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Week 7 Stashables
O.J. Mayo- I promised myself a long time ago that Mayo would never find his way onto my fantasy rosters, but his role has grown tremendously in Milwaukee recently and head coach Jason Kidd even declared him as the starting point guard for Saturday’s game vs. the Knicks. Greivis Vasquez (ankle) and Jerryd Bayless (ankle) could both be out for a little while and Kidd seems intent on keeping Michael Carter-Williams in a bench role, so Mayo could continue to run the point in what will be a four-game week for the Bucks. He’s averaging 10.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, and the good news is that he is also averaging 33.6 minutes per game in that span. Kidd can shake things up at any time, but Mayo is worth a look as a low-end guard as long as he continues to start.
Jon Leuer- Markieff Morris is in the doghouse right now for his ridiculous technical foul that he picked up in Friday’s loss to the Wizards, and that has opened up a lot of playing time for Leuer. Morris picked up a healthy DNP-CD on Sunday against the Grizzlies, while Leuer started and scored 10 points with 11 boards, four assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes. I’m very skeptical about Leuer’s outlook for the rest of the season, but owners in deeper leagues should give him a look as long as he continues to start. Keep in mind that Tyson Chandler’s (hamstring) return date is unclear as well.
Jamal Crawford- To be quite honest, Crawford hasn’t been very good this season and is shooting 37.0 percent from the field. However, recent injuries to Chris Paul (ribs) and J.J. Redick (ankle) have made Crawford a focal point of the offense once again and he responded with a 32-point game in a win over the Magic on Saturday with six treys and five assists. Redick could return as soon as Monday’s game against the Wolves, but it sounds like Paul could be out a little longer. If you’re going to take a flier on a guard this week, Crawford might be your guy.
Tony Wroten- To be clear, this is only for those of you in points leagues. Wroten’s shooting percentages and high turnover rate will limit his ceiling in standard leagues, but the guy can be a stat factory when he gets minutes. He averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 assists, 2.9 boards, 1.6 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 29.2 minutes per game last season, and those numbers could be even better this year considering the obvious lack of talent in Philly. He made his season debut on Saturday vs. the Nuggets and scored four points with three assists and five turnovers in 13 minutes, and as usual he posted a 34.3 usage rate. His minutes will increase to around 15 on Monday against the Spurs, but it shouldn’t be too long before Brown unleashes him. Kendall Marshall (knee) is expected to return to action this week, but Wroten could actually end up playing a lot of shooting guard which will help him get more playing time. You will need to be patient for a few weeks until his restrictions are lifted, but go ahead and stash him if you have a roster spot.
Stanley Johnson- The rookie has lost a little bit of momentum since his breakout performance on Nov. 30 when he dropped 19 points with 10 boards, four treys, two blocks and a steal, but his minutes are still trending up. He’s averaging 10.4 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers in 25.6 minutes over his last five games. Johnson can really stuff the stat sheet and has shown that he can play multiple positions, so he would be in line for a major boost in playing time if Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris or Ersan Ilyasova go down with an injury. The Pistons are sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, so they may not take the training wheels off Johnson for a little while unless they start sliding down the standings. For now, he’s an excellent stash for the second half of the season.