Week 15 of the fantasy basketball season is upon us, and like every Monday, I’ll be breaking down several players who are registered in 50% or less of the Yahoo leagues.
But before we get to this week’s waiver pickups, here are the games played by each team in Week 15.
Okay, now that you know which teams to target for streaming, let’s get to the mics.
Priority additions in shallow leagues (10 teams or less)
Caris The GreenSG/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers (50% registrants)
In eight games without Donovan Mitchell in the lineup this season, LeVert is averaging 19.0 points with 4.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists while gaining more than 33 minutes per game. The Cavs are playing four games this week, and it looks like the Cavs are taking a conservative approach to Mitchell’s returnLeVert’s value should therefore remain intact for week 15.
Derrick WhitePG/SG, Boston Celtics (50% listed)
The Celtics open Week 15 with a back-to-back set against the Magic and the Heat. Malcolm Brogdon (personal reasons) and Smart Marcus (ankle) were kicked out ahead of Monday’s contest. That leaves plenty of minutes available for White, the only Celtics player to play in every game this season.
He’s struggled on the court lately, shooting 39% over the past two weeks, but he’s otherwise useful in the category leagues for his high free throw percentage, assists, steals and three. , while being one of the best shot-blocking guards in the League. The Celtics are playing four games this week, and with a battered backcourt, White is worth streaming this week.
Deep League Priority Additions (12+)
Josh RichardsonSG/SF, San Antonio Spurs (33% registered)
Richardson has been a top 60 fantasy player for the past two weeks, and you could tell he’s auditioning for a potential trade. He will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and his skills are no doubt coveted by the competing teams. Either way, it’s good news for fantasy managers, as he has an incentive to increase his value – not only to have a chance to leave a lottery-bound team, but also to win his next contract. .
He has been an asset to points and category leagues due to his efficiency, volume of threes, scoring and stocks. He plays nearly 25 minutes a night in January, and even if he doesn’t start, I’d rather line him up than Romeo Langford right away. Spurs play four games against tough opponents, but Richardson should be a viable option for fantasy managers.
Kenyon Martin Jr., SF/PF, Houston Rockets (25% registered)
The Rockets lost two starters in Kevin Porter Jr. (foot) and Jabari Smith Jr. (ankle), and Martin’s minutes and production continue to rise. He’s on a season-best streak, playing over 27 minutes per game and averaging over 13 points and 6 rebounds. Those numbers have also increased slightly over the past week, averaging 14 points with 7 boards and 1.3 threes in Week 14. Fantasy managers should be fine as long as the Rockets are at a disadvantage digital, but if or when Eric Gordon is traded, there could be a longer term call.
Seth’s CurryPG/SG, Brooklyn Nets (30% enrolled)
Kyrie Irving can’t do much to transport the nets without Kevin Durant, but Curry is also stepping up. Without KD in the lineup, Curry is averaging 14.7 points with two triples over the past two weeks while shooting nearly 51 percent from the field.
He won’t do much apart from goals, threes and the occasional steal, but he’s played just under 30 minutes a night in his last six games and has been tight so far in critical time. Turnovers aside, he should be fielded in more than 30% of the leagues, especially in H2H, where you can enjoy his shooting efficiency.
Alex CarusoPG/SG, Chicago Bulls (47% listed)
Despite being listed in over 40% of leagues, I’ve seen Caruso available in multiple 12-team H2H leagues. But that should change before Week 15. The Bulls have arguably the best fantasy basketball schedule, playing the Hawks, Pacers, Hornets and Magic this week. And I would like Caruso because he’s been hoarding a ridiculous amount of inventory lately.
Last Thursday, he had four interceptions and three blocks against the Pistons. He’s also had at least two interceptions in each of his last three games, plus at least one block in four of his previous five games. Caruso has been a top 55 player for the past two weeks, and if he’s on a waiver, I’d even take the plunge into shallow leagues, given the Bulls’ fantastic schedule.
Short term but worth a look
Sims of JerichoC, New York Knicks (16% registered)
The debate is settled – Sims is the center of the fantasy basketball roster while Michael Robinson (thumb) came out. Initially I thought Isaiah Hartenstein would come out on top (given he signed a guaranteed two-year/$16 million contract this offseason), but fell out of favor with Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Sims has recorded 28 and 33 minutes in the Knicks’ last two games, compared to just 15 and 17 minutes for Hartenstein. Week 15 could be tough for the Knicks greats as they face the Cavs, Celtics and Nets. But if you want to take a flyer on a player who can rebound well, stockpile, and shoot a high FG percentage, go with The Sims.
Delon WrightPG/SG, Washington Wizards (16% registered)
The Wizards combo guard is 71st in value per game this season. He’s 256th in total value as he’s only played 17 games, but he’s been very productive in minutes. Since his return on December 23, Wright ranks 10th in total steals and 5th in steals per game in the NBA.
He’s averaged nearly 22 minutes a night in the new year, and while he’s not lighting up the scoreboard, he’s hit double digits in his last two games. He’s good at assists and obviously steals and is worth showing off midweek with the Wizards playing a back-to-back Tuesday/Wednesday game against the Mavs and Rockets.
Bradley Beal hasn’t played 30 minutes since returning from his last hamstring injury, and Wright only needs a limited number of minutes to provide value. Anyone looking for a quick midweek boost should consider picking up Wright.
Dyson DanielsSG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans (3% registered)
He committed four turnovers, but he still showed a lot of appeal if he had more minutes. I doubt he has much fantasy value, but he’s at least on my radar in the deeper leagues. The Pelicans play a straight Tuesday/Wednesday, and if Marshall or Ingram misses the game(s), it could be a sneaky stream.
I don’t expect him to score much, but he’s a capable passer and his size gives him a defensive edge against smaller guards.
Drew EubanksPF/C, Portland Trail Blazers (7% registrants)
Jusuf Nurkic hasn’t done much but bounce back lately and played just 16 minutes on Sunday without being at fault.
It may be too early to sound the alarm for Nurkic.
However, Billups does indicate that some roster changes may be on the horizon after Sunday’s collapse against the Lakers. But for those looking for blocks, Eubanks may be the better option considering he’s had one shot in seven consecutive games, including a six-block performance on Sunday night.
Others to consider by my ranking:
Daniel GafffordC, Wizards of Washington (26%)
Grant WilliamsSF/PF, Boston Celtics (27%)
Patrick Williams, PF, Chicago Bulls (33%)
Dennis Smith Jr., PG, Charlotte Hornets (27%)
Quentin GrimesSG/SF, New York Knicks (29%)
Joe HarrisSG/SF, Brooklyn Nets (10%)
Naz ReidC, Minnesota Timberwolves (26%)
Larry Nance Jr.PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans (17%)