Ten games across the league Wednesday, with a number of players stepping up in lieu of plenty of injured starters. Richaun Holmes has bounced back over the past five games and is certainly back in the standard league conversation. I will discuss Holmes’ recent numbers as well as plenty of other players who could be considered for most 12-team leagues.
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Fantasy Basketball Fringe
Players to add
- Kevin Huerter
- DeAndre Bembry
- De’Anthony Melton
- Richaun Holmes
- Raul Neto
Players to stream
- T.J. McConnell
- Ed Davis
- Shabazz Napier
- Jeremy Lin
- Austin Rivers
- Gerald Green
- JaMychal Green
- Bryn Forbes
- Patty Mills
- Alec Burks
- J.J. Barea
- Seth Curry
- Reggie Bullock
Boston Celtics def. Indiana Pacers 135-108
- Robert Williams (17%) – Drop: Williams blocked two shots in 12 minutes, although, unless he can find regular playing time, he is more of a deep league player only.
- Daniel Theis (12%) – Drop
- Cory Joseph (20%) – Drop
- Kyle O’Quinn (12%) – Drop: O’Quinn saw additional playing time Wednesday with the game moving into garbage time. His per-minute production is fantastic but as soon as Myles Turner returns, he will likely drop out of the rotation.
- Doug McDermott (11%) – Drop
- TJ Leaf (6%) – Drop
Washington Wizards def. Philadelphia 76ers 123-106
- Troy Brown (16%) – Drop
- Sam Dekker (10%) – Drop
- Chasson Randle (6%) – Drop
- Ian Mahinmi (6%) – Watch: Mahinmi had his third straight productive game, delivering a season-high five steals in 25 minutes. Thomas Bryant is the starter and appears like the center to own in Washington. However, Mahinmi has a chance to carve out a nice supporting role and his defense alone makes him worthy of streaming consideration.
- T.J. McConnell (22%) – Stream: McConnell, along with almost every Philadelphia player, struggled in a blowout loss Wednesday. He did still manage five assists and one steal and remains a streaming option.
- Wilson Chandler (18%) – Drop
- Landry Shamet (15%) – Drop
- Mike Muscala (15%) – Drop
- Furkan Korkmaz (11%) – Drop: Korkmaz started again Wednesday, once again putting up 16 points. He has filled in nicely but will revert back to a 15-minute role once J.J. Redick returns.
- Jonah Bolden (10%) – Drop
Brooklyn Nets def. Atlanta Hawks 116-100
- Ed Davis (25%) – Stream: Davis pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds Wednesday, bringing his average over the past two weeks to 11.7 per game. He is also averaging one steal and shooting the ball at 64 percent. Across that time, he is just outside the top-150 making him a borderline add in standard formats.
- Rodions Kurucs (24%) – Watch: Kurucs has played well over the past two games but we have seen this before. Owners will likely want to hold off before adding him, although with a number of players on the sidelines, he is going to see plenty of court time moving forward.
- Shabazz Napier (17%) – Stream: Napier is a possible streamer given his recent uptick in playing time. He has played at least 23 minutes in six consecutive games and is worth a look if you need threes, assists, and steals.
- Jeremy Lin (49%) – Stream: Lin moved back to the bench Wednesday but scored in double figures for the fourth straight game. He shot just 5-of-18 from the field which was certainly a negative but he remains a player worth considering if you need some cheap guard numbers.
- Kevin Huerter (38%) – Add: Huerter was back in the lineup after missing one game with a back injury, producing the first double-double of his career. He played 36 minutes in the loss and the injury didn’t appear to be an issue.
- DeAndre Bembry (37%) – Add: Bembry went scoreless in 29 minutes Wednesday, putting up arguably his worst game of the season. The playing time was still there despite the struggles and owners should give him another shot rather than hastily dropping him.
Milwaukee Bucks def. Houston Rockets 116-109
- George Hill (32%) – Drop: Hill had another mildly productive game Wednesday but the playing time is simply not there at this stage.
- Ersan Ilyasova (21%) – Drop
- Thon Maker (14%) – Drop
- Sterling Brown (9%) – Drop: Much like George Hill, Brown was productive Wednesday but typically sees only 15 minutes of playing time, leaving him a deeper league player.
- Austin Rivers (28%) – Stream: Rivers scored 13 points in 39 minutes Wednesday but offered very little else. He is fine to stream in if you need points but don’t expect a lot in the other categories.
- Danuel House Jr. (18%) – Drop
- Gerald Green (15%) – Stream: Green continues to see decent playing time with a number of Rockets guard sidelined. He has hit multiple threes in four of his last five games and should be viewed as an elite threes streamer for the foreseeable future.
- James Ennis (15%) – Drop
Memphis Grizzlies def. San Antonio Spurs 96-86
- JaMychal Green (39%) – Stream: Green once again contributed in points and rebounds, playing 27 minutes with Jaren Jackson Jr. in foul trouble yet again. Green will have some unproductive nights but can still be considered a streaming option in 12-team leagues.
- Garrett Temple (30%) – Drop
- Shelvin Mack (14%) – Drop
- Jevon Carter (9%) – Drop
- Bryn Forbes (49%) – Stream: Forbes played a team-high 33 minutes Wednesday, hitting another three triples en route to 14 points.
- Pau Gasol (40%) – Drop: Despite matching his season-high with 12 rebounds, Gasol can be ignored everywhere but deeper formats.
- Jakob Poeltl (36%) – Drop
- Patty Mills (24%) – Stream: Mills is the hot backup guard for the Spurs right now, hitting double-digits in scoring in five consecutive games. Across that time, he has hit 12 triples and is worth a look as a points streamer.
- Marco Belinelli (19%) – Drop
- Davis Bertans (16%) – Drop
New Orleans Pelicans def. Cleveland Cavaliers 140-124
- Tim Frazier (11%) – Drop
- Frank Jackson (11%) – Watch: After a career-high 17 points in his previous game, Jackson topped that performance with 19 points Wednesday. Jackson is the guard the Pelicans want to develop and he should continue to trend up as long as he is playing well. Bare in mind that upon E’Twaun Moore’s return, minutes will be harder to come by.
- Darius Miller (11%) – Drop
- Jahlil Okafor (9%) – Drop
- Cheick Diallo (8%) – Drop
- Alec Burks (28%) – Stream: Burks scored another 17 points in Wednesday’s loss, including a pair of triples. He has scored exactly 17 points in four of his past seven games and with Rodney Hood still out, should be viewed as a points streamer.
- Cameron Payne (12%) – Watch: Payne had 16 points in his second game with the Cavaliers, however, it did come on 75 percent shooting. He has played 22 minutes in back-to-back games but we would need to see a lot more from him before considering him for standard leagues.
- Ante Zizic (12%) – Watch: Zizic ended with 10 points and four rebounds, taking advantage of Larry Nance being in street clothes. Nance’s injury doesn’t sound too serious but the Cavaliers have no incentive to rush him back either. As long as Nance is out, Zizic could see at least 20 minutes per night and owners should just keep an eye on the situation.
- Matthew Dellavedova (7%) – Drop
Dallas Mavericks def. Phoenix Suns 104-94
- J.J. Barea (44%) – Stream: Barea was far from impressive Wednesday and is starting to trend in the wrong direction. He could still be streamed in on the assumption he turns things around but could also be moved on from, which wouldn’t be the worst decision.
- Dwight Powell (21%) – Drop
- Dorian Finney-Smith (16%) – Drop
- Maxi Kleber (13%) – Drop: Kleber came out of nowhere to drop season-high numbers in both scoring and rebounding. He was given the starting nod with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined and certainly took full advantage. This should be viewed as an outlier at this stage and owners should not go rushing to grab him off waivers.
- Mikal Bridges (49%) – Drop: Bridges is contributing steals alone at the moment and failed to record a single one Wednesday. If you are holding him, he is more of a luxury stash, but will tough to hold if you are in a competitive league.
- De’Anthony Melton (26%) – Add: Melton had another four combined steals and blocks Wednesday, continuing to flash his defensive upside. He has taken on more of a facilitator role with Devin Booker injured and despite the low scoring numbers, should be rostered in most standard formats.
- Richaun Holmes (28%) – Add: Holmes is hot again and has filled the box score with regularity across his last five games. Across that time, he is averaging 12.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.6 blocks. While he is playing this well, he should be on a roster in most leagues.
- Jamal Crawford (7%) – Drop
- Troy Daniels (4%) – Drop
Utah Jazz def. Orlando Magic 106-93
- Kyle Korver (16%) – Drop
- Raul Neto (15%) – Add: Neto is going to be the starting point-guard for at least the next two weeks. However, his ceiling is somewhat limited given the playmaking abilities of both Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles. Neto should still be considered in 12-team leagues due to the fact he will be playing at least 30 minutes per night.
- Royce O’Neale (8%) – Drop
- Jonathon Simmons (20%) – Drop
- Wes Iwundu (5%) – Drop
- Isaiah Briscoe (5%) – Drop
Portland Trail Blazers def. Chicago Bulls 124-112
- Zach Collins (29%) – Watch: Collins was fantastic for the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 16 points to go with nine rebounds in 27 minutes. Jusuf Nurkic was in some foul trouble and Collins was playing well which afforded him some extra playing time. After a hot start to the season, Collins has faded badly over the past month and so we would need to see this a few more times to take any real notice.
- Evan Turner (28%) – Drop
- Seth Curry (14%) – Stream: Curry continues to score the ball well, dropping 17 points including three triples Wednesday. He is clearly the backup now, having moved ahead of Nik Stauskas and is certainly worth a look if you need points and threes with occasional steals.
- Meyers Leonard (8%) – Drop
- Jake Layman (8%) – Drop
- Chandler Hutchison (15%) – Drop
- Ryan Arcidiacono (15%) – Drop
- Shaquille Harrison (13%) – Drop
- Robin Lopez (12%) – Drop
- Wayne Selden Jr. (10%) – Drop
- Antonio Blakeney (10%) – Drop: Blakeney scored at least 11 points for the third time in his last four games but literally does nothing else.
Los Angeles Lakers def. Detroit Pistons 113-100
- Lance Stephenson (19%) – Drop
- Ivica Zubac (19%) – Tyson Chandler was given the night off Wednesday which allowed Zubac to put up decent production in 23 minutes. Garbage time was a factor and as long as both Chandler and JaVale McGee are healthy, Zubac has no real value.
- Tyson Chandler (14%) – Drop
- Michael Beasley (10%) – Watch: Beasley has started to turn things around over the past week and went off for 19 points and four assists Wednesday. Of course, this production comes with LeBron James out of the lineup and so needs to be viewed carefully.
- Reggie Bullock (39%) – Stream
- Luke Kennard (25%) – Watch: Kennard has another decent performance Wednesday despite the Piston falling to their sixth loss from their past seven games. Kennard is still not getting sufficient playing time to have any consistent value. However, should the Pistons continues losing, Kennard could benefit from a rotational change.
- Stanley Johnson (24%) – Drop
- Langston Galloway (11%) – Drop: Galloway hit five triples on his way to 15 points in Wednesday’s loss. Although, prior to this game he had hit just three triples in his previous six games.
- Bruce Brown (11%) – Drop
- Jon Leuer (3%) – Drop
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