Looking around the league to unearth information that may have eluded you.
It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.
And that someone is yours truly.
And I'm truly someone.
Wait, what were we talking about?
Let's look around the NBA...
Jabari Parker, MIL, SF
If you're new to basketball, you probably didn't know that Jabari Parker was going to be the clear ROY last season - until he suffered a major injury that made him miss the final half of the year. Only 25 games in, people promptly forgot about Jabari...
That's about to change.
Fresh off a season high 17 points, Jabari is starting to remind people just how good he was last season.
This is an extremely high upside asset, so if you can get him via trade, the time is NOW.
We could have a breakout season on our hands. He has that kind of upside. #2 overall pick in the draft last season. Go and get this guy...
Lucas Nogueira, TOR, C
The injury to Raptors' C Jonas Valanciunas has potentially opened the door for Lucas Nogueira.
A 1st round pick in 2013, Lucas hasn't done much more than provide enthusiasm on the sidelines for his more talented teammates.
But last game?
Try 14 points on 7/9 shooting.
He's long and unproven, but he's slowly starting to get minutes - and actually do something with them.
I would only add this guy in the deepest of leagues (think 18+), but if you're on a perpetual hunt for upside, here's a long shot. For deep leagues and dynasties, I recommend a Watch List.
Jon Leuer, PHX, PF/C
Also on my random list is Jon Leuer.
I won't pretend to know much about him - beyond him having some really nice roto stats in limited minutes.
He does a little bit of everything - and has dropped 20 twice in the last 6 games.
He's coming off 13 points in 22 minutes on 6/7 shooting.
Entering his 5th year in the NBA, I have no idea who he is. His stats don't really tell us anything either.
But Phoenix has gotta have the weirdest rotations in the league - and Fantasy Basketball doesn't care about the names attached to your series of basketball stats.
He's 26 years old, 6'10" and putting up useful numbers in limited minutes. If you have room for him in a deep league, give him a shot. He could be this year's Robert Covington...
Dante Exum, UTA, PG
It's probably not fair to throw a player under the bus who is currently in the midst of a season-ending ACL injury, but I'm doing it anyway.
He's apparently running again - which is good news when you play professional basketball as your JOB - but after snagging him in 2 dynasty leagues last season, I'm not sure what to tell owners looking to create roster space.
He was an enigma last season - but somehow got drafted 5th overall while people barely knew anything about his game.
You have to figure he's got upside, but I don't like sustaining an ACL injury the year after you have a terrible rookie year, averaging 4.8 PPG on 34.9% from the field.
He's still only 20 though, so my instinct says you probably gotta hold him - unless you have a very good reason for purging him from your roster.
Ugh. Hate these situations...
K.J. McDaniels, HOU, SF
I have written about this kid (and recommended him) way too many times.
Now he just got shipped off to the D-League.
Not sure what to do?
That makes 2 of us.
His upside is high. He had some of the best defensive stats in the NBA last season (percentage-wise anyway).
But he's gotta play - or he's utterly useless.
He's in the first year of a 3 year, $10 million contract. But that doesn't mean he's gonna get PT.
I really assumed he'd get some quality minutes with the big club by now.
I'm torn between recommending him as a "buy low" dynasty target - or recommending you purge him from your roster altogether.
If you don't have a chance this season, you might want to load up on these kinds of low risk/high upside assets.
If you have a chance to win though, you might be better off bouncing him for the hot hand.
It's a tough call - and I do think/hope KJ will figure it out eventually - but he could also join the long line of NBA players that never realized their 'potential'...
So there's article #2 for a Sunday afternoon.
I enjoy whipping up these little analyses for your enjoyment.
And I know you love it too.
I see it in your eyes.
But that could also be self-loathing.
I confuse the 2 quite often.
Need a hug?