A quiet night around the league with just 10 teams in action, including the Warriors flexing their muscles against an understrength Pacers team. Boston was able to hold off a resilient Nets outfit who continue to get strong production from Shabazz Napier who has stepped up in the absence of Spencer Dinwiddie. I will have a look at Napier as well as just a couple of other players worth considering in a lot of 12-team leagues.
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Fantasy Basketball Fringe
Players to add
- Trey Burke
- Shabazz Napier
- Alex Len
Players to stream
- Ed Davis
- Jeremy Lin
- Avery Bradley
Charlotte Hornets def. New York Knicks 101-92
- Malik Monk (46%) – Drop
- Willy Hernangomez (33%) – Drop: Hernangomez had a double-double in Monday’s game but with Cody Zeller nearing a return, he is going to lose the bulk of any value he has had over the past month.
- Miles Bridges (33%) – Drop
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (21%) – Drop
- Bismack Biyombo (21%) – Drop
- Tony Parker (15%) – Watch: Parker has been scoring the ball well of late, reaching double-figures in four of his past five games. He has also missed a game due to rest over the past week which makes him very tough to roster outside of being a backend points streamer.
- Mario Hezonja (47%) – Watch: Hezonja played 26 minutes off the bench Monday, finishing with a modest yet serviceable line. If he is going to be a regular part of the rotation, he is worth considering in 12-team formats. At this stage, the situation needs to be monitored in case he once again falls out of the rotation.
- Trey Burke (47%) – Add: Burke had just nine points in 25 minutes Monday but appears to be the starting point guard, at least until Frank Ntilikina can get back on the floor. Burke can score the ball in bunches when afforded the opportunity and the Knicks have four games this week making him a viable standard-league option.
- Allonzo Trier (46%) – Watch:
- Frank Ntilikina (36%) – Watch
- Damyean Dotson (20%) – Watch
Golden State Warriors def. Indiana Pacers 132-100
- Jordan Bell (39%) – Drop: Bell was inserted into the starting lineup, replacing Draymond Green who was out due to rest. Bell still only managed to play 19 minutes and while his numbers were solid, this is merely a temporary move and he can be left on the waivers in all standard leagues.
- Kevon Looney (33%) – Drop
- Andre Iguodala (21%) – Drop
- Shaun Livingston (6%) – Drop
- Cory Joseph (31%) – Watch
- Aaron Holiday (18%) – Drop: Tyreke Evans was out for Monday’s game which allowed Holiday to see additional run off the bench. At this stage, it doesn’t sound as though Evans is going to miss extended time and so Holiday will likely shift back to a 15-minute role leaving his value more suited for deeper formats.
- Kyle O’Quinn (12%) – Drop
- Doug McDermott (11%) – Drop
- TJ Leaf (6%) – Drop
Boston Celtics def. Brooklyn Nets 112-104
- Robert Williams (16%) – Drop
- Aron Baynes (13%) – Drop: Baynes was impressive Monday, ending with 16 points, six rebounds, and three blocks. Centers often feast against the Nets and that was certainly the case in this one. Prior to this, Baynes had not scored in double-figures in over a month and it is reasonably safe to assume this was more of an illusion as opposed to what we should expect moving forward.
- Daniel Theis (11%) – Drop
- Ed Davis (28%) – Stream
- Shabazz Napier (28%) – Add: Napier played 26 minutes off the bench Monday, producing 20 points including four triples. The time has come to pick him up in standard leagues with Spencer Dinwiddie set to miss at least a month. In the two games without Dinwiddie, Napier has attempted a combined 29 field-goals, averaging about 27 minutes per night.
- Rodions Kurucs (23%) – Watch
- Theo Pinson (8%) – Drop
- Treveon Graham (6%) – Drop
Denver Nuggets def. Memphis Grizzlies 95-92
- Mason Plumlee (41%) – Drop
- Monte Morris (31%) – Drop
- Malik Beasley (29%) – Drop: Beasley continues to score the ball well in limited minutes, however, we need to keep in mind that Jamal Murray was out for this one and Gary Harris is still working his way back from injury.
- Trey Lyles (27%) – Watch
- Juancho Hernengomez (22%) – Drop
- Torrey Craig (11%) – Drop
- Garrett Temple (26%) – Drop
- Shelvin Mack (17%) – Drop
- Jevon Carter (10%) – Drop
- Joakim Noah (6%) – Drop: Despite another decent night, Noah’s value is very limited and came with JaMychal Green on the sidelines. Green sounds as though he won’t miss a lot of time and his return will limit Noah even further.
- Bruno Caboclo (6%) – Drop
Atlanta Hawks def. Los Angeles Clippers 123-118
- Alex Len (48%) – Add: Len put up numbers across the board again Monday, totaling 19 points and nine rebounds in just 21 minutes. Despite coming off the bench, Len is the 70th ranked player over the past two weeks, while seeing under 20 minutes per night. Players such as Ivica Zubac, Ante Zizic, and Jahlil Okafor have been hot pickups over the last few days but perhaps Len is a suitable candidate if those players have already been snapped up.
- Jeremy Lin (45%) – Stream: Lin was influential again Monday, finishing with 13 points and four assists. His ceiling is capped by the fact he is coming off the bench behind Trae Young but you could certainly do worse if you need points and assists.
- DeAndre Bembry (43%) – Add: Bembry struggled for the third straight game and owners who were waiting can probably start to look elsewhere. There is a chance he can get things going again but until then, his upside is not high enough to warrant holding on to.
- Omari Spellman (18%) – Drop
- Avery Bradley (38%) – Stream: Bradley was not as impactful as he had been over the previous week but with Danilo Gallinari still without a return date, Bradley is worth giving another shot if you need points and threes.
- Marcin Gortat (30%) – Drop
- Boban Marjanovic (15%) – Drop
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