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 6 we have 11 teams with four games, 16 teams with three games and Houston, Detroit and the Lakers only play two games each.
Four Games: MEM, MIN, POR, ORL, NYK, CHA, BOS, OKC, NOR, CHI, ATL
Three Games: CLE, SAS, SAC, LAC, WAS, TOR, DEN, PHX, IND, BKN, UTA, GSW, MIA, PHI, MIL, DAL
Two Games: HOU, DET, LAL
Spencer Dinwiddie G Brooklyn Nets. With D’Angelo Russell possibly out for a couple of months with a knee injury, this opens up an opportunity for Dinwiddie. Over the last two games after being inserted into the starting lineup, Dinwiddie is averaging 18.5 points, 9.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds over 32 minutes. The 24-year-old should be picked up in all leagues especially for teams needing help at point guard. With the uptempo pace, the Nets are running this season look for Dinwiddie to continue to put up nice numbers.
Chandler Parsons F Memphis Grizzlies. Parsons is just currently owned in 10% of fantasy leagues. And rightfully so as the 29-year-old forward is averaging just 18 minutes a game coming off a knee injury suffered last year. But Parsons is starting to see an uptick in minutes and looks healthy and putting up numbers. Over his last three games, Parsons is averaging 23 minutes with 11.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 three-pointers. Now should be the time to grab Parsons and with Memphis playing four games this week he could be useful to fantasy owners.
Courtney Lee G New York Knicks. Lee is a notoriously streaky player and right now he is feeling hot. Over his last seven games, Lee is averaging 11.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 three-pointers. Those aren’t necessarily standard league numbers but Lee is worth owning in 12 team leagues and deeper. And with the Knicks playing four games in Week 6 it would be worth fantasy owners grabbing the 32-year-old guard. Especially if you need three-pointers.
Mario Chalmers G Memphis Grizzlies. Mario is back! Chalmers career looked to be over with an Achilles injury that caused him to miss last season but he has worked his way back to a big role on the Grizzlies. And with Mike Conley out for two weeks, Chalmers is the starting point guard. Chalmers won’t help your points situation or field goal percentage but is a great source of assists and steals. And with the Grizzlies playing four games in Week 6 it makes Chalmers an intriguing short-term add for fantasy owners.
George Hill G Sacramento Kings. Its hard to believe that Hill is on here but his ownership has dropped to 50% in most leagues. It was well deserved as Hill started the season struggling to put up numbers and his minutes were down. But over the last four games, Hill is averaging 27 minutes, 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 three-pointers. There is no telling if Hill could drop out of the rotation again as this is the Kings. But for now, fantasy owners should be grabbing the 31-year-old if they need depth at the guard position.