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Week 5 Stashables
Patrick Beverley- The Ty Lawson experiment in Houston has been a disaster and the team has gotten off to a 5-9 start, so you better believe that they are thrilled that Beverley is nearing a return from his ankle injury. Lawson has averaged just 4.8 points and 3.4 assists over his last five games while shooting 32.1 percent from the field, so it’s possible that he could fall completely out of the rotation. Jason Terry has been starting for the Rockets lately, but he is a huge liability on defense and the Rockets know that the veteran is better suited for a bench role. Beverley is on track to practice on Monday and is hoping to play in Wednesday’s game vs. the Grizzlies, so I would guess that he would start if his ankle responds well. Beverley averaged 10.0 points, 4.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.0 3-pointers per game as a starter last season, so he certainly has enough potential to warrant a stash in most leagues.
Bismack Biyombo- Jonas Valanciunas (hand) is expected to miss around six weeks of action, and while the Raptors haven’t named his replacement yet, I would guess that Biyombo’s role is set to increase. It’s certainly possible that the Raptors could go small or go with Patrick Patterson in the lineup next to Luis Scola, but Biyombo would give them some much needed rim protection and would significantly help them on the boards. Biyombo doesn’t have a lot of upside, but he proved last season that he can be a serviceable big with enough minutes. Biyombo made 21 starts for the Hornets during the 2014-15 campaign with averages of 6.8 points, 8.4 boards and 1.8 blocks on 54.8 percent shooting from the field while playing 27.0 minutes per game. Give him a look if you really need some help in boards and blocks, but feel free to move on if the Raptors choose to go small.
Omri Casspi- Rudy Gay is day-to-day with a shoulder strain, but he wasn’t able to play on Saturday vs. the Magic and it’s certainly possible that he misses some time this week. Casspi didn’t start on Saturday as the Kings decided to go with three guards in the first unit, but he still saw 32 minutes of action with 11 points, 11 boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. Kings head coach George Karl is a big fan and Casspi has some upside because of his 3-point shooting, so he is worth a look for any owner in need of short-term value.
Nikola Jokic- After logging just one minute against the Pelicans on Nov. 17, the Nuggets set the rookie free the next day against the Spurs and he responded with 23 points, 12 boards, three blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. The Nuggets then rewarded with him a start on Friday vs. the Suns, but he struggled defensively and only managed six points, four boards and one steal in 18 minutes. Despite his poor showing on Friday, the Nuggets would be wise to prioritize the development of their young rookie because they clearly don’t look like a playoff team, and head coach Michael Malone has been quick to praise Jokic recently. "His feel for the game, his skill level, he's got great hands, he's so good at getting deflections and steals," Malone said. "We're so excited about his progress and his potential because we think in Emmanuel [Mudiay] and Nikola we have two great young players.” It’s important to note that Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will return at some point, but Jokic’s role should only grow as the season progresses and I wouldn’t be surprised if he continues to start for the foreseeable future.
Kendall Marshall (knee)- T.J. McConnell has done a fine job filling in at point guard for the 76ers, but he absolutely isn’t the long-term answer at point guard for Philly. I’m far from confident that Marshall is either, but I vividly remember how well he played for the Lakers during the 2013-14 season in which he averaged 8.0 points, 8.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes per game. Marshall is currently on track to return to the court in December along with Tony Wroten, and while his minutes should be relatively low early on as he works his way back, he could play significant minutes down the stretch. Those of you in standard leagues can monitor him from the waiver wire, but deep-league owners who need an edge in assists should consider stashing him pretty soon.