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Special Sauce Castillo

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

J.J. Redick, SG Los Angeles Clippers: 3-pointers


On a seemingly dominant Clippers team led by MVP candidates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, it’s easy to see how Redick’s solid numbers could have flown under the radar, But that doesn’t mean fantasy GMs should allow perception to become reality and allow a prime sales opportunity go by without market exploration.  With averages of 16.5 points, 2.8 triples and 1.1 steals on a tidy 49.6% from the field—including 51.7% from distance and 90.9% from the charity stripe—Redick has had a November to remember and then some.


The risks with Redick are real but not extreme, and that makes him an easy sell on the market. He’s the perfect kind of player to throw into a two-for-one trade that nets you the best player in the deal. Redick has never averaged more than a steal per contest like he’s doing currently and it’s worth noting that his average playing time and shots attempted are both down from last season.


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James Johnson, F Miami Heat: Steals, Blocks


Johnson’s ability to contribute money stats has always made him appealing, but his turbulent career in which he’s received varied amounts of opportunity have made him a tough sell. Now that he’s getting serious run with Justise Winslow (wrist) sidelined and Derrick Williams disappointing while Josh McRoberts and Luke Babbitt combine to do a whole lot of nothing, Johnson is playing well enough to warrant a roster spot in all formats with at least 12 teams.


Despite having a few clunkers thrown into the mix, JJ is averaging 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers during the month of November. If you trim that sample size to his last three games where he’s played at least 26 minutes in each one, Johnson has averaged 13.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.0 3PM on 16-of-25 (64%) shooting. Ride him while he’s hot, but be prepared to potentially move on when Winslow is ready to return. Johnson is helped by the fact that he plays both frontcourt spots. 


Nik Stauskas AKA Sauce Castillo, SG Philadelphia 76ers: 3-pointers


I know, I know—I can’t believe it either, so you can only imagine how the Sacramento Kings front office must feel.


With at least 23 minutes of playing time in all of his last six games, the Sauce has been hot with averages of 14.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.5 triples. That’s enough to warrant attention in 14-team leagues and simultaneously pique interest of 12-team owners. Category-chasers might want to bump up Sauce’s value up a smidge and there’s no reason he can’t continue to get minutes in a backcourt that isn’t exactly brimming with talent.   


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Robert Covington, F Philadelphia 76ers: Steals, 3-pointers


There isn’t a strong enough adjective to describe how rough it’s been for Covington so far this season. Although he’s been able to stay relevant due to his contributions from three-point land and on the defensive end, Covington is now shooting an unthinkably bad 25.7% from the floor through Philadelphia’s first 13 games. And it’s not like he’s shown any signs of breaking out of this horrific slump, either.


If you haven’t dropped him by now then you’re obviously waiting it out with the hope that he turns it around, but unlike in years prior Covington now actually has some real competition for minutes. Brett Brown has been hesitant to bench Covington through his struggles, but he may be forced into a difficult decision unless something changes in drastic fashion. Even with a potential reduction in minutes looming, RoCo is worth a hold so long as there isn’t an irresistible must-have—and I mean must-have—on the waiver wire.


Patrick Beverley, G Houston Rockets: Steals


I had more than a couple people ask me if Beverley was worth grabbing off the wire before his return and my answer is almost always the same when it comes to PB’s Jelly: It’s filling but not satisfying and often leaves you wanting more.


Beverley is a defensive pest, can dish a few dimes, has the ability to hit the long ball and is clearly going to play his fair share under Mike D’Antoni but there is no magnificent appeal when trying to sell his fantasy stock.  

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