Week 8 Fantasy Basketball Adds
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 8 we have 19 teams with four games each, six teams with three games and five teams with only two games for the week.
Four Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, IND, MEM, MIL, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, SAS, UTA, WAS
Three Games: BKN, GSW, MIN, OKC, SAC, TOR
Two Games: HOU, LAC, LAL, MIA, POR
Ersan Ilyasova F Atlanta Hawks. Ilyasova is a good short-term add with the Hawks having four games this week. And with Dwayne Dedmon and John Collins out, Ilyasova will see plenty of minutes. Over the last two games, the 30-year-old forward is averaging 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 three-pointers over 27 minutes. The biggest impact that Ilyasova will have for fantasy owners is rebounds and threes, two areas that can be hard to find on the waiver wire.
Kenneth Faried F-C Denver Nuggets. It looked like Faried’s days of being fantasy relevant had disappeared as he fell out of the Denver rotation at the beginning of the season. But a long-term injury to Paul Milsap and Nikola Jokic potentially missing the week with an ankle injury, Faried has become fantasy relevant once again. Even if it is just for the short term. Faried does not provide much more than points and rebounds but if you are needing help in those categories this is a player you should be streaming this week.
Alec Burks G-F Utah Jazz. Burks was once a must-own player in fantasy but has fallen due to various injuries. He is currently making the most of some extra playing time with teammate Rodney Hood out with an injury. In Hood’s place, Burks is averaging 26 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.5 three-pointers in 30 minutes over his last two games. With the Jazz playing four games and Hood probably missing most of the week it would make sense to at least add Burks for the short term as he is hot.
Tomas Satoransky G Washington Wizards. When John Wall went out for two weeks with a knee injury everyone assumed that Tim Frazier would be the obvious add in fantasy. But Satoransky has outplayed Frazier and has earned the majority of the minutes in Wall’s place. Over his last two games, the 26-year-old guard is averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 assists and 1.0 threes over 26 minutes. With Wall out this week and the Wizards playing four games, it makes sense for fantasy owners needing assists to stream Satoransky.
Jerian Grant G Chicago Bulls. Even though Kris Dunn has asserted himself as the starting point guard for the Bulls since coming back from his injury, Grant has still been able to still be fantasy relevant. Over his last five games, Grant is averaging 15.2 points, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 three-pointers in 26 minutes. Grant will probably take a minutes hit when Zach Lavine returns from injury later this month but for now, Grant is worth owning in most leagues for fantasy owners needing points, assists and steals.