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 20% ownership in Yahoo! leagues. Let’s first take a look at the schedule for the upcoming week.
4 Games: ATL, CHA, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS
3 Games: BKN, BOS, CLE, MIL, NYK SAC, TOR, WAS
2 Games: CHI, UTA
+ Frank Kaminsky (13% owned) – Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky is a bit of a hit or miss when it comes to fantasy. However, in his last three games, he’s had two solid games and had an average of 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.0 treys and 1.7 steals in 27.7 minutes. Cody Zeller sat out in the most recent Hornets game against the Pelicans. Even though Hibbert got the start, Kaminsky played 36 minutes that game and his ability to stretch the floor fits in really well for the Hornets offensive system. Zeller is set for an MRI but Hornets don’t seem to be panicking just yet but Kaminsky is worth an add in a four game week.
+ Terrence Ross (9% owned) – Ross is known to be a streaky shooter since coming into the league and right now seems like it’s those string of games where he just hits shots. He’s averaging 15.0 points, 2.7 boards, 3.3 treys and 1.0 steal in his past three games. He’s earned himself some minutes ahead of Powell and Carroll, averaging 25.7 minutes during that span. The Raptors only have three games this week so there are some better streaming options for threes this coming week.
+ James Johnson (8% owned) – JJ was mentioned in last week’s adds and drops and and he’s continued his strong play since then. The problem with Johnson is consistency but that doesn’t seem like a problem this season for the Heat. He’s getting good minutes off the bench, averaging 25.3 minutes with 12.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 triples, 1.3 blocks and 0.9 steals per game for the past 2 weeks. He’s hitting his threes at a career high 36.3 percent this season, which is at a respectable rate. His competition isn’t that great as well. He’s up against the likes of Derrick Williams and Luke Babbitt and he’s been clearly outplaying them. Once Spolestra fully trusts JJ and gives him a 28-32 minutes role, his value will skyrocket.
+ Nik Stauskas (5% owned) – Sauce Castillo is consistent? Stauskas has now scored in double digits in six straight games. During that span, he’s averaging 14.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.5 triples, 1.2 steals on 66.0 percent shooting. He’s never been this hot in his career in the NBA and has carved himself a nice role off the bench. And with his hot shooting, Philly has won two of their last three games! I’d like to think Stauskas has a lot to do with this. Stauskas had a history of employing a sports psychologist to go through the mental struggles and clearly needs a little confidence boost in himself to play well. I think it’s safe to say his confidence is through the roof right now and that can lead to some great things. Sixers has four games this coming week and if you’re in need of a some good triples and some steals, Stauskas is what I would be aiming for even in standard leagues.
+ Alan Williams (1% owned) – Williams had himself a good summer league and earned a roster spot to start the season. With Tyson Chandler out with personal reasons, Watson went deep into the bench and he may have found something special in Williams. In his last two games where got meaningful minutes, he averaged 13.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 2.5 blocks. Obviously this doesn’t seem sustainable but as long as Chandler is missing time, he’ll get some run. He loves to gamble a lot on defense and that could win big in fantasy with steals and blocks. Chandler doesn’t seem to be out for a long time but deep leagues might want to take a risk for him.
– Greg Monroe (83% owned) – This is a tough one because Monroe is actually a solid player when given minutes, fantasy wise. But Coach Kidd doesn’t like him and opts to use Plumlee and Henson over Monroe. Over the last three games, he played a total of 9 minutes and picked up a DNP-CD in one of those games. It’s looking bad right now, especially with Henson inserted into the starting line up, I think Kidd will like his activity on the defensive end. The possibility of him being traded is quite high and Kidd would definitely take ten cent on the dollar for Monroe. No one knows when that is and the trade deadline isn’t until February. In shallow leagues like 8 or 10 teams, he’s definitely a drop, whereas a 12 team league, I would say wait it out for a bit and give it a week.
– Nikola Mirotic (80% owned) – This is a sad one. I’m personally a Mirotic owner and I haven’t cut bait. But upside or not, it’s about time to say our goodbyes. He’s been getting less minutes than last season and his defense has been anything but good. He’s averaging less than 20 minutes per game for the last two weeks and is stuck behind Taj Gibson in the pecking order. With Gibson’s solid play along with building a good chemistry with Robin Lopez, it doesn’t seem like anything is going to change. What makes it worse is that the Bulls are winning games. Oh and what makes it even worse than that is the fact that Mirotic can’t get more minutes with McDermott out for the past four games. He has an average of 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 triples in his last three games. Once you drop him, he’s probably going to get swooped up by another owner who thinks he has upside and the trend will continue. So if your team can take the hit and want to be patient then keep holding him but if there’s a better oyster out there, go take it and don’t look back.
– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (64% owned) – I was big on RHJ heading into this season and thought he’s a prime breakout candidate. Now that the season’s been going on for almost a month, RHJ hasn’t shown anything to impress me. With Jeremy Lin out, and Brook Lopez having an occasional maintenance day, RHJ should be trying to step up with a bigger role at least but that didn’t happen. He’s had sparks of brilliance, maybe like two games, but apart from that he’s been horrible. Even his rebounding and steals numbers isn’t as high as everyone projected it to be. He’s averaging 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 triples on 27.3 shooting in 22.4 minutes per game in his last three games and is trending down. The Nets got a lot of options on the wings and Atkinson is just trying to find the guy with the hot hand or playing with high energy and passion. RHJ is neither of those consistently and shallow leagues should be dropping him.
– Buddy Hield (43% owned) – With Jrue Holiday’s return and Tyreke Evans’ imminent return in two weeks, just how high of an upside does Hield have to be owned in 42 percent of the leagues. In the two games that Holiday played in, Hield played a total of 13 minutes, averaging 3.5 points. It hurts even more than Pelicans won those two games as well. Time to cut him.
– J.J. Barea (32% owned) – At the start of the week, Barea went down hurting himself in a non-contact play. Those are the scariest injuries. He’s ruled out for the next six weeks with a muscle tear somewhere near his left calf. It’s a shame because he was balling this season, returning top-75 value this season. Six weeks is a long time and if you don’t have an IL spot, you should be dropping him now.
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