It’s Saturday! The weekly edition of Adds and Drops is back! 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. Got some major pick up’s this week due to some unfortunate injuries. But first let’s first take a look at the schedule for the upcoming week.
4 Games: BKN, CHA, DAL, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, NOR, ORL, POR, SAC, TOR, WAS
3 Games: ATL, BOS, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, MIL, NYK, OKC, PHI, PHO, SAS, UTA
2 Games: MIN
Looking at the schedule, owners of KAT, LaVine, Wiggins, Dieng are going to have a rough week. In terms of streamers, you’re going to want to avoid the Minnesota players, such as Aldrich and Bjelica. Fortunately, we have no teams who are going to have five-game weeks so that’s pretty balanced.
+ Dwight Powell (25% owned) – With Andrew Bogut hyperextending his knee, it’s going to cost him 2-4 weeks but I’m thinking it’s going to be near the 4 weeks or maybe even longer since it’s Bogut and the tanking Mavs we’re talking about. He’s not the starter and Rick Carlisle isn’t unleashing him just yet. However, in a timeshare with Salah Mejri, Powell is still producing top-50 value in the last two weeks. He was starting to produce before Bogut’s injury. He’s averaging 10.0 points, 5.8 boards, 1.4 steals, 0.5 blocks on 61.5 percent shooting and 84.2 percent from the line. He’s fantasy friendly and has pretty awesome percentages. He’s a good long term add as well with Bogut’s name swirling around the rumour mill. He’s going to be better in the second half of the season.
+ Tony Allen (17%owned) – The 34-year old veteran is looking really good lately. With the Grizzlies short handed, they’re leaning on veterans such as himself and Marc Gasol to lead by example. Allen is averaging 15.5 points, 8.0 boards and 2.0 steals per game on 60.5 percent shooting in 33.8 minutes in the past 4 games. He even dropped 19 points against Warriors in a blowout win. Grizzlies have now won six straight games with the last two against Blazers and Warriors. Somehow Memphis are still fifth in the West and Allen’s recent play has played a big part in their early success. He’s a must-own if you’re punting threes, but if you’re in need with some elite source of steals, Allen is one of the best.
+ Andre Roberson (15% owned) – Roberson’s been getting a lot of slack for him not being an offensive player. But if you watch him defensively, he’s a beast. In the two games against the Rockets, you could see Roberson being a pest to James Harden. In the two games they matched up with each other, Harden shot 25.6 percent! His name should be mentioned in the all-defensive team at the end of the year. What’s even more surprising, Roberson actually worked on his threes in the offseason, shooting a somewhat respectable 32.3 percent from range. That’s better than some players that are labelled “shooters” such as Tim Hardaway, Robert Covington, Mike Dunleavy and Nikola Mirotic to name a few. He’s averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 boards, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 triples and 1.2 steals in the past two weeks. He’s been close to averaging a triple one for the entire season. If you like those goodies, Roberson is your guy.
+ Shelvin Mack (4% owned) – Who knows when George Hill is returning. I googled previous toe sprains in the last few years in the league and they usually don’t take this long. It’s been almost 10 days for Hill and I think he’s going to miss a couple more. Meanwhile, Shelvin Mack might be a good short-term add for deep leagues who are in need of some assists. He’s averaging 11.8 points, 5.3 assists, 2.5 boards, 1.3 threes and 1.0 steals in 31.2 minutes. If those are the stats that you need, he’s a good streaming option for one more week before Hill returns.
+ Malcolm Brogdon (3% owned) – This is a deep league recommendation. Brogdon’s a second round rookie that the Bucks stole. He’s the primary ball handler in the second unit for the Bucks and Kidd is already trusting him with 20+ minutes on the floor. In the past three games, he’s averaging 12.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 treys and 1.7 steals on 56.5 percent shooting in 24.2 minutes. He’s a rookie so he’s going to have his ups and downs but what remains consistent is his ability to hit from range. He’s hitting 46.9 percent from downtown and the Bucks needs every help they can get in terms for three point shooting. He’s trending up and deep leagues may want to give him a look.
– Monta Ellis (75% owned) – I thought Ellis’ fantasy value couldn’t get any lower until he dropped an egg against his old team. During those times when Paul George and C.J. Miles were injured, Ellis never took that opportunity to elevate his game for the Pacers. Now that they’re back healthy, Ellis has not been productive and is doing more harm than good for fantasy teams. He was averaging 31.4 minutes per game for the season but that number has fallen to 25.4 minutes in the past five games. During that span, he’s only averaging 7.6 points, 2.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 threes on 39.3 percent shooting. In his latest game against the Blazers, he didn’t return in the second half from a sore groin. It’s looking rough and I’m suggesting you should drop him.
– Andrew Bogut (42% owned) – He hyperextended his knee last week and is scheduled to miss 2-4 weeks. Since a week has already passed by, I’m guessing he’ll have three more weeks on the shelf since he’s a pretty slow healer. Also, the Mavericks don’t really need to rush Bogut back since they solidified their status as the worst team in the league. Bogut is only contributing some good source of rebounds but last time I checked, we play 8-cats or more. You can drop him if you don’t have an IL spot, no point stashing a low-end player.
– Ish Smith (34% owned) – Reggie Jackson is back so Ish Smith’s value takes a big hit. If you owned him for the first quarter of the season, hopefully you got something in return. In the past week, he’s averaging 7.0 points, 5.0 assists, 2.5 boards, 0.5 steals and 0.5 treys in 23.0 minutes. Not spectacular numbers and it’s only going to get worse as Jackson’s workload continues to ramp up.
– Wayne Ellington (30% owned) – The Heat was really short handed in the past week or two, with players like Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Luke Babbitt and Dion Waiters all on the shelf. During that span, Ellington was hitting his threes consistently, averaging 2.6 threes along with 13.8 points. But in his latest game he’s slowed down and only played in 25 minutes. That’s because Josh Richardson came back. Now imagine when Winslow, Waiters and Babbitt all returning. It’s going to be hard for Ellington to keep this up.
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