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Western Conference Stashables

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Seth Curry- He already has some standalone value right now, but it’s only going to trend up as the season progresses. Deron Williams, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea could either be traded or shut down later on in the season, so Curry could be handed the keys to the offense sooner rather than later. The Mavs are obviously rebuilding and player development will be their focus going forward. Curry has season averages of 10.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers, but he’s capable of so much more and his usage rate is going to rise. 

 

Recommendation- Worth stashing in standard leagues

 

 

Dwight Powell- There’s a lot of fantasy potential in Dallas and it’s just a matter of time before Powell is unleashed. Andrew Bogut can’t stay healthy and the Mavs are likely going to trade him anyways, and it just makes sense for the Mavs to give those minutes to Powell instead of a guy like Salah Mejri. Powell has per-36 minute averages of 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.1 blocks with excellent shooting percentages. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Justin Anderson- He hasn’t taken a step forward this season because coach Rick Carlisle is rolling with Wesley Matthews and Dorian Finney-Smith on the wings for now. I do like Anderson’s upside and he will eventually get some burn, but it doesn’t help that a recent report by Marc Stein of ESPN indicated that the Mavs are not looking to move Matthews. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 16-team leagues

 

 

Jamal Murray- Emmanuel Mudiay has been a trainwreck this season and Will Barton is likely going to be traded, so Murray has an excellent path to minutes because he can play multiple positions. Jameer Nelson will eventually fall out of the rotation as long as the Nuggets keep losing, so that helps as well. Murray has been one of the best rookie guards this season, but he’s currently buried on the depth chart with the Nuggets at full strength. With that said, expect his minutes to ramp up in a hurry about a month from now. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 16-team leagues

 

 

Juan Hernangomez- Both Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are on the trade block in Denver, and it’s no secret that they aren’t the most durable players as well. Hernangomez has flown under the radar a bit, but he actually has a really nice skill set for fantasy and he has impressed in limited minutes. He has per-36 minute averages of 11.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 block and 1.5 3-pointers. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 18-team leagues

 

 

Jusuf Nurkic- He’s behind both Nikola Jokic and Kenneth Faried right now, but he’s on this list because he’s likely going to be moved before the deadline. Nurkic has expressed his frustration with his role in Denver and it’s obvious that he’s not going to take minutes away from Jokic. There are plenty of teams in need of a quality center, and Nurkic could thrive in a new city. He has excellent per-36 minute averages of 16.8 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals, but he doesn’t have great shooting percentages which is holding him back.

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Clint Capela- He’s nearing a return and we could see him back on the court in a week or two. Capela was averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks before his leg injury, and he’s going to return to a similar role despite the emergence of Montrezl Harrell. Capela is shooting just 44.6 percent from the line, so keep that in mind. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in standard leagues

 

 

Larry Nance Jr.- He’s expected to return in late January, but I’d like him a lot better if Julius Randle wasn’t around. Even with the Lakers rebuilding, it’s hard to imagine Nance playing more that 25-26 minutes per night. I like his upside though and he does have some deep-league appeal. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Ivica Zubac- Timofey Mozgov is washed up and the Lakers might be tempted to tank in order to keep their top-3 protected lottery pick. Zubac has talent and we saw him shine in the summer league, so the rookie is going to get plenty of minutes in March-April. He’s only made eight brief appearances this season, but you’re going to see a lot more of him moving forward.

 

 

Brandon Ingram- The No. 2 overall pick is looking better and better and the Lakers are only going to increase his role in the offense. He’s averaging 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and his value is growing by the day. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Chandler Parsons- He’s been absolutely terrible this season, but I’m hoping he returns to form after the All-Star break just like he did in 2015-16. Assuming his minute restrictions are eventually lifted, there’s a good chance that Parsons could average 15 points, four rebounds, three assists with a steal and 1.5 triples a couple months from now during the fantasy playoffs. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Terrence Jones- Look at Anthony Davis’ injury history. Any questions? In all seriousness, Jones is one of the best handcuffs in fantasy and he showed why on Thursday when he scored 24 points with 12 rebounds, one steal and a triple in 38 minutes with Davis on the shelf. Even with AD expected to return this weekend, Jones is worth holding onto in most cases, especially if you own Davis. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in standard leagues

 

 

Brandon Knight- He’s on the trade block in Phoenix and Sacramento is a rumored destination. The Suns don’t have a need for him anymore and his contract is reasonable under the new CBA. There are several teams in need of a starting-caliber guard, so the Suns shouldn’t have any problems moving him. I wish his FG percentage was higher with fewer turnovers, but Knight is pretty fun to own when he’s getting quality minutes. 

 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Marquese Chriss- The rookie was built for fantasy and Suns coach Earl Watson is already giving him quality minutes. He has per-36 minute averages of 14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steal, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers, and he can play both the four and five. Dragan Bender is another rookie with great upside, but I’d like him better if T.J. Warren wasn’t around. Chriss is the rookie you will want to own a month or two from now. 

 

Recommendation: Worth stashing in 14-team leagues

 

 

Alex Len and Alan Williams- Tyson Chandler is likely going to be traded and Len and Williams could end up splitting the center minutes down the stretch. Len is prone to foul trouble and his injury history is concerning, so a timeshare is probably the right call for Phoenix. You’d be surprised to know that Williams actually has more upside than Len, but it’s not a guarantee that he’s going to be in the rotation because Marquese Chriss can play some center too. 

 

Recommendation: Len is worth stashing in 14-team leagues, Williams is worth a look in 16-team leagues.