Hey guys, welcome back to Stashables! Each week I’m going to compile a ranked list of 10 season-long stashes who could make all the difference for your fantasy team down the stretch.
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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.
1.) Myles Turner (53 percent owned)
How is his ownership still this low? Yes, the rookie had a slow couple of weeks, but you simply don’t drop a player with this much upside. He flashed his potential once again on Sunday vs. the Hawks with 19 points, five boards, two steals and one block in 37 minutes, and it’s obvious that he’s going to play a pivotal role down the stretch. Hopefully this is the last time I’ll have to say this, but Turner needs to be owned in all leagues.
2.) Lance Stephenson (49 percent)
If he still hasn’t been picked up in your league, stop what you’re doing and grab him immediately. Stephenson looks like he’s getting his confidence back and is averaging 16.6 points, 5.8 boards, 3.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five games. With Mike Conley (Achilles) possibly out for the rest of the regular season, Stephenson is going to carry the Memphis offense going forward. When asked about what the Grizzlies will do down the stretch, coach Dave Joerger said he wants his team to "just give it to Lance [Stephenson] and get out of the way." It’s worth noting that Stephenson has a minor wrist issue, but his status for Monday’s game is unclear.
3.) Evan Turner (51 percent)
Jae Crowder (ankle) is going to miss a couple of weeks and possibly more, so Turner should benefit the most in his absence and could start. Turner has been playing well all season and is averaging 11.0 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 boards and 1.8 steals over his last five games, and he could be in for a big couple of weeks even though he won’t help you with any 3-pointers.
4.) Bobby Portis (10 percent)
He’s lost a lot of steam in recent weeks, but Pau Gasol (knee) is going to miss at least a couple of games which will push Portis back into the rotation. I still think Nikola Mirotic will benefit the most, but the Bulls have to give Portis at least 24 minutes, right? I’m too stubborn to give up on the promising rookie.
5.) Ray McCallum (17 percent)
I always want to throw Briante Weber’s name in here, as they will both be competing for the starting PG spot in Memphis with Mike Conley (Achilles) out. Weber is more of a defensive specialist, so I think McCallum is the better gamble in deeper leagues. He looked great in his Memphis debut with 13 points, four boards, two assists, one block, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes, and he even logged some minutes at SG which also benefits Weber. The Grizzlies are running out of bodies, so both guards could be looking at heavy minutes.
6.) Jusuf Nurkic (35 percent)
He’s back. Nurkic is finally in Denver’s rotation again and led a furious comeback vs. the Wizards on Saturday, scoring 17 points with four boards and two blocks in just 18 minutes. Coach Malone plans on giving him “a lot” more playing time, but unfortunately he tweaked his surgically-repaired knee in the last two minutes of Saturday’s game and is now a game-time call vs. the Heat on Monday. If he’s able to play, Nurkic could make some noise down the stretch and we all know that the upside is there.
7.) Justise Winslow (19 percent)
With Dwyane Wade (shoulder, thigh) banged up, the Heat may have to rely on their rookie a lot more this week. When Wade was out on Saturday, Winslow had a productive outing with 11 points, five boards, two assists, one block and three steals in 43 minutes. He doesn’t have a lot of upside yet because he lacks a 3-point shot, but he could be a decent pickup with all the minutes he may have to soak up.
8.) Willie Cauley-Stein (14 percent)
Coach George Karl finally got a clue on Sunday and gave his rookie some meaningful minutes, and he responded with 10 points, seven boards, one block and one steal in 29 minutes. There’s absolutely no reason for Karl to not play him over Quincy Acy and Kosta Koufos moving forward, so hopefully WCS’s role will only grow from here on out.
9.) Dennis Schroder (28 percent)
He was in the doghouse on Saturday and played just three minutes vs. the Grizzlies, but he was back in the rotation on Sunday and had eight points and five assists. Jeff Teague is healthy and playing well, so Schroder is only guaranteed minutes in the teens on most nights. For now, Schroder is just a quality handcuff for Teague’s owners, but he would become a must-own player if Teague ever went down.
10.) Jerami Grant (18 percent)
He was probably dropped in a lot of leagues because he suffered a concussion, but he should be back this week. With Jahlil Okafor (knee) out for the season, Grant could be the starting PF or SF the rest of the way and will be a solid source of blocks.