Week 2 Fantasy Basketball Drop Add
By John Aubin This is our weekly column on players that have weekly favorable matchups and number of games. These are also players who are under 50% ownership in standard fantasy leagues. We base these pickups on a nine-category league with the following categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, three-pointers made, turnovers, free-throw percentage and field-goal percentage.
Week 2: Oct. 23 – 29
Four Games: ATL, BKN, DEN, CHA, WAS, CLE, HOU, MEM, SAS, DET, GSW, DAL
Three Games: NYK, NOR, UTA, MIL, ORL, SAC, CHI, POR, OKC, MIN, PHI, TOR, PHX, BOS, MIA, IND, LAC, LAL
Yogi Ferrell G Dallas. With the Mavericks playing four games in Week 2 and most of their backcourt injured, Yogi Ferrell is worth a pickup in all fantasy leagues. Ferrell is off to a strong start to the season averaging 34 minutes a game with 14.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. Those numbers can be useful for anyone shorthanded at point guard. Once Dennis Smith comes back from injury expect the rookie to cut into Ferrell’s playing time. But Ferrell has a chance now to stake claim to a big role in the Dallas backcourt. Owned in just 24% of fantasy leagues expect owners to be going after the 24-year-old guard.
John Collins F-C Atlanta. It can be hard to trust rookies, especially early in the season as they are establishing roles on the team. Collins despite not seeing a major role has still been impactful for fantasy owners. On Sunday the 20-year-old had his first double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds over just 21 minutes. Expect his minutes to increase along with his production. If Collins can get up to averaging 30 minutes a game he could provide fantasy owners with double-digit averages in rebounds and points. Grab him while he is still just 35% owned before someone else gets the idea and picks him up.
Marco Belinelli G-F Atlanta. Belinelli is a notoriously streaky player and right now the 31-year-old swingman is starting off the season hot. Over his first three games, Belinelli is averaging 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 threes. Fantasy owners needing three-pointers should be grabbing Belinelli especially while he is on fire and the Hawks have four games this week. Also with Dennis Shroeder going down with an ankle injury, it could mean more usage for Belinelli in the short term. And at just 20% owned the veteran should be available in most leagues.
Jeremy Lamb F Charlotte. Lamb is a must add for fantasy owners looking for a wing that can score. Taking advantage of the injury to Nick Batum, Lamb is off to a great start to the season. Over the Hornet’s first two games the 25-year-old is averaging 33 minutes, 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. Lamb is currently 27% owned and should be added this week with Charlotte playing four games.
Danny Green F San Antonio. With Kawhi Leonard out for the foreseeable future, Green becomes a bigger part of the Spurs rotation. While the 30-year-old forward is not a big scorer he does provide across the board stats for fantasy owners. Over the first two games of the season, Green has shown that ability with averages of 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1,5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 threes per game to start the year. Green is owned in 30% of leagues and should be picked up for at least the short term as he fills in for Leonard while he is out with injury.
Caris LeVert F Brooklyn. With the season-ending injury to Jeremy Lin, it has shaken up the Net’s rotation which resulted in LeVert getting the start on Sunday. LeVert played well in his 30 minutes and would have seen more playing time if it was not for foul trouble. The 23-year-old has four games in Week 2 and should be able to improve on his current stats over three games where he has averages of 12.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. Being owned in only 25% of fantasy leagues LeVert should be widely available.