Another week, another weird stat that caught my attention from around the magical world of the NBA. James Wiseman has not enjoyed the best of starts to his career and the injuries that he has suffered have certainly not helped his case. However, the stat is that he is a minus 35 in 5 games in the G League. Not good. He was not a plus in any of those games, joining a very bad company of Haseem Thabeet and Anthony Bennett as the only top 2 draft picks to be sent down to the G League for development purposes. I am not saying that he is a lost cause, but it certainly does not seem very promising. Check out this very interesting video with more analysis on the Wiseman issue.
Regarding last week’s suggestions, Terry Rozier continues to shoot woefully from the field so the buy low is still there, John Konchar is useful as long as Desmond Bane is out and Paul Reed was a good stream but now Joel Embiid is healthy so he can be safely dropped again in standard leagues.
Zach Collins: Although he has not wowed when given the opportunity, Jakob Poeltl should miss the next week so Collins is a good streamer in his stead for big man stats. It is a good opportunity for him to showcase that the Spurs were right to believe in him after multiple seasons with injuries so let’s see how this plays out (20% rostered).
Kyle Anderson: Karl-Anthony Towns will unfortunately miss the next 4-6 weeks and the next man up is the always slow and always ready Kyle Anderson. My admiration for his game has been well documented throughout the years, for his ability to play in the NBA despite lacking the physical characteristics of most players, but he can also be a very useful fantasy player. He started last night and played almost 40 minutes with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. It is exactly this ability he has to contribute across the board that makes him valuable as long as KAT is out (29% rostered).
Trey Murphy: Trey Murphy has enjoyed a very good season and is surprisingly ranked inside the top 50 in per game value for the season. Even more surprisingly, he is still available in 45% of Yahoo leagues so you have to make sure that you grab him if that’s the case for your league. Brandon Ingram was already out and now Herb Jones got hurt so the opportunity is there for him to maintain his excellent season.
Collin Sexton: He is thriving without Mike Conley and is performing closer to his ADP since he got the starting spot, but I think Conley will claim his role back when he returns so that makes him an excellent sell high candidate. I would try to float some offers that include Sexton and see if any owner believes in him more than I do.
Isaiah Hartenstein: Unfortunately, Hartenstein made the decision to sign with the Knicks in the offseason and, after a very promising run last year with the Clippers, it has been a nightmare year for him. He is playing under 15 minutes per game during the last two weeks and some of those games were without Mitchell Robinson, so he is a clear drop with the way he is used in New York.