Fantasy Basketball: Fringe Report – Jake Layman
Only five games to navigate Sunday, with a number of teams still likely to run a few different rotations. The new players are yet to acclimate themselves into the structures which make adding anyone difficult. Jake Layman is certainly carving out a nice role in Portland and is worth a look on what is a low volume day. I will look at Layman as well as just a few others who could help you steal some categories on the final day of the week.
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Fantasy Basketball Fringe
Players to stream
Portland Trail Blazers @ Dallas Mavericks
- Zach Collins (29%) – Drop
- Evan Turner (25%) – Drop
- Moe Harkless (23%) – Watch
- Jake Layman (17%) – Stream: The arrival of Rodney Hood appears to have impacted a number of Portland players, with Layman being the exception. He played 31 minutes Thursday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He has scored in double-digits in nine of his past 11 games and has certainly been a pleasant surprise thus far. As long as he is playing big minutes, owners should consider streaming him in.
- Seth Curry (15%) – Drop
- Meyers Leonard (9%) – Drop
- Dwight Powell (40%) – Stream: It appears Powell and Maxi Kleber are going to be splitting minutes which absolutely limits their productivity. Both players are worth considering on a low volume Sunday but both also come with an element of risk.
- Trey Burke (38%) – Watch: Burke scored 18 points in 26 minutes, outplaying Jalen Brunson who remained in the starting lineup. Burke has the ability to score in bunches but his exact role is still unclear. He played just four minutes in his first game for the Mavericks and so keeping an eye on the rotations is suggested.
- Maxi Kleber (33%) – Stream: Along with Dwight Powell, Kleber is going to have moments of relevance, followed by mediocre numbers. With only five games on Sunday, both are worth a look as long as you are not expecting the world.
- Dirk Nowitzki (30%) – Drop
- Dorian Finney-Smith (19%) – Watch: Finney-Smith should find himself with an increased role post-trade deadline, although his production is somewhat inconsistent. He doesn’t have the upside of Dwight Powell or Maxi Kleber, making him more of a player to watch.
- Jalen Brunson (16%) – Watch: Brunson was outplayed by Trey Burke despite remaining the starter, and this could be a situation where the coaching staff goes with whoever has the hot hand.
- Devin Harris (6%) – Drop
Los Angeles Lakers @ Philadelphia 76ers
- Reggie Bullock (37%) – Watch: Bullock will make his Lakers debut Sunday meaning he will not suit up Thursday. His role, much like the rest of the roster, remains unclear at this stage making him a tough player to pick up. Even if he carves out a 30-minute role, he will likely be a three-point streamer at best.
- Lance Stephenson (20%) – Drop: Stephenson has scored in double-figures in four straight games but does very little else from a fantasy perspective. His playing time was down to 17 minutes Thursday and that will typically not be enough for him to have any value outside of deeper leagues.
- Mike Muscala (14%) – Watch: Muscala will make his Lakers debut Sunday, likely coming off the bench behind JaVale McGee. His role is unclear at this stage meaning he is a risky player to consider.
- T.J. McConnell (20%) – Watch: McConnell played only 14 minutes Friday, scoring four points to go with two assists. Tobias Harris made his debut for the 76ers and it is possible that has a flow on effect, limiting McConnell’s production.
- Jonathon Simmons (18%) – Drop
- Boban Marjanovic (17%) – Drop: Boban played 15 minutes in his debut for the 76ers, scoring just four points. He is already a crowd favorite but he may not be an everynight part of the rotation.
- Jonah Bolden (11%) – Watch
Phoenix Suns @ Sacramento Kings
- Tyler Johnson (42%) – Stream: Johnson made his Suns debut Friday but was not the starter despite being listed there earlier in the week. Johnson finished with just five points on 1-of-9 shooting but still played 28 minutes. Elie Okobo remained in the starting lineup but was far from impressive. Those who picked up Johnson should give him another look as he will likely be better than this on most nights.
- Richaun Holmes (32%) – Watch
- Elie Okobo (23%) – Drop
- Jamal Crawford (8%) – Drop
- Alec Burks (36%) – Watch: Burks played 14 minutes in his debut for the Kings, ending with nine points. Unless he can work his way to significantly more playing time, he is not going to have value outside of deeper formats.
- Harry Giles (31%) – Watch
- Yogi Ferrell (12%) – Drop
Orlando Magic @ Atlanta Hawks
- Jerian Grant (17%) – Drop
- Wes Iwundu (6%) – Drop
- Khem Birch (6%) – Drop
- Jeremy Lin (45%) – Watch: Lin continues to flash his fantasy upside but the playing time is simply not there right now. If he ever gets to 26 minutes per night, he would become a must-roster player.
- Alex Len (44%) – Drop
- DeAndre Bembry (33%) – Watch
- Omari Spellman (17%) – Watch
Maimi Heat @ Golden State Warriors
- James Johnson (41%) – Watch
- Rodney McGruder (26%) – Watch
- Dion Waiters (21%) – Stream: Waiters played 32 minutes Friday, an increased role compared to his previous few games. He was in the starting lineup and could remain there, at least for the foreseeable future. He basically scores the ball and that’s it so he could be considered if you need points and threes on what is a low volume Sunday.
- Jordan Bell (38%) – Drop
- Kevon Looney (33%) – Stream: Looney had just one steal Friday and it appears as though DeMarcus Cousins playing time is slowly increasing. That is going to make it tough for Looney to have any value outside of being a defensive streamer, and then only really on low volume days.
- Andre Iguodala (21%) – Drop
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