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Get this Hardy started on a Saturday night

Jaden Hardy

Jaden Hardy

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jaden Hardy (1%): Hardy finished with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting in Saturday’s win, and he’s now scored 15 in consecutive outings. In that span, he’s shot 12-of-17 from the floor and nailed three triples. He even got high praise from Luka Dončić who said:

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Doncic is likely to rest Sunday against Oklahoma City, so Hardy is a recommended add as a last-day-of-the-week streamer. The Mavs could use more guys who can be aggressive on offense and get their own shots, and Hardy fits the bill.

If he’s excellent, you’re ahead of the curve and can hang onto him as his role continues to grow. If he doesn’t live up to expectations, send him back to the waiver wire from whence he came. It’s a win-win!

Dennis Schröder (41%): I mentioned him Thursday in this column as a “weekend warrior,” and he had a great back-to-back series Friday and Saturday, finishing with 48 points on 15-of-25 shooting, nine triples, six boards, three dimes and the game-winning FTs in Saturday’s win over Sacramento. Austin Reaves is out for at least two weeks, as is Lonnie Walker IV, and Troy Brown Jr. is dealing with a quad injury. There should be no shortage of opportunities available for Schroder moving forward, keeping him in the must-add category.

Kevon Looney (46%): He’s been a top-36 fantasy option over the last week thanks to some elite rebounding. Looney pulled down 12 boards Saturday to extend his streak of games with double-digit rebounds to five, and he’s averaged 14.0 per game in that span.

Derrick White (53%) and Malcolm Brogdon (65%): Both have been serviceable this season, but neither has been excellent. Brogdon ranks just inside the top-125, and White ranks just outside the top-100. Marcus Smart injured his knee Saturday, and while initial reports are optimistic, it wouldn’t be surprising if he missed time moving forward.

Despite a slow start to the season, Brogdon has been solid over his last three games, averaging 18.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.0 triples in that span. He finished Saturday’s win with 23 points, seven rebounds, three dimes and five triples. Derrick White finished with eight points, 11 assists, five rebounds and three blocks. Both need to be added, as they’re in line for additional minutes if Smart is sidelined.

Zach Collins (12%): posted arguably the best game of his career Saturday as he finished the close loss to Boston with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five dimes across 35 minutes as a fill-in starter. The points and assists matched his career highs in those categories, while the rebounds were just one away from his personal best. Collins had a minimal impact in six prior starts this season, but he logged just over 25 minutes per game in those contests. If he can see minutes in the low 30’s while Jakob Poeltl is out, Collins could be a solid fantasy option. He’s worth picking up even in 12-team leagues with the chance that Poeltl (Achilles) misses more time moving forward.

Josh Richardson (16%) and Romeo Langford (7%): Both players could be viable options in 12-team leagues, but the picture of this Spurs’ lineup without Devin Vassell hasn’t yet come into full focus. Richardson finished Saturday’s loss to Boston with 18 points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal, two blocks and four triples, while Langford put up 14 points, seven boards and a dime. Richardson had the better performance but played 29 minutes off the bench compared to Langford, who started and finished with 31 minutes.

Naji Marshall (39%): If you can stomach high turnovers and poor FT%, then I’m guessing you already roster Russell Westbrook. Seriously though, Marshall has those same warts, but he’s been otherwise solid over his last three games as a starter. He averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 triples in that span and finished with 24 points, two rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and a triple Saturday against the Mavs. He should continue to see plenty of minutes for as long as Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are out.

Ochai Agbaji (1%): Agbaji delivered a career-best 11 points Thursday and topped it Saturday with 19 points. He shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor, 4-of-4 from deep and 1-of-1 from the charity stripe. Jazz coach Will Hardy said earlier in the week that “It’s time for Ochai Agbaji to find some minutes,” and it appears coach Hardy is staying true to his word! The rookie out of Kansas led Utah’s bench with 20 minutes, and this could be a sign of good things to come. He’s worth a speculative pickup knowing that his upside as a scorer is high, especially on a Jazz team that should be inclined to give its young players plenty of run.