It’s the weekend and you might want to look to your matchup next week already. You want more games to maximise your team’s stats. That’s why you head to the waiver wire. Free agents listed in this piece are going to be under 30% ownership in Yahoo! leagues. Let’s first take a look at the schedule for the upcoming week.
4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHI, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, NOR, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, TOR, UTA
3 Games: CHA, CLE, DEN, GSW, LAL, MIL, MIN, ORL, PHO, SAC, SAS, WAS
Just giving the schedule a brief look, you can see it’s a pretty balanced schedule this coming week. No 5-game teams or 2-game teams. Of course, you’d want your streamer to come from a 4-game week though.
+ Moe Harkless (28% owned) – Harkless has been quietly returning top-100 value this season. It looks like Aminu is still hurt and Harkless has won majority of the minutes in the power forward position with his ability to stretch the floor and rebound. He’s averaging 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.8 triples, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 steals in his last 5 games. He’s returning solid value, sort of like Marvin Williams from last year. He should be owned in all leagues.
+ Jon Leuer (24% owned) – Leuer earned a decent role on the Pistons as the first guy off the bench. He’s playing the backup center and power forward position for the Pistons and has been getting consistent minutes for the season, averaging 26.6 minutes per game with 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.7 treys on 50.6 percent shooting and 90.9 percent from the line. It’s hard to find a solid big in the waiver wire without hurting you in any categories. He’s returning seventh round value for the season and his role on the Pistons seems pretty safe.
+ Seth Curry (21% owned) – Curry carved himself a decent sixth man role on the Mavericks while Dirk is out. In the past two games, he’s averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.0 triples. Even though one of those games, most of the older starters took a rest but he definitely earned himself some meaningful minutes. He provides a spark to the team and Carlisle likes the energy he brings to the team. With four games next week and Deron Williams still injured, Curry will continue to have chances to flourish.
+ Thabo Sefolosha (20% owned) – Sefolosha solidified his sixth man role on the Hawks and his defensive efforts on the floor is very much appreciated by Budenholzer. He’s quietly producing top-50 value for the season! He’s averaging 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.3 threes over the past 3 games. He’s second in the league for steals per game and if you want some elite steal numbers with a decent chunk of rebounds and threes from a wing, Sefolosha will have good opportunities to do that in a 4 game week.
+ Lucas Nogueira (4% owned) – Whether he’s off the bench or starting in place of Jonas Valanciunas, he’s been balling. He even closed games out over JV in the fourth quarter and Casey really like the energy he gives on the floor and his shot blocking ability from the weak side. He earned himself 20+ minutes every game and has bee averaging 25.8 minutes per game this season, averaging 8.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.5 blocks. With 4 game in the week, you would want yourself a big man who can give you both defensive stats and rebounds.
+ James Johnson (3% owned) – Johnson has the ability to produce a triple one on any given night if he’s given minutes. He doesn’t really have tough competitions on the power forward position in Miami so it speaks volume to the talent pool that the Heat have this season. He’s averaging 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 triples, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals over the past 3 games. He’s been getting more run from Spolestra in the month of November and makes an interesting add in deep leagues on a 4 game week.
– Tim Frazier (73% owned) – Frazier played well in Jrue Holiday’s absence and returned seventh round value in standard leagues up to this point. But it’s recently reported from The Vertical that Jrue Holiday could make his debut next Wednesday. The return of Holiday is sooner than I expected and it sucks for Frazier owners to cut him short this early. Holiday is going to be good this season if he’s healthy. Meanwhile Frazier will be demoted to the bench. There is a chance that Gentry will use both point guards on the floor at times but it’ll be difficult for Frazier to carve out fantasy production from that role. Especially with Tyreke Evans returning after Holiday.
– Luol Deng (51% owned) – At the start of the season, I though Deng would have a good situation to be the veteran leader for the Lakers. Turns out that role was grabbed by Nick Young and Lou Williams. Deng has been awful in a Lakers jersey and should be dropped. He’s only averaging 5.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 0.7 triples and 0.7 steals on 30.6 percent shooting in 24.3 minutes per game. With Brandon Ingram’s role growing as the season progresses, it’ll be hard for Deng to have a significant role on this Lakers team.
– Matt Barnes (21% owned) – Barnes had a solid start to the season and Dave Joerger even placed him in the starting line up for a while. However, he’s clearly bothered by his rib injury. He’s probably one of the toughest players in the league but he’s not looking good right now. He’s only averaging 6.2 points on 32.3 percent shooting along with 5.8 rebounds, 0.6 threes, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks. It’s hard owning Barnes right now and as long as Rudy Gay is on the team, Barnes is going to get minutes as the stretch four which means he might go up against bigger dudes that could bang him up even more.
– JaMychal Green (19% owned) – A lot of people had an optimistic look for Green before the season started since he took over the starting job on the Grizzlies. But as the fourth option in the starting line up and Z-Bo right behind him, it’s a difficult situation for Green to perform. The Green we all saw last year disappeared behind the stars on the team. Over the past 5 games, he’s averaging 7.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.6 threes, 0.6 blocks and 0.2 steals in 25.8 minutes per game over his past 5 games. I think Green needs an injury situation that happens on the team for his value to go up.
– Tyus Jones (10% owned) – After two impressive performances from Jones which made him overtake Kris Dunn in the pecking order, he should be back to the waiver wire because of Rubio’s return. Rubio’s speedy recovery surprised a lot of people around the league since he was out listed out indefinitely. Poor Jones, it was fun while it lasted.
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