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Eastern Conference Stashables

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Tim Hardaway Jr.- With Kyle Korver moving on to Cleveland, the Hawks will need perimeter shooting and THJ might be their best purse shooter. He’s been solid in three straight games,  averaging 18.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 assist and 4.0 triples in 26.0 minutes in that span. Kent Bazemore is still a roadblock, but he hasn’t exactly been lighting it up. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Taurean Prince- The Hawks have made it clear that they’re rebuilding, so Prince is going to get minutes sooner rather than later. Just like we saw with Korver, Thabo Sefolosha could be the next wing to be moved, as the veteran is on the final year of a very reasonable contract. Sefolosha is averaging 26.1 minutes per game, so I would expect the bulk of those minutes to go straight to Prince. The rookie has per-36 minute averages of 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.3 triples. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 16-team leagues and in dynasty formats

 

 

Mike Muscala- Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that the Hawks will move on from Paul Millsap “sooner rather than later,” potentially leaving Muscala as the next man up. The forward has per-36 minute averages of 13.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 triples on 52.9 percent shooting from the field and 75.0 percent from the line, so that will translate very well to standard-league value. 

 

Recommendation: Worst stashing in 12-team leagues

 

 

Caris LeVert- The Nets have nothing to play for this season because the Celtics can swap first-round picks with them, so player development is their only focus. LeVert is the shooting guard of the future for Brooklyn, but he can play several different positions on the floor which will widen his path to minutes. His minutes have been all over the place, but he’s had some nice moments. It will probably be another month before the Nets take the training wheels off, but he’s a name to put on your watch list.

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 16-team leagues and in dynasty formats

 

 

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- He’s had trouble staying healthy this season and that’s likely why his minutes have been held in check. The Nuggets could shop veteran SG/SF Bojan Bogdanovic at the trade deadline, potentially opening a lot more minutes for RHJ. He has per-36 minute averages of 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.4 triples, so he’s a defensive specialist that could help you win the steals category week after week. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in standard leagues

 

 

Justin Hamilton- His minutes have trailed off since his hot start to the season, but he did score 16 points with eight rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 22 minutes on Jan. 5 against the Pacers. Brook Lopez will be a shut-down candidate once we hit March and it’s always a possibility that he’s traded, so Hamilton is worth putting on your watch list. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Isaiah Whitehead- Jeremy Lin can’t shake his hamstring issue and I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t play much in March-April. Whitehead has not been efficient by any means, but he’s improving every day and the Nets are going to give him plenty of burn in the coming months. He has per-36 minute averages of 11.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.9 triples. The blocks are intriguing, so I’m interested to see how he progresses. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 16-team leagues

 

 

 

Jeremy Lamb- He’s more of a short-term stash for now, as Nicolas Batum (knee) is expected to miss 1-2 weeks. Lamb has played great this season, but coach Steve Clifford has yet to unleash him. His per-36 minute averages of 19.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.2 triples are impressive, but he’s only played an average of 17.0 minutes per game this season. That needs to change. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Doug McDermott- He has scored in double digits in four straight games and has played 29 or more minutes in all those, averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in that span. He’s just a shooter, so there’s not much upside here. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Michael Carter-Williams- Since taking over as the starting PG, MCW has posted averages of 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 block, 1.3 steals and 1.7 turnovers on 35.5 percent shooting. He’s going to put up decent numbers, but his inefficiency is really going to limit his upside. Rajon Rondo is likely done as a Bull and it’s not like the Bulls will turn to Jerian Grant

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in standard leagues

 

 

Willie Reed- Hassan Whiteside’s latest eye injury isn’t all that serious, but he has played through elbow, hip and knee injuries this season and the Heat are now 11-26 in the East. I predicted that Whiteside will be a shut-down candidate in March, meaning Reed would be the last man standing at the center spot. While he has been inconsistent, Reed has averaged 10.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in three starts this season. He’s more of a handcuff for Whiteside’s owners right now, but he’s also a decent stash. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Malcolm Brogdon- He’s not really a stash anymore, as I think he should be owned in all leagues. I have a feeling that he will keep his starting role even when Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) returns, as Brogdon has averaged 12.5 points, 7.3 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 0.8 triples in four starts this season.

 

Recommendation: Worth owning in all leagues

 

 

John Henson- The big man has cooled off significantly, but there’s still some hope for him as Greg Monroe could be traded at the deadline — Monroe can opt out of his contract this summer so the Bucks won’t want to lose him for nothing. Miles Plumlee is not a threat, so Henson could realistically see close to 30 minutes per night if the Bucks can find a new home for Monroe. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

 

Khris Middleton- We keep hearing rumors that Middleton (hamstring) is targeting a return after the All-Star break, and while that seems unlikely, it’s hard to ignore a player with top-30 upside in standard leagues. If you’re in a league with an IR spot, Middleton absolutely should be owned. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in standard leagues if you have an IR slot. 

 

 

Brandon Jennings- Do you really think Derrick Rose is going to be healthy the rest of the way? Yeah, I don’t either. Jennings has made five starts this season with averages of 17.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals, and while he’s not a league winner by any means, he would become a must-own player in all formats if Rose goes down. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Aaron Gordon- He hasn’t lived up to the hype, but Gordon has looked so much better in the new year. He’s averaging 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 triples per game over his last three, and just like we saw last season, the Magic could unleash him down the stretch since they likely won’t be in the playoff hunt.

 

Recommendation: Worth owning in all leagues

 

 

Nerlens Noel- Even in limited minutes, Noel has looked better than Jahlil Okafor this season and he’s a much better fit next to Joel Embiid. The Noel-Embiid lineup combo has a net rating of 30.7 this season, while the Okafor-Embiid combo has a -21.5 net rating. However, it doesn’t really matter as it’s basically a lock that one or the other will be moved prior to the deadline. If Noel can find himself consistent minutes, he will be an elite source of blocks, steals and rebounds.

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in standard leagues

 

T.J. McConnell- If he ever becomes the full-time starter, McConnell would be an intriguing pickup in all leagues. The 76ers have won all three games that McConnell has started this season, and he’s averaging 11.7 points, 8.3 assists, 6.3 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.0 3-pointer in that span. Now let's see if he holds onto his starting job with Sergio Rodriguez (ankle) returning from injury on Friday (Jan. 6). 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in standard leagues