Welcome to your midweek guidance for week two!  My goal is to help you win your category-league matchups by providing streaming suggestions for the rest of the current week’s action.  If you need an explanation of streaming, check out my week one post.

I’ll be running down players who are owned in fewer than 50% of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues and have two or more games to play this week.  Hopefully, you were able to cash in on Cole Anthony, De’Anthony Melton, Desmond Bane, and Ricky Rubio after reading last week’s post.  I am equally hopeful that you steered well clear of duds like Khem Birch and Marcus Morris Sr.

As the dust settles on the waiver wire frenzy that usually characterizes the opening stages of the season, I expect that you’ll see more repetition in the names that are featured here.  For now, however, there are still opportunities to find players on the wire who will become 12-team stalwarts for the rest of the season.  That being said, be wary of dumping underperforming players if you spent significant draft capital to acquire them.  If an underperforming player is receiving playing time that’s comparable to what he got last season, it’s typically wise to hold on and wait for his performance to come around.

The following teams have only one game remaining this week: Clippers, Timberwolves, Thunder, Suns.

The following teams have the maximum of three games remaining this week: Mavericks, Pistons, Jazz.

Here are some players to consider as we close out the matchup:

Two Category Contributors 

  • Jalen Brunson (Points, Assists): Mavericks are hot commodities toward the end of this week, with three matchups on relatively low-volume game days.  Brunson puts up solid per-minute stats in two hard-to-find categories.  He’ll also chip in some threes if you’re in need (Plays Thurs, Fri, Sun).
  • Dorian Finney-Smith (Rebounds, Steals): The key to Finney-Smith’s production is the 32 minutes per game he receives as a starter.  Even if he shoots horribly and contributes nothing offensively – a common occurrence – he plays enough to accumulate other counting stats (Plays Thurs, Fri, Sun).
  • Hassan Whiteside (Rebounds, Blocks): Remember when Whiteside and Andre Drummond finished the 2019-20 season as the 9th and 28th ranked players respectively in nine-category formats?  Whiteside then went on to finish 304th last year… Life is strange.  Utah has a fairly streaming-friendly schedule to finish the week, so consider Hassan for big man stats (Plays Thurs, Sat, Sun).
  • Royce O’Neale (Rebounds, Steals): There’s nothing special about his game, but Royce O’Neale has managed to stay in the top 150 for two full seasons now.  He is locked into a starting role for the Jazz and serves as a three-and-D guy who mops up the rebounds that don’t go to Rudy Gobert.  He’s even been known to average more than two assists per game (Plays Thurs, Sat, Sun).
  • Eric Gordon (Points, Threes): Gordon scored 15 or more points in three of the Rockets’ first four games.  He’s also shooting over 50% to start the season, so it’s difficult to know which version of Gordon you’ll get.  Nonetheless, points are hard to find on the wire, so he’s worth the risk if points are hotly-contested in your matchup come Sunday (Plays Thurs, Sun).
  • Lonnie Walker IV (Points, Threes): Lonnie is another player enjoying a jump in FG% to start this season, which is leading to elevated scoring numbers.  He’s also contributing significantly more threes (2.5/game) and assists (3.3/game) than last season (Plays Thurs, Sat).
  • Franz Wagner (Threes, Steals): Wagner has stepped in nicely for the injured Chuma Okeke, who should be out through at least the end of the week.  In 32 minutes per night through five games, Wagner is averaging two threes and a steal (Plays Fri, Sat).
  • Alex Caruso (Assists, Steals): The Bulls acquired a defensive maven in Caruso, who seems to disrupt every opponent’s possession when he’s on the floor.  He’s currently second in the league in steals at 3.3/game (Plays Thurs, Sat).
  • Damion Lee (Threes, FT%): Lee’s solid start has been masked by the hype surrounding Jordan Poole.  He’s playing just one minute less per contest than Poole while putting up comparable numbers in points (14.3/game) and threes (2/game) (Plays Thurs, Sat).
  • Kevin Love (Threes, Rebounds): I recommend confirming Love’s status before adding him for either end of the Cavs’ upcoming back-to-back set.  If you add him for Friday, be prepared for him to sit on Saturday.  Despite being buried in the Cavs’ frontcourt rotation, he can still do damage in the 20+ minutes he’s receiving (Plays Fri, Sat).
  • Anfernee Simons (Points, Threes): The minutes are trending higher for Simons and he’s shooting the lights out at 53.5%.  Though the stratospheric percentages will regress at some point, Simons is a solid stream option as the TrailBlazers put more trust in him (Plays Fri, Sun).

One Category Contributors

  • Daniel Theis (Rebounds): Theis’s first productive outing came on Tuesday in 29 minutes.  If there are better rebounding options available for Thursday, it’s worth waiting to see if Theis continues to receive those minutes before adding him for Sunday’s game (Plays Thurs, Sun).
  • Pat Connaughton (Threes): Jrue Holiday’s status should be monitored before adding Connaughton and/or Grayson Allen for the weekend.  If Jrue continues to sit, both Bucks wings are worth a look, given the back-to-back set to end the week (Plays Sat, Sun).
  • Grayson Allen (Threes): See the Connaughton blurb above (Plays Sat, Sun).
  • Precious Achiuwa (Rebounds): Against my better judgment, I decided to write up Khem Birch last week.  Turns out My Precious was the most noteworthy of the Raptors frontcourt cadre.  Proceed with caution if you need FT% to win your matchup (Plays Fri, Sat).
  • Bruce Brown (Steals): He’s drawn two consecutive starts for the struggling Nets.  Last season, he shot the ball and rebounded really well when given opportunities, so he’s one to watch as the Nets continue to toy with their rotation (Plays Fri, Sun).
  • Dwight Powell (Steals): We started with a player from the team with this week’s most streaming-friendly schedule, and we’ll end with one.  Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for Thursday, so there’s an opportunity for Powell to showcase his mediocre fantasy profile.  However, keep in mind that the Mavs have four other centers on the roster, so playing time is not guaranteed even in that scenario (Plays Thurs, Fri, Sun).

Drop a comment below if you have any questions for this week or beyond.  Best of luck to you!

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dlosss
dlosss
1 year ago

Heyyy need your advice

My kris Middleton or SGA

for his Lowry and porzingis

11 cat league, includes 3pt%, ftm,

Thanks im really tied up on this one

PB
PB
1 year ago
Reply to  dlosss

Hey Dlosss: Tough one indeed. You’ve got two buy low candidates on the other side of the trade. In a vacuum though, I’m standing pat with Middleton and/or SGA. Middleton is a great 3pt shooter who gets to the line fairly often. SGA is a high-volume FT shooter who contributes across the board. I think you have the two best players for your format, assuming Porzingis doesn’t return to top 20 form this year.

dlosss
dlosss
1 year ago
Reply to  PB

Thanks bro, much appreciated. I think you’re right, plus high injury risk with porzingis and Lowry

PB
PB
1 year ago
Reply to  dlosss

Agreed. Your guys aren’t totally immune to injury, but I trust their health more than the other guys’.

JC
JC
1 year ago

Traded away Capela, Barrett, Bridges and Hunter for Dame trying to improve in FT, 3’s and punting FG %. I picked up Lopez and Shake while having two more open spots to fill. Here’s the team in my 9 cat, 12 teamer, h2h league.

Dame, VavVleet, Smart, McConnell, Melton, Shake
Tobias, JJJ, Horford, Tatum
Myles,
Out: Lopez

WW: Finney, Sengun, Oubre, PBev, Dort, Bazely, Gafford, Ibaka

JC
JC
1 year ago
Reply to  JC

The question of course is to select two from the wire.

PB
PB
1 year ago
Reply to  JC

Hey JC: I’d go with Bazley and Ibaka. Until Ibaka returns, Finney-Smth would be my next choice for your build, especially toward the end of this week.

miles proudfoot
miles proudfoot
1 year ago

Good morning. I’m in a 14 team league. J Tate worth holding onto or dropping for someone like Caruso, Walker, streamer? Thanks!

PB
PB
1 year ago

What up Miles: I believe we’ve seen the extent of Tate’s upside, so I’d feel comfortable dropping him for Caruso or Walker(Lonnie?). Who you choose is, of course, dependent on what your team needs. Walker has more upside offensively than Caruso, but Caruso appears to be secure in his role with the Bulls and provides those valuable assists/steals.

miles proudfoot
miles proudfoot
1 year ago
Reply to  PB

Thank you!

JC
JC
1 year ago

McConnell looks lost and Pacers have Duarte, LeVert maybe Warren. Crowded. I need steals and assists….be patient or drop for Brunson or Oubre? I punt FG% but need to be solid at FT%.

PB
PB
1 year ago
Reply to  JC

Out of that group, McConnell is my pick for steals/assists. Though it’s definitely a situation to monitor when LeVert returns.

JC
JC
1 year ago

Thanks for the help as I try to rebuild my team into one that punts FG% and tries to compete on stocks and threes. Not a good draft but h2h gives me time.
I have now back filled my team after the 4-1 trade for Lillard. It turns out to be (in the short term anyway) traded away Capela, Mikal, Barrett and Hunter for Lillard, Lopez, PJ Wash, and Bazley. Hated to give up Bridges but so it goes. Questions and team below in my 12 team, 9 cat league.

WW: Rose, Finney, Oubre, Ibaka, Bryant, Wall, Oladipo
Team: Lillard, VanVleet, Smart, McConnell, Shake, Melton
Tatum, PJ Wash, Tobias, JJJ, Horford, Bazley
Myles
IR: Lopez

1. What do you think of the trade? Fairish? Panicked?
2. Anyone swaps from the WW?

Gonna be a weird ride after winning two of the last three years (thank you James Harden) and now scrambling.

PB
PB
1 year ago
Reply to  JC

You definitely won the trade. Hopefully Lopez returns soon (for both our sakes) and PJW gets the minutes he needs. Even if those things don’t happen, you got the best player in the trade by far in Lillard, especially with Capela also struggling out of the gate. I think Bridges is an acceptable sacrifice in that scenario.

Bazley is your lowest value player, but a punt FG% build is the best place for him. Assuming PJW doesn’t continue to fall apart though, Bazley is the best candidate to oust for a streaming spot.

As for how the wire looks now, D Rose is the only one i would consider, but I think Bazley’s blocks are more valuable for your team than Rose’s points/assists, at least until Lopez returns.

JC
JC
1 year ago
Reply to  PB

So helpful! I forgot to mention I have a steaming spot established….today it is Matisse. I will try to get Rose.
I am hopeful that PJ gets his minutes with many at the 5. If they want pace, he could help that over Plumlee. I also will keep an eye on Ibaka.

PB
PB
1 year ago
Reply to  JC

No worries, hopefully Lillard comes around soon. You’ll be firing on all cylinders when that happens

JC
JC
1 year ago
Reply to  JC

So after all that I received a trade offer giving me CP3 for Tobias. I took it given Tobias lack of stocks. 76ers have a great playoff schedule though.

PB
PB
1 year ago
Reply to  JC

It takes some of your scoring edge but makes you very tough in assists and steals. Maybe you don’t need McConnell after all!

JC
JC
1 year ago
Reply to  PB

Great point. I believe points and threes will be easier to acquire than will assists and steals over the course of a season. Close call on the trade but it is done now.
So McConnell, Shake or Bazley could be droppable for Oubre, Ibaka or E Gordon. I have 9 hours to figure it out lol

Jc
Jc
1 year ago
Reply to  JC

I keep my guys and another club grabbed Oubre. I think I may pay for that one as Bazley is a mess lol

JC
JC
1 year ago

I received an inquiry on JJJ and either Smart or Horford. In return, I get Jrue. My team below in a 12 teamer, 9 cat, h2h league.

Dame, VavVleet, CP3, McConnell, Melton, Matisse
JJJ, Horford, Bazley, Tatum, PJ Wash,
Myles
IR: Lopez

Thoughts?

JC
JC
1 year ago

Same owner just completed this deal. He sent Doncic and Ingles for Wendall Carter Jr, K Porter JR, M Porter and Hayward. Which side you like? Close enuf?