Seth Curry, G Dallas Mavericks (22%)
Public Service Announcement: The Seth Curry experience is only going to get better from here on out. Your patience should be rewarded.
There were a lot of questions about Curry’s fantasy stock following a very rocky start to the season, but it’s been significantly quieter ever since he returned from his sprained knee. It’s not just because some fantasy GMs stopped paying attention, either.
Prior to Monday’s game vs. New Orleans in which Curry made sure everyone saw his performance with 16 points, seven assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes, he had already turned it up a notch with averages of 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and 2.6 triples on a smooth 20-of-40 (50%) shooting over his previous five outings.
The biggest takeaway here is that Curry is producing and getting consistent minutes with Deron Williams—who is unexpectedly playing well recently—and Devin Harris both healthy and on a Mavs team that’s hard-charging toward the NBA Draft Lottery there could be even more fun ahead on the other side of the All-Star break.
Curry was selected as a long-term investment with season-changing potential during the fantasy playoffs. Nothing has changed in that regard.
Marreese Speights, F/C Los Angeles Clippers (23%)
Speights has been a spark to a much-improved Clippers bench, and although he has more value in reality than fantasy, the well-traveled big man has started to come on since just before Blake Griffin (knee surgery) went down. Although Speights isn’t exactly looking at a major spike in playing time without BG available, he really doesn’t need a lot of minutes to have his impact felt.
Entering Monday’s matchup vs. Denver, Speights had averaged 12.6 points, 4.2 boards and 2.0 3PM on 20-of-36 (55.6%) from the field in his last five showings. If your team needs a center-eligible player capable of stretching the floor, give Speights a look at the back end of your roster.
Ty Lawson, PG Sacramento Kings (18%)
There appears to be a changing of the (point) guard in Sacramento.
I know Lawson had an absolutely forgettable 2015-16 season for reasons on and off the floor, but it’s awfully strange that some want to act as if the talent gap between him and Darren Collison is some immeasurable distance like we’re talking about going from John Wall to Trey Burke.
Previous to Monday against Philadelphia, Lawson had really started to emerge as a possible waiver wire option by averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals and a 3-pointer on 22-of-39 (56.4%) from the field. With his playing time on the rise and Dave Joerger riding the hot hand at point guard, make sure you’re monitoring this situation closely if in need of help at the position.
James Johnson, F Miami Heat (22%)
Even before the Heat needed Johnson’s versatility at both ends of the court due to injuries, the veteran forward had started to emerge as an Erik Spoelstra kind of player. Then Justise Winslow (wrist) missed a huge chunk of games, and Johnson solidified himself as a key piece in the rotation. As Spo’s team has started to get healthier, JJ has maintained his minutes and managed to contribute across the box score.
It’s not sexy, but Johnson’s December averages sit at 12.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 3-pointers on a red-hot 57% shooting over approximately 24 minutes per contest. If Johnson begins to contribute defensively like we’ve seen him capable of doing prior his appeal will only grow.
Montrezl Harrell, F/C Houston Rockets (19%)
Clint Capela (leg) is out for the foreseeable future and old man Nene is not a threat to Harrell’s newfound role. In Harrell’s first three games as Houston’s starting center, the sophomore has averaged 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 swats with an elite (20-of-28, 71.4%) field goal percentage.