The NBA regular season continues with another full schedule this week as we come to the end of January. Teams continue to adjust their rotations and the fantasy value changes of players from week to week. Staying active on the waiver thread is the key to success in season-long leagues, and there are some nice pickups out there that are widely available.
Each team will play three of the four games next week, with the exception of the Grizzlies, who only have two games on the schedule and are struggling with health and safety protocols. You will need to stay up to date with all the latest news, as team schedules will continue to change in the week ahead.
As you try to give your team a much needed boost, check out the four additions from the list below, along with other options to consider listed at the bottom. If you have specific questions about your list and format, you can ask me on Twitter @ZT_Sports, where I will be happy to let you know what I would do in your situation.
SG / SF Jeremy Lamb, Indiana Pacers (vs. TOR, at CHA, at CHA, vs. PHI)
Lamb tore his ACL last February but made a full recovery in less than a year. He returned to the game last Wednesday and looked sharp with 10 points in 19 minutes. He was even better against the Magic on Friday, climbing to 28 minutes and scoring 22 points to go with seven rebounds, a steal and an assist. Lamb was very productive last season with the Pacers, averaging 12.5 points, 4/3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals in 28.1 minutes per game.
As soon as he can ramp up, the Pacers will give him as much work as he can handle as he offers more points than the other options on the wing while Caris LeVert (kidney) and TJ Warren (foot) are absent. Lamb is expected to serve as a solid complement to Malcolm Brogdon in the backcourt and has a great week ahead, highlighted by two games against his former team, the Hornets, which are a great game for opponent SG and bring the story to the fore. “Revenge game”. for the lamb.
SG / SF Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons, (vs. PHI, at CLE, vs. LAL, at GSW)
After starting the season off the rotation and only appearing in one game in the Pistons’ top six, Ellington has started five straight games and has suddenly become a key part of the team’s offense. The sniper veteran caught fire and started shedding 3 points in his last four games. In that four-game streak, Ellington played 29.9 minutes per game and averaged 16.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He has made at least five three-pointers in three straight, going from 18 for 34 (52.9%). He experienced those hot streaks earlier in his career, and he can be a great short-term boost while still hitting from afar.
In the long run, Ellington is not a part of the Pistons’ future plans and will likely have a reduced role as people get healthy and the team look to the future. In the short run, however, it can increase your points and 3 points while adding some counting stats and good percentages. He also has a good lineup of upcoming games, and the Pistons will need him to keep scoring from away to make up for their fragile defense. If you need a long-term pickup, Lamb is the best option. But if you’re looking for an immediate, short-term response, Ellington can be an instant fix.
PG / SG Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat (to BKN, v DEN, v LAC, v SAC)
Nunn, who helped the Heat cover the absences of Jimmy Butler (health and safety protocols), Tyler Herro (neck), Avery Bradley (health and safety protocols) and Meyers Leonard, is another player warming up short term. (shoulder). All of those players will miss Monday’s game against the Nets, but could return later in the week for the Heat’s three home games.
Nunn was not on rotation and was recording DNP-CDs at the start of January, but he has become an excellent game in his last four games. In those four games, Nunn played 33.6 minutes per game and produced 18.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals with a use rate of 24.2%. His sudden reappearance will make things interesting when everyone is healthy. He got off to a good start for his rookie last year, but struggled towards the end of the season. There is certainly some uncertainty about his long-term role, but Nunn has been too good to leave him on the wire while he gets those kinds of minutes and use.
SF / PF / C Jeff Green, Brooklyn Nets (vs. MIA, at ATL, at OKC, at WAS)
If you need a big man to fill your stat sheet in the scoreless categories, it looks like Green will have to play a ton of minutes for the new Nets. DeAndre Jordan is truly the only true center left after the Nets trade for James Harden, and he’s unable to carry a full load at this point in his career. As a result, Green had to intervene in the center while recording the time at the two front points. He helped replace while Kevin Durant (rest) was away and could continue to fill with extra use when one of the big three has a day off.
Green has played at least 26 minutes in five straight games, averaging 34.1 minutes and scoring 12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He won’t get a lot of hits or use when Harden, Durant, and Kyrie Irving are around, but he’ll still have plenty of minutes and countable stats. Think of him as a more productive version of PJ Tucker with the Rockets, who recorded a ton of minutes and was a solid producer with the occasional scoring explosion and regular non-scoring contributions.
Other options to watch out for
- PG / SG Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks
- PG / SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers
- PG / SG Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets
- SG Jae’Sean Tate, Houston Rockets
- SG / SF Norman Powell, Toronto Raptors
- SF / PF Taurean Prince, Cleveland Cavaliers
- SF / PF Doug McDermott, Indiana Pacers
- SF / PF Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs
- PF Xavier Tillman, Memphis Grizzlies
- PF / C DeMarcus Cousins, Houston Rockets
- PF / C Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets
- C Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets
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