Caris LeVert, G/F Brooklyn Nets
Kenny Atkinson just can’t stop gushing about this kid.
Although Brooklyn surprised many when the Nets selected LeVert 21st overall, he’s beginning to show why the franchise was so high on him. Atkinson has demonstrated no hesitancy in having him play big (read: important) minutes, and his role is only going to continue to grow as he’s allowed to do more for a bad Nets team that wants to see more of him in action.
Ivica Zubac, C Los Angeles Lakers
I know, I know—it’s been just one game, but Zubac’s upside has been undeniable since draft night and his work ethic is legitimate. He’s a fundamentally sound player who continues to draw the praise of the coaching staff and feels like a nice deep league stash.
Robin Lopez, C Chicago Bulls
One week after I had finally had enough, Lopez has rebounded in a big way by averaging 12.6 points, 7.0 boards and 1.8 blocks over his last five games. Even with the pleasant uptick, he’s still just a low-end hold in 12-team formats.
Garrett Temple, G Sacramento Kings
When Rudy Gay missed 10 of 11 games with an injury earlier this season, Temple averaged 10.2 points, 3.4 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 triples on 42.4% from the field. Now Gay is out for the season and Temple is looking at a major bump in usage.
Sean Kilpatrick, G Brooklyn Nets
Kilpatrick has really fallen off and the fact that he hasn’t done much this time around without Jeremy Lin available is concerning. Given he’s doing more harm than good for your team with 9.4 points, 3.9 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals on 33.7% shooting this month, there should be better options available.
Avery Bradley, G Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens admitted that Bradley might have returned too soon from his Achilles soreness, so those relying on his services should be bracing for several more upcoming DNP’s. I still like Bradley’s long-term stock, and it feels like he can be had at a discount right now with some feeling anxious about the injury.
D’Angelo Russell, PG Los Angeles Lakers
After looking like he was ready to turn a corner, Russell has really struggled over his last five matchups with 9.6 points, 4.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals and just 0.4 3PM on an awful 20-of-61 (32.8%) shooting. There is a chance to buy low, but there has been no evidence to suggest D-Lo is going to shake the inconsistency in his sophomore season.
Sergio Rodriguez, PG Philadelphia 76ers
T.J. McConnell—who deserves to play the majority of point guard minutes and be this team’s starter—went from out indefinitely to back in action in one game flat, so any fantasy GM that rushed to burn a pickup on Spanish Chocolate have to be kicking themselves.
Bismack Biyombo, C Orlando Magic
With January averages of 5.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.4 blocks, Biyombo has no place on your fantasy roster.