Fantasy Basketball Stock Watch: Jaren Jackson Jr. on the rise

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Jaren Jackson Jr.

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The rookie had an off-game Tuesday while suffering through foul trouble, but Jackson entered averaging 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 2.7 blocks and 1.4 3pt over the past two weeks. He’s been a top-20 fantasy player during that span. In fact, JJJ recently became just the third player in NBA history to record at least seven blocks with four triples in the same game. He’s currently the youngest player in the league. Jackson’s simply been too good to bring along slowly as Memphis had planned. He offers incredible categorical diversity and is just beginning to develop his game, so his upside is massive.

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has made an immediate fantasy impact as a rookie. (AP Photo).
Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has made an immediate fantasy impact as a rookie. (AP Photo).

Robert Covington

In seven games since joining Minnesota, Covington is averaging career-highs in field goal attempts (including 7.3 per game from downtown) and SPG (3.0). He’s definitely returned first round fantasy value (and that includes a 1-for-18 shooting performance). Covington can’t keep up this steal rate, but he’s always among the league leaders in deflected passes. His fantasy owners must be loving the trade to the Timberwolves.

Jeremy Lin

He got off to a slow start coming off knee surgery but has really picked it up of late, averaging 19.0 points, 5.3 assists and 2.7 threes over the past week, when he’s been a top-20 fantasy player. Lin is sporting a career-high in True Shooting percentage this season, and it helps playing for a Hawks team that’s first in the NBA in Pace. Owned in just 35 percent of leagues, Lin’s a fine add now that he’s looking healthier. If Trae Young were to go down, he’d see a big spike in fantasy value, so there’s some upside here too.

Terrence Ross

He scored a season-high 28 points against the Warriors on Monday night and continues to be on a tear, averaging more than three three-pointers over the last nine contests. He’s hit better than 57 percent from downtown during that span. His hot shooting will come back to earth, but Ross leads the NBA in made threes off the bench. The former top-10 pick is coming into his own, averaging close to career-bests across the board. Ross is worth grabbing if you’re looking for help in three-pointers.

Marvin Williams

He’s playing much better lately, as he’s averaged 15.3 points, nine rebounds and all the way up to nearly 35 minutes of playing time over the last three games. Williams has been a top-75 fantasy player over the last two weeks. He benefits from Charlotte attempting a bunch of three-pointers and having a top-five offensive efficiency, making him a solid add who’s still available in more than 60 percent of leagues.

Domantas Sabonis

He’s shown further growth in year three and has become a must-start in DFS with Victor Oladipo sidelined. Over the last five games in which Oladipo’s been out, Sabonis has averaged 15.0 points, 11.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting 67.4 percent from the field, as his Usage Rate has seen a big boost.

FALLERS

Andrew Wiggins

The departure of Jimmy Butler theoretically was supposed to let Wiggins shine, but he’s responded with a horrible shooting slump, including a recent ugly 0-for-12 outing. In fact, Wiggins is shooting just 32.7 percent from the floor over the last two weeks, when he’s ranked outside the top-200 fantasy players. The 22-year-old continues to disappoint with career-lows in rebound rate and PER while sporting one of the league’s worst defensive ratings.

Jaylen Brown

It’s not surprising Brown’s taken a step back this season with Boston being so loaded, but the 22-year-old has also done so with efficiency (39.8 FG%) to go along with the decrease in Usage Rate. Brown has been banged up lately while playing through a back injury, and he still has a bright future. That said, he’s getting lost in a Celtics crowded backcourt.

Tyreke Evans

He’s struggled with his new team in Indiana, averaging near career-lows across the board while seeing just 20:54 MPG. Evans is shooting just 33.8 percent from the floor over the last two weeks, when he hasn’t been a top-150 fantasy player despite Victor Oladipo’s absence (he’s played better off the bench this season). Evans will improve the more comfortable he gets, but it also doesn’t help him that the Pacers are running one of the slowest paces in the league.

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