Rotation Changes Around the League

This article will serve to be something along the lines of a waiver wire column, but instead of focusing on ownership rates, it will look more towards some changing rotations.

Those changes can be based on either coaching decisions, injuries, or both.

As a final note, keep an eye on the situation in Denver, where Gary Harris looks to be in for an extended absence. Malik Beasley looks to be the initial beneficiary, but the news broke after this article was drafted and before the Nuggets played a game with Harris missing entirely. 

  • Kelly Olynyk

The Heat remain a crowded front-court, but Olynyk has recently seen two avenues to playing, more so over the past week. With consistent minutes, Olynyk is capable of producing in each of the standard categories beside assists. His minutes almost certainly won’t last all season, but they are entering a four-game week that may make him a worthy pickup.  

  • Marcus Smart

Not only has Jaylen Brown been hurt, but he has also played below expectations as illustrated by his 39.8 field goal percentage. Both have opened the door for Marcus Smart, who has now played over 25 minutes in four consecutive games. While his strong shooting of late isn’t likely to continue, he’ll provide valuable defensive statistics as well as some assists.

  • Tyreke Evans

The absence of Victor Oladipo has resulted in more consistent playing time for Evans, who has not dipped below 20 minutes in a game since the Pacers’ star has been sidelined. While his shooting remains subpar, Evans has been a great provider of steals and remains involved in the offense. He is set to see his shot start falling if you believe in his career numbers, making him a nice buy-low target for the short-term with Oladipo’s  health unclear.

  • Malcolm Brogdon

The Bucks have tightened their rotation a bit, which has helped Brogdon meet or surpass 30 minutes in four of his last five games. His numbers are a bit inflated thanks to shooting 60 percent from the field in that span, but he has also produced nicely with both boards and assists.

  • Tim Frazier

With Elfrid Payton sidelined by pinky surgery, Frazier has stepped into consistent minutes after rarely seeing the court outside of garbage time for the first month of the season. He’s not much more than an assists specialist, but in deeper leagues that’s plenty valuable.

  • Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross

Wes Iwundu has fallen out of the rotation, pushing Isaac and Ross both into very consistent minutes in the mid-20s. That should allow Isaac to display his defensive upside, while Terrence Ross has the ability to get hot and score in bunches.

  • Elie Okobo and Josh Jackson

Devin Booker is out and Isaiah Canaan was dropped, opening up minutes for rookie Elie Okobo. He has failed to capitalize thus far, but should continue to get opportunities.

Meanwhile, Josh Jackson has also gotten big minutes over the past three games. He’ll tank any field-goal percentage, but if you’re already punting he can provide decent points, boards, and steals.

  • Derrick White

White has gained minutes over both Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills. After a slow start returning from an ankle injury, White appears to be living up to the pre-injury hype. He has proven to be an asset in both assists and rebounds, while also scoring at a decent clip.

 

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Dan Marcus

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Dan recently moved to Columbus, Ohio but is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Fantasy baseball was and always will be his favorite fantasy sport, but he also enjoys football and basketball as well.

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