Note: All players must have an ownership rate that does not exceed 25 percent on Yahoo.
Patty Mills, G San Antonio Spurs (8%)
San Antonio is going to play the long game with Manu Ginobili’s recovery from surgery, and that means Patty Mills is going to have extended run in the interim. With double-digit points in three of his last four games, Mills is averaging 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.5 triples during that stretch. It’s clear Mills has earned Gregg Popovich’s trust as a key reserve off the bench, and that can’t be understated given Ginobili’s injury as well as the maintenance plan Tony Parker is likely to be on as the Spurs head toward the postseason.
Patrick Patterson, F/C Toronto Raptors (15%)
Patrick Patterson’s presence on this list is about the potential for him to be traded this week. A name that’s been floated as a possible fit in Chicago and Brooklyn, Double-P would receive a bump in value if moved to either of those teams. Of the two destinations, those considering a Patterson stash should be rooting for Brooklyn, where he’d immediately slide in as the starting four in the event Thaddeus Young is moved. The Nets desperately need to find young players capable of taking the next step, and Patterson would get a ton of opportunity to show off what he’s capable of doing. If no trade is consummated, Patterson won’t be worth rostering in standard formats.
E’Twaun Moore, G Chicago Bulls (13%)
The Bulls are scrapping for offense without Jimmy Butler (knee) in the lineup, and E’Twaun Moore promises to be a busy man in McBuckets’ absence. Over his last five games, Moore is averaging 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers. That’s not the kind of production that promises to blow your opposition out of the water, but Moore offers some low-end versatility for those in need of a short-term boost in order to make it into the playoff mix.
Markel Brown, SG Brooklyn Nets (1%)
Brooklyn’s shooting guard situation has been a black hole since promising rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was lost to ankle surgery, and despite RHJ targeting a return in March, Markel Brown is poised to enjoy a larger role moving forward on a team that needs to evaluate its young pieces and focus on player development. With double-digit points in three straight games while playing at least 20 minutes in each, the former second-round pick is averaging 14.7 points and 2.7 triples over that span of time. Given Joe Johnson is a strong buyout candidate and Hollis-Jefferson likely to face playing time restrictions upon his return, Brown’s minutes and production should be sustainable. If you’re scraping the bottom of the bargain bin for triples and points, don’t be afraid to give him a look.