Aaron Nesmith shining as starter at right time for Indiana
During Thursday’s seven game slate, we had plenty of noteworthy games and performances. Close finishes in New York, Indiana and Milwaukee. Legendary performances from Nikola Jokić and Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, none of that compares to the brawl we got between Donovan Mitchell and Dillon Brooks that was cut short by a Grizzlies’ staff member that deserves a raise.
There’s always plenty of headlines in the #1 drama show in the world, especially with the trade deadline looming and the All-Star reserves announced on Thursday.
With all of that going in, it’s easy to miss these under the radar performances that can make a difference in your fantasy league.
Aaron Nesmith- 8% rostered in Yahoo leagues
He’s been solid all season, but Nesmith exploded on Thursday. He finished with 24 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and five threes in their loss to the Lakers. Over the past week, he has provided third round value in 9-cat leagues. He won’t continue to provide that level of value, but Nesmith has been a consistent starter for the Pacers and should continue to provide value from beyond the arc and in the passing lanes.
Xavier Tillman- 15%
When Steven Adams originally was given the diagnosis of a 3-to-5 week absence, Brandon Clarke slid into the starting lineup. However, Tillman has been the starter lately and has been a top-75 asset in 9-cat leagues over the past two weeks.
Cedi Osman- 3%
With Caris LeVert out on Thursday, Osman was set to see a larger role, which became even bigger when Donovan Mitchell was ejected. Osman finished with 21 points, four assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Mitchell should be back in the lineup for Sunday’s game in Indiana, but if LeVert remains out, Osman will be worth a stream.
Mark Williams- 12%
Steve Clifford has gone back and forth between Williams and Nick Richards as the backup center for Mason Plumlee, but Williams appears to have established himself as the guy. Richards hasn’t seen the floor since January 24th, while Williams has nearly provided top-100 value in 9-cat leagues over the past two weeks. As long as he maintains this role, Williams will be worth a roster spot.
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Coby White- 4%
After Alex Caruso exited early with a right foot sprain, White was poised to see a larger role. He did, and he took advantage of it by scoring a season-high 20 points. If Caruso remains sidelined for Saturday’s matchup with Portland, White should be worth a stream.
Josh Green- 3%
Luka Dončić was dominating on Thursday night before exiting early with a right heel contusion. He may play Saturday against the Warriors, but if he isn’t able to suit up, Green will be a decent streaming option. He played 30 minutes on Thursday and contributed 15 points, four rebounds and two steals off the bench.
Isaiah Hartenstein- 33%
For the second straight game, Hartenstein played a much larger role than Jericho Sims, despite coming off the bench. He out played Sims 29 minutes to 19 and provided much better numbers with eight points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Until Tom Thibodeau changes his mind, Hartenstein is the Knicks center to roster until Mitchell Robinson is back.
Dennis Schröder- 34%
With the Lakers mostly healthy, Schroder has maintained his starting job. Over the past two weeks, he has posted top-100 numbers in 9-cat leagues. He likely won’t continue to provide that level of production now that Anthony Davis is back, but he is still worth a roster spot.
John Konchar- 4%
Assuming Dillon Brooks faces punishment from the league for his continued antics, Konchar will have a chance to slide into the starting lineup on Sunday against Toronto. He played 28 minutes on Thursday and finished with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. In 22 starts this season, he has averaged 8.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists.