Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Nets: He’s gone from 20 percent ownership to 45 percent in CBSSports.com leagues. Dinwiddie has recorded at least four assists in each game he’s played this season, while his 3-point shooting (46.9 percent) and steals (1.2 per game) also make him attractive. Owners of John Wall and/or Chris Paul should be on him.
Taj Gibson, PF/C, Timberwolves: Gibson always has great rebounding rates and comes into the week having recorded at least 26 Fantasy points in three of his last four games, including consecutive double-doubles last week. Owned in 43 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, Gibson is averaging around 33 minutes per night over the last two weeks and will add just enough scoring also.
Kelly Oubre, SF, Wizards: An example of why some need more time to develop, Oubre is beginning to realize his immense skills. He was moved to the bench with the return of Markieff Morris to the roster, but his 21 points, six rebounds and two assists in Friday’s loss to the Cavs shows Oubre will continue to be a factor. He’s owned in 52 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and should develop into one of the league’s top sixth men.
Feel Free to Set Them Free
Dwayne Wade, SG, Cavaliers: This isn’t 2007. Hell, it’s not even 2014. Wade’s shooting 40 percent from the field and his hideous 22 percent from beyond the arc are two great reasons to release him. He may be LeBron James’ true blue homie, but his numbers aren’t showing your Fantasy team any love.
Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Hawks: Still a week or two away from returning, there’s little need to either keep or use a spot on him if your league has an injured list. Ilyasova was averaging just 5.5 points and 5.5 boards while shooting 27.6 percent from the field. You can do better unless you’re in a deeper league format, where his warm body and minutes would make him valuable.
Gorgui Dieng, PF, Timberwolves: See Gibson as to why Dieng has seen more than 20 minutes of PT just once this season. Yes, his value rockets if Gibson goes down, but waiting on that to happen is only going to kill your rebounding totals.
Keep This Name in Mind
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, SF/PF, Rockets: Called “the best kept secret in the NBA” by Mike D’Antoni, it won’t be too long before Fantasy players get wind of Mbah a Moute, who scored 20 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Friday’s win over the Hawks. He’s currently sitting around the 10-15 percent ownership range, but the journeyman has found a home in Houston, where his versatility and stat-stuffing skills makes him someone to add before your fellow owners read this.
Myles Turner, C, Pacers (concussion): Cleared to return on Friday, Turner had 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes off the bench against the 76ers. He returned to the lineup at the Knicks on Sunday and is safe to add to your roster. We projected a breakout for him this season and expect he’ll return to the pace he played (22.53 PER) before his injury.
Kawhi, Why, Why
Let me be clear: I’m not suggesting you trade Kawhi Leonard. Yet. Still, the fact he has yet to play this season is concerning and should at least make his owners in one-year leagues begin to start pondering what Leonard can fetch in a deal. Hammy injuries are persistent and with each passing week, Leonard’s value goes down. You can’t roll too long without your first round pick.
You Can’t Punch All Your Teammates
Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen needn’t worry about the return of Bobby Portis on Tuesday. Markkanen is averaging 16.3 points and nine rebounds in his last 10 games and showed his upside with a 25-point, eight-rebound, two-steal effort against the Heat last Wednesday. He’s still available in about 35 percent of leagues and should see his numbers continue to climb. Portis, who missed the first part of the season with his Ivan Drago-like takedown of teammate Nikola Mirotic last month, will have to earn his way into minutes.
Best Fantasy-Friendly Matchup of the Week
Timberwolves at Warriors, Wednesday: It’s a PER party of sorts as three of the top 15 players in the category are involved in what will be a track meet and a chance for Minnesota to measure how good they are. Steph Curry is ranked third in PER at 30.8 per game, with Karl-Anthony Towns rated eighth at 26 PER a night, while Kevin Durant’s 24.8 ranks him 13th.
Best Fantasy One-on-One Matchup This Week
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. LeBron James (Bucks at Cavaliers, Tuesday): According to PER, it doesn’t get better than this. LBJ leads the league in the category with 32.8. Antetokounmpo is second at 32.5.
Best Fantasy Matchup to Exploit
Remember that slow start from Kristaps Porzingis? Forget it. Entering the week, The Unicorn has averaged 31.2 points, eight rebounds and 2.4 blocks in his last five games. He’s going to have a choice matchup against the Kings on Saturday even with Zach Randolph likely drawing the matchup. Z-Bo can still play, but he’s in a mismatch against a younger, more athletic Porzingis, who’s playing like a first-round pick.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Nets, Celtics, Pacers, Heat, Thunder, Suns,
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Hawks, Bulls, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Bucks, Pelicans, Knicks, Magic, 76ers, Kings, Spurs, Raptors, Jazz, Warriors
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
Hornets, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Trail Blazers