Note: All players must have an ownership rate that does not exceed 25 percent on the Yahoo platform.
Toney Douglas, G New Orleans Pelicans (19%): Even if Norris Cole (back) returns to action this week, Douglas is going to have to carry a bigger load for a Pelicans team that’s been decimated. Over his last four games, Douglas is averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists 1.8 steals and 2.5 3-pointers on 44.2% shooting. Those are must-start kind of numbers, and yes, we’re talking about Toney Douglas.
Tim Frazier, PG New Orleans Pelicans (8%): Like Douglas, Frazier—operating on a temporary contract that will almost undoubtedly be extended—has taken advantage of his opportunity. He’s more susceptible to a decrease in playing time if Cole returns, but Frazier has excelled in three games since signing, averaging 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.7 3PM on 62.5% from the field.
Luke Babbitt, SF New Orleans Pelicans (1%): You’ve got to be really desperate for triples and in a really deep league, but Babbitt should see consistent minutes in the mid-to-high-20s currently with Ryan Anderson (groin) hurting. If Ryno is shutdown early—a distinct possibility—the Pelicans simply won’t have any other options.
Thabo Sefolosha, G/F Atlanta Hawks (5%): I wrote about Sefolosha in The Specialists on Sunday, but he’s worth repeating here considering he hasn’t appeared on most radar screens yet. Prior to Monday’s game vs. Washington, Sefolosha was averaging 11.6 points, 5.8 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.4 triples in his previous five contests.
Channing Frye, F/C Cleveland Cavaliers (9%): Like Sefolosha, Frye was featured in the linked column above, and it’s clear he’s going to play for Cleveland despite Kevin Love’s presence. If you need a big man capable of contributing from distance while doing very little else, give Frye a look.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SG Brooklyn Nets (3%): Hollis-Jefferson is slated to make his return from ankle surgery on Tuesday, and he was a fantasy-friendly contributor prior to going down. He makes sense as a speculative add in leagues with at least 16 teams, but I wouldn’t extend a huge leash.
Donatas Motiejunas, F Houston Rockets (3%): Michael Beasley is rightfully drawing the headlines in Houston, but Motiejunas has been better over his last four, averaging 12.0 points, 5.3 boards, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 3PM on 51.4% from the field. Still, he’ll need to do a little more to really be relevant.