minutes in consecutive games and averaged just five shot attempts per game in those contests. With Marvin Williams back and needing minutes, Bridges' days of playing 30-plus minutes and taking double-digit shot attempts appear to be over for now, which drops his fantasy value down by a pretty significant amount.

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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 9

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

 

Monday, December 16th

Believe It Or Not, Luka Doncic's Injury Will Make The Mavericks A Better Team 

The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the surprise teams so far in 2019, compiling a record to date of 18-8. Most of their success has stemmed from Luca Doncic's MVP caliber beginnings to his second year in the league, but the team will need to learn how to provide a complete effort if they want to take the next step in their maturation process.

While the time without Doncic in the lineup should help everyone on the roster, a player such as Kristaps Porzingis might be able to overcome his early-season woes after missing most of 2018 with a torn ACL. Porzingis has gotten off to a rocky start in 2019, shooting right around 40 percent from the field on the year, but the increased usage rate he will see in the next few weeks should be indelible for their future success.

On Monday, the Latvian exhibited some of what the Mavericks will be hoping to receive from him going forward, scoring 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four tiples in 33 minutes. Give Porzingis a short-term boost in terms of fantasy production in all settings, which in turn should give the Mavericks more upside once Doncic is able to return to the court.

 

Tuesday, December 17th

De'Aaron Fox Scores 19 In Return From Injury

De'Aaron Fox returned from a 17-game absence on Tuesday, recording 19 points, eight assists, two rebounds, two steals and two three-pointers in 30 minutes.

Head coach Luke Walton has made it clear that the Kings will be cautious with their star guard going forward, saying "he is on a minutes restriction, and then we will re-evaluate and see how he feels." Tuesday night didn't exactly have him see a massive decrease in playing time, but I think Friday and Saturday's back-to-back contests will give a better idea of how cautious the team will get when they have games on consecutive days.

If I am not an owner of Fox currently, I would keep a close eye on how active he is in the Kings' gameplan during the next week or two. There is a possibility that we see a buy-low window open if he does receive sporadic playing time from game-to-game, which could present us with a chance to acquire the young guard for pennies on the dollar.

 

Wednesday, December 18th

Brandon Ingram Continues To Soar For Pelicans

Brandon Ingram continued his astronomical rise so far in 2019, scoring 34 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and three three-pointers - snapping the Pelicans' franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.

Coming into the year, Ingram slipped into the end of the ninth round on Yahoo and ESPN drafts but has recorded top-20 production in both nine-category and point settings so far this year.

It will be interesting to see how the offense runs once Zion Williamson enters the fray, but New Orleans is clearly ready to build their franchise around those two centerpieces, allowing Ingram to proceed as one of the favorites to be named the NBA's "Most Improved Player." If you own him on your fantasy roster, do not sell high.

 

Thursday, December 19th

Jabari Parker Is A Short-Term Hold

Jabari Parker came off the bench on Thursday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one three-pointer in 24 minutes against the Utah Jazz.

Game flow worked out perfectly for Parker after rookie De'Andre Hunter got into early foul trouble on the night, but playing time has been on the steady decline over the past few weeks for the former second pick in the 2014 draft. Head coach Lloyd Pierce has been adamant that he wants his younger players to learn together on the court, which helps to explain Parker's demotion to the second unit.

With John Collins set to return from his suspension on Monday, the former Duke product is likely to see even less of a role going forward. There is always a chance that Collins gets used primarily as a center, helping Parker receive six-man minutes between 25-30, but the Hawks are set on giving their young crop the brunt of the on-court action. Feel free to start Parker on Saturday, but the waiver wire is most likely the best place for him after that.

 

Friday, December 20th

Duncan Robinson Has Nine-Category Value

Duncan Robinson made six of 10 shots from the field for 18 points, adding three assists and six three-pointers in 23 minutes.

Robinson has made 3.1 shots per game from behind the arc this year and has shown the ability to go off for big stat lines occasionally, but his inability to provide a more robust output outside of scoring and threes will get even further limited once Justice Winslow does return.

That is a bridge that fantasy owners will have to cross when the time comes, but his sharpshooting nature does present him with an opportunity to be owned in settings as low as 10 participants in category leagues. However, if you play in a group that rewards points for each statistic, the 25-year-old can be left on your waiver wire.

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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 9

Despite the NBA's best attempt to minimize the wear and tear players accrue over a long 82-game season, injuries have continued to flare up at every turn in 2019-20, affecting some of the game's best talents.

We know of the injuries suffered to Stephen Curry and Zion Williamson, but Kyrie Irving hasn't played in over a month. Luka Doncic badly sprained his ankle and will likely remain out several weeks. Devin Booker has missed three straight outings and both Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis are dealing with lower-body ailments of their own. All this makes you rethink your stance on Kawhi Leonard's load management system, but that's a topic for a different conversation.

To combat and possibly even take advantage of these injuries that are no doubt affecting plenty of fantasy rosters, here are five potential pick-ups options for the ninth week of the fantasy season.

 

Week 9 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Elfrid Payton - PG - New York Knicks31% owned

It took a while for Elfrid Payton to make his way back onto the court, 17 games to be precise, and he wasn't exactly lighting things upon immediately upon returning. But as interim head coach Mike Miller establishes his lineups, Payton's recent play seems to make him a fixture of New York's gameplan moving forward.

Across the Knicks last four outings, Payton is averaging 11.3 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 25.6 minutes a night. The most impressive part of this stretch? He hasn't committed a turnover in three games, racking up a total of 24 assists over that time.

Payton severely lacks contributions and efficiency from both beyond the arc and the free-throw line which could make him tough to stomach depending on the construction of your roster.

Still, amongst a crowded point guard rotation in New York, Payton has stood out after helping the Knicks to a 3-1 record that directly coincided with his bump in minutes. Given those contributions, Payton's earned his spot in the rotation, and there's no reason to think he'll lose it anytime soon.

Jalen Brunson - PG - Dallas Mavericks - 31% owned

Jalen Brunson had had some impressive outings and solid stretches this year, but the consistency simply wasn't there in part due to the fluctuating minutes he received on a game-by-game basis.

Over the Dallas Mavericks' last two outings, things have been different for the sophomore guard. Luka Doncic sprained his ankle and Brunson stepped into a more prominent role, averaging 15.5 points, 9.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in 33.3 minutes a night.

Doncic is likely to be out at least the next two weeks, leaving Dallas' lead guard spot wide open for the taking. After back-to-back quality performances, Brunson seems like the ideal candidate, and it's best to scoop him up and ride that wave of production for as long as it lasts until Doncic returns.

Delon Wright - PG/SG - Dallas Mavericks - 48% owned

Delon Wright hasn't seized the opportunity afforded by Doncic's absence quite like Brunson has, but there's still plenty to like as a potential pick-up.

For starters, Wright is coming off a surprising win against the Bucks where he dropped 13 points, four steals, three rebounds, and two assists in just 19 minutes of action. This came in just his second game back after a groin injury afforded him all of four minutes over Dallas's last three games.

Brunson might be the ideal target of Maverick floor generals, but Wright will certainly get his fair share of touches as the minutes continue to trend upward and is worth a look because of it.

Marvin Williams - SF/PF - Charlotte Hornets - 17% owned

Marvin Williams had missed the Charlotte Hornets' previous five games on account of a sore right knee but returned to the lineup on Tuesday to contribute 16 points to go with three rebounds and two blocks in just 25 minutes.

The Hornets are razor-thin along the wing at the moment. Nicolas Batum has missed five of the last six games. Rookie standout PJ Washington has been absent for back-to-back outings after undergoing finger surgery with no timetable for a return.

That leaves Williams -- along with Miles Bridges -- to pick up the slack at the offensive end.

The efficiency from Williams might not be as sparkling as it was in his return against Sacramento where he shot 5 of 8 from the field and 3 of 5 from distance, but the counting stats will more than make up for it as long as the minutes remain steady.

Jerami Grant - SF/PF - Denver Nuggets - 21% owned

Jerami Grant's numbers are down from a career-best season a year ago, but that's in large part due to the noticeable drop in minutes per game of 9.8.

Over the Denver Nuggets last three games, however, Grant has seen his minutes hover around the low-30s on account of the quad injury suffered to Paul Millsap, who has missed the last two games after leaving a matchup with the Blazers after just 15 minutes.

Across those three games -- which included two consecutive starts -- Grant has averaged 14.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 57.7 percent from the field.

His three-point stroke has remained constant through the diminished role to the tune of 38.4 percent on the season, adding another layer of contributions to his athletically-based game.

Millsap could return at any point and reclaim the starting power forward spot. Until that day comes, Grant has capitalized on his opportunity to function as a serviceable option for those in need of help at both forward spots.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 9

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 9.

 

Guards

Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs lost star guard/forward Luka Doncic (ankle) for a couple of weeks, and Brunson is averaging 15.5 points, 9.5 dimes and 6.5 boards the last two games. The 23-year-old Brunson should continue running the offense in the interim and should be scooped up universally for the short term.

Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks

The 25-year-old journeyman has stabilized the offense the last three games at the point. Payton is a talented distributor, but his poor shooting percentage has always plagued him. He's averaging 13.3 points, 6.7 assists and five boards per game over the last three games. Payton has no one to look over his shoulder for, and he should be picked up to see if he can stick.

Landry Shamet, Los Angeles Clippers

The 22-year-old got the start at shooting guard Saturday and posted 11 points and four boards in 21 minutes. Sixth man Lou Williams (calf) has missed time due to a calf injury, and Shamet stands to benefit in the short term. Shamet is shooting a career-low 38.7 percent from three-point land, but a consistent period of playing time should help him find his stroke.

 

Forwards

Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat

It has been a tumultuous season for Jones, who has had numerous nagging injuries limit him to 13 games this year. He clawed his way back into nearly 30 minutes a game. Jones is averaging 12.5 points, four rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game over the last four games. The Heat turned down several trade offers for Jones last season and has a lot of faith invested in him. He should have every chance to remain in the mix, and he's still just 22 with a decent ceiling.

Frank Kaminsky, Phoenix Suns

Adding Kaminsky is a double-edged sword. He has averaged 21 points over the last three games with center Aron Baynes on a minutes limit. However, center Deandre Ayton is coming back from his suspension, which might suppress Kaminsky's output a bit. Kaminsky is still worth the speculative add for points and a few boards.

 

Centers

Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets

The 27-year-old never lived up to being the seventh pick in 2011, but he has these spurts of productivity. He's on one of those over the last five games with 10.2 points, 10.2 boards and 0.6 blocks per game. He'll remain in the rotation with forward PJ Washington (finger) out with a broken finger, and possibly beyond that. Biyombo is a sneaky grab for boards and blocks with a few points sprinkled in.

Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers

Nurkic is coming off of a nasty, broken leg suffered late last season, and he said he's about 60 percent recovered. He's hoping to return in February, but he probably won't be back to his top form this season. The progress in his rehab has started to get fantasy owners plucking him off of waivers. He'll likely be on a minutes restriction when he returns, but with the shortage of quality centers in fantasy, he's worth stashing if he's hovering on waivers.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 9

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.

Some of basketball's biggest stars are making their return to their team's lineups shortly. Deandre Ayton has completed his 25 game suspension. Atlanta Hawks power forward John Collins is eligible to return next week. De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley are returning for the Sacramento Kings after injuries. What this means for fantasy basketball managers is that some of the sneakier plays are going to get their minutes cut when these stars return to the starting lineups. It will become even more important to mine those minutes and this article will keep you up to date on what trends to watch for over the coming weeks.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from December 9th to December 15th and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Dennis Schroder (PG - Oklahoma City Thunder)

Season: 29.5 Minutes per Game

Week 8: 31.3 Minutes per Game

Dennis Schroder has been coming off the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder after their offseason acquisitions of Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Despite this, he is having a solid season and proving to be a worthy asset in fantasy basketball.

Over the last seven days, Schroder is averaging 19.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.0 made three-pointers. Those are all above his season averages and it's hard to keep him off fantasy rosters at this point.

The only caution to picking him up would be that he is on a hot shooting streak that will likely end and is unsustainable. Over the last seven days, Schroder is shooting 51.3% from the field and 48.4% from three, and those are both well above his season averages of 46.5% and 34.6%, respectively. Schroder shouldn't be universally owned, but there's a case to be made that he is a must-own in 12-team leagues.

Jeremy Lamb (SG, SF - Indiana Pacers)

Season: 31.1 Minutes per Game

Week 8: 25.0 Minutes per Game

The clock is ticking on Jeremy Lamb's time to shine. Despite Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan saying that Victor Oladipo won't return in the "near future", the former All-Star is already participating in full practices. Lamb has been usable this season but is choosing to falter at exactly the wrong time if his fantasy managers want him to continue having a sizeable role in the Pacers offense.

For the year, Lamb is averaging 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 made threes in 31.1 minutes. That was not the case in Week 8 though. Lamb struggled to 8.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and only 0.7 threes made per game in 25 minutes. That dropped him outside the top-150 players in ESPN leagues for the week.

If Lamb wants to continue contributing towards the success of his owner's fantasy basketball teams, he will need to turn it around quickly before Oladipo comes back and he loses a lot of looks in Indiana.

Joe Ingles (SG, SF - Utah Jazz)

Season: 28.4 Minutes per Game

Week 8: 35.0 Minutes per Game

Welcome back, Joe Ingles! After a shaky start to the 2019-20 fantasy basketball season, Ingles has found his form. That is due, in part, to the timing of Mike Conley's hamstring injury, but many fantasy managers will hope that Ingles has found his stride and will continue his Week 8 production once Conley returns.

In Week 8, Ingles averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.3 made three's in 35.0 minutes. That is the Joe Ingles that fantasy managers were hoping for when they drafted him this season. If we expand the sample size to the five games since he returned to the starting lineup, the Australian is still averaging a solid 11.8 points, 7.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals.

Conley is close to a return and may play on Tuesday night against the Magic, but that doesn't make Ingles any less of an add. Conley has been battling the hamstring injury all season, and it only takes one tweak before Ingles gets thrust back into a big minutes role again.

Larry Nance Jr. (PF, C - Cleveland Cavaliers)

Season: 25.3 Minutes per Game

Week 8: 21.5 Minutes per Game

Larry Nance Jr. isn't winning anyone a fantasy championship but can be a solid contributor when a roster needs to be shored up. Unfortunately, that was not the case in Week 8 and he saw his numbers collapse.

On the season, he was averaging 9.0 points in 25.3 minutes but over the last seven days that number has fallen to 4.3 points per game. He totaled 16 points over 83 minutes and that includes an overtime game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Nance Jr.is owned in 48% of ESPN leagues, but that number needs to be lower. There are more attractive waiver-wire options that can contribute to more categories for fantasy managers over the rest of the season.

Myles Turner (C - Indiana Pacers)

Season: 29.8 Minutes per Game

Week 8: 25.3 Minutes per Game

Myles Turner is not a bad player. He can be very useful at times and be valuable to many fantasy rosters. Unfortunately, that has not been the case of the past two weeks and for most of the 2019-20 fantasy basketball season. He is currently the 27th ranked center on ESPN's Player Rater and the previous two weeks have not offered any signs of a comeback.

And now, in Week 8, he saw his minutes per game drop from 29.8 to 25.3. This is all happening WITHOUT Victor Oladipo in the lineup. Maybe when Oladipo returns the All-Start can open more space for Turner, but Head Coach Nate McMillan said that he won't return in the "near future".

Turner is already averaging below his career averages in points, rebounds, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free-throw percentage. Fantasy owners should thinking about abandoning this sinking ship before they end up underwater and have missed out on several other options at the center position.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups, Adds for Week 9

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 9.

 

Week 9 Schedule

4 Games - Mavericks, Grizzlies, Hornets, Clippers, Bucks, Raptors, Pistons, Wizards, Thunder, Suns, Trail Blazers

3 Games - Heat, Magic, Bulls, Pelicans, Pacers, Jazz, Kings, 76ers, Nets, Hawks, Nuggets, Celtics, Lakers, Rockets, Knicks, Spurs, TWolves, Cavaliers

2 Games - Warriors

 

Week 9 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:

Kelly Olynyk - PF - Miami Heat (38% owned)

Olynyk's been a solid fantasy contributor throughout 2019. He just gets overlooked because his stats are not flashy whatsoever. The lack of stocks is a bummer but with his efficiency as a shooting big, there should be higher ownership. Olynyk's a steady contributor of threes, points, and boards with low turnovers. God forbid if something were to happen to Bam Adebayo, Kelly O would see an increased role in the offense while playing down-low more to grab boards and potentially increase his blocks.

Dillon Brooks - PG  - Memphis Grizzlies (35% owned)

Brooks has found his way back to fantasy relevance in recent weeks. After starting the year off in a terrible shooting slump, he is turning things around. With a 45 percent field-goal percentage on 14 shots per game over the past two weeks, he is coming into form and presenting value off of the waiver wire. He should be owned in all 12-plus team leagues if this keeps up given how he provides scoring, threes, steals, a good FT all with low turnovers.

Jalen Brunson - PG - Dallas Mavericks (18% owned)

With Luka Doncic out for the next few weeks due to an ankle sprain, Jalen Brunson's role with the Mavericks will increase. He has displayed bursts of fantasy production in various individual games throughout the year, yet has not found a solidified role. Now, he will be splitting time at PG with Delon Wright and essentially becoming the de facto starter on this team from a production standpoint. He is not one to provide stocks but, on solid efficiency, can give you the points, assists, threes, and even rebounds you need in Doncic's absence. He does face a tough schedule this week, just hold on as long as Doncic is out and drop as soon as he returns.

Donte Divincenzo - SG - Milwaukee Bucks (16% owned)

DiVincenzo is balling at the moment and should continue to do so with Eric Bledsoe out for the next two weeks or so. DD has transformed into one of the better defenders in the NBA and has fantasy value while doing it. He has points, threes, rebounds and steals to provide owners in need. The steals are the biggest reason why he should be added given that he is at nearly two per game while not killing you elsewhere.

Christian Wood - PF - Detroit Pistons (11% owned)

Blake Griffin's knee injury is yet to be set with a proper timeline. However, knowing that the soreness is to the same knee that he had surgically repaired recently, we can speculate that he may be out for a little while at least. Wood's production this season has been inconsistent and could continue to be given the nature of his game, but when he booms, he could be a huge provider. As long as owners are ok with eating his bust games, there could be opportunities to seize a guy who could go 20/10 once per week while providing the occasional block and three. His field goal percentage should be a huge boost while his FT does not kill owners. Wood is a risky add given the volatility and should be dropped if he busts for an extended streak or Griffin returns earlier than expected.

Landry Shamet - SG - Los Angeles Clippers (11% owned) 

Landry Shamet is back from an extended injury period and looked pretty good in limited action on Saturday. Shamet is not an all-world fantasy producer but can do enough for your threes and scoring on good efficiency to help your squad. The Clippers are loaded at guard and wing but do present opportune games when Kawhi Leonard rests for the ancillary pieces on this team (like Shamet) to receive an increased workload. Shamet should only really be added in deeper leagues if you need a 3pt specialist.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 9)

Two things I wanted to address in this intro and they both revolve around the same narrative. The Suns have been pretty spectacular given they lost on of their better players early in the season, but that suspension is over and is going to immediately impact fantasy scoring. While Deandre Ayton controls the paint like most bigs, he is lacking the defensive skill to put hi in the elite class of skilled big men. He will get their eventually, but for the rest of the season he has a lot of ground to make up. He is going to be good for boards because his size gives him the advantage in most cases, but offensively the addition of Ricky Rubio is going to do wonders for Ayton's box score.

It would be no surprise if we see Ayton extend his range and become a more complete player offensively, but defensively he has to start picking up little individual strategies from Aron Baynes. Despite Baynes also not being the most skilled player, he at least has the right mindset when he plays. He is fearless and even if he doesn't block most attempts at the rim, he contests every shot he can and Ayton needs to adapt that into his game if he wants to take the next step. Statistically, there is no real concern since Rubio is controlling the offense, but just know that he needs to improve before he is contributing in every category consistently.

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

 

Malik Monk, PG/SG  – Charlotte Hornets

Ownership: 4%

9.1 PPG /  2.2 APG /  .433 FG% /  1.0 3MPG

Most people thought Malik Monk would be starting right now but no. Once Devonte' Graham established himself as a premier guard in the conference and the clear-cut, best player on this Charlotte team, winning took over development. It might not lead to a bunch of wins, but now that the Hornets are fairly depleted because of injuries, they are looking elsewhere for production and that means throwing Monk in with some new lineups.

With P.J. Washington and Marvin Williams both going to miss time, Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo will have to do double-duty when it comes to rebounding and that means players like Monk and Cody, NOT CALEB, Martin are going to see a massive increase in minutes and usage, so production should follow given that Charlotte needs help everywhere.

 

Troy Brown Jr., SG – Washington Wizards

Ownership 4%

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

Awkward. I thought Troy Brown Jr. would be listed as a forward since in every other fantasy basketball site in the world (exaggeration) has him listed as one. Regardless, Brown needs to be talked about in terms of how well he has produced despite playing against multiple disadvantages. He is still a budding prospect so while the efficiency isn't there, there is a ton of promise from watching him play. He is like a shorter version of Kelly Oubre during Oubre's early years. Productive and impactful, but the stats are very iffy.

With the amount of run he's getting with this team, it's pretty certain a ton of people will be eyeing his sophomore season in the league. But for now, there is almost no reason to overlook Brown is you are needing a stream for this week or next week, or just need a few extra counting stats to "buff out the edges."

 

Damian Jones, C – Atlanta Hawks

Ownership 6%

7.7  PPG /  4.0 RPG /  .717 FG% /  .9 BPG

It would be ideal if Damian Jones could get his blocks up to at least once a game, but without it, it shouldn't change the trajectory that he is on. With John Collins coming back, that will be Trae Young's second alley-oop option since defensively Jones and Collins play different roles. Where Collins should be an elite shot-blocker, he's not and tends to foul and get beat by more experienced defenders, seemingly never using his athleticism for defense.

Jones on the other hand, is only really an alley-oop threat on offense, while defensively he is a bit more jumpy and goes after shots. Jones plays like someone who knows he needs to play well and help the team win if he is on the court, which should complement someone like Collins and they should be able to play together, my only concern is whether or not Collins is going to be able to concede some time in the paint for Jones. For this to happen, Collins will have to go back to his rookie year role of stretching the floor, something he abandoned quickly upon entering the league.

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 9 (Dec 16 - Dec 22)

Another week of fantasy NBA is ahead of us and even though we're still in the first half of our seasons, every matchup is important. Not just for bragging rights over our rival this week, but also because every win brings us a step closer to the playoffs and having a better position when it is most important.

For those of us using our last roster spot to gain advantage week after week by streaming, the following week is as good as any to find additional value in our free-agent pool. To help us all out, I've taken a look at the NBA schedule for next week and written down some thoughts about the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 9.

Here's what you can expect if you're streaming.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 9

Once again, Tuesday (six games), Thursday (four games) and Sunday (five games) will be the most difficult for fantasy owners. All other days have eight or more games so we will be focusing all our attention on players from teams that play on these three days.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Sacramento Kings
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Golden State Warriors

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 14
Tuesday: 12
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 8
Friday: 20
Saturday: 18
Sunday: 10

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: PHO
Tuesday/Wednesday: CHA, NOP, ORL
Wednesday/Thursday: -
Thursday/Friday: -
Friday/Saturday: DET, MEM, MIN, NYK, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, WAS
Saturday/Sunday: CHA, LAC, MIL
Sunday/Monday the following: DEN, IND, TOR

Days with six or fewer games
Tuesday: 6 games
Thursday: 4 games
Sunday: 5 games

Teams playing on all three days:
Los Angeles Clippers (4 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sun)

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Atlanta Hawks (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Brooklyn Nets (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers

Teams playing on Tue/Sun:
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Tues, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Indiana Pacers (3 games - Tues, Fri, Sun)
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers

Team playing on Thurs/Sun:
Milwaukee Bucks (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 9

Similarly to the previous week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday are the scarcest days as there are between four and six games played on each of them.

The Lakers and the Clippers are the only teams to play on all three of these days and their players are our primary targets for streaming this week.

Six other teams play two games on these three days - Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Utah.

Atlanta, Brooklyn, and Utah play on both Tuesday and Thursday, so if you have full lineups for Monday and Wednesday, and your options from the LA teams aren't great, you could resort to players from either one of these teams for help at the beginning of the week. They play just one more game though, and that's on Saturday with nine games, so you could swap the guy you put in for Tuesday and Thursday out on Friday if you need help on either Friday or Sunday, provided you're set for Saturday.

Charlotte and Indiana play on Tuesday and Sunday so you will need to find another way to fill in the void on Thursday if you opt for their players.

Milwaukee can help with filling out your lineups for Thursday with a four-game slate next week. And with their games coming on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, they're players are great to end the week with.

Here are some options from these eight teams.

 

Streaming Options for Week 9

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, AST, a bit of everything but low FG% - buyer beware: missed the previous game with a concussion
Ivica Zubac, C, LAC, (28% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, FT%, BLK
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (36% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (41% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Jabari Parker, SF/PF, ATL, (74% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: PTS, REB, a bit of everything. Additional value while John Collins out until Dec 23!!!
Alex Len, PF/C, ATL, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, 3PM
De'Andre Hunter, SF, ATL, (32% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Kevin Huerter, SG, ATL, (42% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, some AST
DeAndre Jordan, C, BKN, (7% Owned) -Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Joe Harris, SG/SF, BKN, (70% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, FG%
Taurean Prince, SF/PF, BKN, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, CHA, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST - buyer beware: missed his previous two games with a finger issue, but could have great value with PJ Washington and Marvin Williams out
Cody Zeller, PF/C, CHA, (50% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK/STL
Miles Bridges, SF, CHA, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK, REB, PTS
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, IND, (76% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
T.J. Warren, SF/PF, IND, (78% Owned) - 
Strong Cats:3PM, PTS, STL
Joe Ingles, SG/SF, UTA, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL

 

Shallower League Add

Taurean Prince, SF/PF, BKN - 56% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL

Taurean has been one of the nices surprises at the back end of the drafts this season. He is playing well above his ADP of 140, and his averages of 13.1 PTS with 2.7 3PM on 39.6 FG% and 72.7 FT%, 6.3 REB, 2.2 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.4 BLK, and 2.1 TO in over 30 minutes per game have him ranked around the top-100 on Yahoo. This is some great stuff by Taurean, and if he could get his shot to start falling more often, he could improve even further.

With Caris Levert out for at least another week or two, and Iman Shumpert getting waived, Prince should be getting 30+ minutes per game, even with the return of Wilson Chandler, and therefore continue to provide for his owners.

So, if you don't mind the poor percentages, you could use a three-point specialist who contributes across the board, and Prince is available in your league, Tuesday of Week 9 is the ideal time to add him with three games from Tuesday to Saturday.

 

Deeper League Add

Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL - 9% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, FT%, a little bit of everything

I had a difficult time picking between Donte and George Hill who will both benefit from Eric Bledsoe's two-week absence, but I went with youth and potential here. Donte was a starter in the first game without Bledsoe and done quite nicely with 15 points (6-of-8 from the field, 1-of-2 for three and 2-of-2 from the line), five boards, four dimes, three steals and one turnover in 25 minutes.

He was also starting when Khris Middleton was out a month ago and had decent averages of around 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, 1.5 threes, and 1.5 steals. If his last game was any indication, DiVincenzo could keep it going in the starter role and stick around the top-100, at least in the short-term.

If you could use some three-points shooting and steals, DiVincenzo is a great target, especially late in the week with three games coming from Thursday until Sunday.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL - 7% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL

KCP is the definition of hit-or-miss option for next week, as he could provide great value if he plays like we know he is capable of, but I could easily see him contribute next to nothing. Here's why...

He is almost a non-factor in most leagues this season, sitting just outside the top-200 with averages of 8.5 PTS with 1.2 3PM on 46.4 FG% and 79.3 FT%, 2.1 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 0.9 TO in 24 minutes per outing. This is his usual role with the Lakers this year, and that's not going to change when everyone is healthy.

But Kyle Kuzma is not. He missed the previous two games, is set to miss the duel with Atlanta on Dec 15 as well, and it's not looking like he'll be back during Week 9. This is good news for Caldwell-Pope's owners, as he has been pretty good in the two games without Kuzma, hitting the 15-point mark both times, along with a combined five three-pointers, three boards, four dimes, three steals and four turnovers. He also shot 50% or better from the field in both games.

If KCP gives us this sort of production next week, he could have quite a positive impact on PTS, 3PM and STL categories, a sprinkle of contribution on several others, and not hurt us anywhere either. That is, IF he can give us this sort of production. But with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, you never know. That is why he is owned in just 7% of Yahoo leagues.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Maurice Harkless, SF, LAC, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, FG%
Landry Shamet, PG, LAC, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (5% Owned)
- Strong Cats: AST, STL, 3PM - buyer beware: missed 12 games out of 26 so far this season and two of the last three due to injuries
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Allen Crabbe, SG/SF, ATL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF, ATL, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, a little bit of everything
Damian Jones, PF/C, ATL, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK/STL, REB, FG%
Garrett Temple, SG/SF, BKN, (22% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, STL
David Nwaba, SG/SF, BKN, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL/BLK
Malik Monk, SG, CHA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Marvin Williams, SF, CHA, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, BLK/STL - buyer beware: currently battling an injury
Michael Kidd-GilchristSF, CHA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL, could see additional value with PJ Washington and Marvin Williams out
Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, CHA, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Doug McDermott, SF, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Aaron Holiday, PG, IND, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, AST, STL
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, IND, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, MIL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything
Donte Divincenzo, SG, MIL, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, should see additional value with Eric Blesoe out
Sterling Brown, SG/SF, MIL, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/pF, MIL, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, REB
George Hill, PG/SG, MIL, (13% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, should see additional value with Eric Blesoe out
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Robin Lopez, C, MIL, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK
Royce O'Neale, SF, UTA, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, REB, STL and plays almost 30 minutes a game
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, UTA, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, a (very) little bit of everything - could provide some value while Mike Conley is out

Hope you guys enjoyed the article and the advice, 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 9 Waiver Wire Specialists

Hopefully everyone had a great week in fantasy hoops. 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. In this early part of the season, it's super important to have a roster spot open on your team. The reason being is that you are likely to find hidden gems early part of the first week of the season as opposed to later in the season. For example, Pascal Siakam comes to mind as he was not being drafted in a lot of leagues last season, but he became a top-50 player by season's end.

It's always helpful to see the early rotations of the season, but 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 9 that are likely on your waiver wire.

 

Week 9 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.

Assists

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 last two games, he's averaged 15 points and 4.5 assists per game in just under 29 minutes per game. Assists are super hard to come by on the waiver wire, so he's definitely worth an add to see if he continue to get minutes with the going nowhere New York Knicks.

Ish Smith, PG - Washington Wizards

Isaiah Thomas (calf) has been sidelined for the past two weeks, and it should be noted he wasn't exactly killing it out there either on poor percentages. Smith has taken over the point guard duties since and he has done a great job filling in, averaging just under six assists per game, while scoring in double-digits in the last five contests. Look for Smith to continue to get heavy minutes until Thomas returns, as this is a good indicator to stream Smith whenever Thomas misses more games.

Delon Wright/Jalen Brunson, PG - Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic (ankle) turned his ankle badly on Saturday night and was ruled out fairly quick. It didn't look good as he was holding his lower leg area as he stayed down for quite some time. The good news is that X-Rays were negative but this looks like a weekly injury opposed to day-to-day. Owners should be prepared to deal without Luka for the foreseeable future, which means both Delon Wright and Jalen Brunson are worth a look in more 12 and 14+ team leagues. I don't fully trust the Mavericks rotations since they like to run deep 9 or 10 man rotations and it may vary based on matchups, but Wright and Brunson can both fill in and sprinkle in some point guard numbers for the time being.

Garrett Temple, SG/SF - Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Caris Levert (thumb) are still out for the Nets and Temple has done a terrific job at being a short-term option. He's been steady, filling in a bit of everything on the box score, where I most recommend him for assists and 3-pointers. It definitely won't last long, but he could be worth at least streaming for the Tuesday and Thursday games as the Nets play on both days this week.

 

Points

Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG - Cleveland Cavaliers

Clarkson has been one of the more consistent players on the Cavaliers all season, as he does know how to put the ball inside the basket. Clarkson has been averaging 14.1 points per game this season, in only 23 minutes of action. He scores with decent efficient on most nights, and can help owners with 3-pointers and especially points. Don't expect to do much and he's a 12-team add in most cases until he cools off.

Tim Hardaway Jr. SG/SF - Dallas Mavericks

Hardaway Jr. is the true definition of hot and cold, and he's hot again and he's definitely worth a look with Doncic (ankle) out likely for the next two weeks. He's been getting the trust from Coach Rick Carlisle and he can be a nice source of points and 3-pointers of his role can stick. However, it's hard to trust Carlisle's rotation given that he seemingly switches starters based on the match ups. There are going to be nights where he'll tank your percentages, but take the good with the bad and give him a look while he's hot. Aside from the 2-point dud on Thursday, THJ put up 28 and 29 points in the previous two games. Be wary that he really doesn't provide much else other than points and 3-pointers

Collin Sexton, PG/SG - Cleveland Cavaliers

If Sexton was dropped in your league, he's your guy for a good source of points. Forget about his terrible percentages, because you already know he's not going to score withe efficieny. You also know that he won't give you much steals and he's allergic to assists, but his 17.6 points per game is a nice boost to round off your team. Don't hesitate to take a chance and grab him off the waiver wire if he was dropped, especially if he fits your teams build.

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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 8

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

 

Monday, December 9th

Derrick Rose Erupts for 17 In Fourth Quarter, Sinks Game-Winner For Pistons

After a slew of injuries derailed his career, Derrick Rose has managed to turn back the clock in 2019. Rose has been sensational so far this season, averaging 16.2 points, 5.7 assists, 1.9 rebounds and nearly one steal in only 23 minutes per contest.

On Monday, the 2011 MVP player erupted down the stretch against the New Orleans Pelicans, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter to go along with the game-winning jumper as time expired.

Even though starting point guard Reggie Jackson has remained sidelined due to an injury, the Pistons have kept Rose in his usual role off the bench. While that has slightly dampened the upside for the 31-year-old this season, he is currently ranked inside the top-100 in both nine-category and points leagues. That is good enough to make him roster worthy in all settings, although you do start to miss out on some upside if you own him in a league with only eight participants.

 

Tuesday, December 10th

Davis Bertans Keeps Hot Hand

Davis Bertans erupted for a career-high 32 points and eight three-pointers on Tuesday night against the Charlotte Hornets, adding nine rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

Owners of Bertans in points and category leagues have two very different situations on their hands. Bertans 4.0 three-pointers per contest rank him second in the NBA behind James Harden, and he is just one of two players with a center designation that is averaging over 2.1 triples per game.

That level of unique contribution places him as a hold in category leagues because of his ability to become a game-changer for lineups, but his lack of production elsewhere has limited his upside in other settings, as he ranks just 94th in point-based groups. What kind of group you play in will dictate just how valuable he is for your squad.

 

Wednesday, December 11th

Devonte' Graham Puts Up Career-High 40 Points

I know I talked about Devonte' Graham during last week's article, but I want to reemphasize the fact that the former Kansas Jayhawk is NOT a sell-high candidate.

Graham exploded on Wednesday night with a career-high 40 points, adding five rebounds, five assists and seven three-pointers on nine of 11 shooting from the field. Graham has now made at least six triples in four of his last five games and is averaging an absurd 6.2 threes per contest during that span. If that is not enough, the 24-year-old also became the third player in NBA history to make at least 100 3-pointers in 27 games or fewer to start the season, joining Steph Curry and James Harden.

There obviously is a price range where it becomes acceptable to sell Graham, but with a top-10 ranking in threes, assists and touches per game, it would take a lot to pry him off of my roster. If you were able to grab him off your waiver wire early in the season, enjoy the ride!

 

Thursday, December 12th

No Love In Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made it clear that aside from rookie Darius Garland, everyone is available in trade talks. That includes five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love, who the team has placed a first-round price tag on for franchises trying to acquire the former UCLA product.

It seems likely that the Cavs will need to lower their expectation level, as Love is currently owed 91.4 million dollars in fully guaranteed money, but it shouldn't be impossible for Cleveland to find a deal and get that salary off their books. The Celtics, Nuggets and Blazers have all reportedly shown interest, and teams in contention should also do their due diligence when it comes to trying to obtain the nightly double-double threat.

Love erupted on Tuesday with a season-high 30 points, adding 17 rebounds, two assists and four three-pointers in 39 minutes, and it looks as if fantasy owners will get a slight boost in productivity as the Cavaliers try to showcase his skills to the league. Still, though, this is a dicey situation going forward and is one that can result poorly if Love ends up in the wrong location. As the Cavaliers are doing themselves, I would be looking to sell Love off high before something derails his value - which includes his dreaded injury-prone nature.

 

Friday, December 13th

Malcolm Brogdon Carries Pacers To Victory

One of the biggest steals in drafts this year, Malcolm Brogdon continued his 2019 surge on Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks, tallying 19 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists.

Brogdon has now scored at least 19 points in four straight games and has averaged 20 points over his past 10 contests. Owners that are concerned that Victor Oladipo might cut into the former Virginia product once he returns aren't necessarily wrong, but head coach Nate McMillan said that his star guard still has hurdles to clear before playing in a game.

The lack of a time frame on a return date tells me that Oladipo is still not as close as some may think, so enjoy your production with Brogdon and worry about the rest later. Between Oladipo's injury and Brogdon's success so far in 2019, I see no reason why this level of production should stop any time soon.

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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 8

Fantasy football playoffs may have begun, but the NBA's fantasy season is in full gear with no signs of slowing down. The Bucks and Lakers are dominating the league as the only two teams to cross the 20-win threshold, starting a conversation about the possibility of a 70-win campaign.

Elsewhere in recent days, we've seen game-winning buzzer-beaters fall through the net and incredible stat-stuffing performances from several of the league's breakout players.

Things should only intensify as the trade window for recently signed players opens on Sunday and teams begin to plan out potential trades. Where that leaves your fantasy roster is anyone's guess, but here are five players who can help mitigate the potential chaos. Here are five mid-week waiver wire pickups for week 8.

 

Week 8 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Kevin Huerter - SG - Atlanta Hawks - 43% owned

Kevin Huerter was absent for an 11-game stretch for Atlanta on account of a shoulder injury, halting his ability to make any progress after an All-Rookie Second Team showing a year ago.

Having finally returned on Dec. 4, Huerter has been brought along slowly by head coach Lloyd Pierce which has capped the sophomore's production while he reacclimates himself to the NBA game.

He's played only three games and scored a total of 18 points, but it's the latter two with some interesting tidbits that are worth noting.

Huerter canned three shots from beyond the arc in each of those two outings while dishing out a combined 13 assists highlighted with zero turnovers.

The Hawks have been looking for someone to assist their star point guard at the offensive end for a few weeks now. Huerter was dubbed as potentially one of those guys before getting hurt. Now that he's back, a sizeable role should be available for him that should help him return to the projection he was on before his injury.

Mikal Bridges - SG/SF - Phoenix Suns - 42% owned

It's been an up and down second season for Mikal Bridges, who's seen his playing time cut with only a handful of encouraging performances on the year. A recent stretch of games, however, has attracted some attention, raising the question of whether it is here today.

A recent nine-point outing aside, Bridges had averaged 12.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game over a five-game stretch in which he also shot 54.5 percent on 2.2 three-point attempts per game.

Even amid Bridge's first single-digit scoring performance in nearly two weeks, he still managed to contribute elsewhere, grabbing eight boards while cobbling together four assists, three steals, and two blocks.

The Suns are a recipe for fantasy production for 3-and-D types like Bridges, ranking eighth in pace and ninth in three-point attempts.

Given his inconsistent nature, Bridges could just as easily fall back into a state of struggle as easily as he climbed out of it. Until then, consider giving him a look until the hot streak fizzles out.

De'Andre Hunter - SF - Atlanta Hawks - 30% owned

De'Andre Hunter has gotten off to a much faster NBA start than most had expected on draft night thanks in part to the absences that have sprinkled across the Hawks roster.

The rookie is averaging 12.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while chipping in 1.8 three-point makes a night at a 36.5 percent clip.

He's coming off the best game of his young career in which he put up 28 points, five three-pointers, four rebounds, and three assists down in Miami.

Kevin Huerter has returned to Atlanta's lineup but John Collins is still set to miss the next six games to finish off his 25-game suspension. Even upon return, Hunter will still see a prominent role with a Hawks team on the outside of the playoff picture in hopes of developing him as quickly as possible to further that goal.

Aron Baynes - C - Phoenix Suns - 42% owned

Aron Baynes was having himself a phenomenal stretch of production before going down for nine of 10 games with a calf injury. Baynes returned to the lineup last Monday to put up 12 points, four rebounds, and two three-pointers, all in just 15 minutes of action, signaling a return to form from the hulking big man.

He's currently averaging 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while also contributing an unexpected 1.9 three-point makes per game as well.

Deandre Ayton is expected back from a 25-game suspension on Dec. 17 against the Clippers and will likely return to the starting lineup as well, but Baynes has been too integral to Phoenix's surprising 11-12 start to fade out of relevance.

The Suns need him and will almost certainly do their best to find space for him in the rotation, even if it means scaling back some of Ayton's minutes. We may have witnessed the peak production of Baynes, but that doesn't mean he's completely absent of contributions, especially if you find yourself thin at center.

Kent Bazemore - SG/SF - Portland Trail Blazers - 33% owned

Kent Bazemore had started just two games all season before Portland hosted the Lakers on Friday night, stuck behind Rodney Hood in the depth chart.

Against LA, however, Hood, unfortunately, tore his left Achilles tendon, likely placing him out for the remainder of the 2019-20 season and creating a hole in the Blazers' starting lineup.

Bazemore has assumed that position in each of the last two games but hasn't done much outside of draining three three-pointers against Oklahoma City, but he did see 36 minutes of action against the Thunder -- he saw just 21 in a blowout win over New York.

Per 36-minutes, Bazemore is averaging 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 three-pointers per game. Who knows if he'll get those minutes or replicate those stats, but the opportunity will certainly be there for a Blazers team looking to steady a rocky ship and return to the playoff picture out west.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 8

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

The fantasy basketball season is in full swing now. Fantasy football is winding down and fantasy baseball prep is still a month or two away. So that means it's all eyes on the hardwood for the next couple of months. Well for those of you that have been gone for a while, welcome back! When you last checked in on basketball, the Golden State Warriors were still a considerable dynasty and must-haves in all formats and the Washington Wizards were a wasteland devoid of talent. Well, times are changing. This week's article recommends not one, but TWO Wizards players while dropping a former fantasy staple.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from December 1st to December 8th and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Spencer Dinwiddie (PG, SG - Brooklyn Nets)

Season: 29.7 Minutes per Game

Week 7: 33.7 Minutes per Game

Kyrie Irving is still dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that has cost him over a dozen games this season, but Spencer Dinwiddie owners are not complaining one bit. Dinwiddie has scored at least 20 points in 10 of the 12 games since he returned to the starting lineup for the Brooklyn Nets.

Dinwiddie is the primary offensive option for the Nets right now and in Week 7 he ramped it up with 33.7 minutes per game. He averaged 20.3 points, 8.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 made threes. On ESPN's Player Rater he is ranked as the seventh-best point guard but is inexplicably not owned in 100% of leagues.

If this applies to your league, fix this error immediately and pick up Dinwiddie. There are reports that Iriving is close to returning, but until you see him step on the court, those reports are just that, reports.

RJ Barrett (SG, SF - New York Knicks) 

Season: 32.2 Minutes per Game

Week 7: 26.0 Minutes per Game

If the New York Knicks aren't the most dysfunctional franchise in the four major sports, then they must be pretty close. They hold that title in the NBA. They fired their head coach, David Fizdale, after less than two seasons in charge of a rebuilding project and are just floundering in NBA purgatory.

Unfortunately, this seems to be directly affecting the 2019 lottery pick, RJ Barrett. He hasn't had a smooth transition to the NBA level by any means and this latest development further muddies the waters if his rookie season.

In Week 7, his development seemed to take a step back as he played six minutes per game below his season average and that made his counting stats take a significant hit. In the three games, Barret averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.7 made threes per game. Those were all below his season averages. Watch him over the next couple of weeks because things could get ugly for the rookie, and your fantasy team, in New York.

Rui Hachimura (SF, PF - Washington Wizards)

Season: 29.5 Minutes per Game

Week 7: 39.5 Minutes per Game

With great injury, comes great opportunity. I think Uncle Ben said that in an alternate version of the Spiderman comics. Don't check that though. Thomas Bryant was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his foot during Week 7 and it has thrust Rui Hachimura into the spotlight.

The 2019 lottery pick saw his minutes balloon to 39.5 per game in Week 7 and his raw numbers followed suit. In his three games, Hachimura averaged 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Those are very usable numbers for fantasy basketball managers.

He is currently owned in less than 50% of leagues, but with Bryant sidelined for at least three weeks until he is reevaluated expect Hachimura to continue this production and become an early Christmas present for the fantasy managers that scoop him up.

Davis Bertans (PF - Washington Wizards)

Season: 28.8 Minutes per Game

Week 7: 34.5 Minutes per Game

Your eyes are not deceiving you. You do not need to find medical attention. This is the second Washington Wizards player of this week's article. Who had more three-pointers made in Week 7, James Harden or Davis Bertans? Ding ding ding! Davis Bertans is correct. He drained 16 threes compared to Harden's 10. That is insane.

Bertans, like Rui Hachimura, is benefiting instantly and enormously with Thomas Bryant sidelined. During Week 7, Bertans scored 22.5 points per game, which is seven points more than his season average of 14.9 points per game. That can be attributed directly to his three-point shot. He has hit at least four three-pointers in five straight games and 10 of his last 13.

Somehow he is only owned in 27.7% of ESPN leagues, and if your league is one of the 72.3% that is asleep at the wheel you should call shotgun and ride the Davis Bertans express to great fantasy production through the holiday season.

Draymond Green (PF, C - Golden State Warriors)

Season: 27.8 Minutes per Game

Week 7: 27.5 Minutes per Game

The final player of Week 8's article brings sadness. Draymond Green used to be a staple of fantasy basketball championship rosters. His all-round contributions to the box score were never flashy, but they were the foundation of which many a championship team was built.

Now, in 2019, those days seem like a lifetime ago. Green cannot seem to find a rhythm and his game log this season is littered with DNPs. His defensive numbers are still strong and had 3.5 steals per game in Week 7, but he cannot create his own offense. He averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists during his 27.5 minutes per game in Week 7.

It's painful to say, but Draymond Green is an easy cut candidate in standard leagues if you need to make room for a hot waiver wire pick up. Until he regains his running mates, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Green will be flailing on a team that isn't going anywhere this season.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 8

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 8.

 

Guards

Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks

The second-year man was thrust into the starting lineup Sunday and went 3-for-6 from deep to post nine points, six assists, two boards and two assists in 25 minutes. It was his second game back after missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury. He was playing well before the injury and can help in threes and a few boards and dimes. He's still floating under the radar in a lot of leagues and is worth the speculative pickup.

Ben McLemore, Houston Rockets

McLemore is playing the best ball of his career at the ripe age of 26. He has taken that complementary role that guard Eric Gordon (knee) had before he went down to injury. McLemore is averaging 20.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game over the last five games. One of his keys is he has shot 58 three-balls during the stretch, and he hit on 44.8 percent of them, which is well above his 35.3 career average. This run might not be sustainable, but he'll have ample opportunities in this offense to make it stick. Scoop him up if it's not too late.

Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs

The 23-year-old logged a season-high 32 minutes Friday night and had 14 points with seven boards, three assists and three steals. Afterwards, coach Gregg Popovich said Murray's minutes restriction was lifted, and with the Spurs 9-14, Murray should continue to see this floor rate. Murray is averaging career highs with 9.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. His three-point shooting has spiraled out of control, though, to a career-low 19.6 percent. There's a lot to like about Murray, and his stock should only continue to rise.

 

Forwards

Troy Brown Jr., Washington Wizards

Brown is a sporadic tease of sorts because his offensive game isn't polished enough to consistently drop double figures, but he contributes in so many categories. Sunday was another teaser with 22 points, five boards, four assists, two threes and two steals in 35 minutes. Brown is on a bad team that should allot him every opportunity he can handle to flourish. If he can find consistency in his shot, he could really be a dynasty gem.

Doug McDermott, Indiana Pacers

The sharpshooting McDermott has scored in double figures in four straight games with 14.3 points and three triples per game. He brings an element to the Pacers that they really lack on the perimeter, and he should have a window to continue his run. He's not the sexiest dynasty chip, but he does provide an immediate impact from three-point land.

 

Centers

Damian Jones, Atlanta Hawks

The 30th pick in 2016 has seen more run the last three games and averaged 12.7 points, eight boards and 1.3 blocks per game. He and center Alex Len have been splitting up the center minutes, and both are playing extremely well. Jones will have to hold him off in order to hold the short-term value he was right now. He's worth stashing at the end of your bench to see if he can do so.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups, Adds for Week 8

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 8.

 

Week 8 Schedule

4 Games - Kings, Warriors, Pacers, Bucks, Grizzlies, Bulls, Hornets, Clippers, Rockets, Cavaliers, Hawks, Magic, 76ers, Pelicans, Knicks, Nuggets

3 Games - Lakers, Pistons, Nets, Suns, Raptors, Heat, Thunder, Celtics, Timberwolves, Jazz

2 Games - Mavericks, Spurs, Wizards, Trail Blazers

 

Week 8 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:

Mikal Bridges - SF - Phoenix Suns (42% owned)

Mikal Bridges has struggled this season for fantasy purposes. He is still a solid defender and role player in Phoenix but has not been as productive as he was down the stretch last season. The addition of Cameron Johnson on the win has muddied some of his minutes but so has his usage in general. Bridges is not taking many shots and that hurts a ton. He is still excellent for threes and does not hurt your percentages or turnovers. Over the past five games, he has at least 11 points in each outing along with a made three. The upside is not high without an injury elsewhere on the wing but Bridges could be building himself back to form. He is a worthy flier candidate for the next week, or until he bottoms out again.

Kent Bazemore - SG - Portland Trail Blazers (30% owned) 

Unfortunately, Rodney Hood tore his achilles Friday night. The Trail Blazers are going to ask Kent Bazemore to step into an expanded role throughout the rest of the season (unless they trade for a wing). Bazemore is not the most talented player in the world, but what is he going to do? Baze-less? No, that is not what Bazemore does. He could be a solid double-digit scorer who provides threes, rebounds and, stocks while maintaining a solid turnover margin and only really hurting your FG. Although the Blazers only play twice this coming week, Bazemore is worth adding now. He could be great down the stretch if Portland shuts things down and looks towards next season, allowing role players like Bazemore into expanded roles.

Garrett Temple - SG - Brooklyn Nets (20% owned)

Garrett Temple is basically Will Barton-ing. He will score in the low double-digits, provide threes, rebounds, assists, and steals with a bad FG and solid FT. He's a worthy waiver fill-in for anyone who needs a well-rounded player. Assists and threes are his most useful categories though and can help owners in need. He is not a must-add, just more of a fine add for the short-term with Kyrie Irving still out due to a shoulder injury.

De'Anthony Melton - PG  - Memphis Grizzlies (11% owned)

With JA Morant sidelined "week-to-week" with back spasms, Melton has stepped into the backup PG role while Tyus Jones starts. Melton's an interesting character as he is extremely fantasy productive when he does play, however, finding that play-time is difficult. He's been awesome for assists, steals, and rebounds over the past four games and looks to maintain his production over the next week or so. Melton is a great back-end player to boost those three specific categories while only really hurting your turnovers and field goal percentage slightly.

Jalen Brunson - PG - Dallas Mavericks (11% owned)

Delon Wright is set to undergo an MRI after hurting himself on Saturday. A Wright absence would open up playing time for Brunson who thrives when given the chance. Brunson is a victim of circumstance on a team with good guard depth and an all-world player starting at PG. He is capable of putting up good, efficient scoring numbers when the Mavericks find it opportune to utilize him. He's also solid for assists and threes, making him a deep league must-have if Wright is out for an extended period of time.

Donte Divincenzo - SG - Milwaukee Bucks (8% owned)

DiVincenzo is balling at the moment. He has transformed into one of the better defenders in the NBA and has fantasy value while doing it. He has points, threes, rebounds and steals to provide owners in need. There is not much upside without an injury to one of the more major non-bigs in Milwaukee but the floor provided is enough justification to take DiVincenzo for a spin. The steals are the biggest reason as to why he should be added given that he is at nearly two per game while not killing you elsewhere (a la Kris Dunn).

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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 8 (Dec 9 - Dec 15)

Recently I had a short conversation on Reddit (fantasybball subreddit of course) about the benefits and importance of streaming. The fantasy owner who started the conversation analyzed the stats his streamers have brought him over a three-week period and calculated that it was equal to a top-25 to top-40 production. Mind you, this was a 12-team league with 7 transactions allowed weekly, but still - having a streaming production, most often than not, will beat what your worst player will do on a given period.

Now, I didn't check this guy's math - he posted the topic with good intentions and I trust he is for real, and I wouldn't like to question whether the contribution from the streaming spot in different leagues makes different impacts, we all know it does. But it was an interesting point, and I definitely agree that, in most cases, streamers that will bring a few extra games on a weekly basis will outperform the worst player on our rosters.

If you're on board with the streaming strategy, we're here again this week with our fantasy basketball streamers for Week 8.

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 8

The three days with the fewest number of games will be Tuesday and Thursday with four games apiece, followed by Sunday with six. Players from teams that play on these days will be our focus today as they are most likely to help us fill out our starting lineups on scarce days.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Sacramento Kings

Teams with 3 games:
Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Phoenix Suns
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Dallas Mavericks
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 18
Tuesday: 8
Wednesday: 22
Thursday: 8
Friday: 18
Saturday: 16
Sunday: 12

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: ATL, CHA, NYK
Wednesday/Thursday: BOS, CLE
Thursday/Friday: PHI
Friday/Saturday: CHI, HOU, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL
Saturday/Sunday: BKN, DEN
Sunday/Monday the following: -

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

Teams playing on all three days:
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Portland Trail Blazers (2 games - Tues, Thurs)
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers

Teams playing on Tue/Sun:
Atlanta Hawks (4 games - Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Charlotte Hornets (4 games - Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun)
New York Knicks (4 games - Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun)
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers

Team playing on Thurs/Sun:
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 8

Tuesday and Thursday (four games played on both) are the most difficult days to field a decent team, and  Sunday (six games) is just behind.

Denver and Philadelphia are the only teams to play on all three of these days and their players will be worth gold this week.

There are four additional teams that play two games on these three scarcest days - Portland, Atlanta, Charlotte, and New York.

Portland is the only team other than Denver and Philadelphia that plays on both Tuesday and Thursday, but those are their only two games. This means that their players are decent options up until Thursday, and you should have a plan in place to swap your streamers from Portland after Thursday's game.

Atlanta, Charlotte, and New York all play on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. With four games this week, out of which two come on our target days, their players can prove useful for us streaming this week, so we will be taking a closer look at them as well.

 

Streaming Options for Week 8

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Will Barton, SG/SF, DEN, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK, FG%, FT%
Gary Harris, PG/SG, DEN, (54% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
PJ Washington, SF/PF, CHA, (53% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, 3PM, STL/BLK
Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, CHA, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST
Cody Zeller, PF/C, CHA, (47% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK/STL 
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, POR, (30% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK - - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (73% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Jabari Parker, SF/PF, ATL, (74% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB, a bit of everything. Additional value now with John Collins out for until Dec 23!!!
Kevin Huerter, SG, ATL, (34% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, some AST - buyer beware: just returned from injury

 

Shallower League Add

PJ Washington, SF/PF, CHA - 54% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%, 3PM, STL/BLK

The 12th overall pick in this year's draft is giving his owners pretty much what was expected from him before his first game in the NBA. Averages of 11.8 PTS with 1.3 3PM on 49.1 FG% and 64.0 FT%, 5.0 REB, 1.7 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.8 BLK, and 1.3 TO in 28 minutes per outing on the season has him ranked at #124 on Yahoo, which is quite close to his ADP of #133.

These stats are ridiculously similar to his performances over two years in college (total of 72 games) where he averaged 12.9 points with 0.5 three-pointers on 52.1% from the field and 63.2% from the charity stripe, 6.6 boards, 1.7 dimes, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.9 turnovers in 28 minutes per game.

This shows consistency and with Charlotte sure to give their youth all the run they can handle, it doesn't seem like PJ is going to drop anytime soon. So, with a pretty decent schedule for next week, he could be of big help in your next week's matchup - provided he is available in your league.

 

Deeper League Add

Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF, ATL - 11% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, FT%, a little bit of everything

After the 12th, we now come to the 10th overall pick in 2019 draft. Cam has had his ups and downs this season - from going scoreless in 15 minutes to hitting the 25-point mark in 37 minutes. The good news for him and his owners is that the scoreless game was on Nov 11 and the 25-point gem in his very last game on Dec 5.

Even though Reddish is terribly inconsistent, which is ironically consistent with him being basically a three-and-D specialist at this point in his very young career, he can get hot in a hurry. In the last game where he set his career record in points, he also broke or tied his career bests in field goals made (10), field goals attempted (17), three-pointers made (four), three-pointers attempted (seven), steals (three), minutes played (37) and came one rebound short of his previous record (he had six and his record is seven).

It is important for me to tell you that this came with both De'Andre Hunter and Allen Crabbe out, and neither is expected to miss a longer period of time due to their injuries, so Reddish is not likely to get 37 minutes a night regularly. But with the decent schedule, and his ability to catch fire, Cam could prove very helpful, especially in the 3-pointers and steals columns.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN - 8% Owned

Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK

Plumlee is an easy choice for owners who need big man stats, and don't care about the poor FT%. With such a great schedule next week, he is sure to make your starting roster on most if not all of his four games, and he is pretty consistent for a guy owned in just 8% of the leagues who plays just 17 minutes per game this season.

He had five or more boards in his previous six games and only had less than five rebounds in six of his 20 games this season. He also failed to register either a steal or a block in just five of those 20 games and had at least two stocks in nine games.

He is shooting better from the field (60.4 FG%) than from the line (52.9 FT%) so the team fit should be there before you decide to pick Plumlee, but if he does go well with the rest of your team, he is a good pickup for next week.

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Jerami Grant, SF/PF, DEN, (15% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FG%, STL/BLK
Malik Beasley, PG/SG, DEN, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM
Monte Morris, PG, DEN, (4% Owned)
- Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, DEN, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
James Ennis III, SG/SF, PHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL (more valuable as long as Josh Richardson is out)
Matisse Thybulle, SG/ SF, PHI, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK/STL, 3PM - buyer beware: rolled his ankle and didn't return on Saturday's game against the Cavs.
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT% (more valuable as long as Josh Richardson is out)
Mike Scott, PF, PHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM
Alex Len, PF/C, ATL, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK, 3PM
Deandre Bembry, SG, ATL, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF, ATL, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, FT%, a little bit of everything
De'Andre Hunter, SF, ATL, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS - buyer beware: missed the previous game with a dislocated right index finger
Damian Jones, PF/C, ATL, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK/STL, REB, FG%
Malik Monk, SG, CHA, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
Marvin Williams, SF, CHA, (17% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM, BLK/STL
Taj Gibson, PF/C, NYK, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (6% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Skal Labissiere,PF/C, POR, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL/BLK
Mario Hezonja, SG/SF, POR, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FT%, a little bit of everything - should see additional minutes with Rodney Hood out for the season

Hope you guys enjoyed the article and the advice, 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 7

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

 

Monday, December 2nd

Kelly Oubre Jr. Slams Phoenix Past New Orleans 

It is amazing that the Phoenix Suns were able to get Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Trevor Ariza last season. The trade looked bad on paper at the time it was made but has gotten progressively worse as Oubre has taken the next step with his game.

On Monday, the former Kansas product tallied 23 points to go along with three rebounds, two steals, one block and two three-pointers, but it was his emphatic slam over Brandon Ingram that stole the show and eventually the contest. 

If you own the 23-year-old, I would stand pat. This is far from a sell-high situation, as Oubre has returned fifth-round value in nine-category leagues so far this year. We have seen this level of production out of him since the All-Star break last season, and I would imagine we will continue to see additional growth as this year progresses. Oubre shot up draft boards in Yahoo leagues during the final few weeks before the season, but this level of production has far exceeded his ADP of 77th overall.

 

Tuesday, December 3rd

Andre Drummond Might Be The Best Rebounder We have Seen Since Dennis Rodman

Andre Drummond rarely gets the credit he deserves for the unique way he plays the game of basketball. In a day and age where scoring and three-point baskets are sometimes all fans care to see, Drummond has moved to a different beat with his stellar rebounding nature.

His 17.1 boards per contest give him the highest amount of any player in the NBA since Dennis Rodman secured 17.3 during the 1993-1994 season, and there appears to be no end in sight for Drummond, who has raised his average in almost every season he has been in the NBA.

While his rebounding prowess will always be the first thing we think of when discussing the big man, Drummond's 17.3 points per game, 2.0 blocks, 1.7 steals and 3.0 assists currently has him ranked 12th in nine-category leagues and seventh in points settings. Assuming you drafted the University of Connecticut product in the second round of your league, you shouldn't have too much to complain about in 2019.

 

Wednesday, December 4th

Carmelo Anthony Continues To Produce Points

I talked last week about how Carmelo Anthony should begin to score more points once he gets settled into his role on the Portland Trail Blazers, but my original sentiments remain that he is a prime sell-high candidate because of his lack of contributions across the board.

After scoring 20 points on Wednesday night, Melo has now tallied 19 or more points in four of his past five games and has also averaged 6.8 boards during that same stretch. Those two numbers are no doubt respectable, but we still aren't seeing the 35-year-old produce in fantasy quite the way it may seem.

Anthony is currently ranked 95th in points settings and 130th in category leagues. If you own him in a points group, his value will be slightly better because of his ability to score buckets, but I believe we are looking at a player whose name is larger than his actual contributions. Nothing has changed in my mind, and I would be looking to move the 10-time All-Star to an owner who believes he is getting more worthwhile production than has been the case

 

Thursday, December 5th

Rui Hachimura Continues Recent Surge 

Rui Hachimura posted 43 minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers, making 11-of-18 shots from the field for 27 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one three-pointer.

Injuries have opened up playing time for the rookie, and Hachimura has done the most with his opportunity, earning trust from his teammates and head coach Scott Brooks. His transformation of playing closer to the basket has allowed him to produce a few more rebounds nightly, and the extra boost in non-scoring categories is beginning to have him approach top-100 value in most settings.

If you are participating in a 12-man league, Hachimura needs to be scooped up off the waiver wire if he is not currently owned. He will still need to add a little more substance across the board to reach the next level, but he is worth a chance because of his immense upside.

 

Friday, December 6th

Devonte' Graham Remains A Hold

Devonte' Graham scored 29 points during the Charlotte Hornets 111-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, adding eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and six three-pointers in 33 minutes.

Graham's success in 2019 has been astonishing, as the former Kansas product currently ranks inside the top-10 in assists, threes and touches per game. With top-75 production in all settings, Graham remains a hold if you were lucky enough to scoop him off your waiver wire early in the season.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 8)

Immediately upon Kyle Lowry's return to the starting lineup, Fred Vanvleet went down with an injury that looks like it will keep him out for at least two weeks. Since most people were concerned about how Lowry will impact VanVleet production, it's pretty clear now. Outside of the Raptors, there is one player that has gone from one of the worst players in the league statistically almost yearly, to TOP 30 PRODUCTION over the past two weeks.

For those of you that have been under a rock for the past month, that player is Ben McLemore. He is averaging close to 20 points a game with close to five three's a game. That is unreal given the fact that he is only 23% owned and putting up numbers in key categories. This wave is real and there is reason to ride it until he runs out of steam. With the Rockets roster, it doesn't look like his hot streak will end and whether it's a standard league, DFS, whatever, McLemore is finally legitimate.

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 8

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF  – Dallas Mavericks

Ownership: 33%

13.2 PPG /  1.8 APG /  .433 FG% /  2.4 3MPG

It seems like his ownership is rising every time I refresh so I have to hurry up and get this puppy published. Tim Hardaway Jr. has not been the only Maverick impressing this season, but looking from the outside in, it's great to see Hardaway hitting his shots consistently and looking confident in an offense that he doesn't have to singlehandedly fuel. He will only grow more and more comfortable in these rotations and playing with Luka Doncic, so these out spurts should grow more and more frequent as opponents start to focus their attention toward more physically impactful players.

 

Matisse Thybulle , SG/SF – Philadelphia 76ers

Ownership 7%

 4.7 PPG /  .429 FG% /  1.3 APG / 1.5 SPG

Not a promising statistical outlook whatsoever, but we aren't concerned with what he has done. Looking at what he is going to do and what he is capable of, last game against the Raptors was clearly his breakout game. Will he pick up right where he left off? Probably. Is it sustainable? Not so much. He is a struggling shooter and players who struggle to score can't find consistent production unless they are the epitome of a role player.

Thybulle isn't there yet but when he can score, he is clearly bringing much needed value with it. Since this should lead to a solid week for Thybulle who faces Boston, New Orleans, Brooklyn, and Miami this upcoming week, he should be the odd man out when it comes to opposing teams defensive schemes.

 

Jakob Poeltl, C – San Antonio Spurs

Ownership 19%

6.0  PPG /  6.0 RPG /  .594 FG% /  1.3 BPG

Most of Jakob Poeltl's value is coming just from his high-block games, but that is what most people are looking for anyway in deep leagues. You won't be finding many studs on the wire this last, but someone who can post near two blocks a game needs to be rostered. Looking at the next week it's not looking good, but there's room for improvement. He faces two teams who he will not be able to really get solid contests on, so look for the following week to be where he picks his momentum back up.

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Ben McLemore (SG, HOU) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 11% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Ben McLemore?

Ben McLemore!

I thought McLemore's whole NBA career was over after he played just 19 games for the Kings last year, but he's been revitalized with the Rockets this season.

McLemore's seen an increase in minutes over the last four games, and he's responded with big numbers. 22.5 points per game with 4.5 boards while making 5.5 threes per game. He's taking 11.3 threes per game over that span.

11.3. Read that number again.

I don't know how long McLemore can keep this up, but if you need points and threes to help you out for now, there are many, many worse options on the waiver wire. As long as McLemore is getting the green light to fire away from behind the arc, he'll return value.

The thing that blocks him long term is Eric Gordon's return from knee surgery. He should be back later this month, which knocks McLemore's role down a good bit. So, don't think of him as a long term fantasy solution for you, but he should help you for a couple more weeks.


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Cedi Osman (SF/PF, CLE) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 24% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Cleveland Cavaliers third-year forward Cedi Osman has been playing some strong basketball lately. While he struggled on Saturday night, the five game stretch before that saw Osman play 31.5 minutes per night with averages of 14.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks.

You don't love the rebound numbers for a forward, but he's scoring well while also providing strong steals numbers and making a pair of threes per contest, so there are definitely situations where you're going to get solid fantasy production out of Osman.

The other thing? The Cavaliers appear to finally be willing to explore a Kevin Love trade, a move that would clear up more minutes and usage for Osman. Keep an eye on that, as Love being gone could clear the path to Osman to consistently be a 30 minute per game player.

Even without that deal happening, Osman's got a solid role on this team and has seen his shot attempts rise over the past handful of games. He should be rostered in most leagues.


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De'Anthony Melton (PG/SG, MEM) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 11% of leagues

ANALYSIS: When the Rockets traded De'Anthony Melton to the Suns last year, I -- a Rockets fan -- was upset. And when the Suns traded Melton before this season to the Grizzlies, I -- a Melton fan -- was upset. Memphis was a bad landing spot, because they had a lot of guards ahead of him.

But Melton's seen his minutes increase lately, and over the last four games he's averaging 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.

With JA Morant out, there's been room for Melton to grow into a larger role, and if the Grizzlies play it safe with Morant's back issues, Melton should maintain this current role for a couple more weeks.

After that? They've got to find a way to get him on the floor. Melton can provide more as a bench guard than someone like Grayson Allen can for them, right?

If you have room, Melton is a fine add in a 12-team league in the short term, and I like him long term in deeper leagues as well.


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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 7

While fans and analysts work hard to discover the reason behind the decreased ratings for the NBA, it's important to remember all that still makes the league so great. For the first time in league history, two international players took home the respective Player of the Month awards in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic. The overall talent pool of the league is laughably deep, providing must-see tv and debatable theatrics on a near-nightly basis.

The ratings discussion is an interesting one given how supposedly popular the NBA is worldwide, but it shouldn't take away from the actual on-court product that continues to impress with incredible feats of statistical production.

Most of those stat lines come from the best of the best, but plenty of others are playing well. For fantasy owners, figuring out who those players are and will be is another challenge, one this article hopes to be in service of.

 

Week 7 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Norman Powell - SG/SF - Toronto Raptors - 29% owned

On the heels of the team's first-ever championship, the Toronto Raptors have afforded Norman Powell a greater role, and the fifth-year forward has taken advantage to help the Raptors off to a hot 15-5 start.

He's averaging career-highs across the board with 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Additionally, Powell is shooting 38.1 percent from downtown on nearly five attempts per game.

Powell had been starting in the absence of Kyle Lowry, leading some to attribute his early-season play to that spot in the starting lineup. Lowry returned to action Tuesday and played 41 minutes but Powell still managed 34 minutes off the bench as well.

Even as part of the second unit, Powell has an important role on this Raptors squad. After some inconsistencies early in his career, Toronto's title run seems to have worked wonders for Powell's production and could do the same for fantasy owners looking for some help on the wing.

Tim Hardaway Jr. - SG/SF - Dallas Mavericks - 40% owned

Luka Doncic has been lighting up the NBA and Kristaps Porzingis is working his way back from an extended absence. The Mavericks have the league's top offense, but those two cannot carry the team alone. They need more help, and Tim Hardaway Jr. seems like the ideal candidate.

Hardaway has made his way into the Mavericks' starting lineup over the last seven games and has averaged 17.3 points while shooting a scorching 46.8 on 6.7 three-point attempts per game.

He's been consistent with his scoring for the most part with just two single-digit scoring outings during that stretch. The majority of Hardaway's career, however, has been plagued by a level of up-and-down that's made him difficult for fantasy owners to trust for prolonged stretches.

Perhaps the presence of two star talents has elevated Hardaway's level of play and will continue to do so throughout the season. He's a risky addition for the aforementioned reasons, but the complementary role he's found in Dallas seems to suit him well and could help him string together a quality fantasy season.

Moritz Wagner - PF/C - Washington Wizards - 26% owned

Moritz Wagner was already in the midst of a breakout season by averaging 12.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 60.8 from the field and 43.2 percent from deep, all in less than 20 minutes a night.

Then Washington's starting center Thomas Bryant went down with a stress fracture in his right foot and will miss at least three weeks, opening the door for Wagner to see an increase in his opportunities at the offensive end.

The Wizards have one of the best offenses in the NBA and love to push the pace, the perfect recipe for a big man whose 43.2 three-point percentage ranks No. 2 among players 6-foot-11 or taller.

Having missed Tuesday's game against Orlando with an ankle injury himself, Wagner first has to make his way back onto the court before any increase in his numbers can take place. Assuming his body is near 100%, he's an ideal short-term pick up for those hurt by Bryant's injury and those in need of help upfront as well.

Isaiah Thomas - PG - Washington Wizards - 36% owned

Isaiah Thomas' comeback story has been well documented with stops in several locations to rediscover his All-Star form. The latest stop has been the nation's capital, where the Washington Wizards have afforded IT a spot in the starting lineup and the point guard has responded with impressive levels of production.

In just 24.9 minutes a night, Thomas is averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 assists per game. He's also shooting a respectable 44.6 percent from the field along with a career-high 41.0 percent from the three-point line.

His defensive limitations matter little in the realm of fantasy and he currently operates for a Wizards team surprisingly ranked fourth in offensive rating with the fastest pace in the NBA.

The sub-25 minutes seem low, but that should be on the rise as Thomas continues his play.

At 6-13, Washington isn't playing for much these days, but they'll still throw Thomas in the fire to help him as best they can, and the numbers will likely follow.

Duncan Robinson - SG/SF/PF - Miami Heat - 22% owned

One of the many unexpected contributors for the Miami Heat this season, Duncan Robinson has carved out a spot in the rotation as a knockdown three-point shooter.

Of the players attempting more than six three-pointers a game, Robinsons' 43.9 percentage ranks sixth overall with 2.9 makes per game.

He's particularly found the mark over Miami's last four games, averaging 15.5 points per game along with 4.3 makes a game from beyond the arc.

Three-point shooters aren't hard to come by in today's NBA, but Robinson has risen above many of them, whose spacing is of vital importance on a team ranked 16th in three-point attempts per game.

He's gone through several cold streaks to start the season yet has just six outings with fewer than two three-point makes. Throw in the versatility that allows fantasy owners to slot him in three positions and Robinson could serve well provided the minutes on a deep Heat team hold steady.

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Fantasy Basketball Rotation Watch: Playing Time Updates For Week 7

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

This week, this space will be used to apologize to Carmelo Anthony. Last week, someone may have written that they wouldn’t be shocked if he was out of the league in two weeks. Carmelo shut that guy up by winning Western Conference Player of the Week. Will it last? Not likely. But it is fun and useful for fantasy? You bet.

So without further ado, let's start searching those box scores from November 25th to December 1st and look for those hidden gems that are grabbing some minutes to help your fantasy basketball team.

 

NBA Playing Time Changes

Bryn Forbes (PG, SG – San Antonio Spurs)

Season: 26.9 Minutes per Game

Week 6: 23.0 Minutes per Game

Bryn Forbes struggled in Week 6 as he didn’t score over 13 points in any of his four games. He has a solid role in the San Antonio system, but has not taken the next step after his breakout season last year. Week 6 saw a dip in Forbes’ playing time, but hopefully, it is just a dip and not a trend of things to come.

He still seems to be the most productive guard for the Spurs and should continue to be a consistent source of threes in. He continues to split time with Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Patty Mills and that will prevent him from breaking the must-own barrier in 10 and even 12-team leagues.

Khris Middleton (SG, SF – Milwaukee Bucks)

Season: 27.5 Minutes per Game

Week 6: 19.3 Minutes per Game

Khris Middleton returned from a leg injury in Week 6 and saw his minutes limited in a smart move by the Milwaukee Bucks. They have late-season aspirations for the 2019-20 season and want to keep their second most important weapon healthy well into the year. The Bucks could opt to keep Middleton on a longer comeback program, but fantasy owners will just need to ride that out if it comes to it.

Middleton hit double digits in each of his three games during Week 6, but topped out at 16. That number will go up as Middleton sees his minutes slowly increase. On the season he is averaging 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.1 rebounds while draining 1.9 three-pointers per game.

Carmelo Anthony (SF, PF – Portland Trail Blazers)

Season: 30.8 Minutes per Game

Week 6: 33.0 Minutes per Game

Carmelo Anthony is a repeat offender in this article because he deserves an apology. Last week fantasy managers were told to not chase the rabbit and ignore Carmelo. Well, that is no longer the case. Hop on board and enjoy the Anthony train while you can. Sorry!

In Week 6, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.5 three-pointers and shut up some overconfident fantasy basketball writers. He's playing alongside two of the most talented guards in the league with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and that should help him settle into a spot up and shoot role. Games against the Kings, Lakers, and Thunder makes Melo an attractive option for the 45% of leagues that he is not rostered in. Go get you some Carmelo Anthony and hope this throwback to 2013 lasts.

Kevin Love (PF – Cleveland Cavaliers)

Season: 31.6 Minutes per Game

Week 6: 27.5 Minutes per Game

Kevin Love is trade bait for the Cleveland Cavaliers and they will be extra careful with their prized asset. If he gets seriously injured, his value will tank and then the Cavs can’t cash in. He missed a couple of games last week and now the Cavs are, predictably, working Love back in slowly and surely.

In the three games since his return he has seen 24, 31, and 22 minutes, and only averaged 11 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.3 rebounds. Those are well below his season averages of 17.3 points and 11.1 rebounds. Fantasy managers should be prepared for this scenario where the Cavs do a balancing act between showcasing Love’s talents and protecting him from injury.

Richaun Holmes (C – Sacramento Kings)

Season: 27.6 Minutes per Game

Week 6: 30.0 Minutes per Game

Marvin Bagley is still out. De’Aaron Fox is still out. Sacramento has to give the minutes to some of its players and one of the benefactors is Richaun Holmes. The Kings center has been averaging 27.6 minutes per game so far this season, but Week 6 saw him increase his workload to 30.0 minutes per game.

This resulted in 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.0 steals for Holmes. That quite the productive stat line if fantasy owners are looking for a weekly fill in. It may not last long term as Bagley and Fox are on the mend, but Holmes is still available in 50% of ESPN leagues and should see his ownership percentage trend upwards if this run of form continues.

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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 7

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 7.

 

Guards

De'Anthony Melton, Memphis Grizzlies

The second-round pick in 2018 posted 16 points, nine boards and four dimes against the Indiana Pacers Monday, and he has outperformed Tyus Jones. With point guard JA Morant (back) out indefinitely, Melton has a chance to steal some playing time. Pick him up in deeper leagues and see if he can take the reins from Jones.

Tomas Satoransky, Chicago Bulls

The 28-year-old Satoransky doesn't exactly fit the mold of a keeper, but in he's starting to develop in his fourth year in the league. His 9.6 points and 5.2 assists are career highs, and he has been consistently solid of late. Satoransky averaged 13.2 points, 6.6 dimes, four boards and 1.4 steals per game over his last five games. First-round pick Coby White is behind Satoransky, and he has had some bright spots off the bench. It's only a matter of time before he's given the keys. So pick up Satoransky and see if his good play continues. Maybe you can sell high around the All-Star break when the Bulls might be looking to see what White can do in the starting lineup.

 

Forwards

Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers

The 35-year-old Anthony has resuscitated from the fantasy grave to average 17.7 points, six boards and 2.2 assists in his first six games with the Blazers while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 37 percent from distance. He hasn't shot that well since the 2013-14 season. By now, he's owned in most leagues. If you were quick to the wire to grab him, start shopping him. The worst-case scenario is that he's still this productive 17-point, five-board player and you sold a little prematurely. However, the odds are that this can't continue at its current rate.

Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns

The second-year Bridges saw 30 minutes Monday and delivered 12 points, eight boards, two assists and two steals. It has been hard for him to find consistent playing time, but there are a slew of injuries to the front line that have shifted the forwards up. Bridges has been a bit of a bust early on in his career, and he's shooting just 22.6 percent from three this season. He could be hovering around waiver wires because of his slow start to his career. See if you can snatch him up and see if his development continues.

PJ Washington, Charlotte Hornets

The 13th pick in the 2019 draft has had peaks and valleys. He scored at least 23 points in two of his first five career games and didn't touch 20 again until dropping 26 Friday night. He hit a wall last month only scoring in double figures in eight of 16 games. Washington is a bit of a tweener at 6-foot-7, and his rebounding numbers are going to suffer. He's shooting 43.9 percent from deep and 50.5 percent overall, which really help in seven-category leagues. He might be a buy-low option with that underlying value not represented by 11.8 points and five boards per game.

 

Centers

Christian Wood, Detroit Pistons

The third-year man busted out with a career-high 28 points and 10 boards in a 132-98 blowout over the San Antonio Spurs Sunday. He did the damage in 22 minutes and hadn't seen that much time in almost three weeks. Wood has shown flashes in spurts this season covering injuries, and the team expressed the desire to see him be more consistent. They wouldn't say that if they didn't have plans for him. He should be owned everywhere outside of single-year formats.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups, Adds for Week 7

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 7.

 

Week 7 Schedule

4 Games - Heat, Blazers, Pacers, Hornets, Bulls, Lakers, 76ers, Nuggets, Kings, Wizards, Hornets, Mavs, Suns

3 Games - Pelicans, Magic, Grizzlies, Nets, Hawks, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Cavs, Raptors, Knicks, Warriors, Rockets, Thunder, Pistons

2 Games - Spurs, Celtics

 

Week 7 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:

Derrick White - PG - San Antonio Spurs (42% owned)

As the Spurs' offensive struggles growe, they decided to make a change in the starting lineup. Dejounte Murray was replaced by Derrick White in a move to increase their scoring efficiency and spark some positive momentum early on in the season. White's breakout campaign last year was halted this season as he was relegated to a bench role in which he played fewer minutes and lost usage while on the floor. His insertion into the starting lineup recently may just be a wake-up call to the Spurs to increase his involvement and thus create more opportunities for White to provide fantasy-friendly stat-lines. His ability to provide a steady stream of assists, rebounds, stocks, points, and threes all with good percentages makes him an ideal fantasy asset. If he can find his footing and provide this consistently, he could be a mid-season steal.

Mohamed Bamba - SF  - Orlando Magic (25% owned)

With Nikola Vucevic sidelined due to an ankle injury, Mo Bamba has stepped into a larger role in Orlando. He is still a backup but playing moe minutes and providing more production. He's played 20 minutes per game since Vuc's injury and is averaging 10 points, eight rebounds, and nearly three blocks. Unfortunately, Bamba may not play in back-to-back games this season as a result of the leg injury he suffered last year. This limits his production ceiling week-o-week but does not make him any less of a priority. It is hard to find blocks on the wire that come along with proper production elsewhere. He's a must-add until Vucevic returns.

Tim Hardaway Jr. - SF - Dallas Mavericks (38% owned) 

Impact scoring off of the waiver wire is hard to find. THJ's insertion into the starting lineup In Dallas has been a god-send for his fantasy production. Playing next to Luka allows him the opportunity to take a ton of open shots, and luckily, he is hitting plenty at a good clip. Since becoming a starter, he has hit 60 percent of his shots from the field and from three. Given that he is taking nearly seven threes per game, this is an incredible five-game stretch. Although he undoubtedly will not keep this up (booooo regression) he should still be a hot add this week for any and all teams.

Rajon Rondo - PG - Los Angeles Lakers (28% owned)

Rondo is a known asset who is best added purely for depth. His main sources of production are assists, threes, and steals. He can sporadically score and provide a few rebounds at the cost of turnovers and a mediocre field goal percentage. Know the trade-off when adding him and only do so if need be. He is not someone you really want on your team but he is getting solid minutes and does help in a pinch for teams that are built to punt some of his weaknesses.

Marquese Chriss - PF - Golden State Warriors (11% owned)

Adding this name might curse the entire article but he has played himself into relevance of late. Chriss is becoming a staple of the Warriors lineup and with Draymond Green's minutes limit going forward, he might not be going anywhere. He's provided stocks, boards, and good percentages of late. The scoring has improved to roughly double-digits per game over the past month and for who he is, we will take that. Drop him at the first sign of a slightly extended struggle.

Keita Bates-Diop - PF - Minnesota Timberwolves (2% owned)

As a former first-round pick, Bates-Diop has some pedigree to back him. His recent stretch of production is very solid and could help owners in deeper leagues who need upside off of the waiver wire. His minutes have fluctuated since he cracked the rotation two weeks ago. However, with at least 24 minutes played over his last three games, there is hope for consistent play-time going forward, especially due to the production provided. Bates-Diop is making threes at a high clip and adding an extra element to a thin Timberwolves lineup. He could potentially be starting full-time in a few weeks if he can somewhat keep this up and outplay Jake Layman.

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Fantasy Basketball Weekly Streamers for Week 7 (Dec 2 - Dec 8)

A good way to gain an advantage over your next week's opponent is to "sacrifice" that poor sap at the bottom of your roster who really isn't contributing all that much, and convert his roster spot into a streaming one. This way you will maximize your games played and will have the opportunity to choose the kind of players you need to win that matchup.

In this article, we are analyzing the NBA schedule for next week, pinpointing the days where most fantasy owners will find it challenging to field a full starting lineup and offering some insight on who to target off the waiver wire to ease these woes.

Welcome to our fantasy basketball streamers for Week 7, right here at RotoBaller!

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 7

With all days having between four and 10 games played, where a specific fantasy team will have a need to fill the starting roster is very individual. Whether a majority of your players play on Monday with six or Tuesday with seven games is impossible to predict and I won't try to do that.

I will, however, cover the days that will statistically bring most headaches to fantasy owners, and offer some options that should be able to help out most of us.

The two days that have the least games are Thursday with four and Saturday with five. There are five teams that play on both days and they also play on either Monday or Tuesday, so their players will be our focus today as they can provide cover for multiple scarce days.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
Indiana Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Boston Celtics
San Antonio Spurs

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 12
Tuesday: 14
Wednesday: 20
Thursday: 8
Friday: 20
Saturday: 10
Sunday: 16

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: -
Tuesday/Wednesday: DAL, DET, LAL, MIA, ORL, POR
Wednesday/Thursday: PHO
Thursday/Friday: DEN, WAS
Friday/Saturday: CLE, IND
Saturday/Sunday: DAL, PHI
Sunday/Monday the following: CHI, LAC, MIN, OKC, SAC, TOR

Days with seven or fewer games
Monday: 6 games
Tuesday: 7 games
Thursday: 4 games
Saturday: 5 games

Teams playing on three of these days (including Thurs and Sat):
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Phoenix Suns (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sat)
New York Knicks (3 games - Mon, Thurs, Sat)

Teams playing on Mon/Thurs:
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
New York Knicks

Teams playing on Tue/Thurs:
Denver Nuggets (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Washington Wizards (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Tues, Thurs, Sun)
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans

Teams playing on Mon/Sat:
Indiana Pacers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Memphis Grizzlies (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
New York Knicks

Teams playing on Tue/Sat:
Dallas Mavericks (4 games - Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun)
Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sat)
Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans

Teams playing three games over the weekend (from Thursday to Sunday)
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 7

With Thursday (four games played) and Saturday (five games) being the scarcest game days next week, it is most likely fantasy owners will have difficulty fielding a full starting lineup. Furthermore, Monday has six and Tuesday seven games, not exactly a wide range of options either, so we should take a look at our teams and figure out if we need help on these days as well.

There are five teams whose schedules fit the need to fill the roster on these scarce days pretty nicely.

If you need some help on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday - Philadelphia and Phoenix play four games next week and they play on all three of these days. New York also plays on these three days (and only on these three days).

Should you seek some additions for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - Houston and New Orleans are the teams you can target with their only three games for next week coming on exactly these three days.

 

Streaming Options for Week 7

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Dario Saric, PF/C, PHO, (51% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FT%, 3PM, PTS
Aron Baynes, PF/C, PHO, (56% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK
Danuel House, SG/SF, HOU (46% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, a bit of everything
P.J. Tucker, SF/PF, HOU, (65% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL, REB
J.J. Redick, SG, NOP, (73% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: FT%, 3PM, TO 
Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP, (44% Owned) -
Strong Cats: STL, REB, a bit of everything

 

Shallower League Add

Dario Saric, PF/C, PHO - 51% Owned

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

Saric has been marked as a talent for a long time now, and it finally looks like he is coming into his own in a starting spot with the Suns. He has been a top-100 player the whole season, but he exploded in the last week with averages of 14.7 points with 2.3 threes on 46.9% from the field and no misses in seven attempts from the charity stripe, 12.7 boards, 2.0 dimes, 0.7 steals, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 turnovers in 34 minutes over three games. This has him in the top-10 for this period.

Now while it is quite difficult to imagine Saric continuing to block 1.7 shots a game and vacuum in 12.7 boards, it's very possible that he can stick around in the top-70 and very probable that he will be a top-100 player for the rest of the season.

Furthermore, Phila has a lovely schedule for next week, so, if he is available in your league Dario could be a very worthy addition for both the short term and long.

 

Deeper League Add

Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK - 19% Owned

Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL

Ntilikina is in his third year in the NBA and has yet to justify being selected as the 8th overall pick in the 2017 draft. The Frenchman has shown flashes of fantasy greatness here and there, including a nine-point, nine-assist, six-steal performance just over a week ago so we know he does have it in him.

Furthermore, he is getting over 27 minutes per game on the season, and over 31 minutes in the past two weeks, so we also know he will get the opportunity.

Now, whether he will show it or not is a different matter entirely.

He is barely a top-150 player this season with averages of 6.7 PTS with 0.8 3PM on 38.3 FG% and 76.5 FT%, 2.3 REB, 3.6 AST, 1.5 STL, 0.6 BLK, and 1.1 TO. Nothing really pops out except for the defensive stats perhaps, and if you care about your FG%, then Frenk is a liability.

But if you need a diverse contribution and can handle his poor shooting, with a decent schedule next week Ntilikina could prove very helpful. And with his talent, he could explode any day now.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Ben McLemore, SG/SF, HOU - 1% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything

McLemore was brought on to Houston's roster for squad depth, but with long term injuries to Eric Gordon and Gerald Green, Ben was called upon. And he answered.

He is a three-point specialist and is getting his owners 8.2 PTS with 1.9 3PM on 36.6 FG% and 84.0 FT%, 2.5 REB, 0.8 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, and 0.6 TO in 20 minutes per game so far this season. Nothing too flashy, but then again, Ben is only owned in 1% of the leagues for a reason. Furthermore, Ben already has three 20+ point games this season, so he has proven he can get hot in a hurry.

McLemore had his best game of the season in his very last game against the Hawks with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting (including 6-of-11 for three), 13 boards, one assist, steal and turnover apiece in almost 34 minutes. To be fair, both Daunel House and Clint Capela were out with an illness for this one, but Ben really shone nevertheless.

With a nice schedule coming up, McLemore is a decent dice-roll in deep leagues. Who knows, maybe House and Capela miss more time, or Ben just gets hot again and gets your team closer to a W in your next week's matchup.

 

Deep League Options for the Week

James Ennis III, SG/SF, PHI, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL (more valuable as long as Josh Richardson is out)
Matisse Thybulle, SG/ SF, PHI, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: BLK/STL, 3PM
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT% (more valuable as long as Josh Richardson is out)
Mike Scott, PF, PHI, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, 3PM - buyer beware: on a cold streak shooting 6-of-27 from the field in his last six games
Cameron Johnson, SG/SF, PHO, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, PHO, (11% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB
Taj Gibson, PF/C, NYK, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, STL/BLK
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Dennis Smith Jr., PG/SG, NYK, (5% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (19% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL
Ben McLemore, SG/SF, HOU (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, a bit of everything (more valuable as long as Danuel House is out)
Austin Rivers, SG/SF, HOU (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL (more valuable as long as Danuel House is out)
Jahlil Okafor, C, NOP, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, BLK (more valuable as long as Derrick Favors is out)
Jaxson Hayes, C, NOP, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK (more valuable as long as Derrick Favors is out)
Kenrich Williams, SF/PF, NOP, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, BLK/STL - buyer beware: missed the last game with an ankle injury
Nicolo Melli, PF, NOP, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
E'Twaun Moore, SG/SF, NOP, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: 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 Risers and Fallers: Week 6

Welcome to the fantasy basketball risers and fallers column, a weekly look at a few players whose stock is rising and a few who've been struggling with some analysis of why that's been the case. As always, this doesn't mean you need to drop these players who are struggling, but this could be a useful piece for making some trade decisions or for making some tough lineup choices.

This week was weird, since there was the whole Thanksgiving thing that meant we had a full day without NBA basketball. Did you watch some football or college basketball that day? Was it not at all the same? Did you sit around and brood about the state of your fantasy basketball team?

If you have any fantasy basketball questions, follow me on Twitter, where I'm always willing to respond to your tweeted questions: @juscarts

 

Fantasy Basketball Risers

Jarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets

After a bit of a slow start and a weird "will he start or will DeAndre Jordan start" dance that stretched into the regular season, Allen has finally put his foot down and said "I'm Brooklyn's best center."

Allen has four straight double-doubles, including a 17/11 and a 17/14 in consecutive games against the Celtics. He also had 22 points and 21 boards against the Cavaliers.

One of the complaints about Allen has been that he doesn't play strong enough inside, which limits his ability to get those rebounds, but he's been proving those doubters wrong while upping his offensive usage.

Bojan Bogdanovic - F - Utah Jazz

I loved watching Bogdanovic last year with the Pacers when I got the chance to watch a Pacers game, but I was a little afraid of his move to Utah working.

Well.

Over the past four games, Bogdanovic is averaging 28.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on 60 percent shooting and 53.3 percent shooting from three. Those percentages will drop, but Bogdanovic has a career-high 26.3 usage rate this season and his three-point attempt rate is back up into the mid 40 percents as it was for every year of his career except last season. He should remain a strong contributor in points and threes.

Hassan Whiteside - C - Portland Trail Blazers

Lots of people thought Whiteside to Portland was one of those "yeah, he's a name, but he's not going to help them" trades.

And while there might be some truth to that as Portland is 8-12, Whiteside does look like he's trying to be a positive for the Trail Blazers, and at the very least he's helping out fantasy owners.

After missing two games, Whiteside's most recent three-game stretch features him scoring 14 points and grabbing 14.3 rebounds per game while blocking 4.0 shots per game. Yes, that number is boosted by a 10 block game against the Bulls, but Whiteside is still taking advantage of his chances and putting up strong numbers in a variety of fantasy categories.

Spencer Dinwiddie - G - Brooklyn Nets

With Kyrie Irving sidelined, Dinwiddie has emerged as a strong fantasy option.

He's started eight games in a row, averaging 24.5 points and 7.8 assists per game over that stretch while making 2.3 threes per game. He's not been great from a shooting efficiency standpoint, though his 93.3 percent mark from the free throw line has been nice.

Irving is bound to come back at some point, so Dinwiddie might be a good sell high candidate right now.

 

Fantasy Basketball Fallers

Cam Reddish - G/F - Atlanta Hawks

In unsurprising news for anyone who watched Duke last year, Cam Reddish is struggling over the past few games.

A wrist injury is hampering him, but he's still averaging just 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists on 22.7 percent shooting. His three-point woes continue, as he's still shooting just 21.3 percent from three on the season despite taking 3.6 threes per game.

Maybe the Hawks should consider changing up his role some?

Rudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs

Gay's been struggling. In the last four games, he's scored 10 points just once, a 10-point and 11-rebound outing against the Timberwolves.

Other than that, just rough game after rough game. Five points and one rebound against the Lakers. Six points and six rebounds against the Clippers. After a solid start to the year, Gay's numbers are dropping. His season total is still high enough for you to maybe find a buyer on the trade market, but you might just need to hold him and hope he gets things going.

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Deeper Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 7)

Not as exaggerated of an introduction this time around, but that doesn't change anything about this article. There will always be deep waiver picks that need to be picked up before the consensus figures out their value. Looking at Week 7, with so many players resting and dealing with injuries, don't be afraid to take the chance on someone who you will only roster for this week. It happens and those streamer plays can make a drastic difference.

One thing struck me as worth pointing out. Over the past two weeks, both Pascal Siakam and Fred Vanvleet have cracked the top 10 in terms of production, coming in at nine and ten respectively. While there have been a ton of concerns about VanVleet's production when Kyle Lowry returns, I wouldn't necessarily jump ship. VanVleet will be solid all year long, but if you are looking for the best time to trade him, the time is now.

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 7

George Hill, G  – Milwaukee Bucks

Ownership: 11%

9.7 PPG /  3.2 APG /  .530 FG% /  1.6 3MPG

Giannis Antetoukounmpo is in his MVP form once again, but this is going to be one of the heaviest stretches of the year in terms of usage and minutes. If he keeps this up, good for him. What matters to us is whether or not a drop in production is coming, and will that impact Hill's value. The Bucks are cruising right now and while Giannis will not just start sitting games for load management, the Bucks next week of games looks promising for Hill. He faces frontcourts with stingy defenses and that should force a bump in production across the Milwaukee backcourt.

 

Glenn Robinson III, SG/SF – Golden State Warriors

Ownership 33%

 11.9 PPG /  1.3 3MPG /  4.6 RPG / .462 FG%

Glenn Robinson III's upside is still present, but it is quickly disappearing. He will continue to be a valuable asset to the Warriors and his usage shouldn't go down because honestly, the Warriors can't find anyone to rely on. Ky Bowman will have a good game here and there, the same goes for Eric Paschall and Marqueese Chriss. What separates Robinson from the rest is that he is the generic wing player. His athleticism makes him valuable on defense and his shooting is just good enough to let him jack up a few threes every single game. If he hits, he goes off. If he misses, he puts together a more well-rounded statline. Regardless, his upside is there but it's not crazy high like it was when the season started.

 

Christian Wood, C – Detroit Pistons

Ownership 4%

9.0  PPG /  4.5 RPG /  .612 FG% /  1.0 BPG

Plenty of people, including myself, saw Christian Wood's value taking a massive hit when Blake Griffin returned. And it did. But it also had some weird reverse effect that is clearly helping him figure things out in the NBA. Believe it or not, over the past week Wood has his highest usage rate of his career and he posted his career high in scoring in just 22 minutes. This type of upside is usually unprecedented for someone that just got moved to the bench and his minutes stricken. Moving forward, the Pistons seemed to have found their ideal frontcourt support player. Look for Wood and Langston Galloway to dominate the Pistons second unit usage.

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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 6

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

 

Monday, November 25th

Spencer Dinwiddie For The Win!

Spencer Dinwiddie connected on a 22-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 108 to 106 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. It has been an impressive recent run for Dinwiddie, who has averaged 24.6 points and 6.6 assists in the past six games without Kyrie Irving in the lineup, but the robust run could be slightly derailed once the star guard is able to return to action.

Irving's ball-dominant nature has always affected those that play next to him, and it places Dinwiddie in a similar situation as last season, which saw D'Angelo Russell control a lot of the proceedings and eventually prevented the 6'6" guard from reaching his greatest heights. If you own Dinwiddie, you obviously are going to keep riding this momentum wave for as long as Irving is sidelined, but I do believe category and points league owners have a very different situation on their hands.

Dinwiddie's capacity to score with either the starting lineup or second-team offense will continue to allow him to produce top-100 value in points groups, but the same can't necessarily be said for category participants. The 26-year-old is a volume shooter that shines when given an expanded usage rate, but that explosive nature also makes him slightly one dimensional when the offense isn't solely running around him. Sure, he will get his fair share of operating the second unit, but Dinwiddie's value might not reach a higher level than it is currently at right now, especially when you consider the fact that he is a career 40.8% shooter from the floor. That percentage obviously isn't quite as bad if you are punting that category, but it is difficult to find where he is an elite producer other than scoring once Irving returns. I wouldn't be giving Dinwiddie away, but it never hurts to try and parlay a hot run into greater talent for your squad.

 

Tuesday, November 26th

Gary Harris Continues To Struggle

Gary Harris' career trajectory has gone in the wrong direction over the past two seasons. After a breakout campaign in 2017 that saw him average 17.5 points on 48.5% shooting, the Michigan State product stumbled in 2018 with arguably his worst year since his first year in the league - producing just 12.9 points on 42.4% from the field.

Unfortunately for Harris, the bad run has continued in 2019, with the 25-year-old providing only 10.2 points on 40.4% shooting from the field. Harris currently features the lowest usage rate of any starter on the Denver Nuggets and is generating numbers below his career average in practically every meaningful category. That is a recipe for disaster and leaves him outside the top-150 for nearly all settings.

 

Wednesday, November 27th

Skip To My Lou

Kawhi Leonard's schedule of not playing in back-to-back sets has allowed Lou Williams to shine this season with a career-best 6.2 assists per contest. On Wednesday, Williams added to that average by totaling a career-high 13 dimes to go along with 24 points, two steals, one block and three three-pointers.

If you have been following my article since Week 1, you will realize by now that I am constantly trying to trade players that show sudden spurts of production for more consistent producers, but Williams seems to be playing the best basketball of his career at the age of 33 and has transformed into a steady option in all settings.

My biggest gripe for Williams throughout his career in category leagues has been the fact that he is a one-dimensional asset that can plummet field goal percentage with his volume-based shooting, but the more statistics he can bank as quality categories, the more valuable he becomes for lineups. I don't love the idea of playing or treating Williams as a PG for my team, but the second-round pick in the 2005 draft is a sneaky two-guard for just about any fantasy squad because of his ability to add in some dimes under the radar.

 

Thursday, November 28th

Gobble, Gobble

No games on Thanksgiving!

 

Friday, November 22nd

Markelle Fultz Has Earned Ownership In Standard Leagues And Perhaps Beyond

Currently owned in just 41% of Yahoo leagues and 12.6% of ESPN settings, Markelle Fultz is someone you might want to consider adding in leagues with as small as 10 members. I do believe that is currently on the aggressive side of things at this very moment, but head coach Steve Clifford has made the most of his promise that he was going to begin ramping up Fultz's minutes, and the results have been encouraging.

In Fultz's past seven games, he is averaging 14.7 points, 4.1 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 triples on 53.2% shooting from the floor and 88.2% from the line. To put his recent run into perspective, the former number one pick in the 2017 draft had failed to exceed 25 minutes in any of his first nine games in 2019 but has surpassed that total in each of his last six contests.

Sometimes it takes players a little longer to reach their potential than others, which bodes well for Fultz that the Magic seem to be behind him and ready to infiltrate him more into the offense. Fultz is less encouraging of an add if you are forced to play him at point guard for your roster, but his recent percentages from the floor and respectable assist totals start to look a lot better when viewed from the shooting guard perspective. I am scooping him up in all 12-team leagues and would consider adding him in some 10-man settings if I was in need of a little upside.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. (SG/SF, DAL) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In All Leagues

OWNED IN: 39% of leagues

ANALYSIS: The Dallas Mavericks are the NBA's biggest surprise, and one of the biggest surprises in Dallas has been the emergence of Tim Hardaway Jr. as the team's third best player.

Is that sustainable?

Probably not.

Is he worth a roster spot for now because of his scoring output?

Definitely.

Over the last five games, Hardaway has hit the 20 point mark three times, including a 31-point, four-rebound, five-assist effort against the Rockets. Luka Doncic's usage and Kristaps Porzingis' impact will mean Hardaway has some moments where he isn't scoring a ton, but overall he should be someone you can trust to score buckets when you need someone to score buckets. Add in that he's been pretty efficient lately and you get a guy who should be owned in all fantasy formats at this point, even if there's the risk that Hardaway turns back into the Hardaway of old and vanishes. That risk shouldn't factor into things unless the Mavericks make some roster moves that cause Hardaway's role to diminish.


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