Week three of the NBA seemed to slow down a bit and things returned back to normal. Well, as normal as things in the NBA can be. The New York Knicks are back to being the worst team in the East at the moment, and joining them in the West is the Golden State Warriors, which is definitely new territory for them.
Week 3 Fantasy Studs
D’Angelo Russell. I was hoping to see a scorched-earth Steph Curry this season, since that isn’t going to happen, why not a scorched-earth D’Angelo Russell lighting up the league? In his two games back from a three-game absence, he’s averaging 41 points, six rebounds, six rebounds, 2.5 steals, and a block each night.
Damian Lillard. If you drop a 60 point game, you’ll always make this list. Dame did just that in a loss against the Brooklyn Nets. On the season, Lillard is wavering 33 points 5.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.
Clint Capela. Capela is going to get overshadowed most weeks playing along side James Harden and Russell Westbrook. However, this week he is starting to find his place, by hitting three double-doubles in a row and averaging 15 points, 16.3 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks per game. It helps him when Russell Westbrook is out, but it’s nice to see he’s taking advantage of the extra opportunity.
Jonathan Isaac. Sure, I could have added someone more prolific here (like Harden, or Anthony Davis), but I’m going to give the nod to Isaac. He’s not lighting up the scoreboard like others here normally do, but he’s putting up a very solid numbers all across the stat sheets. On any given night he could get you four steals, or four blocks, or both while bringing in five assists and scoring 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Think of him as the Orlando Magic’s version of Draymond Green.
Bogdon Bogdanovic. Like with Isaac, someone else easily could have made this list, but I’m giving it to the guy who almost has the same first name and same last name. Bogdonovic is averaging 5.5 three’s in his last two games. Obviously with that amount it’s no surprise to see that he’s scored 20 points or more during those games, but he’s also getting 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.5 steals each games too.
Week 3 Fantasy Duds
R.J. Barrett. Barrett has come back down to Earth over the past week, which isn’t too surprising. Rookies will be inconsistent, and Barrett has been so phenomenal to start the year, that everyone knew the pace would be hard to keep up. His last two games he’s averaging 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and his shooting percentages don’t look too much better either.
Steven Adams. Adams is battling a minor knee injury, but when Westbrook was traded to the Rockets, many thought Adams’ numbers would jump all across the board. The last two games he’s played in, he’s only brought in a combined 13 rebounds. His free throwing shooting has been even worse.
DeJounte Murray. Murray is clearly dealing with some consistency issues. On the good games, he’s really good, he can drop a 17/8/10 line like it’s nothing. But on the bad games, it’s really bad, like 3/5/4 on 14% shooting bad. This week was no different with him rotating in the good games, followed by the bad ones.
Caris LeVert. I’m a big fan of LeVert, but this week was a rough one for him. He’s being benched in the fourth quarter in favor of Spencer Dinwiddie, and his last two games he’s seen a decrease in minutes. He’s capable of racking up stats all over the place, but this week wasn’t his best performance.
Marc Gasol. Gasol seems to be a shell of his former self. He’s 35 now, but he’s still owned in 77% of Yahoo leagues, and he’s playing nearly 27 minutes a night while starting every game of the season. In his last three games he is averaging 6 points and 7 rebounds a game. Don’t count on the grit-and-grind Marc Gasol stuffing the stats in your lineup.
Week 3 Overview
Things in the NBA are still pretty early. I’d be too hesitant to jump ship on players you drafted in the top half of your draft, but I also wouldn’t hold on to guys you drafted late if they just aren’t panning out.
The injury bug seemed to slow down a bit this week, which is great news for us all, and as of this writing, no one else has been suspended for a lengthy stretch of time. Mike Conley seems to be figuring things out, and Gordon Hayward looks to be shelved for awhile with a broken hand.
By now, you can probably look over the last three weeks and see where your team is strong, and where you might need to improve. Depending on how your team is playing, below is a list of guys who might be available to help you through any tough stretch you may be facing.
Waiver Wire Potential
Here are 10 guys who are owned 50% or less in standard Yahoo fantasy basketball leagues that could help your team.
Kevin Huerter, SG (47%). This might be Huerters last week on this list, and for good reason. With his minutes restrictions easing up a bit, he’s getting more burn each night. This is good news for the Atlanta Hawks, and can be good news for your fantasy team. He’s averaging over 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists each night, while shooting a good percentage and sinking a few 3’s each night. These numbers should only increase as the season progresses.
Alec Burks, PG/SG (40%). Someone has to get minutes for the depleted Warriors, and maybe Burks is your guy. Not only can he be slotted into your PG and SG spots, but he’s been scoring a surprising amount of points in his last three games, averaging 23 points a game in that stretch.
Bobby Portis, PF/C (36%). Mitchell Robinson is dealing with a concussion, and the mystery of being coached by David Fizdale, so there are more minutes to be had at the center position for the Knicks than originally thought. Portis enters the discussion has a guy to score points off the bench and be a good source of rebounds.
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG (31%). It’s hard to trust anyone in the New York Knicks backcourt, but Ntilikina make have carved out a starting role with his defensive abilities. He’s not going to score a bunch of points for you, but he has the potential of getting a bunch of everything else. If he can get starter minutes, look for Frankie Smokes to provide a good amount of steals, blocks, rebounds, and assists.
Jae Crowder, SF/PF (25%). Think of Crowder as a Draymond Green starter pack, at least for fantasy purposes. Each night he’s going to give you a little bit of everything. This past week, he’s scored 18 points in a game twice. He’s a glue guy for the Memphis Grizzlies and can be for your fantasy team too.
Bryn Forbes, PG/SG (23%). Forbes is in a crowded San Antonio Spurs backcourt. There’s Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Patty Mills. However, Forbes isn’t letting that keep him out of the discussion. He’s scored in double-digits in every game except for one, where he scored nine points, and has started every game of the season. He’s attempting over seven three’s a game too while making nearly three.
Darious Garland, PG (22%). Garland makes this list once again on shear potential alone. His last two games he’s averaging 13.5 points, 6 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals a game. His minutes are up, so now could be the time to strike.
George Hill, PG/SG (15%). Hill isn’t exactly putting up big numbers as of yet, but the potential is there now that Malcolm Brogdan is no longer on the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s hovering around 23 minutes a night, but there is potential for Hill to contribute a good amount of assists and 3’s.
Anfernee Simons, SG (15%). Over his last three games, Simons has been an uptick in minutes. He’s behind Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but he’s shown flashes of being a valuable contributor off the bench for Portland. He could be a good source of points and threes for you.
Langston Galloway, PG/SG (8%). How Galloway is only owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues is puzzling. He’s scored in double-digits for six straight games and has averaged nearly two 3’s made, two assists, and two rebounds during that stretch. Sure, it’s not out of this world numbers, but still pretty solid if you are searching for a deep grab.