John Konchar, Bruce Brown and Josh Richardson flash fantasy upside
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With 11 games on Friday night, plenty of players had solid performances that were overshadowed by the stars that put on shows. Ja Morant, Nikola Jokić and Damian Lillard may have filled up the headlines, but the following players deserve to be recognized and rostered in more leagues.
Waiver wire adds in standard leagues:
John Konchar- 11% rostered on Yahoo!
With Dillon Brooks sidelined with a thigh injury, Konchar has been the starting shooting guard in Memphis. He has taken advantage of the opportunity, averaging 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 3.5 triples through two games. When Brooks returns, Konchar probably won’t get the same opportunities, so take advantage of his production while you can.
Kelly Olynyk- 27%
After getting in foul trouble in the opener, Olynyk finished with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists, four steals and five triples in a win over the Timberwolves. Without a star in Utah, strange things can happen, including another top-100 finish for Olynyk.
Bruce Brown- 20%
Brown scored 20 points in a spot start with Jamal Murray sidelined. Despite having Bones Hyland, Mike Malone seems content with starting Brown when Murray is out, which he also did in the preseason. With Murray potentially missing games from time to time and definitely sitting out back-to-backs, Brown seems like the best fantasy replacement.
Grant Williams- 23%
Williams had 10 points, seven rebounds, two triples and two blocks and is somehow still not rostered in even a quarter of leagues.
Guys that are worth taking a look at in deeper leagues after solid performances:
Josh Richardson- 2%
Richardson scored 27 points with six triples off the bench for the Spurs. He may end up as a trade target if he’s scoring this well, but if he’s able to see 28 minutes off the bench consistently, he could be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Jalen McDaniels- 5%
McDaniels scored 14 points and hit all four of his 3-point attempts in this game. He’s averaging 25 minutes per game through two outings.
Andrew Nembhard- 0%
Nembhard led Indiana in minutes played in this game. He doesn’t offer a ton of fantasy upside, but he could be worth a look in very deep leagues if Rick Carlisle is going to insist on playing him this much.
Delon Wright- 3%
Wright is the backup point guard in Washington, but he has five steals and three blocks through two games. He’s a defensive menace and could be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Gabe Vincent- 2%
Jake LaRavia- 1%
LaRavia scored 12 points in 15 minutes off the bench with three triples and five rebounds. The rookie doesn’t have a huge role yet, but he flashed his potential in this game.
Eric Gordon- 5%
Gordon is the starting small forward in Houston and is still one of the best shooters in the leagues. He had 17/4/4 with two triples and is worth a look.
Jaylen Nowell- 2%
Nowell had 18/2/3 off the bench for Minnesota after 13/3/2 in the opener. Most of his value is as a scorer, but he’s the 6th man for the Wolves and should play a decent role all season.
There is no reason for them to not be rostered this little. Please pick them up:
Jalen Duren- 48%
Duren is averaging 11 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game. With the lack of healthy shot blockers right now, he’s worth taking a chance on, especially if he can play his way into more minutes.
Isaiah Hartenstein- 49%
Hartenstein didn’t get to produce as much since Mitchell Robinson wasn’t in foul trouble, but he still finished with six points, 11 rebounds, two steals, one block and one triple in 21 minutes. After going for 16/8/4 in the opener, he should be rostered in more leagues.