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RON-stoppable: Time to add Royce O’Neale

Royce O'Neale

Royce O’Neale

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Thursday’s Pickups of the Day column will include the usual recommended adds along with some highly rostered players who can be dropped and six guys who still aren’t rostered highly enough.

Nikola Jokić and Jamal Murray are out Friday due to protocols, Ish Smith is doubtful due to a calf strain and Aaron Gordon is questionable for a non-COVID illness. That makes a trio of Nuggets worth adding. With Isaiah Stewart and Cade Cunningham out, which Pistons are worth a look off the waiver wire? Which Thursday performances have spurred us to action? Find out below.

Royce O’Neale (58%): He’s doing it all for Brooklyn in a Draymond Green-esque role this season, and there’s no way he should only be 58% rostered. RON posted his first career triple-double in Thursday’s win while tipping in the game-winning shot with under a second to play. He’s a top-95 player on the season, but O’Neale has had stretches of mid-round value too. His ability to stuff the stat sheet and contribute on both ends of the court coupled with heavy minutes in Brooklyn’s starting lineup means he has season-long staying power. Add now if he’s available.

Immanuel Quickley (21%): He made the cut in Tom Thibodeau‘s trimmed down rotation, and Quickley has been a top-35 player over the last week while averaging 12.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 triples across 24.5 minutes per game. Adding IQ is a high IQ move.

Torrey Craig (6%): A top-50 player over the last week, Craig has seen his playing time spike in the wake of Cam Johnson’s injury, logging 32.4 minutes a night over his last three contests. Craig has averaged 10.7 points, 7.7 boards, 1.7 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 triples in that span, and he figures to see

Bruce Brown (39%): Don’t bring me down, Bruuuuce! Brown has averaged 13.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 triples across 30.0 minutes over his last three games, and fantasy managers can expect more of the same Friday. If you’re looking for a high caliber streamer, Brown is of the highest order.

DeAndre Jordan (2%): He played 26 minutes in Wednesday’s start and finished with four points, eight boards, two dimes and a swat. Jeff Green (2%) saw 28 minutes in that contest. Both are deeper-league streamers.

Malik Monk (32%): Terence Davis had a massive 31-point game Tuesday with Keegan Murray hobbled, but it was Monk’s turn Thursday as he put up 26 points, four rebounds, two assists and two triples. He’s averaged 15.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.9 dimes and 1.9 triples across 24.4 minutes over his last six games, so this wasn’t just the result of Keegan Murray‘s absence.

Other names to consider: Trey Murphy (43%), Derrick White (42%), Larry Nance Jr. (40%), Jalen Duren (21%), Gabe Vincent (14%), John Konchar (11%), Chuma Okeke (11%), Jalen Williams (17%), Keita Bates-Diop (6%)

Need to be Rostered More

These guys won’t be widely available, but the roster percentages are far too low, so some of them might be hanging around your waiver wire. Make sure to sort your waiver pool by Roster% to see all of the highly rostered guys who you might be able to snag:

  • Kelly Oubre (80%): He’s averaged 20/8 with 2.2 steals and 2.2 triples across his last five games, and LaMelo Ball is injured again.
  • Jabari Smith (78%): There have been some major bumps in the road for Smith this season, but he’s posted 10.3 points, 10.0 boards, 1.5 triples, 0.8 steals and 1.0 blocks across his last four contests.
  • Bol Bol (77%): He’s been a lights out option all season and ranks 45th over the last week behind 17.7 points, 12.0 boards, 1.7 triples and 1.7 blocks.
  • Kevin Huerter (77%): He ranks fifth in the NBA with 3.8 triples per contest and is averaging career highs in points and FG% to boot. He’s locked in as a starter for a team that’s much improved in 2022-23.
  • Kelly Olynyk (69%): He’s locked in as a top-100 player on a surprisingly competitive Jazz team.
  • Aleksej Pokusevski (65%): Defensive stats and triples are his specialty, but Poku can do a bit of everything. He’s one of the few Thunder players who seemingly has a secure role in the team rotation.

Drop Candidates

If you’re looking for a boost in a category or two, it might make sense for you to stream a flavor of the week rather than continue waiting on any of these highly rostered names:

  • Collin Sexton (79%): A massive sign-and-trade to a “tanking” team hasn’t boosted his fantasy stock, and he’s scrounging for scraps behind Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley and Mike Conley. Yuck.
  • Herbert Jones (73%): Defensive stats are his calling card, and when he’s not racking them up, his upside is non-existent. Fare thee well, sweet prince.
  • Malcolm Brogdon (67%): The production just hasn’t been there. If you want a Celtic to roster, try Derrick White or Grant Williams.
  • Dillon Brooks (66%): Dillon Bricks. That is all.
  • Caris LeVert (65%): Predictably, his production has fallen off a cliff with Darius Garland healthy.
  • Cole Anthony (64%): He’s injured, and the only reason you’re holding him is name recognition. He’s just a points guy, and that category is easy to come by on the waiver wire.
  • De’Andre Hunter (54%): He’s a wonderful guy to have on your roster if you just need points and rebounds with nothing else.
  • Isaiah Jackson (48%): The per-minute blocks are a thing of beauty, but that’s all he’s giving you.
  • Onyeka Okongwu (44%): The breakout hasn’t happened, and Clint Capela has been trending up in recent weeks.