Injury-Based Waiver Wire and Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Advice
Waiver Wire and Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice for Fantasy Basketball
JaMychal Green - PF MEM (33% Yahoo)
Oh, the poor Grizzlies. They have almost created a new definition of injury-riddled. As of Sunday night, five of the team's seven rostered guards are injured, including all four rostered point guards. Additionally, both of the team's centers, including arguably their best player in Marc Gasol, are out with injuries. This means that the few players left will have a lot of pressure put on them to succeed. This includes JaMychal Green.
Green has actually had a pretty solid season already. In 41 games, he has averaged 10.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in 27.0 minutes per game. But he has turned it up to a new level recently with the team's myriad injuries. In his last five games, he has averaged 33.2 minutes and has averaged a double-double with 13.6 points and 11.4 rebounds. He is being relied upon very heavily, and he has actually started putting up points that might make him a Fantasy starter.
Josh Richardson MIA - START 'EM
Richardson has been red hot of late, averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 treys and a whopping 3.6 steals per game over his past five games. He's locked into big minutes and should see even more this week with Wayne Ellington dealing with a thigh contusion. The wing spots are crowded in Miami, but Richardson has established himself atop the food chain for the Heat. He's a no doubt start this week.
Wayne Ellington MIA - SIT 'EM
The aforementioned Ellington is an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor according to Inside Injuries due to that thigh contusion he's been dealing with for the past week. Even before going down, Ellington had been pretty up and down. His scoring has been streaky, which is a problem given his lack of production in any other areas. His minutes had been pretty consistent before the injury, but it's possible he could see a dip when he returns with Richardson, Dwyane Wade, and others playing well for Miami. He's still worthy of a hold in deeper leagues if you're looking for treys, but he shouldn't be in your lineup this week.
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Taurean Prince - SF ATL (49%)
Being as far out as they are, the Hawks have decided to let the kids play. With the buyout of veterans such as Ersan Ilyasova, as well as the decreased playing time of veterans like Malcolm Delaney, who is not going to be a factor for the Hawks going forward, young guys like Taurean Prince and John Collins have been given the reins to this team to see what they can do. Taurean Prince has done about all anyone could ask. In his last five, Prince has been dominant.
Over that time span, Prince has averaged 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.6 steals. He has played great offense as well as great defense, and the Hawks probably couldn't be happier that their top pick from 2016 is developing so well. Prince should be getting 32-plus minutes per game going forward, and his Fantasy value has never been higher.
Jeff Green CLE - SIT 'EM
Green missed Saturday's game against Denver and will also be out again on Monday due to a back issue. Green is an Elevated Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries and it's unclear when he will return to the lineup. He's had some solid stretches this season, but with Cleveland working in Rodney Hood and Larry Nance to the frontcourt rotation and Green banged up, it doesn't look great for Green from a Fantasy perspective moving forward. He might be worthy of a hold in deeper leagues, but he certainly needs to be on the bench.
Nemanja Bjelica - SF MIN (18%)
Bjelica is a guy to look at in deeper leagues but could even be useful in smaller leagues as a bench piece. The small forward out of Yugoslavia is filling in for the sidelined Jimmy Butler and as a result, he has seen a huge playing time boost. He has averaged 17.4 minutes per game on the season as a whole, but he has seen that increase to 36.5 over his last four games.
And while he hasn't necessarily set the world on fire in his increased playing time, he has been solid and consistent. He is averaging 10.0 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last four games. Just to add a little boost to his value, he has been able to snag 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals as well. With Jimmy Butler likely out for at least another month, Bjelica should be able to retain value through the rest of March.
Bogdan Bogdanovic SAC - START 'EM
Bogdanovic has been the story of the second half of the season so far for the Kings. He has played at least 28 minutes in six out of the last seven games, and he's been averaging 16.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five. He should be in for big minutes the remainder of the season, as the Kings are giving their young pieces plenty of playing time. Iman Shumpert also doesn't look to be returning from his foot injury anytime soon, so Bogdan really doesn't have a lot of competition for minutes. Ride his hot streak this week.
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