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Week 8 Schedule: Games Played
5 Games: SAS
4 Games: BKN, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI
3 Games: BOS, CHA, CHI, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, NOR, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS
2 Games: ATL, PHX, TOR
Week 8 Back-to-Backs:
Sunday (Dec. 4th)-Monday: ATL, CHA, CLE, WAS
Tuesday-Wednesday: BOS, BKN, DAL, NYK
Wednesday-Thursday: DEN, MEM, PHI, UTA
Friday-Saturday: CLE, HOU, SAC
Saturday-Sunday: ORL, SAS
Waiver Wire Pickups:
*To qualify for this list, players have to be available in over 60% of Yahoo Leagues.
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Otto Porter Jr. (31%)- This guy has been putting up some serious per-minute stats all season, but the problem was that Golden State kept him on a 23-second restriction up until recently. The minutes are finally climbing, and we’re starting to see some real fantasy value with Porter posting top-70 numbers over his last five with 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 dimes, 1.2 steals and 3.2 triples on 51% shooting.
"He's such a smart player, understands the game at a high level, and gets better and better athletically as he works with our training staff,” Steve Kerr said. Regarding that last part, injuries have derailed Porter’s athleticism in recent years, but he’s moving a whole lot better in Golden State so it’s awesome to see him get his career back on track. Kerr also mentioned Porter’s name along with Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole when asked which players could take some pressure off Stephen Curry when he gets swarmed like the Suns did this week, so that tells me that the increased role/workload could be here to stay.
Immanuel Quickley (29%)- Alec Burks no longer qualifies for this list, but Quickley is another Knick who is trending up in a hurry. Kemba Walker is no longer a rotation player, but we haven’t seen a true picture of the new rotation yet because RJ Barrett has been sick. However, it’s pretty obvious that Quickley comes out of this as a winner, as he’s played 31+ minutes in three straight including back-to-back 38-minute workloads (God bless Tom Thibodeau). His FG% is dicey at times, but over his last six games he’s averaging 13.0 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 2.3 triples.
Killian Hayes (13%)- The second-year guard still has some holes in his fantasy game with a FG% that rivals Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s, but I’m starting to get onboard with the idea that he could become a fun fantasy player. Since returning from injury, Killian has been putting up some late-round value over his last three games with 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 dimes, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 triples, but he has another gear to hit in fantasy when the steals show up. And we know they will, as this guy is averaging 1.9 steals per 36 minutes this season. Goodbye FG%, hello Killian Hayes shares.
Dewayne Dedmon (34%)- With Bam Adebayo (thumb) looking at a 4-6 week absence, Miami will turn to the veteran Dedmon. Fantasy managers would prefer to see Summer League legend Omer Yurtseven, but it certainly doesn’t seem like Erik Spoelstra wants to go that route. Dedmon had 11 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes of his last outing, giving him averages of 7.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks through four total starts. He’ll be a dependable low-end option, but don’t go spending your fantasy league’s prize pool thinking Dedmon is going to win you a championship.
Tyus Jones (24%)- We have a 3-game sample size with Tyus filling in for Ja Morant (knee), though it’s a bit misleading with two of the games being absolute blowouts. Jones hasn’t been a world beater, but he’s been a serviceable PG with 6.7 points, 7.7 assists, 4.0 boards, 1.7 steals and 0.3 triples in 26 minutes. I think his minutes will be closer to the 28-30 range going forward, and while his upside won’t be as high as previous years since Dillon Brooks takes 14 shots per minute, he’ll be a valuable source of dimes and steals which are two of the hardest categories to find on the wire.
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Garrison Mathews (20%)- The silly season is starting a couple months early in Houston with half the roster out of commission. Kevin Porter Jr. (thigh) is expected to join Jalen Green on the shelf, leaving a ton of shots behind. Mathews certainly hasn’t been shy in his new role, playing 28+ minutes in four straight with 16.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 dimes, 0.8 steals and 4.0 triples. I can’t promise you that he’ll keep shooting 58%, but he has earned the trust of coach Stephen Silas and isn’t going away. “He is a good shooter, he takes charges on defense, is in the right place on defense, and has a toughness about him that is needed for our group,” Silas said.
Cameron Johnson (21%)- I didn’t think he had a pulse at the beginning of the season, but Cam is suddenly relevant and was trending up even before the Devin Booker injury. Cam had 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, four triples, two assists and a block in 27 minutes in his first game without Booker, but over his last five he’s been solid with 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 dimes and 2.8 triples. He’s allergic to defensive stats, but if you need efficient 3-pointers you know where to find them.
Terance Mann (21%)- Nicolas Batum is still ramping up after clearing the protocols and is likely to miss a few more games. Mann hasn’t been consistent this season, but has flipped a switch lately. In his last four games, Mann put up 12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 dimes, 0.8 steals and 0.8 triples in 27 minutes. The Clippers have lost four of their last five games which means changes could be coming, so there is a possibility that Mann ends up with a larger role in the offense.
Maxi Kleber (23%)- Apart from Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks have one of the most underwhelming frontcourts in the NBA, particularly at the five. So it’s no surprise that we’re seeing some smaller lineups lately, and it’s Kleber who has benefitted the most. Over his last four games, he’s putting up 11th-round value with 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 dimes, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 triples.
Chris Duarte (35%)- After hitting the rookie wall in November, Duarte remembered that 45-year-olds don’t hit the rookie wall so he’s suddenly rolling again. In his last five games, Duarte was productive with 12.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 dimes, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples. He had some shooting percentages that would make only Darius Bazley jealous in that stretch, so there’s upside for much more when he finds his shot. The Pacers are going to be giving this rookie all the minutes he can handle, as T.J. McConnell (wrist) is out a “while” and Justin Holiday is in the protocols.
***Devin Vassell (40%)- Before we move onto the next section, we have to at least mention Vassell. He was coming off a two-game absence in his return on Thursday, but only lasted 10 minutes after his thigh tightened up on him. Vassell has been a mid-round value despite a low workload this season, but with five games on the schedule he’d be No. 1 on this if he gets the green light.
Tre Mann (5%)- After the Thunder lost by an NBA record 73 points on Thursday, it’s understandable if you want to avoid any of their players. However, there is an abundance of minutes available in OKC, as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is in the concussion protocol and Josh Giddey is dealing with an illness. I can’t promise you that Mann will be reliable, but he has shown some sparks and hey, he’s a warm body that could play a ton on a team that desperately needs some offense. In his last three games, Mann averaged 13.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.7 dimes, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.7 triples.
Dorian Finney-Smith (22%)- He’s not flashy and won’t blow you away in any category, but has quiet contributions across the board. The steals have been terrific lately.
Brandon Clarke (14%)- Low minutes, but has been absolutely terrific with some serious FG%.
Armoni Brooks (7%)- He’s not reliable by any means, but does have some strong games on his resume. We could see some 30+ minute workloads if KPJ misses time.
Facundo Campazzo (6%)- Nuggets are dropping like flies, so Campazzo has settled into a role with minutes in the 20s. He’s basically a 3-category player for dimes, steals and triples.
Doug McDermott (5%)- It took a 5-game week for McDermott to qualify, so that tells you all you need to know about his upside, or lack thereof.
Malik Beasley (26%)- Still doesn’t look close to the player he was last season, but he’s still a nice source of triples with a combined 15 makes over his last five games.