Welcome to your midweek guidance for Week 15!  The objective of this post is to help you identify the best available streaming options to win your head-to-head matchups.

Last week’s recommendations held up reasonably well, but it appears I cursed Kelly Olynyk and Alex Caruso by giving them both a casual mention in the intro.  After my vote of confidence, the cosmos promptly conspired against me to Grayson Allen Caruso’s wrist and infect Olynyk with COVID-19.

Wishing those guys a relatively quick recovery for what ails ’em.

The Lakers and Timberwolves each play three games to close out the week, while the Cavaliers, Rockets, Knicks, Thunder, Kings, Raptors, and Wizards play one more time.  Here are the players I’m watching and adding.

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Three Category Contributors

  • Amir Coffey (Threes, Assists, FT%): Apparently, I’m not the only one who is skeptical of the Clippers’ wing rotation, as Coffey is still widely available.  He built up a decent body of work as a starter in eleven straight games, however, and he’s a top 50 player over that span (14.3 points, 2.4 threes, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 96% from the line on 2.2 attempts).  He’ll have to contend with Marcus Morris’s return at some point in the near future, but Coffey started alongside Morris prior to his latest absence, so there’s a chance Coffey can sustain this run (Plays Fri, Sun).
  • Otto Porter Jr. (Threes, Rebounds, Steals): It’s a bit difficult to project where Porter’s minutes will settle with all the recent Warrior injuries, lineup changes, and blowouts.  At the same time, he’s finding ways to produce even when he plays minutes in the low-20s.  In 23 minutes per game over the last seven contests, he averaged 1.7 threes, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.  He should continue to be featured while Draymond Green recovers (Plays Thurs, Sat).
  • Gabe Vincent (Threes, Assists, Steals): In an encouraging sign, Vincent received 33 minutes on Wednesday despite Tyler Herro’s return to the rotation.  He managed to do more of what’s earned him the spot light, hitting two threes to go along with five assists and two steals (Plays Fri, Sat).

Two Category Contributors

  • Jose Alvarado (Assists, Steals): A lot depends on Devonte Graham’s status heading into Friday’s game, but there’s a reasonable chance he could miss the front end of the Pelicans’ upcoming back-to-back.  If that happens, Alvarado is worth a look as the potential replacement starter.  He garnered five assists and two steals over 33 minutes in Tuesday’s action (Plays Fri, Sat).
  • Danilo Gallinari (Threes, FT%): The most appealing aspect of Gallinari’s fantasy profile is his ability to get to the line and knock down free throws.  He’s suddenly run aground over the past two games, managing to not attempt a single one.  The previous four games, when he went 15/17 from the stripe, paint a better picture of his capabilities (Plays Fri, Sun).
  • Nassir Little (Points, Threes): When he returns from a shoulder strain, Little should receive a good amount of playing time while Larry Nance and Robert Covington recover from their ailments.  Prior to missing Wednesday’s game, Little had cruised through his previous three outings with averages of 15.3 points, 2.3 threes and 7.7 rebounds.  Monitor his status going into Friday (Plays Fri).
  • Kevon Looney (Rebounds, Blocks): If you need any amount of offense from your streaming spot, I recommend looking elsewhere.  Looney has posted two zero point outings in his past five games, including Tuesday’s game against Dallas in which he didn’t attempt a shot.  The rebounding and block figures are much more reliable though, standing at averages of 10.4 and 0.8 respectively over his last 8 contests (Plays Thurs, Sat).
  • Chuma Okeke (Threes, Steals): The recent disappearance of Terrence Ross due to injuries and terrible play elevated Okeke to top 70 status for a time, but buyer beware.  Ross has returned and Orlando has their two centers back in the rotation, which is putting a squeeze on Chuma.  Despite those limitations, he’s proven himself to be a reliable 3-and-D player in 23.5 MPG this season (Plays Fri, Sun).

One Category Contributors

  • Jaylen Nowell (Assists): If you’re strapped for player additions, Nowell is a solid option due to the Wolves’ friendly schedule and the possibility that Patrick Beverley may miss additional time.  He can be depended upon for three assists per game while not destroying your FG% (48% on the season)  (Plays Thurs, Fri, Sun).
  • Cory Joseph (Assists): He’s now drawn four straight starts and delivered 4.8 assists per game over that span (Plays Fri, Sun).
  • Jeff Green (Points): The recent shooting hot streak (62% over his last six games) is unsustainable, but Green should be a steady source of points even when his FG% drifts back into the 40-50% range (Plays Fri, Sun).
  • Caleb Martin (Steals): Like Gabe Vincent, Martin continues to receive quality rotation minutes after the return of Tyler Herro.  As Wednesday’s dud illustrates, there is some risk involved in adding him for anything other than defensive stats (1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks over previous 7 games) (Plays Fri, Sat).
  • Luke Kennard (Threes): He’s been in and out of this post throughout the season, but he’s currently sitting as a top 130 player in 9-cat formats.  He compiled 11 threes while earning 29 MPG in his 3 most recent outings.  I trust his ability to sustain this level of production – at least until Marcus Morris Sr. returns (Plays Fri, Sun).

Hit me up in the comments with your questions and feedback.  Best of luck!

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Jason G
Jason G
1 year ago

Matisse Thybulle for 2022 waiver wire GOAT! Steals/Blocks/Turnovers

PB
P B
1 year ago
Reply to  Jason G

He’s a beast for sure. Not a well kept secret anymore, so I don’t beat the drum for him like I did last season. You know what he brings.

J C
J C
1 year ago
Reply to  P B

Out of Matisse, PJ Wash, Schroder….who would you drop!

PB
P B
1 year ago
Reply to  J C

I think Schroder’s value is mostly cooked at this point with Smart in the mix, so I’d drop him first.

J C
J C
1 year ago

SON thinks this deal “works for him” but not a “yes, do it” recommendation. I fear Porzingus’ injury and rest games history. The offer is Porzingus and Herro for JJJ and I would drop PJ Wash or Schroeder.
Nine cats, 12 teams, in 4th place but. Playing well now. Myles a major concern. My team:

CP3, VanVleet, Schroeder, PBev, Dinwiddie
Beal, Suggs, Smart
Tatum, JJJ, Tobias, JJJ
Myles (out)
IR: Dame

Would you make this trade??

PB
P B
1 year ago
Reply to  J C

Hey JC, can you clarify who you have as your 4th forward? Looks like JJJ is listed twice.

Also, can you confirm which calendar week your playoffs begin (e.g. 28 Feb)? The post season is close enough for us to take playoff schedules into consideration.

PB
P B
1 year ago
Reply to  J C

Nevermind, I think it’s PJ Washington in that spot from what your initial question says.

Yes, I would make the trade and drop Schroder to make space. Porzingis’s ceiling is just too high to pass on for me, and you get a significant upgrade going from Schroder to Herro as a sweetener.

Only thing that would give me pause is if the Mavs had a ton of back to backs around the time of a standard fantasy playoff schedule, but I only see two for them after the all star break. Aside from load management, the actual injuries are out of our control. I think the risk is worth it. If you get Turner’ blocks back, you’ll be tough to beat even without Dame.

J C
J C
1 year ago
Reply to  P B

Thank you – it was PJ

J C
J C
1 year ago
Reply to  J C

Memphis has only three games in our first two weeks of playoffs and then four the last week. Dallas has four the first two weeks and three the last week. So a net pickup of one in that trade plus Miami is 4-4-3

PB
P B
1 year ago
Reply to  J C

Sounds good to me. Fingers crossed for good health.

J C
J C
1 year ago
Reply to  P B

Zingus is so scary. Rests, back issues etc. JJJ has 16 blocks this week so I think that is the driver for this offer for him. Seven days ago I don’t think it comes my way. Recency bias.
Zingus and Herro FT% is a plus too. Thanks

PB
P B
1 year ago
Reply to  J C

Agreed, plus the fact that JJJ hasn’t missed a game this season – extremely rare for a top 40 player.

If it breaks right for you though, this could be a league winning move.

J C
J C
1 year ago
Reply to  P B

You are a thorough guy. I am obsessed as well lol. I have been holding Schroder cuz I feel he or Smart will be traded.
Our league playoffs don’t start until March 21st which gives me some hope for Myles, less for Dame for hope nonetheless.
Lonzo is on the wire. Would you grab him and hope he returns in March (and that you could handle so many guys out)?

PB
P B
1 year ago
Reply to  J C

First off, Porzingis is right on cue with the knee soreness…

I’m not picking up Ball until I have a better idea of his return date. As of now, it looks like he won’t be much of a factor down the stretch in fantasy.

J C
J C
1 year ago
Reply to  P B

Guy did not send the offer. Maybe I dodged a bullet

PB
P B
1 year ago
Reply to  J C

Never a dull moment with Porzingis.