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Week 6 Stashables
Gerald Green- Luol Deng has missed the past two games for the Heat due to a hamstring issue and is considered doubtful to play on Monday vs. the Celtics, so Green is expected to draw another start at small forward. Green has combined for 41 points and six treys in his last two starts and has seen a healthy dose of minutes as well. Deng said that he is hopeful to return on Thursday vs. the Thunder, but keep in mind that hamstring issues tend to linger and the Heat are known for being cautious with their players. Green’s outlook for the rest of the season isn’t great, but he should have plenty of opportunities to shine this week.
T.J. Warren- I talked a lot about Warren in the offseason, but after a quiet start to the season it appears that he is finally starting to figure things out. Over his last five games the forward is averaging 17.2 points, 4.6 boards, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 27.8 minutes per game. What’s even more impressive is that he dropped 28 points agains the Warriors on Friday. Tyson Chandler’s hamstring injury has opened up some minutes in Phoenix and Warren should continue to capitalize on this opportunity in week six. As for his season-long outlook, the Suns don’t look like a playoff team in the West, so his role should only grow moving forward. He has the potential to return late-round value in standard leagues.
Jerami Grant- With Nerlens Noel battling knee soreness and flu symptoms, the 76ers have been leaning on Grant a ton lately and have even deployed him as a center in their last two games. Grant is averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 40.9 percent shooting from the field over his last two games, and he is obviously one of coach Brett Brown’s favorite players. Grant should still see minutes in the high 20s when Noel can return, but go ahead and pick him up to see if can keep his momentum going in week six.
Alex Len- With Tyson Chandler sidelined by a hamstring injury, Len has the potential to offer owners some nice short-term value and could easily make the list above, but his role will likely take a massive hit once again when Chandler returns. After all of the offseason talk that suggested we could see Len and Chandler play together, I just don’t see it happening any time soon. Like I said earlier, I’m skeptical that the Suns will make the playoffs, so Len should eventually get a chance to play extended minutes down the stretch. Looking back to last season, Len averaged 6.5 points, 8.2 boards and 1.5 blocks after the All-Star break, so we could see similar numbers if the Suns decide to set him free. His durability issues are a concern due to his glass ankles, but he should already be on the radar in deeper leagues.
Clint Capela- The Rockets have used a twin-tower lineup featuring Capela next to Dwight Howard in their last two games, and while they did win both, keep in mind that they beat the 76ers and Knicks in that stretch. However, Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff seems to like Capela and he has averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in his last two starts. I still think Terrence Jones will take his spot back at some point, but the Rockets seem intent on limiting Dwight Howard’s workload and Capela could see minutes in the 20s the rest of the way. You might as well pick him up and see where he takes you.