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Week 4 Schedule Grid:
4 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOR, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS
3 Games: CHI, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIL, ORL, PHX, SAS
Week 4 Back-to-Backs:
Sunday (Nov. 6th)-Monday: CHI, CLE, LAL, LAC, MEM, TOR, UTA, WAS
Wednesday-Thursday: ATL, CHA, DAL, NOR, POR
Friday-Saturday: BOS, DET, TOR
Saturday-Sunday: BKN, UTA, WAS
Waiver Wire Pickups:
*To qualify for this list, players have to be available in roughly 60% of Yahoo Leagues. Anyone that is not will be noted with a *. Players are listed in the order that I would prioritize them. The % rostered is accurate as of 11/03/2022.
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*Jalen McDaniels (48%)- Just like his brother Jaden McDaniels in Minnesota, Jalen has become the “stocks” king in Charlotte with 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per 36 minutes. On top of that impressive defense, Jalen has been red hot from 3-point range, connecting on 14-of-28 attempts so far (50%). Undrafted in basically every standard-league, Jalen has so far been a top-75 player in 9-cat in only 26 minutes per game, averaging 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 triples on 42% from the field and 91% from the line.
I always love when it's blatantly obvious how hard a player worked on their game over the summer. For example, you can't tell me that Jalen had this in his bag last season:
With the best players in Charlotte dropping like flies, including a new shoulder injury for Gordon Hayward, Jalen should be on all fantasy rosters regardless of format going forward.
Chris Boucher (34%)- After missing the beginning of the season, Boucher has ramped himself up to must-roster status in standard leagues. In only 19.5 minutes across five games, Boucher ranks inside the top-75 of 9-cat leagues with 11.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 triples.
He was everywhere against the Spurs in Toronto's last outing, with beat writer Josh Lewenberg saying that he played the best half of his career in that one.
Boucher has the fantasy resume to back it up to, as he's only a year removed from a top-45 finish in 9-cat in 24 minutes per game. Add him immediately, even if I still don't fully trust coach Nick Nurse after the stunts he pulled last season.
*Lonnie Walker (43%)- If not for Lonnie Walker, the Lakers would probably be 0-7. He has eight triples over the last two games, and he's scored 15+ points in five of six games since the dud of a season opener. The Lakers are still kind of a mess right now because LeBron James' foot is bothering him and Anthony Davis has Derrick Favors' back, so they will need to continue relying on Lonnie for his microwave scoring.
Patrick Williams (27%)- Ah yes, the fantasy sleeper that seemingly everyone gave up on two weeks ago. Well, he suddenly looks like a hot commodity now, stringing together three impressive games in a row.
“I get everyone wants to see this progression. But in fairness to him, he hasn't had a normal two-year NBA schedule like a lot of guys have had. It's taken him some time,” coach Billy Donovan said. “And every player develops and evolves at a different rate.”
Williams put up 8th-round fantasy numbers in his last three games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 triples. The rim protection is the big attraction here, and it's something that he really came alive in late last season. With Andre Drummond (shoulder) out and the Bulls using smaller lineups, the time is now for Williams.
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Davion Mitchell (31%)- De'Aaron Fox is nursing a bone bruise in his knee and doesn't have a timetable set in stone right now, but it's not supposed to be a long-term injury. I'll be streaming Davion with confidence in the meantime, as he's coming off one monster performance and a dud vs. the Heat. In those two games, he averaged 16.0 points, 2.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3.0 triples.
It's worth mentioning that Mitchell hasn't been at his best this season, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt since he averaged 18.0 points, 7.4 assists and 1.9 triples as a starter during his rookie season.
Grant Williams (32%)- I'm not sure what else fantasy managers need to see here. Grant is a 6th-rounder in 9-cat on the season and that's with a clunker on the board (Oct. 24th). There is a reason teams are already lining up to pry him away from Boston after the two sides failed to agree to an extension.
Aleksej Pokusevski (38%)- If you have the stomach, Poku may be the guy for you. One night he will look like prime Larry Bird with behind-the-back passes and near triple-doubles, and other nights he'll be subbed out quickly after forcing up 33-footers four seconds into the shot clock. Rostering anyone in OKC not named Josh Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can be a headache, but Poku has been solid lately with 7th-round fantasy numbers of 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 triples on 46% from the field.
Bruce Brown (34%)- Denver's Swiss army knife, Brown is taking advantage of yet another injury with Bones Hyland the latest to go down. We already know that he's basically coach Michael Malone's favorite player already as he's literally all he talks about it seems.
He's played at least 28 minutes in four straight games, averaging 6th-round fantasy numbers (9-cat) of 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.5 triples. Do I think he's a long-term hold? Probably not, but I'd ride him until he gives me a reason not to.
Tari Eason (21%)- Assistant coach John Lucas compared him to Dennis Rodman, while head coach Stephen Silas thinks Eric Gordon is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Eason has been held to minutes in the teens in four straight, but he is coming off a game with six points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in only 18 minutes. Just look at this defense!
As I continue to say, his talent will eventually win Silas over and I'll hold him for as long as needed.
Marcus Morris (41%)- He's not the most dependable guy because every now and then he needs to rest his bum knees, but the Clippers are short on options right now with Kawhi Leonard struggling to get healthy. Morris has fared well in three straight games, averaging 14.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 triples. Enjoy it because it won't last long.
Jaylen Nowell (19%)- You're probably wondering why Nowell is on here because he is ice cold, scoring a combined 18 points over his last three games while shooting 24%. This is a guy who came out of the gates red hot, and we know the shooting will regress to the mean as he hit 47% from the field last season. Be patient if you have him, and if he was dropped, be ready to add quickly.
Patty Mills (9%) vs. Edmond Sumner (0%)- With Kyrie Irving away from the Nets for at least five games, Mills is a super streamer and potentially a hold for longer than that depending on how this situation plays out. However, we can't assume that he'll have the keys all by himself, as Sumner has been really good for the Nets this season and is not someone I'd bet against.
As a starter last season, Mills averaged 13.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 3.1 triples. As for Sumner, he brings much more to the table on defense and is an elite athlete, so he's someone to watch closely in deeper formats.
Josh Richardson (28%)- The Spurs are already sitting players left and right with Keldon Johnson the latest to be sidelined with “tightness.” We're going to see some very creative excuses all season thanks to Victor Wembanyama.
Devin Vassell is finally back for Friday's game, but Richardson should be able to maintain at least a decent role with Josh Primo out of the equation. To be clear, I don't think he's a must-roster player.
Austin Reaves (3%)- His minutes are still holding strong, but the production has been a little boring. Finding usage in Los Angeles is not exactly easy these days.
Dyson Daniels (2%)- I raved about him in the podcast as did my colleagues, as his blend of size, playmaking and elite defense is so much fun to watch. If he ever gets close to 25 minutes, and I think he will at some point this season, he could become a fantasy force.
Immanuel Quickley (16%)- He'll probably never come close to 16 rebounds again, and my concern with Quickley is the inconsistent workloads. Add at your own risk.