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.) Jusuf Nurkic (49 percent owned)
He’s finally been freed! I’ve been waiting patiently all season to see Nurkic get a chance and hopefully now you can see why I’m so high on him. His knee has limited him all season and he’s still not 100 percent, yet he’s averaging 12.6 points, 5.2 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.0 steals in just 22.0 minutes over his last five games. He can put some serious numbers in a hurry, so it doesn’t really matter if his minutes don’t go up much. He has to be in all lineups with four games on the schedule for the Nuggets this week.
2.) D.J. Augustin (36 percent owned)
He’s been one of the biggest surprises over the last few weeks of the season and coach Michael Malone calls him his “security blanket.” The Nuggets still want to develop Emmanuel Mudiay down the stretch, but that shouldn’t matter because Malone isn’t afraid to use two-PG lineups. He’s averaging 15.8 points, 6.2 assists, 2.0 boards, 1.4 steals and 2.4 treys over his last five games, shooting 47.9 percent from the field.
3.) Myles Turner (58 percent owned)
He followed up his 24-point, 16-board and three-block performance with two duds in a row, so hopefully an impatient owned dropped him in your league. The Pacers play four times this week and Turner should bounce back against the reeling Bulls on Tuesday in a big way, so he’s still a must-own player in my book. Like most rookies, there will be some more bumps in the road moving forward, but the upside is definitely there.
4.) Josh Richardson (31 percent owned)
He’s probably the most improved rookie since the All-Star break and it’s really not that close. “They're in the gym all the time together," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said in regards to Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow. "On the road, they'll find gyms on off-days. I don't even know where they go. But they're working on shooting, ball handling, finishing.” Richardson is averaging 14.8 points, 2.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games and it doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down. The Heat play four times this week. (Source: Sun-Sentinel)
5.) Willie Cauley-Stein (31 percent owned)
His coach still doesn’t like him, but WCS has been a beast over his last two games with averages of 23.5 points, 6.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 steals in 28.5 minutes. DeMarcus Cousins is a shut-down candidate down the stretch and is even doubtful for Monday’s game vs. the Blazers, so WCS is one the hottest pickups in fantasy right now. The Kings won’t make the postseason, so hopefully WCS will continue to get as many minutes as he can handle.
6.) JaMychal Green (20 percent owned)
He disappeared last week when Zach Randolph returned from his injury, but Z-Bo is dealing with a sore knee once again and could get several maintenance days moving forward. As a starter this season, Green has averages of 11.9 points, 7.4 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.9 steals and the Grizzlies have four games this week.
7.) Shane Larkin (14 percent owned)
He’s starting at point guard now and is still available in a ton of leagues. He also plays five games this week and is averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 assists, 2.0 boards, 1.5 steals and 0.5 3-pointers in his last two outings. If you need a guard, it’s hard to ignore these numbers with five games on the schedule.
8.) Sean Kilpatrick (10 percent owned)
He’s been excellent for the Nets and just inked a multi-year deal earlier in the week. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 1.8 boards, 0.8 assists and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games and the Nets play five times this week.
9.) Bobby Portis (11 percent owned)
Portis has really struggled lately and has only been getting minutes in the teens, but the good news is the Bulls play five times this week. They may not make the postseason and there’s no way Pau Gasol (knee) or Taj Gibson (body) will be able to play in all five of those, so hopefully Portis will be able to draw a start or two. Doug McDermott is also worth a look if you’re in need of 3-pointers.
10.) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (5 percent owned)
He’s one of my favorite rookies to watch, but he’s still on minute restrictions after recently returning from ankle surgery. He’s still averaging 7.0 points, 4.3 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals in just 16.0 minutes over his last three games, and hopefully the Nets will ramp up his workload this week. Brooklyn plays five times and RHJ could be a sneaky source of steals for those of you in deeper formats.