The Bird is the word this week, gentle reader. I know that Thanksgiving themes are played out, but if you’ve ever read any of my previous articles, you will know that I can’t resist the low hanging fruit. My vertical won’t really allow for anything but the lower branches anyhow. So what are you thankful for good reader? Jrue Holiday? Kristaps Porzingus? Donald J Trump? Whatever it is that makes you thankful, we all remind ourselves that in fantasy there is a yin and then there is a yang. (Stat)Stuffers, and Turkeys, as the title suggests. So loosen your belt, Fantasy GM, pass the gravy, and let’s take a hearty serving of both on our plates:
John Wall PG
Wall has been stuffing the stuffing out of the net, going off in his last 3 games (after missing one), going 28/3/8.3/.7/0 with a scorching 3 treys per game, shooting over 500% shooting during that stretch. So I can’t really suggest that Wall is a buy low, but you may be able to pry him away from his fantasy GM due to injury concerns. He has missed 2 games this season so far, and he had surgery on his knee in the off season. You will pay, but he may just be had.
He came with crazy turnover baggage, and was shooting poorly, but in the last 3 games, he has been trending upwards. He is the dude there, Jameer Nelson is clearly the mentor. I think Mudiay is a good buy low opportunity, albeit with a cap on his value. Still he went 16.8/6.3/7.6/1/0 with no threes over the last 3 games. The lack of production from outside curbs his value, but the almost 4-1 assist to turnover in those 3 games is appealing. Do with that what you will.
Here is my black Friday gift to you: Alan is 10% owned, and he has only played 2 games, but he has averaged 13.5/13/.5/2/2.5 with a ridiculous 700%ish field goal percentage, and he got 24.5 min over that time. I don’t know what else will happen, if anything, but he is worth picking up just to see. At these prices, you can’t afford not to!
Enes Kanter PF, C
Wait for it… he’s a big Turkey, amirite? You know, cause he’s Turkish… Sorry, moving on. Kanter topped 25 minutes last game, and has had 2 blocks per over the last 3 games, adding a trey in 2 of those three games. But in the two games prior, he only played 13 and 15 minutes, respectively. I worry that Jerami Grant will further steal minutes from the Big Turk, so he’s on a bit of a sell high watermark at the moment for those looking for blocks.
DeMarre Carroll SF, PF
Carroll had a great game in Sacramento, going 17/4/0/2/0 shooting 3 treys with a 500%. I know he isn’t a pillar of your team, but he isn’t the same defender he once was, and his shot has been dodgy all season. In addition, he will likely not play back-to-backs. It ain’t a sell high, but he ain’t gonna get much higher in value, IMO.
Tim Frazier PG
So Jrue Holiday is back in the fold, and working towards reclaiming the starting Point Guard spot. Some might say that Frazier is a buy or at least a hold, as he played 15 minutes alongside Holiday last game, and 8 minutes the game before that, so the optimists of the world think that Frazier might keep his minutes up if he can figure out how to play constantly with Jrue. I am rarely accused of being an optimist, so consider that, but I think that the minutes will dip lower once Jrue gets his sealegs under him. There is E’Twuan Moore, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield all crowding that backcourt with Tim and Jrue as well. Not sayin’, just sayin’…
Ok Folks. Short week, short article. Enjoy the Turkey, and until next week, may all your shots be nothing but net!