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. Let’s see what kind of Christmas presents we can take from the wire. But first let’s first take a look at the schedule for the upcoming week.
4 Games: BOS, CHI, CLE, GSW, LAL, LAC, MIN, OKC, SAS
3 Games: ATL, BKN, DAL, DEN, DET, HOU, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, NOR, NYK, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS
2 Games: CHA, PHI, TOR
Raptors, Hornets and Sixers two games for this upcoming week and streamers like Belinelli, Ross, Bebe and T.J. McConnell don’t really get a deserved mention in today’s edition. You may want to leave those guys on the waiver.
+ Tony Allen (31% owned) – He was mentioned last week and his percentage owned went from 17% to 31% since then. However, he’s been really solid and that ownership percentage should be way higher. The Grizzlies are no longer short handed, yet Allen continues to provide elite steals, good boards and field goal percentages. In the last week, Allen is still averaging 12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals on 45.7 percent shooting in 31.3 minutes. It’s a slight drop since Conley’s return but this kind of production is going to be consistent and is top-100 value. There were some trade rumours about Memphis open to offers for Allen but I’m not too worried about it.
+ Thabo Sefolosha (25% owned) – What’s surprising is that Thabo is actually returning top-70 value for the season and yet he’s still under-owned. His points may not be high but he’s a solid contributor to the stats that nobody gives much attention too in the wire. Now that he’s the starting small forward, replacing Kyle Korver, Thabo’s role and minutes are trending up. The more minutes he has, the more fantasy goodies he can produce. In the past five games where Thabo was a starter, he’s averaging 9.0 points, 5.2 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 threes in 29.2 minutes. The threes can certainly be better as he was only averaging 23.1 percent from downtown in that span when he’s a career 34.3 percent shooter from range. He’s a potential triple one with good boards and good solid percentages.
+ Brandon Jennings (21% owned) – Jennings is only a good add for some certain teams when Rose is out. His field goal percentage and turnovers can hurt you really bad but if you need some guard stats with some threes, assists and steals, Jennings might be a good short term add for this week. Rose missed two games because of a back problem then came returned to play two games but he wasn’t quite 100%. He tried to return too early and clearly made things even worse. There’s no timetable on Rose just yet, so Jennings is the starting point guard for the mean time. In the four games that he was a starter, Jennings is averaging 13.3 points, 5.8 assists, 3.8 boards, 0.8 threes and 0.8 steals. His shots aren’t falling as usual, averaging 37.8 percent for the season, which is right about the same as the last couple of years, so keep that in mind when picking him up.
+ Marquese Chriss (8% owned) – Let’s get this straight, Chriss isn’t going to be the Draymond Green of Phoenix Suns this season. But he has looked good and versatile at the power forward spot. Earl Watson is committed to give him more minutes now and his playing time is only going to get better as the season goes on. In the past week, Chriss’ playing time bumped up to 28.7 minutes per game, when his season averages is at 17.1 minutes. He’s also averaging 10.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 treys, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals in the past three games. His potential for triple one’s but we have to remember he’s still a rookie so consistency is going to be the real issue with Chriss. His upside is certainly appealing and if there’s a time to grab him for the long term, it’s now.
+ Willy Hernangomez (3% owned) – This one’s for the deep leagues that needs some boards and blocks. Before this week, Willy has been getting sporadic minutes and a couple of DNP-CD’s for the Knicks. He was the third string center behind Joakim Noah and Kyle O’Quinn. In the game against the Lakers last week, Kyle O’Quinn missed out and Willy took advantage of that opportunity and hauled in six points and 12 boards in under 20 minutes. Since then, Hernangomez has been rewarded with back-to-back games with 20 or more minutes, especially with his latest game against the Nuggets. He had 17 points, 10 boards and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. In that game, he was in front of O’Quinn in the pecking order. The sample size is small so that’s why I say this is a deep league add but when Willy get’s minutes, he can produce some solid big man stats. In the seven games where he played more than 19 minutes, he’s averaging 8.7 points, 9.3 boards and 1.0 block per game on 50.9 percent shooting. I think he carved himself a nice role and his chemistry with Porzingis is good. Joakim Noah is injury prone and always seems to miss a game here and there, so why not take a flier on Big Willy.
– Nikola Mirotic (63% owned) – Why is this guy still owned in 63% of the leagues in Yahoo!? It’s clear that Fred Hoiberg has no trust in this guy. This guy got a DNP-CD, his first ever since his NBA career. And he sulked about it and missed the next practice or shoot around. What reason did he give? He simply had “forgotten” about it. He got fined by the team and had another DNP-CD. After all these shenanigans, Hoiberg came out and said he won’t commit to get Mirotic back in the rotation. He praised his attitude but we all know it’s a publicity stunt right? Before this, he wasn’t even producing so why is he even worth owning? I held on to Mirotic for as long as I could and only dropped him two weeks ago but things just keep getting worse for this man.
– Jusuf Nurkic (55% owned) – As Nikola Jokic was playing tremendously off the bench, we probably all saw this move coming right? The move to promote Jokic over Nurkic is pretty inevitable and to be honest, if it didn’t happen sooner or later, Mike Malone would never get a job in the league again. What made things worse for Nurkic is the fact that he didn’t get demoted to the second string center. He got bumped down all the way to the third string behind Kenneth Faried. In the two games he came off the bench, he played in a combined 12 minutes! He wasn’t even producing when he was getting below 20 minutes so there’s no reason to keep him any longer.
– Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (44% owned) – When are we going to label MKG as a bust? He’s the second overall pick of the 2012 draft. Imagine if Hornets picked someone like Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes, Evan Fournier, Jae Crowder, Khris Middleton and I’m only naming the wings from that draft, so it’s not including Dame, Drummond and Draymond. The Hornets would be a lot more scarier if the other guys listed were drafted on their team. Back to fantasy, MKG has been seeing his minutes trending down lately. His season average was at 28.5 minutes per game but it dropped to 22.5 in the last two weeks. In that span, he’s averaging 6.6 points, 5.8 boards, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks. He’s not closing out games and is being outplayed by Marco Belinelli. He’ll probably keep his starting spot as Belinelli is a good fit with the second unit but he won’t have enough minutes to have any production.
– Will Barton (58% owned) – I wouldn’t say he’s a drop yet since he’s still producing. But you might want to ship him out to another team with value returning. Don’t ask for a lot though because you’re probably working within a time frame. The reason I say this is because Gary Harris returned and looked really good! The new starting lineup of Mudiay, Harris, Gallinari, Chandler and Jokic is playing lights out ball right now. Yes, Barton can come off the bench and produce the good stuff like last year but what’s different is that he also has Jamal Murray right behind him. As the season progresses and the halfway mark coming up, I’m thinking Murray will get more playing time. Just keep an eye out on Barton because he may still have some value. Gallo and Chandler aren’t the most durable guys in the league.
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