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Deep Waivers: Jan. 26, 2016

by Ethan Norof
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Note: All players must have an ownership rate that does not exceed 25 percent on Yahoo!

 

Corey Brewer, G/F Houston Rockets (5%)

 

With Dwight Howard (ankle) sidelined, the Rockets have turned to a small-ball lineup featuring Trevor Ariza at power forward and Corey Brewer at the three. Even when Howard is ready to return—which could be as soon as this week—the Rockets should strongly consider simply swapping Capela for Howard and leaving the rest as currently is. When Brewer is getting at least 20-25 minutes, he’s a bargain bin steals specialist.

 

Shabazz Muhammad, G/F Minnesota Timberwolves (12%)

 

Shabazz Muhammad’s game is all about scoring, so he’s a better fit in points formats than standard leagues. However, Muhammad is trending in the right direction, promises to play an increased role in the second half of the season and really only has to fend off veteran Tayshaun Prince for minutes with Andrew Wiggins starting at shooting guard. Pair that with the fact that Sam Mitchell said Bazz is earning more time on the court because he’s improving the team, and you’ve got a young, motivated scorer on a team emphasizing player development worth a dice roll in deeper formats. He’s especially attractive if you need to supplement your scoring. 

 

Larry Nance Jr, PF Los Angeles Lakers (10%)

 

After missing the last four straight games, Larry Nance (knee) is expected to return to the Lakers lineup on Tuesday, and it’s “probably” going to be as a starter. In 22 games serving in that role, Nance is averaging 7.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals on 55.6% shooting. I’m not worried about Julius Randle eating into Nance’s minutes, as Byron Scott and the Lakers have plenty of incentive to play Randle and Nance alongside each other, and Scott has admitted to being intrigued with the idea previously. It’s not hard to justify the move as the team is without an answer at small forward behind Kobe Bryant, and Roy Hibbert has been a pretty big disappointment during his inaugural season in Los Angeles.

 

Honorable Mention: Nikola Jokic, C Denver Nuggets (21%)

 

My man Nikola Jokic has already appeared here a couple of times so we won’t go into too much detail, and anyone continuing to sleep on the 20-year-old will do so at their own peril.  If you read my work regularly or follow me on Twitter (which you should be doing already), you know I’ve been selling Jokic’s stock all season. There’s still time to buy. 

Ethan Norof
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