Patrick Patterson, F/C Toronto Raptors (24%)
Jared Sullinger is still not close to a return, Pascal Siakam is a starter in name only and Patterson is finally taking advantage of his opportunity. Not only has Patterson scored in double digits in three of his last four contests, but he’ s also averaging a very nice 3.0 3-pointers per game over that stretch. With heavy playing time basically guaranteed right now in anything that resembles a close game, Patterson deserves to be rostered in competitive standard formats where benches run deep.
Dwight Powell, F/C Dallas Mavericks (6%)
Welcome back, Mr. Powell! We’ve talked about Dwight in this space before and now he deserves a new nomination with the current situation in Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki’s Achilles is going to keep him out indefinitely, Andrew Bogut went down with a knee injury on Monday and Rick Carlisle is quickly running out of options to play on the front line. While Harrison Barnes does spend time at power forward and Carlisle has wanted to give Justin Anderson at the four, the only potential options remaining at the five are Powell and Salah Mejri. A speculative pickup makes sense given Bogut’s injury history and Powell’s potential path to minutes.
Sam Dekker, F Houston Rockets (7%)
I’ve been a fan of Dekker’s potential under Mike D’Antoni, and I’m intrigued with the growing role that the sophomore seems to be enjoying. However, the concern about what Donatas Motiejunas will do to the rotation once he’s up to speed is real, and Dekker is likely going to be too inconsistent on most nights to validate a roster spot in leagues with fewer than 14 teams. But for those of you like myself in deeper leagues where the waiver wire is slim pickins, Dekker is worth a glance.
Jameer Nelson, PG Denver Nuggets (13%)
Emmanuel Mudiay’s minutes have declined in four straight games and Mike Malone may have had enough. After the head coach has openly expressed his frustration with the second-year point guard multiple times, Malone might just be ready to give Nelson a larger role going forward.
Five steals are certainly going to stand out in Nelson’s Monday night box score, but it’s the 30 minutes in a tight affair—after 26 minutes in his previous contest—that truly stand out most, especially in comparison to the amount of playing time Mudiay is seeing.
Dario Saric, F Philadelphia 76ers (46%)
Robert Covington is going to miss at least two more games, and that means we’re going to get more of Saric at small forward.
It’s a miniature two-game sample size, but Saric is absolutely rolling right now with averages of 19.0 points, 10.0 rebounds 3.0 triples and a steal on 54.2% shooting. If he was somehow dumped in your league due to the impatience of another fantasy GM, he needs to be scooped up immediately.