There are 35 players in the ESPN (basic) Top 100 for this fantasy NBA season who are under 90% owned. 12 of those 35 players are sub-50% owned. All 35 players should be considered for a pick up if you’re in the playoffs and they’re available. I’ve broken down nine guys who are worth targeting if you’re in the playoffs, as well as a list of names for players who will be big helps this year and next year, though I’ll be going more in depth into those players in another article later this week.
So for now, here are a bunch of players who are likely available in your league who could help you in the fantasy playoffs.
Jordan Clarkson, SG/PG, CLE, 5.00 PR, 78.2% owned
I’m not a Clarkson guy. Some people are, but not me. Sorry. He averages 17 points with bad three point shooting. Meh.
Evan Fournier, SG/SF, ORL, 4.92 PR, 61.6% owned
Fournier’s a 15-2-2 guy. Like Clarkson, Fournier isn’t really my guy, but the dude gets minutes. They’re both better than nothing, obviously, but I would be trying to trade them away if I owned them. I’m skeptical they’ll continue to receive big minutes in future seasons.
Ancient Taj Gibson, PF, MIN, 4.90 PR, 54.4% owned
Ancient Taj! We haven’t spoken of the Taj Mahal much this season because the Minnesota TimberBulls were unbearable, and then the TimberKATs have been mediocre and injured, and DRose is still there, somehow, and LUOL DENG! I dunno, this team’s weird AF, but Taj is averaging 10 and 6, just like always. Taj just does his job, god damnit, and he’s a very useful player to have on your fantasy team, even though you probably can’t think of a single signature play of his. If he’s a starter next year, then hell yeah, he’s a top 120 guy, at worst. He’s been heating up recently, so maybe try to buy low on him from an owner who’s out of the playoffs and willing to part with older dudes? Ancient Taj is somehow younger than LeBron, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this Lakers season makes LBJ as bald as Taj. (Taj and LeBron would play well together in real life, don’t you think?)
Marcus Morris, PF/SF, BOS, 4.88 PR, 67.2% owned
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, MEM, 4.80 PR, 14.9% owned
Both these guys had good first halves (halfs?) but it’s tough to predict what the future holds for them. Boston seems a mess, and Memphis is rebuilding, so will Holiday have a starting job next year? Will Morris?
Here are four players who should be available and they’ve been top 100 players over the past 30 days:
Mitchell Robinson, C, NYK, 26.3% owned
Mitch Rob is averaging 9 and 7 since January 1st, and three blocks per game. He’s 20 years old.
Pat Beverley, PG, LAC, 20.8% owned
Pat Bev’s been heating up all season long, seems like. Since the trade deadline, he’s really improved (the Clips’ guard-heavy lineups are kinda cool, and I really like PatBev and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander together), and since the Clippers didn’t trade Beverley, maybe they’re planning on keeping him, a la Orlando and TRoss? Since January 1st, PatBev’s averaged 8/7/4 with a steal and a 3PM. The points will always be underwhelming, but everything else is great.
Larry Nance, Jr., PF/C, CLE, 54.6% owned
Nance is averaging career highs across the board. If fully healthy next season, I don’t see why he wouldn’t average a dub-dub, or get damn near no nevermind every single game. This team is Collin Sexton and Nance, in my opinion. KLove will probably get traded (depending on what happens with free agency this offseason, and elite players leaving good teams to go play elsewhere), and maybe Tristan Thompson, too. I predict BIG minutes for Nance next year.
Luke Kennard, SG, DET, 7.4% owned
Dukie Lukie is finally coming on. The young shooter seems to have found his shooting stroke off the bench, and he’s been helping the resurgent Pistons creep into, and stay in, the postseason bracket. Dwane Casey has the Pistons playing well, and Kennard’s averaged a 42+ 3PT% since January 1st. Kennard may graduate to the starting 5 next season, if Wayne Ellington signs elsewhere in free agency, and if he continues to improve, then he’ll be the outside threat that Detroit hoped for when they drafted him with the 12th pick two years ago.
Big helps for this year and next year:
- Brook Lopez, C, MIL, 9.43 Player Rater, 62.5% owned
- Josh Richardson, SG/SF, MIA, 7.68 PR, 88.9% owned
- Jarrett Allen, C, BK, 7.44 PR, 87.6% owned
- Bojan Bogdanovic, SF, IND, 7.09 PR, 68.9% owned
- Dewayne Dedmon, C, ATL, 6.43 PR, 25.6% owned
- Joe Ingles, SF/SG, UTA, 6.41 PR, 71.3% owned
- Derrick Favors, PF/C, UTA, 79.6% owned
- Jerami Grant, SF/PF, OKC, 6.26 PR, 73.3% owned
- Jaren Jackson, Jr., PF/C, MEM, 6.21 PR, 55.1% owned
- Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, CHA, 6.04 PR, 72.3% owned
- Joe Harris, SG/SF, BK, 5.99 PR, 36.7% owned
- Marcus Smart, SG/PG, BOS, 5.79 PR, 19.6% owned (get real)
- Reggie Jackson, PG, DET, 5.68 PR, 81.5% owned
- Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF, PHX, 5.53 PR, 43.6% owned
- Terrence Ross, SF/SG, ORL, 5.33 PR, 38.5% owned
- Al-Farouq Aminu, PF, POR, 5.31 PR, 24.9% owned
- Ricky Rubio, PG, UTA, 5.01 PR, 86.2% owned
- Jonathan Isaac, PF/SF, ORL, 4.79 PR, 38.7% owned
- Mikal Bridges, SF/SG, PHX, 4.79 PR, 7.7% owned
- Spencer Dinwiddie, SG/PG, BK, 46.3% owned
- Derrick White, PG, SA, 19.2% owned