Happy New Year everybody! Hope you all had a good time counting down or spending the night with friends, family and loved ones. Last week’s Adds and Drops took a brief hiatus due to Christmas break but now it’s back and it’s ready to help you out for the upcoming week! Let’s first take a look at the schedule for the upcoming week.
5 Games: UTA
4 Games: BRK, CHA, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, SAC, TOR, WAS
3 Games: ATL, BOS, CHI, DAL, DET, IND, MIN, NOP, PHI, POR, SAN
+ Malcolm Brogdon (27% owned) – His ownership percentage is climbing up at a rapid rate after a triple-double he dropped agains the Bulls. He’s taking full advantage of the opportunity that he’s having without Matthew Dellavedova and is very close to earning the starting point guard job. He’s only listed as a shooting guard but Yahoo! is going to get that sorted out real soon. The thing with rookies is that they’re inconsistent and sporadic so you can expect that from him but he’s definitely worth an add from his upside and his potential to get more minutes. In the past five games, he’s averaging 11.4 point, 4.0 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.0 triples and 1.0 steals on 67.6 percent shooting. He’s a top-60 player in that span and his outlook is looking brighter and brighter.
+ Marreese Speights (20 % owned) – Blake Griffin isn’t projected to return until January 24th but Speights’ playing time hasn’t really increased a whole lot because of his injury. He’s still the center for the second unit but he’s been on a tear and is giving the Clippers a scoring punch off the bench. In his last seven games, he’s averaging 13.1 points, 4.7 boards, 2.3 triples and 0.9 blocks on 47.6 percent from the field and 94.1 percent from the line in 20.2 minutes per game. His minutes are limited because of DeAndre Jordan but he’s been really shooting the ball really well. He’s a good three-point shooter but is on fire lately, averaging 48.4 percent from downtown in those seven games. He’s a top-70 player in that span and is worth adding for some unique combination of threes, boards and a block.
+ Shelvin Mack (4% owned) – There are a couple of reasons why I would recommend adding Shelvin Mack for this upcoming week only. First of all, George Hill got injured again and is now in the concussion protocol. Those can either take a long time or like a few days but considering he also needed more than 10 stitches to sew up that gash on his up, I think he’s going to miss some time (again…). Another reason why he at least deserves an add in 14-team leagues is that the Jazz has five games for the upcoming week and streaming that spot with Mack is going to be beneficial. He hasn’t been spectacular when he has the starting job, averaging 12.0 points, 4.2 assists, 1.2 triples and 1.0 steal in the six games he was a starter. However, if you add that up and compare the total stats to a player with a 3-game week, it’ll make a significant difference for you to win out some categories.
+ Justin Holiday (2% owned) – This is another deep league recommendation and I’m talking about 14 or 16-team leagues. Holiday is getting some run recently since Courtney Lee is out with some wrist problem. There’s no timetable on Lee’s wrist and still no word of him practising too. Just to give an example, Victor Oladipo missed 10 straight games with some wrist problems too. What makes Holiday’s situation even better is that Carmelo Anthony is having some soreness in the knee that he had two surgical operations on. I’m sure the Knicks are going to take it easy on Melo and Holiday will get minutes in both swingman spots. Holiday is averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 boards, 2.7 dimes, 2.3 triples, 2.0 steals and 0.7 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game in his last three games with Lee’s absent. He’s a top-45 player in that span and the Knicks is playing four games this week so he’s worth an add.
+ Thomas Robinson (2% owned) – This must be the deep league edition of Adds and Drops since I’m recommending another deep league add. Thomas Robinson has taken full advantage of Larry Nance’s and Tarik Black’s absence and flourished as a big man in the second unit. He probably carved himself a nice role for when they return but right now Larry Nance’s projected return is MLK day (January 15th) so that gives you one more week to take full advantage of Robinson’s contribution. In the last five games, he’s averaging 7.4 points, 9.0 boards and 0.8 blocks on 73.9 percent shooting and 75.0 percent from the line in 17.9 minutes. He’s grabbing these stats with less than 20 minutes of playing time so imagine if one of the starting bigs gets into foul trouble, Robinson’s numbers would be insane. His high field goal probably doesn’t seem to affect much because of low volume but if you add that up with the four games he’s playing this week, it’ll have a significant impact.
– Chandler Parsons (66% owned) – This is a tough one and it’s very dependent on your team’s situation. If you’re comfortably at the top and still winning for a playoff spot then keeping Chandler Parsons is a good idea. However, if your team is struggling with making the playoffs, dropping Parsons would be a good idea to open a streamer spot. Many people underestimate what a streamer can do especially in leagues where you don’t have limits on transactions. He’s definitely a drop in 10-team leagues and 12-team leagues is also a sure thing. He doesn’t have the INJ label so you can’t really put him in the IL spot as well. He’s averaging 14.8 minutes in his last five games and seems to have a minute cap for at least until February. He’s also a candidate to sit out on back-to-back’s and I haven’t even mentioned the rust that he can’t shake off.
– Marcus Morris (55% owned) – The Pistons are losing games and Stan Van Gundy is trying to find whatever works for the team to get it going. He’s changing the lineups, moving Jon Leuer to the starting unit and Tobias Harris off the bench and it wasn’t working as well. Now that Marcus Morris is dealing with some soreness in his knee, I think SVG is going to use it as an opportunity to move him to the bench permanently. He’s been struggling with his shot as of late in the starting unit, even with teammates finding him good looks. Morris isn’t a player that can create his own shot and lead the second unit in scoring to me and I think he’s going to struggle in that role as well. He’s averaging 9.2 points, 3.2 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.0 three while shooting 24.5 percent from the field in his last five games. He’s not really worth owning in standard leagues.
– Jamal Crawford (48% owned) – I’m surprised Jamal Crawford’s ownership is that high. He’s been returning outside top-200 value for the season and doesn’t really contribute much to anything apart from free throws. His threes are average at best and his field goal percentage is one of the worst in the league. He’s a streamer at best for when Clippers have back-to-back games. In theory, he’s a good add for the last couple of weeks since Blake, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick missed games but in his last three games, he scored a combined 12 points and even dropped an egg in his latest game. He’s averaging 17.2 percent in his last three games and only hit one triple in that span. What’s to love with this kind of production?
– Brandon Ingram (45% owned) – Let’s first take a look at the rankings. 347 for the season, 371 in the last two weeks, and 353 for the last week. I know he’s supposed to be a good add for the second half of the season but I fail to see what kind of aspects is Ingram going to magically improve that will benefit any fantasy teams. He’s not scoring, no triples, no assists, no steals and no blocks, with low field goal percentage and low free throw percentage. It’s not like he’s going to get a bump in minutes because Luke Walton doesn’t roll that way. Plus Ingram is already averaging 30.1 minutes in the last week and he’s still averaging 6.0 points, 4.7 boards, 1.0 assists with 0.0 in threes, steals and blocks per game. I mean he’s definitely someone to have on your dynasty team or like if you’re in a hardcore keepers league but he’s still years away from being fantasy relevant.
– Tim Frazier (41% owned) – Poor Tim Frazier. He started off the season strong and even had good stretches of playing next to Jrue Holiday but it wasn’t meant to be. He picked up DNP-CD’s in his last two games and seems to have lost his spot on the rotation. Even for when he does play, he hasn’t played more than 10 minutes since Tyreke Evan’s return. It’s time to move on from Frazier and it’s hard for him to have any value unless Jrue gets hurt or he gets picked up from another team.
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