Jaylen Nowell continues to pour in buckets as his role increases
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There were 13 games on Wednesday, which included some masterful performances from Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant and Anthony Edwards. There were also plenty of blowouts, which skewed the rotations for a number of teams. These are the players that aren’t widely rostered in Yahoo! leagues that should be valuable in fantasy over the coming weeks.
Jaylen Nowell- 13%
In Minnesota’s first game without Karl-Anthony Towns, Nowell kept up his scoring ways, dropping 23 points with four triples and two steals. Over the past week, he has provided top-75 value, and he has played over 24 minutes in three straight games. With KAT out for the foreseeable future, Nowell will be relied on to help boost the offense. That could lead to some big stat lines for the fourth year guard.
Austin Reaves- 16%
Reaves has been on fire over the past two weeks, providing top-75 value during this stretch. Even with the team mostly healthy on Wednesday, Reaves finished with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two triples. He doesn’t excel in any one category, but he provides a bit of value all around and is efficient.
Joe Harris- 9%
Just two seasons ago, Harris was a top-100 asset in 9-Cat leagues. Now, with Ben Simmons set to miss at least the next three games, Harris has returned to the starting lineup. Simmons’ recent history suggests that he may end up missing more than three games, which would allow Harris even more starts. He provided four triples and three steals on Wednesday.
Dyson Daniels- 2%
The minutes may have been a bit skewed, but with Brandon Ingram, Naji Marshall and C.J. McCollum sidelined on Wednesday, Daniels finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Daniels’ play could earn him an increased role, but he’s surely a deeper league target, especially if New Orleans continues to have such poor injury luck.
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Jarrett Culver- less than 1%
With Jalen Johnson out for this game, the Hawks were already short-handed. Then De’Andre Hunter and John Collins exited the game before halftime. Culver ended up starting the second half at power forward, finishing with nine points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block in 30 minutes. Collins’ injury seemed more serious than Hunter’s, so Culver could end up playing a large role off the bench over the next few games. He’s only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Mamadi Diakite- less than 1%
Diakite started for Cleveland on Wednesday, though he didn’t post the most impressive line. If he gets another start due to another absence from Jarrett Allen, he’s worth a look in deep leagues.
Romeo Langford- less than 1%
With Josh Richardson and Jeremy Sochan sidelined, Langford has seen his role increase lately. He has provided top-150 value over the last three games, which includes his 14 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes on Wednesday. He’s only worth a look in deep leagues.