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. It’s a weird one in this week’s edition of Adds and Drops. We’ve got the All-Star break coming up and it’ll be two short weeks for week 17 and 18. In Yahoo! leagues, they’re combining week 17 and 18 together.
Week 17: Games Played
3 Games: BOS, IND
2 Games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, DEN, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
1 Game: HOU, NYK
Week 18 Schedule: Games Played
3 Games: CHA, DEN, LAC
2 Games: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
Week 17 + 18: Games Played
5 Games: BOS, CHA, DEN, IND, LAC, NOR
4 Games: ATL, BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
3 Games: HOU, NYK
Just looking at the above schedules, streamers you would want to avoid no matter what comes from the Rockets and the Knicks. This includes, Brandon Jennings, Kyle O’Quinn, Sam Dekker etc.
+ Matt Barnes (32% owned) – Barnes was considered the biggest pickup after Rudy Gay suffered from a torn achilles. It wasn’t the case. It took Garrett Temple tearing his hamstring for Barnes to fully surface up to fantasy radars. In the last four game Matt Barnes is getting more run and is averaging 12.3 points, 9.5 boards, 4.0 assists with 2.3 triples, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks on 51.6 percent shooting from the field in 30.3 minutes. That’s good enough to be a top-40 player in that span. Rudy Gay won’t return, while Casspi has been missing games and Temple is due to return in 2-3 weeks. He should be owned in standard leagues, especially if he can keep up the rebounding rate. He’s playing a lot of small ball four while also guarding the opposing best player. He’s getting a lot of opportunities and the 36-year old will probably continue to stuff the stat sheet.
+ Maurice Harkless (29% owned) – Remember when Harkless was a top-70 player to start the season off. He was supposedly the ‘pick up of the year’ before Al Farouq Aminu returned from his injury and Harkless got demoted to the bench. However, Evan Turner fractured his hand this week and is likely to miss a month or more, which means Harkless gets inserted into the starting line up. Harkless plays significantly better whenever he’s in the starting line with averages of 11.3 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 triples, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks on 49.0 percent shooting. He’s a triple-one threat and he’s sort of playing like the Marvin Williams’ role for the Blazers. A wing who’s so versatile that they can do a bit of everything. He’s going to get more opportunities and whilst he might not see 30 minutes a game, he can still produce with 25-28 minutes per game.
+ Andre Roberson (14% owned) – Roberson is a better player in real life than he is on fantasy. That’s usually the case for defensive specialists who don’t have a polished offensive game. However, Billy Donovan is giving him an extended run in his past four games. He’s done a solid job on LeBron James and Kevin Durant this week and is also contributing to a lot of fantasy goodies. He’s averaging 9.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks in 36.6 minutes per game in his last four games. Before this week, he’s only exceeded 30 minutes once out of six games. He’ll hurt you in your free throws but he doesn’t take enough to hurt you that much. If you’re punting threes, free throws or just generally desperate for boards, steals and blocks, Roberson is your guy.
+ Ish Smith (13% owned) – Smith has been outplaying Reggie Jackson for the last two weeks. He’s still getting the short end of the stick but he’s quietly producing enough to warrant an add in 14-team leagues and definitely 16-team leagues. In the last two weeks, Smith is averaging 11.0 points, 2.7 boards and 5.0 assists on 67.3 percent shooting in 21.1 minutes. The shooting isn’t sustainable but assists are hard to come by in the waiver wire and Smith provides a decent source. Jackson’s name is also being thrown around in the rumour mill and it doesn’t seem like SVG wants Jackson as their future point guard going forward. If he does get traded and the Pistons don’t get a point guard in return, Smith is going to be unleashed.
+ Thon Maker (4% owned) – Thon Maker started in his last two games, one as a power forward and one as a center. He’s getting more run and minutes due to the ACL injury suffered by Jabari Parker, which will cause him to miss an entire calendar year. Maker’s got some major upside to his game and he’s one of those new bigs who could shoot, athletic and block shots off the weak side. In his game against the Pacers on Saturday night, Maker finished 12 points, three 3-pointers and two steals in 22 minutes. Jason Kidd even benched John Henson and made him a DNP-CD in this game for Maker to start at center. He’s shooting 15-of-27 from the 3-point line this season and is giving the Bucks much needed spacing. I don’t like using per 36 numbers but you can see his potential upside. His per 36 numbers are 18.2 points, 7.9 boards, 2.9 triples, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals. He’s trending up and the rookie is starting to earn Kidd’s trust, which makes him a low-risk, nice upside stash. 14-team and 16-team leagues should take a look at Maker.
– Jabari Parker (59% owned) – Another ACL injury that’s happened to the NBA brotherhood. This time it’s Jabari Parker and what makes it even worse is that it’s the second ACL he’s torn in three years. He surprised a lot of people when he came back from his injury the first time and the athleticism didn’t seem to fade. This is the second time around and I’m hoping he’ll have a good recovery and return back to this season’s form. He’s scheduled for a 12-month rehab so he’ll be back by this time next year. I won’t be drafting him for next season’s draft as the Bucks would likely ease his way in. In terms of the pick up, I talked about Thon Maker but Michael Beasley might also get a bit of run. He was the starting power forward in the game against the Pacers but it was Mirza Teletovic that shone brighter than Beasley. Both of them will share minutes going forward but who knows what Jason Kidd is going to do game in game out.
– Chandler Parsons (46% owned) – Parsons is a 28-year old washed up player who can barely get any lift off the floor to dunk the ball. It feels like he’s a 40-year old playing ball. He’s not fast enough to guard wing players anymore and his best position might actually be the power forward nowadays. Unfortunately, he’s no better than Zach Randolph and Jamychal Green so he’ll be stuck playing the three. Parson’s shot mechanic require a lot of legs to get off a really low-arched flat shot and when he doesn’t have his legs, it feels like his shot is barely above the rim at its apex. He’s still resting and it doesn’t seem like Fizdale will give him more minutes since he doesn’t even produce in the 21.4 minutes he’s been averaging in the last month. He’s shooting at a horrible 27.5. percent from the field in that span also. There’s nowhere to go but up for Parsons as he’s actually near rock bottom but it’s going to be hard to see how Parsons reach anywhere close to his upside.
– Sean Kilpatrick (33% owned) – The youth movement in Brooklyn is starting to gain momentum as older veterans are seeing less action. Kilpatrick is one of them. These are his minutes in his last three games: 16, 18, 18. It’s weird how Kenny Atkinson is not playing him since he was actually playing well. Even in games with Caris LeVert out, he still law limited minutes. He’s ranked outside 200 in 9-cat and isn’t doing anything special to be worthy of an add even when he’s given minutes. He should be dropped as his post All-Star break outlook isn’t going to get better.
– Evan Turner (28% owned) – Another major injury that’s causing players to miss significant time. Turner fractured his third metacarpal in his right hand and is projected to miss 5-6 weeks. That means the earliest he’ll return is March 15th, which is right in the midst of fantasy playoffs. He was playing well before this happened and even got promoted to the starting line up. Turner can be dropped in all leagues and not even worth using the IL spot for. I talked about Harkless being the pickup but Allen Crabbe will also get a little bit more run if the Blazers needs spacing and shooting. A Lillard-McCollum-Crabbe-Harkless-Aminu five-man line up would be fun to watch.
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