We have started to see the contenders separate themselves from pretenders in the NBA, leading to shakeups in rotations and potential trade candidates emerge. The Sacramento Kings remain a team to watch, as they have already declared that certain veterans will be rested regularly. Bogdan Bogdanovich, highlighted in last weeks column, is a hot waiver wire addition as a result. Skal Labissiere is another young player that could be a part of the Kings’ core in the future worth watching over the next few days, as he has finally started to gain a consistent role in the rotation.
Here are a few other options worth considering as additions to your fantasy rosters due to expanded roles and injuries.
T.J. McConnell (ESPN: 13.2%, Yahoo!: 27%)
McConnell has suddenly gotten more assertive in finding his shot, as he has averaged over 10.5 field goal attempts per game over his past three games. That stands in stark contrast to the first three months of his season, as he has averaged around six field goal attempts per game overall this season. While it’s certainly not a great strategy to trust a three game sample over a three-month sample, the absence of J.J. Reddick for an extended time will open up 10 to 12 shots per game. At least some of those attempts should remain with McConnell, upping his scoring potential to the point where the rest of his stat line comes into play.
McConnell is a strong contributor in steals and boards, so with an increase in scoring he becomes relevant in most formats.
Montrezl Harrell (ESPN: 4%,Yahoo!: 11%)
Consider Harrell a streaming option for the time being while DeAndre Jordan remains sidelined. Jordan has already been ruled out for Saturday night, so at the very worst Harrell will have streaming value over the weekend. However, there is potential for that to remain the case for the remainder of the season with rumors swirling around Jordan’s departure via trade.
Harrell has illustrated his fantasy potential over the past five games, averaging one block, one steal, 17 points, and nearly seven rebounds all while shooting at a 65% clip from the field. Don’t count on Harrell as a long-term option if you pick him up right now, but he is worth a speculative add as a last player on your bench type of play to see where the Clippers stand after the trade deadline.
Milos Teodosic (ESPN: 12.1%, Yahoo!: 30%)
Like Harrell, Teodosic is taking advantage of a thinned out Clippers rotation. Of course, the major challenge will be for him to stay on the court himself, something he has been unable to do for large portions of the season. However, we have seen his upside in the last four games he has been able to play in since returning from injury.
He has scored in double-digits in each game and shot at nearly a 55% clip, well up from his 39% rate on the season. He has flashed the ability to fill the stat sheet as well, providing a floor of five assists to go along with a multi-steal performance. The numbers aren’t overwhelming at the moment, but Teodosic may finally be healthy, and his improved shooting is one sign that may be the case.
Teodosic appears to be more comfortable on the court overall, which should translate to him living up to his reputation as a better shooter and passer than he has shown to this point in the season.
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