It's a short week for Week 11 in the fantasy basketball world, however, let's dive in. Only two teams have four games (LAL, POR) while two teams only play twice (IND, MEM). The rest of the association plays three games.
The Maryland product has seen a spike in usage/touches since the Taurean Prince (ankle) injury, putting up averages of 14.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.2 steals, and 2.8 triples in 32.8 minutes over his last five games. Atlanta opens the new year with two straight four-game weeks so that works in his favor as well. He’s shooting over 41 percent from deep on the season, and Kent Bazemore’s name has been in trade rumors.
Johnson has a clear shot at a top-100 value with Goran Dragic out indefinitely following a knee scope. He’s averaging 17.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 3.0 triples in just under 30 minutes over his last three games, but his value hinges on his shooting percentages going forward — he’s hitting 44.1% from the field and just 69.6 percent from the line on the season.
If points and assists are what you need, Barea has put up 11.6 ppg and 5.5 apg in his 20 minutes a game this year and is a low-ceiling, relatively no-nonsense source of production when on the floor. Jalen Brunson has been losing minutes consistently and Dennis Smith Jr. has been awful playing off the ball and has come up in trade rumors.
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Marvin is white hot right now. He's absolutely rolling right now after a brutal slump to start the season. Since returning from his shoulder injury seven games ago, Williams has been the 34th ranked player with 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 3.1 triples on 47.8 percent shooting. Hornets should stay competitive in the second half so he should stay locked into lineups.
Tucker has gotten hot, posting 12.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.0 spg and 3.2 3s over his last five. He's seeing more playing time with Chris Paul being out. As long as he's out, Tucker is going to average 35 mins per game. I would add him if he’s still out there, and don't hesitate to move on at the first sign that this run is over.
He continues to be all over the place, but Olynyk has top-95 value over the past two weeks with 12.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.5 triples. Most of his minutes have been coming at the four lately, and that’s great news with Whiteside and Adebayo splitting the center minutes.
Holmes has been a top-70 player for the past month in just 19.4 minutes per game. He’s averaging 10.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, hitting 68.5 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line. If the Suns wake up and use him next to Ayton for just a handful of minutes he’ll have a shot at early-round value.
Since Paul Millsap (toe) went down, Plumlee is putting up 9.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocks in 27.0 minutes. The steal/block totals are going to rise based on his season-long output, and he’s firmly ahead of Trey Lyles in coach Malone’s book. He should crack the top-100 over the next few weeks, but beware of his FT%
He’s averaging a well-rounded 9.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks, hitting 62.8 percent from the field and 92.9 percent from the line. So much for Willy Hernangomez breaking out.