Start Wizards’ Otto Porter, Pick Up Nets’ Jarrett Allen
Wizards' Otto Porter Back In a Groove
Otto Porter WAS - START 'EM
Porter hit a skid recently, but now he is back rolling, even with John Wall on the shelf. Since Wall went down, Porter has averaged just a tick under 20 points and has gotten more involved as a distributor, handing out more than four dimes per game. Porter seems to be over the hip injury that was holding him back earlier, and he has settled into a groove. If you held him out for a week or two, now is the time to plug him back in just like old times.
Otto Porter. Better FG%, 3P%. Rebounds, steals, offensive rating, win shares, real plus minus, box plus minus. Porter’s basically better in almost every traditional or advanced statistic
— Joel (@skinsfanh) January 31, 2018
Tyreke Evans MEM - SIT 'EM
Evans will be held out by the Grizzlies until they move him ahead of the trade deadline on Thursday. Evans suffered a minor wrist injury last week and hasn't played since, as the Grizzlies are trying to play it safe with him to make sure they get a good return for whatever move they decide to make. There are plenty of teams vying for his services, but none that would give him a bump in Fantasy value. Whichever team lands him will likely use him as a third guard off the bench, not a main option in the offense. He may still stay somewhat relevant in Fantasy, but now would be a good time to move him yourself if possible. Inside Injuries still has him at a High Injury Risk with a Poor HPF (Health Performance Factor).
T.J. McConnell PHI - START 'EM
J.J. Reddick will be out for a few weeks due to a fractured tibia (8-10 week Optimal Recovery Time), which opens the door for McConnell, who has put up solid numbers when he's gotten the minutes this year. McConnell has averaged 16 points, five assists and three steals per game since Reddick has gone down, making him worthy of a start in deeper leagues. He's a solid secondary ball handler next to Ben Simmons, and his shooting helps Philly keep the floor spaced. Give him a look if you need guard help this week.
D'Angelo Russell BKLN - SIT 'EM
Russell finally returned on Sunday, but don't expect him to give you usable numbers for at least a week or two. He played just 18 minutes in his first game back, though, that was partially due to foul trouble. He's still an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor according to Inside Injuries as he works his way back from serious knee surgery. He also will likely be held out of plenty of games for rest moving forward. Hold him out of your lineups for at least this first week back, but keep an eye on him. He should be an asset moving forward.
Waiver Wire Players to Pick Up
Jarrett Allen - C BKN (44% Yahoo)
When Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went down last week with an ankle injury, we recommended that you take a flyer on Quincy Acy, his backup power forward. But in hindsight, there was another better option. The Nets coach decided to go with youth, and rookie center Jarrett Allen was the beneficiary of the extra minutes. Allen has since dominated in his newly found playing time, averaging 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. And that was still with relatively limited playing time. While his average of 21.8 minutes per game over the span was well over his season average of 17.5, he still has a lot of upward potential for minutes.
Allen found his extra minutes when Hollis-Jefferson went out with an injury, but it seems like the coaching staff desires to keep Allen on the court. This means that he is not at risk of losing playing time, even when Hollis-Jefferson returns. Allen is a long-term add in just about all leagues.
Reggie Bullock - SF DET (26%)
With the players lost to the Blake Griffin trade, as well as injuries to point guards Reggie Jackson and Dwight Buycks and shooting guard Luke Kennard, the Pistons’ backcourt is slim pickings right now. This means that they will likely shift players down to fill in some gaps, including small forward Reggie Bullock picking up some time at shooting guard. Bullock had already picked up some minutes from Stanley Johnson when Bullock became the starter last week, but with the Blake Griffin trade as well as additional injuries, it will be 40 minutes per game for Bullock for the foreseeable future.
Bullock has been shooting great over the past several games, .509 from the field and .471 from 3-point range over his last five games. This has helped him score 15 per game over that span. Bullock may or may not be a long-term asset, as he seems to be shooting over his head the last few games, and it may be unsustainable. Not to mention the uncertainty of his minutes once some of the injured players start coming back. For now, he is at least a bench piece for most Fantasy teams, and he should be picked up if you are weaker at small forward.
Andrew Harrison - PG MEM (15%)
As it stands right now, Andrew Harrison is the only healthy point guard on the Grizzlies’ roster. Mike Conley, who has been dealing with an Achilles injury since the end of November, recently had season ending surgery. Mario Chalmers, who has been out three games with a hamstring injury, is rumored to be on the trading block. This is good news for Andrew Harrison.
Harrison has been the de facto starter since Conley went out with his injury, but his playing time has been inconsistent. When he has had the minutes, he has scored (since Dec. 1st, when he has had 30-plus minutes, he is averaging 13.8 points, when has had less than 30 he has averaged 7.5). Of course, you would expect less scoring in shorter stints, but he is actually more efficient when he is on the court for longer. In those 30-plus minute games, he scores 21.0 points/48 minutes. In the games he plays less than 30 minutes, he scores just 15.9/48 minutes. He scores more points per minute when he is given more court time. So as his playing time increases, not only should you expect a points boost due to the minutes increase, but also an additional boost due to his increased efficiency.
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Otto Porter Photo Credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
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