Ivica Zubac, C Los Angeles Lakers (24%)
I’m expecting Zubac—who came into Monday’s tilt vs. Denver with averages of 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks on 11-of-18 (61.1%) shooting over his prior two outings—to be starting the rest of the way, but that won’t necessarily always equate to big minutes because of small-ball matchups and the intrigue behind the Julius Randle-Larry Nance pairing. That being said, the 7’1” rookie continues to flash salivating fantasy potential and holds immediate value—with ample room to grow—as a blocks specialist in standard formats.
Larry Nance, Jr., F Los Angeles Lakers (20%)
Nance is unlikely to ever become a flashy fantasy asset, but he has underappreciated appeal and has the potential to be a difference-maker in the steals category. Prior to Tuesday’s game, Nance had quietly averaged 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 steals with just 0.4 turnovers on 19-of-30 (63.3%) from the field.
Wayne Ellington, G/F Miami Heat (13%)
I know what you’re thinking—Wayne Ellington, really? Is he serious?—and completely understand, but he’s had a fire lit underneath him in March with averages of 14.4 points, 2.6 boards and a whopping 4.0 triples on 49.3% from the floor, including an absolutely ridiculous 47.5% from distance. There are worse options for those hunting triples, especially if that category decides whether or not you’re headed to the playoffs. Wayne Ellington, right? Right.
Richaun Holmes, F/C Philadelphia 76ers (32%)
Over his last seven games, Holmes has averaged 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 3-pointers with 0.9 turnovers on 62.1% shooting. Those would be must-own numbers if he could get the money stats to at least one per contest, and it’s not as if Holmes is all that far off.
Malcolm Brogdon, G Milwaukee Bucks (38%)
With 15 points, eight assists, a steal, a block and three triples with a whopping 32.5 minutes in his first game back, expect Brogdon to again become a much more popular name to fly off of the waiver wire.
Vince Carter, G/F Memphis Grizzlies (3%)
There is no chance that Carter is going to be perfect from the field or hit six triples with an insane fantasy line (24 points, five boards, two assists, three steals, one turnover, six 3PM, 8-of-8 FGs) with any kind of consistency moving forward, but that’s one heck of a way to debut as the new starting small forward with Chandler Parsons (knee) toast for the season. Carter is going to have to play a steady role on the wing with Parsons out, but the level of expectation should be set at the appropriate height. Asking the 40-year-old to play big minutes down the stretch is a risky proposition, but the Grizzlies don’t exactly have a ton of options. If you’re in a deep league where the waiver wire is dry, Carter is certainly worth a look.