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Week 8 Stashables
Kelly Olynyk- The Celtics are finally starting to trim their frontcourt rotation, as Tyler Zeller has picked up three straight DNP-CDs and Jonas Jerebko has played a total of eight minutes over the last three games. Olynyk has really stepped over the last week, averaging 18.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last four games while playing just under 27 minutes per game in that span. His most notable performance came in an overtime loss to the Warriors in which he scored 28 points off the bench, so it certainly seems like he is earning some more trust from head coach Brad Stevens. I don’t think Olynyk will be able to keep up this pace, but you might as well take a flier on him if you need a big to see if he can keep it going.
Kyle O’Quinn- If there’s one player who deserves more playing time in New York, it has to be O’Quinn. Kristaps Porzingis complained of tired legs after going scoreless in 19 minutes against the Blazers, so it makes sense to slightly reduce the rookie’s workload and to give a few more minutes to KOQ. He’s averaging 9.7 points, 6.3 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in just 16.0 minutes per game over his last three, and he’s also shooting 73.3 percent from the field in that span. Starting center Robin Lopez hasn’t exactly been lighting it up either, so hopefully coach Derek Fisher will wake up and make the necessary adjustments. For what it’s worth, KOQ signed a four-year, $16 million deal this offseason, while Lopez signed a four-year, $54 million deal.
Ramon Sessions- With Bradley Beal (leg) out for at least a couple weeks (I’m guessing it will be even longer), the Wizards will need someone to step up and that player just might be Sessions. He’s averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 assists, 1.0 boards and 1.0 3-pointers in his last two games with Beal on the shelf, so there’s certainly some appeal here for deep-league owners. Gary Neal is also worth a look with averages of 11.5 points and 2.0 3-pointers, but keep in mind that I don’t think either player will hold long-term value.
Allen Crabbe- Other than Ed Davis, Crabbe has been the only reliable player off the bench for Portland and head coach Terry Stotts is starting to notice. Crabbe has played 27.4 minutes his last five games with averages of 14.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers. He’s shooting 53.7 percent from the field during that span which is unsustainable, but he’s slowly starting to pop up on the standard-league radar and it’s officially time to think about adding him if you need help in the scoring column. Crabbe has a much brighter future than Moe Harkless and Gerald Henderson, so his role should continue to grow.
Meyers Leonard- I used to consider Leonard as a must-own player, but sadly those days are over. To be clear, Leonard has not played well at all, averaging 6.6 points, 3.6 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five games, and he’s also shooting just 35.8 percent from the field and 15.8 percent from 3-point range. However, he’s still playing for a new contract and is too talented to not turn things around, so I’m still convinced that he will eventually replace Noah Vonleh in starting lineup. If you have some dead weight on your roster, Leonard is worth stashing.