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.
In Week 5 we have nine teams with four games while 20 teams have three games. There is one team, the Thunder, with just two games and players from that team should be avoided if you are doing waiver wire adds for the week.
Four Games: POR, PHX, UTA, LAL, GSW, TOR, SAC, WAS, MIN
Three Games: LAC, DEN, CHI, BOS, ATL, NOR, MEM, CLE, DET, MIA, CHA, PHI, HOU, SAS, DAL, NYK, MIL, IND, ORL, BKN
Two Games: OKC
Waiver Wire Adds:
Donovan Mitchell G Utah Jazz: Mitchell has just moved into the starting lineup at shooting guard for the Jazz. While it may not necessarily mean Michell gains a ton of playing time the opportunity is there for him to take control of the job. So far in his rookie season, Mitchell has been the typical up and down player that comes with being new to the league. With four games in Week 5, Mitchell could be a good grab off the waiver wire for a team looking for three-pointers as he is averaging 1.8 per game year to date and that number should rise with more minutes.
Joe Ingles G-F Utah Jazz: Ingles will never be considered a sexy pickup for fantasy owners. But the 30-year-old is extremely valuable for his across the board contributions with his stats. For the season Ingles is averaging 10.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.3 three-pointers per game. Those are numbers worth having on any team. Yet Ingles is still under-owned in most leagues. With the Jazz playing a four-game schedule in Week 5 now is the time to grab Ingles if he is still on the wire in your league.
Evan Turner G- F Portland Trail Blazers: Turner has had a solid role in the Blazer rotation to start the year and has been averaging 29.3 minutes per game. Unfortunately, his production has not matched his playing time as Turner is averaging just 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. But Turner has been heating up over his last couple of games and could be hitting a hot streak. And with his ability to help fantasy owners in multiple areas and with Portland having a four-game week, Turner could be a nice short-term pickup.
Cory Joseph G Indiana Pacers: Joseph has been hot and over his last four games is averaging 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 three-pointers. Joseph is not someone who needs to be owned in standard leagues but fantasy owners in 12 team leagues and deeper should be looking at the 26-year-old guard with three games coming up for the Pacers in Week 5. Joseph could also be looking at a solid role in the rotation with Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison and could be worth holding onto long term. And being just 8% owned, he should be available in most leagues.
Allen Crabbe G Brooklyn Nets: Crabbe has been dealing with a shooting slump for most of the season shooting under 40% from the field. But Crabbe could heat up now that he has a clear role as the starting shooting guard for the Nets. He won’t see his minutes increase more than 30 a game as the Nets try to keep a deep rotation and keep players playing time down as they move at a fast pace. Over his last five games Crabbe averaging 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers. If he can keep those numbers up now that he is starting, Crabbe should be owned in standard leagues.