*All players listed are owned in under 30% of leagues on Yahoo in all formats*
Donte DiVincenzo (MIL) – 4 Games
DiVincenzo seems to be the front-runner in the minutes and production battle against Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton and Wesley Matthews with Middleton out and has been stuffing the stat sheet as of late, with averages of 11 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2 spg in the last week since Middleton’s injury. DiVincenzo is worth an add in the short-term in all leagues while Middleton is out.
Ky Bowman (GSW), Glen Robinson III (GSW) – 4 Games
Bowman and Robinson III are worth an add in the short term due to the continual rolling list of injuries the Warriors have. With D’Angelo Russell (Thumb) and Draymond Green (Elbow, Right Heel Soreness) the latest casualties, Bowman and Robinson should get all the minutes they can handle and should be able to produce enough to warrant an add in all leagues.
DeAndre Hunter (ATL), Cam Reddish (ATL) – 4 Games
Hunter and Reddish are two of the brightest rookies in the NBA. With John Collins (Suspension) and Kevin Huerter (Ankle Sprain) out for at least the next couple of weeks, Hunter and Reddish become viable options as their minutes and production should see a big uptick. Hunter is coming off a 27-point, 11 rebound effort while Reddish is starting to find his feet and hitting shots and contributing across the stat sheet as well. With four games in this upcoming week, Hunter and Reddish should be seriously considered.
Khem Birch (ORL), Mo Bamba (ORL) – 4 Games
With the recent news of Nikola Vucevic missing up to the next four weeks with an ankle sprain, Birch and Bamba become serious contenders as adds because of the lack of front-court depth on the Magic after Vucevic. Birch is a points and rebounds player, while Bamba is more of a blocks and rebounds player. Depending on what you’re looking for, both can be considered good short-term adds in Vucevic’s absence.
Daniel Theis (BOS) – 4 Games
Theis has stepped up, put his best foot forward and has taken ownership of the Celtics’ starting Center position. Theis has played well for the Celtics as of late, with averages of 7.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1.3 spg over the past week and is looming as a must roster player not just for this upcoming week, but for the foreseeable future. Theis is a must-own player in all formats right now and keep him rolling until further notice.
Bryn Forbes (SAS) – 4 Games
Forbes has played consistent minutes, even with Dejounte Murray and Derrick White in the line-up. In the last week, he is averaging 15.3 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.3 apg and has played at least 28 minutes in the Spurs’ last four games. Forbes is particularly a threes and points streamer, but it’s hard to go past what he is doing at the moment and could be worth a flier in all leagues to see how it goes.
Moritz Wagner (WAS) – 4 Games
Mo Wagner’s minutes have seen a slight rise in the past few games, but even with limited minutes, Wagner has been posting some solid numbers that still warrant an add for fantasy owners. Over the last week, Wagner is averaging 18.3 ppg, 8 rpg and 2.7 apg and his play has put him even more on the radar of fantasy owners. Even with limited minutes, Wagner should be an add in all formats. Should anything happen to Thomas Bryant, Wagner will then become even more important and will become a must-own player.
Norman Powell (TOR), Terence Davis (TOR) – 4 Games
Norman Powell and Terence Davis have produced solid numbers in Kyle Lowry’s absence and have really stepped up and taken it upon themselves. Kyle Lowry’s return date from his thumb injury is still unknown, and while he is out of the line-up, Powell and Davis will take on bigger roles and look set to shine in a four game week for the Raptors. Powell is a good source of points while Davis has the ability to fill the stat sheet up. If both are floating around on your wire, they are worth an add in all formats.
Jaxson Hayes (NOP) – 3 Games
Hayes has had to shoulder a bigger workload as of late with Derrick Favors (Back) and Jahlil Okafor (Ankle) going down with injuries, leaving the rookie as the last big man standing in the rotation. In the last week since the injuries to the Pelicans more experienced front-court players, Hayes is averaging 10 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 spg and 2 bpg and has really played well, blocking shots and providing plenty of energy on the court. Hayes could be worth a flier while Favors and Okafor are out due to his recent production and extended playing time, even with the Pelicans only playing the three games next week.