John Wall, PG Washington Wizards
Remember those preseason concerns about Wall’s health? He’s averaging a career-high 23.5 points to pair with 4.0 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 1.9 steals—an elite mark—0.7 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers while registering career-high marks from distance (40.5%) and the charity stripe (82.4%). Those who got Wall at a discount sure look like smart shoppers.
Tim Frazier, PG New Orleans Pelicans
It was just last week that Frazier was in the “stock down” section as a recommended hold and anyone guilty of prematurely cutting the chord undoubtedly wishes for another chance. Since Jrue Holiday’s return—a span of four games in which New Orleans has won every contest—Frazier has averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.5 assists, a steal and 1.8 3-pointers. He’s earned his way onto the floor.
Clint Capela, C Houston Rockets
Capela has really turned it on in November by logging 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks on 64.8% from the field, but he’s played especially well over his last six games. During that stretch, C.C. has averaged 13.8 points, 10.0 boards and 3.0 blocks on 58.3% shooting.
Victor Oladipo, G Oklahoma City Thunder
Oladipo’s last five games have seen him average 20.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.6 dimes, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 3.0 triples. That’s the kind of upside you reached for on draft day.
Alex Len, C Phoenix Suns
Len looks like a much more effective player this season and the Suns need to think about starting him over Tyson Chandler permanently. As the five man in the first unit, Len is averaging 10.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals on 57.6% from the floor.
D’Angelo Russell, G Los Angeles Lakers
Russell is going to be sidelined for a * minimum * of two weeks, and it’s still unclear exactly what is going on with his knee which required a PRP injection.
Ish Smith, PG Detroit Pistons
Reggie Jackson’s return is right around the corner and Smith has played less than desirable as his fantasy fill-in.
Ryan Anderson, F/C Houston Rockets
Ryno is struggling to maintain value even as a 3-point specialist but I’m still holding steady that (much) better times are ahead. Stick with the $80M man.
Andrew Wiggins, G/F Minnesota Timberwolves
Life as a budding star comes at you fast in the NBA. After scorching the Earth and scoring 30-plus in three of six games—including a career-high 47 points—Wiggins has scored 34 points combined over his last three on a lousy 9-of-48 (18.8%, no 3-pointers) shooting. He’ll get it straightened out, but this is why adding consistent defensive contributions would aid his fantasy floor.
Trey Lyles, F Utah Jazz
Lyles just hasn’t been the fantasy performer some expected him to be with Derrick Favors (knee) out of the lineup. At best, Lyles is curre