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. We got some crazy schedules for the upcoming week so let’s take a look at that first.
5 Games: CHI
4 Games: BKN, DET, HOU, LAL, MIN, NYK, OKC
3 Games: ATL, BOS, CLE, DAL, MEM, MIL, NOR, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
2 Games: CHA, GSW, LAC, MIA, PHO
1 Game: DEN, IND
Wow! We have teams like the Bulls playing five games while the Pacers and the Nuggets are playing a single game this week. If you have Nikola Jokic and you’re going up against Jimmy Butler, you’re pretty much done for the week. If you’re playing in weekly lineup leagues, you need to sit any Nuggets and Pacers players you have and that’s including Nikola Jokic and Paul George. We also have teams who are playing two games as well and that’s a pretty big handicap compared to the 4-game teams.
+ T.J. McConnell (21% owned) – T.J. McConnell has played really well in his last three games as a starter since Sergio Rodriguez went down with an ankle injury. In the three games that McConnell started, he’s averaging 10.7 points, 4.3 boards, 11.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 triples in 35.9 minutes. That’s some crazy numbers and assists are hard to find in the waiver. He’s a top-60 player in that span and he’s feeding the rock to the bigs really well while establishing great chemistry with them. McConnell started only four games this season but the Sixers have a 3-1 record when he starts. Rodriguez is due to come back this coming week but T.J. might have carved himself some minutes with these performances and may even keep the starting gig. He’s bigger, younger and a better defender than Rodriguez so Brett Brown must play him more right? He’s worth an add in 12-team leagues if you need assists this coming week and have someone worth cutting.
+ Tim Hardaway Jr. (16% owned) – I wrote about the Kyle Korver trade and the fantasy implications recently that you can read here (shameless plug). We have a sample size of two games of “life without Korver” for the Hawks. Those two games were enough to see that Hardaway Jr.’s value is increasing. Both games, he played above 25 minutes off the bench with Bazemore and Sefolosha starting but the Hawks are going to run a very tight three-man wing rotation and maybe some Tauren Prince for some garbage time. What makes him more worthy of an add is that he’s hot right now, averaging 19.3 points and 4.3 threes on 59.6 percent shooting in his last four games. Obvious the percentage isn’t sustainable but he’s also not that bad of a shooter, averaging 44.7 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from threes. In their latest game, Sefolosha only played 18 minutes and Budenholzer elected to use Hardaway more that game. He’s worth an add, simply because Sefolosha can’t drop points and Bazemore is probably the most inconsistent starter in the NBA this season.
+ Doug McDermott (10% owned) – With the Bulls playing five games this upcoming week, Dougie McBuckets is a no-brainer add even in 12-team leagues. He’s a good streaming option for threes and points for this week. What makes him even more attractive is that Hoiberg is trusting him and Nikola Mirotic more, while Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez are both trending down. The Bulls needs spacing and both Mirotic and McDermott are their best options for floor stretchers. McDermott is averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 boards, 2.0 threes and 0.8 steals in 32.5 minutes in his last four games. His latest game, he had 17 points and 10 boards in 38 minutes in the win against the Raptors. The Bulls have won their last three games and Hoiberg would stick to this winning formula so McDermott is worth an add in 12-team leagues.
+ Mike Muscala (7% owned) – Muscala isn’t an add for week 12 but more of an add for the rest of the season. Paul Millsap is very likely going to get traded before the trade deadline but the Hawks may not want to leave it to the very last minute in February. They did their Korver deal very early and it’s only going to create a domino effect. When Millsap gets traded, Muscala is going to be promoted to the starting line up. He’s been playing with low minutes that’s been hindering his value, averaging 21.0 per game. He only played in two games with 30 or more minutes and those two games, he managed to score 16 or more points in both of them. Muscala’s per 36 numbers are also pretty attractive too, 13.6 points, 6.4 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.4 triples, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals. He’s a skilled big and is capable of getting the triple-one when given the opportunity. If you’re comfortably at the top-half of your league, stashing Muscala wouldn’t be that bad of an idea.
+ Donatas Motiejunas (1% owned) – My deep league recommendation for this week. Motiejunas has played his first game this season for the Pelicans. Surprisingly, he played 20 minutes last game without much practice with his teammates. He had 11 points, five boards, four assists and a three in his season debut. He played a lot of three this game, next to Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis while people were speculating that he will be in another a positional battle with Jones. With D-Mo in the picture, the Pelicans will go small a lot with Davis at the five. D-Mo’s role is to spread the floor and he’s capable of hitting the occasional three. In his best season with the Rockets, he shot 37 percent from range and Gentry likes bigs who can shoot. The other reason why I would recommend giving him an add in 14-team or 16-team leagues is because his competition for minutes is Terrence Jones, Dante Cunningham and Solomon Hill. The competition isn’t that tough and as the season progresses, Motiejunas’ role will grow.
– Rajon Rondo (65% owned) – Rajon Rondo should be dropped in every single league imaginable. He’s not a part of the rotation anymore and is the third string point guard behind Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant. He’s missed the last four games all due to DNP-CD and clearly there’s some tension between him and Fred Hoiberg. Only injuries or if he gets traded is going to help Rondo’s value now. I doubt he would get traded though and even if he did, a Rondo’s style of play doesn’t really fit into today’s game. Hurry up and drop him already.
– Jahlil Okafor (62% owned) – I wouldn’t really recommend dropping him like immediately but more of a keep an eye out for his situation type of thing. He recently picked up a DNP-CD against the Celtics and it’s not because of rest. Nerlens Noel also outplayed him and had a strong performance which doesn’t bode well for Okafor’s stock. In the game that he played on January 3rd against the Wolves, he only played in 10 minutes while only having two points and four boards. Noel seems to have climbed the pecking order for the second string center too. I’m sure Okafor won’t get DNP’s every night as Brett Brown said it’s more of a matchup thing but between Okafor and Noel, Noel seems to be the better fit in the Sixers and it should be Okafor that should be traded but that’s just my take. Like I said, keep an eye out on this situation.
– Chandler Parsons (61% owned) – This guy is still on a minutes restriction and will have one for the foreseeable future. He’s also bound to rest games for back-to-back sets and the Grizzlies are treating him very carefully. Even when he plays, he looks slow, he lays the ball up instead of dunking it and doesn’t have the legs to shoot his really flat jump shots. He’s averaging 15.0 minutes per game for the past two weeks and is averaging 17.8 minutes for the season. He hasn’t played in more than 17 minutes in any game since he came back from bone bruise in his knee. When you have more Instagram posts than minutes played, you’re not worth owning. I guess deep leagues like 16-team or 18-team can stash him for when he gets his minutes restriction gets lifted but shallower leagues should drop him.
– Justise Winslow (37% owned) – Winslow didn’t have his breakout year that some people expected, averaging 10.9 points, 5.2 boards and 3.7 assists while adding 1.4 steals on 35.4 percent shooting. It’s a decent improvement but his offensive game isn’t polished yet. It’s a shame that he’s out for the season with a torn labrum and requires surgery to repair it. He’s out for the season and should be dropped everywhere. The biggest benefactor so far looks to be James Johnson followed by Tyler Johnson. If they’re in any wires, go and grab them.
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