Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups, Streamers, and DFS Plays
The market indicates a blockbuster deal will happen between now and the Thursday afternoon deadline. Then again, every year brims with the potential of a trade that moves tectonic plates only to leave us with limp moves involving second and third-tier role players and a host of lottery-protected draft picks. In the meantime, the focus for a strong week of Fantasy Basketball awaits.
Waiver Wire Pickups
Bobby Portis, F, Bulls: Have we finally reached the end of the #FreeBobbyPortis movement? The trade of Nikola Mirotic to the Pelicans freed more minutes for Portis, who continues to come off the bench. He had 10 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes in Saturday’s loss at the Clippers and could work his way into the starting lineup with more consistency. His 21.15 Player Efficiency Rating is a strong indication of what Portis is capable of, one reason why his ownership in CBSSports.com Fantasy Basketball leagues is now at 68 percent. Portis goes for a reasonable $5,900 at DraftKings, a price that should go higher as he now has little competition for playing time.
Tomas Satoransky, F, Wizards: Listed as a forward, Satoransky should receive guard eligibility as the replacement for injured All-Star John Wall. He’s recorded at least six assists in three of his last four games and opened eyes with a 19-point outing in Saturday’s win over the Magic. He also tacked on six dimes and it was his third straight game with two steals. Satoransky went from less than one percent ownership to 23 percent in CBSSports.com leagues and with Wall expected out until late March, he’s a stat stuffer who should also offer production at a bargain for DFSers ($4,900 at FanDuel).
Jarrett Allen, C, Nets: His days of averaging just under 19 minutes per game are numbered. Allen had 16 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks against the 76ers on Wednesday night and followed up with a career-high 20 points and five boards in Friday’s loss to the Lakers. Allen has scored in double figures in six straight games and has more than doubled his ownership in CBSSports.com leagues (17 percent to 40 percent). He has consecutive games of at least 30 Fantasy points and could emerge as a second half gem in DFS play ($9,100 at FantasyDraft).
Boban Marjanovic, C, Clippers: That his ownership has rocketed from two percent to 20 percent in CBSSports.com leagues despite the fact he hasn’t played since January 27 is a sign Fantasy players believe DeAndre Jordan might have a new address come Thursday night. Marjanovic was brilliant in limited playing time with the Pistons (21.89 PER) and would inherit more than a bushel of minutes if Jordan is traded. He’s worth a stash in deeper leagues, yet I wouldn’t touch in DFS until I see how the Clips use him.
— Chicago Bulls News (@C_BullsNews) February 3, 2018
Streamers. Lots of Streamers
Jerian Grant, G, Bulls: Chicago is going with a three-guard lineup, with Grant joining Justin Holliday and Zach LaVine in the backcourt. Grant ($5,400 at DraftKings) hasn’t come close to duplicating the 53.25 Fantasy points he tagged the Pelicans with on January 22, but is a low-end flier to consider at the Kings on Monday.
Andrew Harrison, G, Grizzlies: He’s making the most of his expanded playing time and left a positive impression or two after an 18-point, eight-assist night against the Pistons on Thursday. He wouldn’t be a good play Sunday at the Raptors, but if Harrison, who has two 30-plus FP games in his last three entering Sunday, continues to be a surprise source of assists, his $4,700 price tag at FanDuel could merit attention against the Hawks on Tuesday.
Gerald Green, F, Rockets: His accuracy is this side of Devin Nunes’ memo game, but Green has averaged 16 points, four rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his last two games since Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon have been sidelined with injuries. Green ($5,600 at DraftKings) is a name to consider on Friday when Houston meets a Denver team willing to trade shots with them.
Terry Rozier, G, Celtics: Rozier is eating like a king while Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart are in drydock, putting up 55.20 FP against the Knicks on Wednesday and 46.40 against the Hawks on Friday. Run with his $6,500 value at FanDuel while you can (like Tuesday at the Raptors) because he’ll be back to peasant’s usage once Irving and Smart return.
Another Day, More DFS Plays
Monday: Will Barton, G, Nuggets (vs. Hornets, $11,600/FantasyDraft): Stat-stuffer who is averaging nearly 39 minutes per game in his last five. He’s also shooting 40 percent from 3-point range in the same span.
Tuesday: Elfrid Payton, G, Magic (vs. Cavaliers, $6,800/DraftKings): I wouldn’t go as far as a full-blown stack against Cleveland’s Swiss cheese defense, but Payton should thrive in a matchup against Isaiah Thomas.
Wednesday: Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Timberwolves (at Cavaliers, $16,500/FantasyDraft): KAT has 47 double-doubles this season, including a 19-point, 12-board outing in the previous meeting against Cleveland. Hell yes, you’re paying top dollar for a sure thing.
Thursday: Dwight Howard, C, Hornets (at Trail Blazers, $10,000/FanDuel): Portland is a mediocre 19th in opponents’ rebounds allowed per game. Howard came into Sunday’s game at the Suns with 11 straight double-doubles (13 in his last 14). D12 has just one game with less than 10 rebounds since December 22.
Friday: Blake Griffin, F, Pistons (vs. Clippers, $7,900/DraftKings): I suppose he might have a reason or two to play motivated here...
Saturday: Dario Saric, F, 76ers (vs. Clippers, $10,900/FantasyDraft): Comes into the week with 30 or more Fantasy points in eight of his last nine. Also take into consideration that the Clippers could look significantly different than the team that beat the Bulls on Saturday.
Sunday: Derrick Favors, F, Jazz (at Trail Blazers, $6,200/FanDuel): Speculative play here, as Favors’ name is being bandied about for a new locale. If he is still with Utah, Favors is a steady contributor who can be the reliable play for DFSers seeking to focus their salary on a marquee name like James Harden (vs. Mavericks, $11,500/FanDuel).
Isaiah 30.57: Wasted Are the Minutes
Man, are the Cavs getting had with Thomas. Thomas has a 30.57 usage rate since debuting with Cleveland, but his 12.82 PER translates to wasted touches. Including Saturday’s blowout (about the cleanest way to describe it) loss to the Rockets, Thomas is shooting 36 percent from the field despite averaging 15.4 points per game. He’s a millstone on the necks of his Fantasy Basketball owners, who can’t move him for anything close to equal value while his DFS value ($6,300 at FanDuel) is a distant whisper of what it was the previous two seasons with the Celtics.
Fantasy Basketball Schedule for the Week Beginning Feb. 5
TEAMS PLAYING FOUR GAMES THIS WEEK
Hawks, Celtics, Hornets, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Pistons, Rockets, Pacers, Pelicans, Magic, Trail Blazers, Jazz, Wizards
TEAMS PLAYING THREE GAMES THIS WEEK
Nets, Bulls, Nuggets, Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Timberwolves, Knicks, Thunder, 76ers, Suns, Kings, Raptors
TEAMS PLAYING TWO GAMES THIS WEEK
Winners: Fresh off their Saturday Night Massacre of the Cavs, the Rockets -- who are averaging 112.2 points in their current four-game win streak -- face three teams (at Nets, home versus Nuggets and Mavericks) that are 15th or lower in defensive rating. Houston does face a Miami team that is fourth in DR and is one of only three teams (Grizzlies, Celtics) to hold the Rockets under 100 points this season, albeit in a 99-90 loss at Toyota Center on January 22. Even at $11,500 at FanDuel, you’re still playing Harden, who has six straight games of at least 50 Fantasy points entering this week.
Losers: One of two teams (we see you, Kings...) averaging under 100 points per game, the Grizzlies and their plodding offense (dead last in Pace Factor) have road trips at the Hawks and Thunder sandwiched between a home game against the Jazz (25th in PF) in what could be a snoozer of a contest that will hearken back to the NBA’s Dead Ball period of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Keep an eye on Dillon Brooks ($4,400 at DraftKings), whose usage rate has hovered in the 20s of late as the rookie forward shows flashes of promise. The Hawks are 26th in defensive rating, making Brooks a potential low-budget steal on Tuesday night.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
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