Robert Covington came onto the fantasy radar last year due to his ability to add threes, steals, and blocks in bunches. He started this season slowly, but has been picking it up lately. That continued on Tuesday with 13 points (4-14 FG), 10 rebounds, 4 steals, and 1 block. But no shot was bigger than his buzzer beater:

His offensive production may remain inconsistent, but his nightly contributions in steals, blocks, and rebounds have made him a viable fantasy contributor in all leagues. Now is a perfect time to buy low, before it’s too late.

Joel Embiid – The only Philly big man who should be owned in all leagues posted 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Meanwhile, Nerlens Noel (8 points, 4-5 FG) and Jahlil Okafor (2 points, 4 rebounds) played a combined 21 minutes and remain hard to trust.

Ersan Ilyasova –Those that invested when he was traded to the 76ers are looking pretty smart right now. He’s locked in as the stretch 4 in Philly and contributed 19 points, 3 threes, and 5 rebounds against the T’Wolves.

Karl-Anthony Towns – KAT takes a little too many threes for my liking (1-6 3PT), but you can’t complain about 23 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks.

Zach LaVine – With Andrew Wiggins (8 points on 2-15 FG) having an off night, LaVine stepped up for the Wolves with 28 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 threes.

Jae Crowder – Crowder chipped in 21 points on an efficient 6-8 shooting (5-6 3PT, 4-4 FT).

Al Horford – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 threes. That’s now back-to-back games that Horford has knocked down 3 threes.

Isaiah Thomas – Thomas made up for having 0 assists in Friday’s 52 point explosion by dishing out a season high 15 assists on Tuesday. He also added 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 threes. He had so many highlights that you’re just going to have to watch them all.

Derrick Favors – Favors played the most minutes (29) he’s played since mid November and made every minute count with 12 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Gordon Hayward – Hayward continues his great season with a 23/2/2 line with 3 threes.

Rudy Gobert – Gobert cleaned up the glass on his way to 13 rebounds, 8 points, and 1 block.

Joe Johnson – J.J. turned back the clock knocking down 3-4 from beyond the arc, to go along with 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Don’t go chasing this line so feel free leaving him on the wire.

George Hill – Hill missed his second straight game with concussion like symptoms and continues to have a hard time staying on the court. Shelvin Mack (8 points, 4 assists) will start while Hill is out, but should only be added in very deep leagues.

Paul George – Speaking of Georges, PG-13 had it going, knocking down 10-17 from the field and 10-10 from the charity stripe for 32 points. That’s his 3rd 30+ point game in the last 4. He also added 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.

Myles Turner – Turner continues to impress in his second season. He did a little bit of everything on Tuesday with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals/blocks/threes each.

Jeff Teague – Not the sexiest name in fantasy, but Teague has been a consistent contributor for the Pacers. On Tuesday night, he posted 17 points, 8 assists, and 3 rebounds.

Monta Ellis – Ellis has been struggling this season, but found his stroke on Tuesday, scoring 16 points (6-6 FG, 4-5 FT) and dishing out 3 assists. Coach Nate McMillan has said that he will continue to start Glenn Robinson III (8/2/2 line) over Ellis, but a couple more nights like this may make McMillan change his mind.

Jon Leuer – As Stan Van Gundy’s favorite to start over Tobias Harris, Leuer (14 points, 7 rebounds) remains a top waiver wire add and should see his 51% ownership rise. Harris (22/5/2 line) owners shouldn’t panic, as the demotion to the bench hasn’t hurt his statistics. Both can be useful to fantasy teams.

Andre Drummond – Drummond dominated the glass, posting 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks against the Pacers.

Reggie Jackson – 20 points, 12 assists, 2 steals, and 3 threes. That’s now 3 straight 20+ point games for Mr. October.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – KCP added 16 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds, as all five starters (Marcus Morris had 14 points) reached double-digits in scoring.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard – Aldridge and Leonard took full advantage of the Raptors, leading the Spurs to a 28-point blowout. LA went for 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Leonard added 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocks, and 5 threes.

Tony Parker – Parker even got in on the action, chipping in 15 points and 8 assissts, shooting a sexy 6-9 from the field.

DeMar DeRozan – Double D was the lonely bright spot for the Raptor’s starters on Tuesday. He went for 26/4/2, while Kyle Lowry (2-9, 0-7 3PT) couldn’t find the basket, scoring just 6 points and dishing out 2 assists.

Terrence Ross – Ross used the blowout to score 17 points and grab 5 rebounds off the bench. Despite the garbage time, Ross has been a good waiver wire pickup for teams in need of threes and scoring.

Harrison Barnes – Barnes finished off the Wizards in the 2nd half, showing why the Mavs gave him a max contract. He ended with 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Hopefully Barnes doesn’t end up like fellow teammate Deron Williams, who failed to live up to the expectations of the max contract in Brooklyn. However, Williams played like a max player on Tuesday with 21 points, 6 assists and 4 threes.

Devin Harris and Seth Curry – The Mavericks blew open a lead in the 2nd half by shooting 11-16 from beyond the arc. Much of that was thanks to Harris (17 points, 4-7 3PT) and Curry (16 points, 4-5 3PT) finding their stroke off the bench.

Dirk Nowitzki – Being eased back from his Achilles injury, Nowitzki finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. At 38, this might be the new normal for the future Hall of Famer. Meanwhile, Andrew Bogut hobbled to the bench after banging knees with a player late in the 4th quarter. Hopefully this was just minor and Bogut won’t miss any time.

Otto Porter Jr. – 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 threes/blocks/steals each. Is there anything he can’t do?

Marcin Gortat – The Polish Hammer was a machine on the boards grabbing 16 of them, to go along with 12 points and 4 assists.

John Wall – The December Eastern Conference player of the month continued his strong play into January with 27 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. In the final 1:43 of the first half, Wall scored 13 points to give the Wizards the edge going into the half.

Bradley Beal – Wall’s partner in crime added 25 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 threes.

DeMarcus Cousins – Run DMC got tricky with a 31/6/6 line with 3 threes.

Kosta Koufos – Koufos went off for a season high 18 points and 5 rebounds. Don’t read too much into this.

Darren Collison – Collison scored 26 points, shooting 10-16 and dishing out 7 assists. WHHHHAAAAA???? Ty Lawson sat with a nose injury, but I will have to see more of this before I invest. He scored a combined 34 points in the previous 4 games.

Arron Afflalo – First Koufos goes for 18, then Collison adds 26, and now Afflalo scores 19 points (8-11 FG)??? If you’re a Kings fan, I would buy a lottery ticket. Or maybe this is just revenge for Furious George.

Nikola Jokic – Few big men pass as well as Jokic. He posted 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Danilo Gallinari – Gallo led the Nugs with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season high 4 threes.

Jusuf Nurkic – Coming off the bench, Nurkic posted 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in 18 minutes. That’s now back-to-back great games with Kenneth Faried sitting with a back injury.

Julius Randle – Randle became the 6th NBA player with multiple tripe-doubles this year, with his 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists triple-double against the Griz.

Timofey Mozgov – Mozgov played a whopping 38 minutes, adding 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 steal/block each. He scored 15 points in the previous 3 games so leave him on the wire.

D’Angelo Russell – Russell got all athletic with 18 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds.

Jordan Clarkson – Clarkson bounced back from a 2 point showing on Sunday to post 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 threes. All in just 18 minutes of playing time.

Nick Young – Swaggy P scored 20 points on 6-11 shooting. Yes, all 11 of those shots were threes and he’s now shooting 42-75 from three in the last 9 games. Must be nice to be Swaggy.

Marc Gasol and Mike Conley – Gasol and Conley were the only bright spot for the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Gasol went for 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists, while Conley added 21 points, 4 assists, and 3 threes.

Marquese Chriss and Devin Booker –Booker was 13 and Chriss was 12 the last time that the Suns beat the Heat. That’s a long time. But thanks to Booker’s 27 points on 9-19 shooting (3-6 3PT, and 6-7 FT) and Chriss’ 18/6/2 line, the Suns snapped the 12-game losing streak.

Eric Bledsoe – Taking a back seat to Booker and Chriss, Bledsoe chipped in 17 points, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 threes.

Tyson Chandler – Vintage Tyson Chandler: 5 points, 20 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Willie ReedWillis Reed limped from the locker room in a dramatic return… Wait, wrong Reed, but Willie Reed sure looked like the Hall of Famer, posting a career high 22 points and 18 rebounds in 32 minutes. Reed will go back to playing time in the teens, when the Heat get back to full strength.

Goran Dragic – Dragic led the Heat with 24 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals and is salivating like Pavlov’s dog to be traded to a contender.

  1. Johnc says:

    i was concerned about my PG play and wire was beyond thin. I added Jennings and Smart while Trading for out of position assists…Horford and Jokic. Trade was KAT, Jokic and Horford for my Myles, Howard, Crowder and Hood.

    Do i add Sergio in hopes he regains starting job in Philly and holds off Simmons? If so, who is my drop? Or hold?

    M team…..12 teamer, 9 cats, H2H
    CP3, RJax, Smart, Jennings
    DeRo, Leonard, Porter, G Harris
    KAT, Jokic, Adams, Horford, Leuer, Poison Goose

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Johnc: The only drop I’d make on your current roster would be Brandon Jennings. Sergio Rodriguez is a fine add, but he’s currently out with an ankle injury so TJ McConnell has been starting for the 76ers. Not sure when Rodriguez will be back, but either way, but McConnell and Rodriguez’ time as starter will be short lived. Ben Simmons is the future point guard for the 76ers and is aiming for a late January/early February return.

  2. Justin says:

    Hey, I’m running out of patience with Tj Warren, what are your thoughts on dropping him for Harrell on Houston? Thanks for the help!!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Justin: Warren has been madly inconsistent since returning from injury so I have no problem grabbing Harrell. Neither guy is must own so go with the hotter hand, which lately has been Harrell.

      • Justin says:

        @Peter Kap: thank you!!

  3. Justin says:

    Or someone else and just jumping ship on tj

  4. Tony C says:

    Good job today Peter Kap. So ny roster currently has 3 players in serious slumps who are borderline holds in a 9-cat, 12 team league. They are Luol Deng, Patty Mills and Sefolosha. Would u drop any for Nurkic, Lin, Monta, Sergio, Saric, Len, Chris’s, Bender, Evan Turner or Willie Reed?
    My current roster is:
    PG Lowry, Brogdon, Tyreke, Mills
    SG Alphabet, Bradley, Sefolosha
    SF Crowder, Harkless
    PF Jokic, Deng
    C M. Turner, Embiid

    • Slim

      Slim says:

      @Tony C: I’d grab Nurkic before it’s too late. Any of those 3 can go. Top 3… right his second I’ll go with Nurkic, Reed, and I want it to be Chriss but until they finally let him play 30 min a night he’ll be tough to own in a 12er. If Sergio gets back soon he would be #2. Lin is just a stash since it could be a while, Monta isn’t for me but maybe the bench role will suit him better, he’s #3 if Chriss doesn’t get his min. Saric bleh, Len bleh, Bender not enough min, Turner while Lillard is down is probably #4 but it looks to me like you could use his assists, he could be #3 ahead of Chriss right now. I have little faith in Deng, Mills, or Thabo being 12er worthy the rest of the year.

  5. OldNavy says:

    Whiteside could be out months. My son had 4 surgeries on his eye after getting scratched in the eye playing basketball when he was 19. My son went from 20 20 in his right eye to 20 200. West could be the starting center the rest of the season.

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @OldNavy: Sorry to hear that about your son. It looks like Whiteside’s injury may not be as severe so it’s tough to jump to conclusions this early. His situation is improving and he’s meeting with a doctor today for an update. I’m not sure who you’re referring to with West, but Willie Reed, Udonis Haslem, and James Johnson are the beneficiaries of Whiteside’s injury.

      • OldNavy says:

        @Peter Kap: Sorry it was Reed.

  6. Kostas says:

    Been thinking about a trade i was offered in my roto….my valanciunas and j-rich for bradley…i love 2-1 when i get the best player but i’m just very optimistic about j-rich ROS…what do you guys think?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Kostas: I think it’s a probably a pretty fair deal for both teams. Avery Bradley’s rebounding numbers are going to normalize so although he’s the best player in the deal, I think there is some regression coming. Jonas’ injury history always scares me and if you can make a good pickup on waiver, then that might be push the scales in your favor.

  7. miles proudfoot says:

    In a similar question to one up top, would you drop Warren, Harrell, baze or JayM Green for Nurkic? Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @miles proudfoot: I think Bazemore is probably fine to drop for Nurkic. My only concern is that Faried comes back soon to muddy the playing time again. And that probably means Nurkic loses playing time, despite his last 2 solid games.

      Harrell, Bazemore, and Green are more or less locked into minutes. PJ Tucker is on the trading block so if traded, that would confirm the Suns’ commitment to Warren. So picking up Nurkic is a little bit of a risk/reward type play.

  8. Michael Shoesmith says:

    Sitting in first in a 12 man 9 cat holding parsons since day one. Is it time to cut him loose or worth a hold? Happy new year!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Michael Shoesmith: Depends on how confident you feel with your lead and how your league reacts to injuries. For example, are there a lot of other injured guys on waivers (i.e. Capela, Simmons)?

      Personally, I’m totally fine with moving on, especially if someone like Harrell, James Johnson, Kilpatrick, etc. is available on the wire.

      • Michael Shoesmith says:

        @Peter Kap: Fair enough thanks dude

  9. Rocky says:

    Hey Pete-

    What are your thoughts on Derrick Favors as a buy-low candidate? He’s struggling minutes and production-wise right now and definitely carries a good bit of risk but, when healthy, he’s a top 40 player. Do you think he is worth targeting? And would a combination of say Taj/Clarkson or Harkless/Clarkson or Devin Booker straight up get a deal done?

    My roster in a 12team/9cat
    Harden, Kyrie, LaVine, Jrue, D. Booker, J. Clarkson, Blake Griffin, Gorgui, Taj, S. Adams, Capela, Harkless, Speights, Montrezl

    Thanks in advance!

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Rocky: I’m not sure he’s a top 40 player any longer. The Jazz are playing at one of the slowest paces in the NBA and there’s a lot more competition for rebounds and blocks now that Gobert has developed. Not to mention, Favors is behind Hayward and George Hill for shot opportunities. Favors is still capable of good games, but now that the Jazz are better, Favors rebound and point totals will take a hit. So I’d say that a top 75/100 player is more of his ceiling than top 40.

      With that being said, you could still trade for him, but I would lower your expectations. Taj, Harkless, or Clarkson straight up for Favors might get it done. If not, than a combo of those guys, but I’d wouldn’t deal Booker for him.

  10. Wen says:

    Hi Peter, got a tough decision and need your help for waiver wire pickup.
    I can drop: Darren Collison, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thabo Sefolosha
    Who should I pick up? Ty Lawson, Sean Kilpatrick, Wayne Ellington, Marco Belinelli

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:

      @Wen: I’d drop Thabo for Sean Kilpatrick or Belinelli. Otherwise, I’d probably stand pat.

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