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 each, 16 teams with three games and just three teams with only two games for the week.
Four Games: GSW, MIA, DET, PHI, LAL, MIN, ORL, LAC, SAC, CLE, SAS
Three Games: HOU, CHI, MIL, IND, UTA, BOS, POR, BKN, WAS, NYK, DAL, OKC, PHX, DEN, NOR, MEM
Two Games: ATL, TOR, CHA
T.J.McConnell Philadelphia Sixers G. McConnell is definitely worth a short-term add while Ben Simmons is out for the Sixers. Fantasy owners needing assists should be grabbing the 25-year-old guard. In his last three games, McConnell is averaging 8.3 assists which is highlighted by his 14 assist night on Saturday. Even if Simmons does come back this week, McConnell still holds value in deeper leagues.
Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings G. Hield has struggled in this season and has been dropped in many leagues. And rightfully so. The second-year guard has struggled to find minutes in the Kings rotation. But on Saturday, Hield had a huge game scoring 27 points with seven three-pointers. While it is just one game if Hield has found his shot and can find his way back into some meaningful minutes then he should be picked up. And with the Kings playing four games this week and may be worth the gamble that Hield can make an impact.
Wayne Ellington Miami Heat G. Ellington has worked his way into the Miami rotation with strong defense and his three-point shooting. Over his last three games, the 29-year-old guard is averaging 17 points and an amazing five three-pointers. He doesn’t do much else for fantasy owners but with four games this week for the Heat if fantasy owners in deeper leagues want to make an impact in scoring and threes they need to grab Ellington off the wire.
Kyle Anderson San Antonio Spurs G-F. Anderson has always had the talent to succeed in the NBA but always struggles to find the minutes. His playing time has increased recently and it is having an impact on his stats. Over his last six games, Anderson is averaging 30 minutes a game with 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals. With four games this week expect Anderson to be able to help fantasy owners in multiple categories. He should be owned in any fantasy leagues that are 12 teams and deeper.
Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets G. Harris has carved out a nice role for the Nets this season. The fourth-year guard has struggled to find any playing time in his career and finally is getting some in Brooklyn. Over the last two weeks, Harris is averaging 12.8 points and 3.0 three-pointers. If you are needing three-pointers then Harris is someone worth considering. He should continue to see playing time and is worth adding in deeper leagues.