Fantasy Basketball: Fringe Report – Patty Mills
Only four games Thursday in the NBA, headlined by the double-overtime thriller in San Antonio. There were plenty of big stat lines to come out of the game, including Patty Mills who scored in double-digits for the sixth consecutive game. Across those six games, he has also managed a total of 17 assists, seven steals, and 15 three-pointers. I will take a look at Mills as well as a couple of other players who could be streamed in across 12-team leagues.
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Fantasy Basketball Fringe
Players to stream
Miami Heat def. Boston Celtics 115-99
- James Johnson (45%) – Drop: The depth on the Heat roster make rostering fringe players very difficult. Johnson has scored in double-digits in three of his past five games but also has two duds sandwiched in the middle. His playing time ranges from the mid-teens to the mid-twenties on any given night.
- Rodney McGruder (39%) – Drop
- Tyler Johnson (37%) – Drop
- Dion Waiters (26%) – Drop
- Derrick Jones Jr. (22%) – Watch: Of all the Heat bench players, Jones certainly has the most upside. Evidenced here with his solid all-around performance, Jones is a player to keep an eye in case he can carve out a regular role in the rotation.
- Robert Williams (17%) – Drop
- Daniel Theis (14%) – Drop
Denver Nuggets def. Los Angeles Clippers 121-100
- Mason Plumlee (41%) – Drop: Plumlee exploded for a season-high 17 points Thursday, also matching his season-high with 12 rebounds. The game was a blowout and garbage time was a factor, allowing Plumlee to play basically the entire fourth quarter. Owners should view this as an outlier given his previous three performances.
- Monte Morris (37%) – Watch: Morris put up decent numbers Thursday, however, Gary Harris was ruled out prior to tipoff. In turn, this afforded Morris additional playing time of which he capitalized. Harris is close to returning and Morris will lose the bulk of his value when that does happen.
- Juancho Hernengomez (34%) – Drop
- Malik Beasley (29%) – Stream: Beasley had 15 points to go with a full line Thursday, continuing to hover around standard league conversations. As soon as the Nuggets get all their players back from injury, Beasley will find it difficult to put up numbers such as this. Until then, however, give him a look with their upcoming back-to-back.
- Trey Lyles (28%) – Drop
- Torrey Craig (11%) – Stream: Craig has now scored in double-digits in three of his past four games, finishing with 14 points Thursday. Much like Malik Beasley, Craig will find it tough to hold any real value when the Nuggets get healthy. He could be streamed in but does come with an element of risk.
- Patrick Beverley (43%) – Drop
- Avery Bradley (34%) – Drop
- Marcin Gortat (34%) – Drop
- Boban Marjanovic (16%) – Drop
San Antonio Spurs def. Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 (2OT)
- Pau Gasol (40%) – Drop
- Jakob Poeltl (36%) – Drop
- Patty Mills (24%) – Stream: Mills kept things going in Thursday’s win over the Thunder, ending with 14 points and six assists. He played down the stretch and made some big plays in what was an electrifying matchup. He is playing well right now and should be viewed as a solid streaming option.
- Marco Belinelli (20%) – Watch: Belinelli hit five triples Thursday, bringing his total to eight across the last two games. Owners should simply keep an eye on him to see if he can stay hot.
- Davis Bertans (16%) – Watch: Much like Marco Belinelli, Bertans could get hot again but is not there yet.
- Hamidou Diallo (12%) – Drop
- Patrick Patterson (9%) – Drop
- Terrance Ferguson (8%) – Drop: Ferguson went off for a season-high 21 points Thursday, going 7-of-10 from the three-point line. He had scored in double-digits just three times prior to this so we would need to see this with some regularity to consider him for 12-team leagues.
- Abdel Nader (5%) – Drop
Sacramento Kings def. Detroit Pistons 112-102
- Harry Giles (29%) – Watch: Giles continues to improve on a nightly basis but is not yet quite there in standard leagues. He produced career-high numbers in both scoring and blocks but garbage time was a factor. He certainly has the upside but will need to work his way into more consistent playing time to be considered as a 12-team asset.
- Justin Jackson (20%) – Drop
- Iman Shumpert (17%) – Drop
- Yogi Ferrell (12%) – Drop
- Reggie Bullock (40%) – Stream: Bullock had another three triples Thursday and remains one of the better three-point streamers readily available.
- Luke Kennard (25%) – Watch: Kennard moved into the starting lineup, replacing Blake Griffin who was resting. The promotion did nothing to instill confidence in prospective owners but he is still worth keeping an eye on.
- Stanley Johnson (24%) – Drop: Johnson had his best game in some time but the absence of Blake Griffin afforded him more playing time than he normally warrants.
- Langston Galloway (11%) – Drop
- Bruce Brown (11%) – Drop
- Jon Leuer (3%) – Drop
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