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Here are the rules for this article:
1.) Each player must be owned in about 50 percent or less of all Yahoo leagues, but I’ll try to keep it as low as possible for those of you in competitive leagues.
2.) If a player graduates from this list to must-own status, I’ll be sure to mention it the following week.
3.) The players that I mention either have to be injured, on the fringe of the rotation (around 25 minutes or less), or simply just buried on the bench.
4.) I’m basing my rankings on standard 9-cat leagues.
Note: Alex Len was No. 1 on my list last week but is now owned in 62 percent of leagues and is a must-start player in all formats.
1.) Myles Turner (57 percent owned)
It’s amazing how many people have given up on the rookie after just one bad week. He’s hit the rookie wall and has been really quiet in two straight games, but this is a guy who averaged 13.4 points, 6.6 boards and 1.8 blocks on 51.0 percent shooting from the field in February. I doubt you will find a better option with as much upside as Turner on your wire, so stick with him.
2.) Markel Brown (11 percent owned)
He’s come out of nowhere and dropped a career-high 23 points with three triples on Saturday vs. the Wolves, and he also put up 21 points, eight boards, seven assists and three more triples in his previous outing. On a Nets’ team that lacks building blocks for the future, Brown should continue to get solid minutes down the stretch and is worth picking up in deeper leagues. I’m a little skeptical, but it helps that the Nets have a solid playoff schedule with five games in week 23.
3.) Jerryd Bayless (19 percent owned)
He wasn’t even going to be on my initial list, but the Bucks announced on Monday that Michael Carter-Williams will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery on his hip. Bayless is locked in for significant minutes unless the Bucks sign another PG, so he’s worth picking up in most leagues. Bayless has season averages of 10.6 points, 3.4 assists, 2.9 boards, 0.9 steals and 2.0 3-pointers.
4.) Mario Chalmers (30 percent owned)
He’s been logging a lot of minutes next to Mike Conley, so hopefully that continues even if Tony Allen (knee) can return on Monday vs. the Cavaliers. Chalmers’ game translates very nicely to fantasy and he’s putting up averages of 14.0 points, 3.2 assists, 2.0 boards, 3.0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 26.0 minutes over his last five games, so he’s worth a serious look if you need a guard.
5.) Jerami Grant (20 percent owned)
Jahlil Okafor (shin) and Nerlens Noel (knee) are both banged up which has allowed Grant to play 35.6 minutes per game over his last five. Grant is a unique talent and posted averages of 9.2 points, 7.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 blocks and 0.8 steals in that span, shooting 43.9 percent from the field. If you own Okafor or Noel, Grant will be a nice insurance policy to have down the stretch to keep the boards and blocks flowing in.
6.) Bobby Portis (19 percent owned)
The surprising return of Nikola Mirotic (hematoma) on Saturday killed Portis’ momentum and his playing time, as the rookie played just four minutes compared to 16 for Mirotic and 38 for Taj Gibson. The only glimmer of hope for the rookie is that Gibson has been battling a hamstring strain recently, so that could open up a lot more minutes if he has to miss time. For now, Portis is back to being just a stash in deeper formats.
7.) Dennis Schroder (32 percent owned)
After going for 17 points and nine assists in 29 minutes vs. the Warriors, Schroder fell back to earth in his last two games and played 19 or less minutes in both. He will occasionally close out a game like he did against the Warriors when Jeff Teague is having an off night, but this is still Teague’s team and Schroder should be treated as a handcuff for his owners. The minutes are just too low right now, but his production has been a pleasant surprise.
8.) Patty Mills (13 percent owned)
He’s been sneaky good over his last 10 games, averaging 10.7 points, 4.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.2 3-pointers in just 23.0 minutes. That’s good for top-100 value in standard leagues, but there certainly is some room to grow. San Antonio should rest their veterans such as Tony Parker down the stretch, so Mills could be a solid source of triples, dimes and steals during the fantasy playoffs.
9.) Stanley Johnson (32 percent owned)
His shoulder hasn’t progressed much and he actually needed another MRI. The Pistons are in ninth place in the East and are focused on getting into the playoffs, so Johnson is losing value by the day. It also doesn’t help that the Pistons are near full strength on the wings.
10.) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (2 percent owned)
He’s been recovering from ankle surgery, but he finally returned to full practice on Monday. The Nets won’t let him play until he gets his conditioning up, so he might be out for another week or two. There is a lot of competition for minutes on the wing, but RHJ is arguably one of the Nets’ best building blocks and they would be wise to give him a lot of opportunities during the last few weeks of the season. He was averaging 5.2 points, 6.1 boards and 1.4 steals in 22.1 minutes, so keep him on your radar if you’re looking for steals.