After a brief Thanksgiving hiatus, BFantasyHoops is back. Hope you guys had a good Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones. Now that 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, BOS, CHA, DET, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAC, TOR, UTA
3 Games: BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, MIL, NOR, OKC, SAS, WAS
2 Games: IND, PHO, POR
+ Jamal Murray Ross (23% owned) – Even though Denver has three games coming up this week, Murray’s super hot and is definitely a must-own until the Will Barton and Gary Harris injuries clear up. The rookie is getting more run in the past week and has definitely rewarded Mike Malone as the Denver went .500 in the past four games. He’s averaging 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.3 treys in 28.5 minutes, returning top-40 value in that span. He’s shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 56.5 percent from downtown and 84.2 percent from the free throw line. Rookies have their hot and cold stretches but he’s definitely hot right now and owners should ride along with it as he’s only going to improve throughout the season.
+ Frank Kaminsky (15% owned) – This is the second mention for Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky in Adds and Drops. He’s getting some injury luck on his team. Last week he got some extra run from because of Cody Zeller’s injured shoulder. This week, it’s Marvin Williams hyper-extended knee that’s going to cause him to miss one week. Kaminsky got the start at power forward and played 35 and 40 minutes in their two games against the Knicks. He’s averaging 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 triples and 0.8 blocks in 31.4 minutes in the last week. And he’s not even hitting his shots yet. The surprisingly, he’s been also contributing to some solid assists coming from the big man spot. Charlotte has four games this week but Kaminsky should be a good add for rest of the season as he has carved up some minutes for both the center and power forward spot.
+ JaMychal Green (13% owned) – Memphis has been rolling lately, winning seven of their last eight games, with six of their wins coming from the road. Green’s emergence has played a part to Memphis’ recent success. Green started off the season slow but seems to have shaken off the early struggles, averaging 13.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 0.8 threes and 0.8 blocks on 67.6 percent shooting and 81.0 percent from the line in 31.6 minutes. Randolph is going to miss a few games I presume with his father passing away on Thanksgiving. Green is going to get more minutes from that and should return solid production. The Grizzlies have four games every week for the next three weeks, which makes Green a really attractive asset.
+ Patrick Patterson (8% owned) – With Jared Sullinger still out, 2Pat is getting the bulk of the minutes but he hasn’t been producing the goodies until last week. Patterson seems to have found his shot, scoring in double digits in three of his last four games. He’s averaging 10.3 points, 5.3 boards, 2.5 triples and 1.8 steals while shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from range and perfect from the line for the past week. With Raptors having four games for the upcoming week, Patterson would be a good source of rebounds and threes from the wire while his shot is falling.
+ Jose Calderon (1% owned) – Calderon’s a deep league recommendation if you’re in need of some assists and some triples. With D’Angelo Russell out for 2-3 weeks, Calderon has gotten the start for the Lakers. He’s not going to get heavy minutes since Walton likes to go deep to his bench, plus he’s going to share minutes with Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and sometimes even Marcelo Huertas. But he is savvy enough to dish out solid but cheap production from the waiver. Within the past week, he’s averaging 8.7 points, 3.7 boards, 5.3 assists, 2.0 triples and 1.0 steal in 23.5 minutes of play. The Lakers have four consecutive weeks with four games and that makes Calderon a decent streamer during the time that Russell is out.
– Aaron Gordon (88% owned) – This is a tricky one. If you have read my previous stuff, I thought Gordon had the potential and opportunity to be like a mini-Shawn Marion. But since his demotion to the second unit and still playing out of position at the small forward. For the past two weeks, Gordon is averaging 8.7 points, 3.6 boards, 0.9 triple, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in 23.1 minutes. He’s below average in pretty much every category except turnovers and has been really bad. It’s not like Jeff Green has been outplaying him by a lot too. Gordon’s rank on BBM is 334 in the last two weeks and Green’s rank is 328. With Vooch, Ibaka and Biyombo occupying the two big man spots, Frank Vogel is forced to play Gordon on the wing but it just won’t work. I still think one of the big man will get traded before the trade deadline, which might open up some minutes for Gordon at the four. If you’re in shallow leagues or you’re already climbing a steep mountain in standard leagues, I would try and stream that spot but if you’re sitting comfortably in the standings, I’d hold onto Gordon for a bit.
– Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (63% owned) – I talked a little about RHJ last week and said he was a breakout candidate for me but one week later, noting seems to change and is still continuing his poor performance. Since his last mention, RHJ is averaging 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal in 21.3 minutes in his last five games. He even hurt his ankle a little bit and might miss a couple of games. With Lin returning soon, Kilpatrick will be pushed back to the wing positions and minutes will be shared in Kenny Atkinson’s system. Is he really worth owning when he’s returning outside top-200 value?
– Dario Saric (56% owned) – Since being demoted to the bench, Saric has had his hot and cold moments, as expected with a rookie. He definitely has some upside but when you get demoted and being outplayed by Ersan Ilyasova, I don’t think it’s looking good. The Sixers are putting veteran players around Embiid in the starting line up with Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, and Ersan so Saric has been coming off the bench for the past six games. But since Bayless’ return, Saric is averaging 3.3 points, 5.3 boards, 1.7 dimes, 0.7 triples on 18.8 percent from the field in 20.4 minutes for the past three games. That’s really bad and with Ben Simmons imminent return in maybe January of February, What real value would Saric really bring to standard leagues?
– Sergio Rodriguez (36% owned) – I though the Spanish Chocolate was a good fit on some specific builds on teams this year. I also thought his passing ability fits well with Embiid on the floor. However, Jerryd Bayless returned from his wrist injury and got promoted to the starting line up after two games. In the game where Bayless started, Rodriguez only played 14 minutes and dropped an egg. With the Sixers moving forward with Bayless as the point guard, it’s time to cut Rodriguez.
– John Henson (17% owned) – I was excited when Jason Kidd gave Henson the starting position but that trend only lasted for five games. He didn’t really explode in terms of rebounds and blocks, only averaging 7.0 points, 5.3 boards and 1.5 blocks in 22.1 minutes in his last four games as a starter. It’s not bad but apparently, it isn’t good enough for Kidd. Instead, Kidd opted to go back to Miles Plumlee as the starter, gave Monroe 19 minutes and Henson got a DNP-CD. The center situation is a mess in Milwaukee. Just last week I mentioned it was Monroe that should be cut. The situation is causing a lot of frustration but once one of the centers (most likely Monroe) gets traded, the minutes will become more consistent. Meanwhile, save yourself from the misery.
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