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Over & Under: Barnes & Barnes

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

To qualify for either side of this list, candidates must be above or below the 50% ownership line on Yahoo rosters.




Al Jefferson, F/C Charlotte Hornets (87%): Since the All-Star Break, Big Al is checking in with averages of just 11.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks on 51% shooting. The Hornets formed their identity without Jefferson for much of the season; don’t expect a sudden shift in direction.


Danny Green, G/F San Antonio Spurs (73%): The versatility is nice, but the volume is not. Entering Thursday’s contest vs. Chicago, Green was averaging 6.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 3-pointers on 37.1% shooting over his prior 10 games.


Markieff Morris, F/C Washington Wizards (65%): Morris has played 28 minutes or more in three straight games, averaging 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and not much else on 48.5% shooting. Even with Bradley Beal banged up and Otto Porter trending down, Morris shouldn’t be attractive fantasy asset down the stretch.


Wesley Matthews, G/F Dallas Mavericks (74%): I moved on from Matthews in the one place I rostered him this season earlier in the campaign, and I’d encourage you to liberate yourself in similar fashion. Despite providing deceptive value due to his contributions in triples and steals, a paltry field goal percentage (38.5%) and replaceable scoring (12.1 PPG) means he’s really not the asset some make him out to be. Matthews has been particularly bad in March, averaging 9.8 points (1.2 3PM, 1.4 stl) on 34.7% from the field.


Andre Iguodala, G/F Golden State Warriors (62%): Iguodala is on nearly 20% more fantasy rosters than Gary Harris (45%). That’s just unacceptable.


Harrison Barnes, F Golden State Warriors (70%): In the year of Steph Curry and Draymond Green, it just hasn’t happened for Harrison Barnes, who is averaging a very ordinary 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 triples on 45.1% shooting since the break.




Mike Dunleavy, G/F Chicago Bulls (15%): Entering Thursday’s matchup vs. San Antonio, Dunleavy had averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.4 3-pointers over his previous five games. Even once Jimmy Butler (knee) reenters the lineup, Dunleavy should hold value as a specialist. 


Markel Brown, SG Brooklyn Nets (10%): Brown’s ride to the finish line is going to be paved with some speed bumps, but he’s a real talent who should get big minutes—and an opportunity to show off his real skill—the rest of the way.


Taj Gibson, PF Chicago Bulls (41%): So long as Gibson’s health (ankle, hamstring) holds up, he’s going to be locked into monster minutes as the Bulls compete for a playoff spot. Before Thursday’s game against the Spurs, Gibson was averaging 8.9 points, 7.7 boards, 1.1 blocks, 0.6 steals and just 1.0 turnovers on 52.8% shooting.


Ian Mahinmi, C Indiana Pacers (35%): Over his last four games, Mahinmi is averaging 9.8 points, 8.8 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.0 blocks on 48.5% shooting. He’s well worth deploying when producing in this fashion.


Matt Barnes, G/F Memphis Grizzlies (39%): Memphis’ paper-thin frontline isn’t getting any deeper, and the injuries are really starting to pile up for the outstretched Grizzlies. Although March has started on a sour note and his shot is currently MIA, Barnes’ numbers since the All-Star Break—10.5 points, 4.7 boards, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks, 1.6 3PM and 1.6 turnovers on 35.7% shooting—show the kind of impact he’s capable of having on your team.


Jerami Grant, F Philadelphia 76ers (20%): It’s now five straight games of 30-plus minutes for Jerami Grant, who is going to be the biggest beneficiary of Jahlil Okafor’s (knee) continued absence. If you need a blocks specialist capable of the occasional stat-stuffing line, Grant is your guy. 


Isaiah Canaan, PG Philadelphia 76ers (11%): Is Canaan efficient? Absolutely not. But does he fit the bill for a bargain bin specialist? Absolutely. Over his last six games, Canaan is averaging 13.8 points and 3.0 3-pointers while playing at least 28 minutes in five of those affairs.  

Ethan Norof
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