NBA Stock Watch: J.J. Redick rising, Nicolas Batum falling

NBA Stock Watch: J.J. Redick rising, Nicolas Batum falling

STOCK UP

J.J. Redick: Over the last month, he’s averaged 18.6 points and 3.4 3pt while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and 93.2 percent from the line, a 14-game span in which he’s been a top-25 fantasy player. Redick’s PER (18.65) and True Shooting Percentage (65.3) are both career highs. His Usage Rate may take a small dip once Blake Griffin returns to action, but there’s no reason to sell high here. Redick has turned himself into quite the valuable fantasy commodity.

Omri Casspi: He’s never come close to holding the amount of value he has this season ever before, and Casspi continues to get better as the year goes along. His ppg (12.6), rpg (6.5), spg (0.8) and 3pt (2.0) are all career highs. He went undrafted in most leagues yet has been a top-35 player over the past month. It helps that Sacramento leads the NBA in Pace. It’s a mistake Casspi is still owned in just 59 percent of Yahoo leagues right now.

Hassan Whiteside: Assuming his recent hip injury isn’t serious, few players are as valuable as Whiteside. He leads the NBA with 3.9 bpg, and the next closest is Rudy Gobert with 2.7. Whiteside has been a top-10 player over the past two weeks, when he’s averaged 13.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 4.2 blocks while shooting 68.9 percent from the field. And that’s with him leaving his last outing after just 10 minutes of court time. Some numbers suggest Whiteside has been a detriment to Miami on the defensive end this season, but he’s been a massive help to his fantasy owners.

Isaiah Thomas: Over the last eight games, he’s averaged 26.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.9 3pt while shooting 90.9 percent from the line (getting there 8.3 times per contest), making him a top-20 player over this stretch. Thomas’ shot selection can be shaky at times, but fantasy owners have to love the volume, and that shouldn’t go away anytime soon with Boston sporting the third-highest Pace in the NBA (and his Usage Rate is actually higher than Kevin Durant’s).

Willie Cauley-Stein: He’s been given close to 30 minutes of run in each of the past two games, recording the first two double-doubles of his career in the process. Cauley-Stein remains raw offensively, but if you need blocks, make sure to grab the rookie and hope his added playing time continues. Cauley-Stein should also be an asset in steals for a big man, and it helps that the Kings have won the recent games in which he’s started alongside DeMarcus Cousins. Cauley-Stein is owned in just a quarter of Yahoo leagues.

STOCK DOWN

Nicolas Batum: He’s really struggled with his shot of late, as Batum has sported a 36.1 FG% over the past two weeks. Over the last month, he’s been just the No. 138 ranked player despite getting 37.2 mpg. Batum is now dealing with a lingering toe issue after playing through an elbow problem earlier this month, so he’s not necessarily a buy-low target either. Let’s hope he gets healthy fast.

Nikola Mirotic: Over the last five games, he’s shot an ugly 6-for-35 (17.1%) from the floor while seeing just 19.9 mpg, as there might not be a colder player in the league right now. Mirotic has had an extremely up-and-down season, and he still possesses enough upside to hold, but few breakout candidates have disappointed more. He had an ADP of 65 but hasn’t been a top-125 player so far this season.

Marcus Smart: He remains a big help in steals but continues to kill owners thanks to anemic shooting. Smart has attempted 3.8 shots per game from downtown this season, making just 19.5% of them, which is a big reason why he owns a 33.3 FG% on the year. He remains an intriguing asset and is still just 21 years old, but Smart should probably stop attempting so many deep shots until he shows major improvement in that area.

Michael Carter-Williams: He’s held top-100 value this year and actually owns a career-best 44.3 FG%, but Carter-Williams has struggled of late, as he’s averaged just 8.7 points with a 33.3 FG% over the last two weeks. MCW has seen his ppg drop every season he’s been in the league, and he may be dealing with another timeshare with Jerryd Bayless now. Carter-Williams is a better play in points formats than standard, that’s for sure.

Dwyane Wade: It was nice to see him play Friday, but Wade is dealing with a shoulder injury that could linger. He’s only missed three games all season, but that newfound durability is unlikely to last much longer. Moreover, Wade hasn’t exactly been a star when on the court, as he ranks No. 183 over the past month. His 30:05 mpg are a career low (and on a team thats Pace ranks second lowest in the league), and remarkably, he hasn’t hit a three-pointer in any of his last 18 games, recording just one since Nov. 8. Meanwhile, Wade has a 15:20 assist:turnover ratio over the past four contests, when he’s also gone 10-for-19 from the free throw line. It’s been a rough stretch for the veteran.

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