We’re approaching the start of a new week and it’s about time to look forward to your next matchup to take advantage of some good pickups and streaming options. That’s why you head to the waiver wire. We have injuries falling left, right and center, which means opportunities for some players to step up. I got you covered but let’s take a look at the schedule for the upcoming week.
Week 14 Schedule: Games Played
4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, GSW, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, NOR, NYK, OKC, PHI, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
3 Games: DAL, DEN, LAC, MEM, MIN, ORL, PHO, POR
2 Games: DET, LAL
Most of the teams play four games this week with Pistons and Lakers only having a two-game week. If you’re in a weekly lineup change league, Andre Drummond might be the only player I might consider starting. The rest of them, including Tobias Harris, Reggie Jackson, Lou Williams, etc. I would consider benching.
+ Raymond Felton (37% owned) – Chris Paul isn’t returning until March and point guard duties is going to Raymond Felton or Austin Rivers. Rivers is owned in too many leagues so doesn’t get a shoutout. Felton’s the more traditional point guard between the two so you’ll be getting the assists out of him. In their first game without Chris Paul, Felton got the start at point and finished with 10-4-8 with two steals in the loss against the Wolves. After that, Doc Rivers made the change against the Nuggets and decided to go big by staring Marreese Speights at the power forward and sliding everyone down and bumping Felton off the starting line up. He finished with 14-3-3 with two triples off the bench in the loss. Going small or going big didn’t work for the Clippers and they lost both of these games against below .500 teams. Doc Rivers is going to keep trying and alternating line ups but Felton is going to get his minutes and playing time for sure.
+ David Lee (28% owned) – I’ll be honest here. I thought Dewayne Dedmon was the add for Pau Gasol’s injury but it seems like David Lee is fitting in well with the starting unit. Previously when Gasol rested for two games, David Lee barely played 20 minutes per game and Dedmon got the bulk of the minutes. However, the two latest games that the Spurs played without Gasol, Lee is averaging 12.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 block in 34.4 minutes. Gasol isn’t returning until mid/late-February and until then, Lee is a must-own. He’s a good pick and roll player and a good passer which seems like the ideal replacement for Gasol. Lee was also an All-Star before so his quality is there.
+ Caris LeVert (20% owned) – The rookie is causing some buzz in Brooklyn with his latest breakout game against the Pelicans this week. He’s averaging 12.0 points, 2.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.8 threes and 1.5 steals in only 22.3 minutes in his last four games. Initially Kenny Atkinson wanted to slowly ease him in to the rotation but with his splendid play, he’s bound to see his minutes increasing. The Nets basically have nothing to play for and developing young players is their goal. So it’s a matter of when and not if on LeVert being fully unleashed. If you haven’t seen the rookie play ball, he’s a 6’7′ wing with super long wing span and Atkinson is playing him in multiple positions including SG, SF and PF while also having some ball handling responsibilities. The rookie is going to have his up’s and down’s but the Nets have one of the best playoff schedules and he’s worth an add for the long run. I project his minutes will probably be around 26-28 minutes by mid-February.
+ Frank Kaminsky (17% owned) – Frank The Tank isn’t the most reliably option in fantasy this season with his hot and cold stretches. However he is heating up as of late and with the Hornets having four games the coming week, a big man who can shoot threes with some boards isn’t that bad of an idea. In the past three games, Kaminsky is averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists with 2.3 steals, 2.3 triples and 0.7 blocks on 52.0 percent shooting on 25.3 minutes. During this span, he’s returning top-25 value. He’s sharing minutes with Marvin Williams and occasionally getting some center minutes as well. He’ll have his up’s and down’s so keeping him as a streaming option would be better than a long-term hold.
+ Iman Shumpert (13% owned) – Kyle Korver going to the Cavaliers might have lighted up some fire in Shumpert. He replaced DeAndre Liggins in the starting line up this week and he’s played really well. In the four games that he started, he’s averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 treys and 2.0 steals on 60.0 percent shooting in 30.8 minutes. In that span he’s top-15 player. Obviously, those percentages aren’t sustainable and if he can knock down them threes like this consistently, Korver isn’t going to get much of a run. He’s a two-way player and can sometimes even create off the dribble. Jr. Smith isn’t returning soon so if Shump gets 30 minutes every night, he can return some decent value of triples and steals for you.
– Rajon Rondo (59% owned) – After five DNP-CD , Rondo’s coming off the bench with the second unit and apart from one game, it hasn’t been great. The minutes are getting less as well. In the recent loss to the Kings, Rondo only played six minutes. In the last week, he’s averaging 1.5 points, 2.3 boards and 4.3 assists in 17.0 minutes per game. The 59 percent ownership is too high and Rondo should be dropped in all leagues. Unless you’re very desperate for some assists and steals and Rondo is your only option, he’s a drop.
– Rudy Gay (58% owned) – If you haven’t caught up with the news lately, Rudy Gay suffered a full rupture of his left Achilles tendon and is going to miss the rest of the season. He’s not even worth holding for keeper’s leagues or dynasty leagues. It’s unfortunate news for Gay as he was really looking forward to leave Sacramento but with an Achilles rupture like this, it’s likely he’ll opt in to his player option, unless he wants to take a pay cut. The add seems to be Garrett Temple with Anthony Tolliver and Matt Barnes in that order. But I wouldn’t really recommending adding Tolliver or Barnes as they’re pretty bad. Temple in his two starts since Gay went down, he’s averaging 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 triples and 1.5 blocks. He played over 30 minutes in both games and seems to be the best add on this dysfunctional Kings team.
– Moe Harkless (42% owned) – I’m a big Harkless fan even though I don’t own him in any of my leagues. He started off the first half of the season strong but with the Aminu’s strong play and a ton of wing depth on the Blazers team, Harkless is finding trouble on producing solid contribution. He was averaging close to 30 minutes per game but in the last two weeks, he’s seen that number fall down to 23.8 minutes per game and 19.4 minutes in the last week. In the last four games, he’s averaging 3.0 points, 1.5 board, 1.3 assists and 0.5 steals on 22.7 percent shooting. The Blazers won’t have a four-game week for the next six weeks so if you can afford to open that spot up for a streaming option or an add that’s better than Harkless then I would do it.
– Sean Kilpatrick (34% owned) – With the recent emergence of Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Kilpatrick has slowly seen his minutes coming down. He’s averaging 27.0 minutes per game for the season but only 25.6 minutes in the last week. That number is going to decline as the season goes on, especially when Jeremy Lin returns as well (who knows when that’s coming). He’s only averaging 8.3 points, 2.7 boards and 4.0 assists on 25.0 percent shooting in his last three games and you could do much better than Kilpatrick. His rest of the season outlook isn’t that bright either. Might as well cut bait now.
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