November 15, 2023, 10:26 am
The NBA provided an eventful 10-game schedule Tuesday night. The injury bug has been running rampant through the league allowing for new names to get more time on the court. Below we’ll go over some stand-out players for fantasy managers to consider rostering.
Saddiq Bey, F, Atlanta Hawks
Tonight: 27 minutes, 19 points (6-of-13 FG, 5-for-6 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals, two 3-pointers, one block
Bey started the year slow but has become a solid source of scoring and defense for the Atlanta Hawks this year. Although he is currently sharing minutes and starts with Jalen Johnson, he still holds some value as a fantasy asset in standard league formats. Saddiq is a solid source of points and rebounds, and can even toss in a few assists and steals for any manager ready and willing to add him.
Alec Burks, G, Detroit Pistons
Tonight: 23 minutes, 16 points (4-of-12 FG, 4-of-4 FT), two rebounds, five assists, one steal, four 3-pointers
Alec Burks is somewhat past his prime and is what he is as a player. That said, he’s been on a role since coming back from injury. He has been a consistent source of points, assists and threes and would be a worthwhile add for any managers willing to start him.
Tim Hardaway Jr, G, Dallas Mavericks
Tonight: 21 minutes, 17 points (5-of-11 FG), one assist, three 3-pointers
Tim Hardaway Jr. isn’t the most multi-purpose player in the league by any means. Although he doesn’t do a lot of things well on the court, he does excel at scoring buckets. Hardaway Jr has the potential to catch fire during any game and provide managers with a boost in points and 3-point categories. Managers choosing to add him be wary that he is capable of putting up a stinker, but his scoring potential alone could provide managers with an edge in their matchup.
Jordan Hawkins, G, New Orleans Pelicans
Tonight: 33 minutes, 25 points (8-of-17 FG, 4-for-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, five 3-pointers
Hawkins was touted as one of the better 3-pointer shooters of the 2023 NBA Draft. Injuries among the Pelicans rotation have allowed Hawkins the opportunity to showcase his ability as an off-ball threat with a smooth jumper. If this versatile shooter is available in your league, it would be worthwhile to give him an add.
Kelly Olynyk, F, Utah Jazz
Tonight: 24 minutes, 12 points (4-of-8 FG), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two 3-pointers
Olynyk is by no means the flashiest fantasy player, but he is a quality basketball player who makes the most of his opportunity allowed on the court. Injuries to the Jazz’s frontcourt have allowed Kelly ample time within the rotation to provide solid fantasy value for managers with room to add him. Olynyk does a little bit of everything across the board making him a worthy addition to any fantasy team.
Jaime Jaquez Jr, G, Miami Heat
Tonight: 33 minutes, 17 points (8-of-13 FG), five rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer
The Heat rookie Jaquez Jr has been solid to start the year. With starting guard Tyler Herro expected to miss time after spraining his ankle, Jaquez Jr looks prime to soak up the extra minutes in the rotation. His role is not defined but the playtime is there making him a worthy pick-up for deeper league formats.
Dyson Daniels, G, New Orleans Pelicans
Tonight: 29 minutes, 10 points (4-of-10 FG), two rebounds, six assists, two 3-pointers, three steals
Daniels has been given a lot of opportunity due to an injury bug plaguing the Pelican’s roster. The 6’6 combo guard has great size and length for his position and is an active participant on both ends of the floor. He continues to make the most of his extra minutes and is capable of providing managers with some short-term production in assists, rebounds and steals categories.
Santi Aldama, F, Memphis Grizzlies
Tonight: 25 minutes, 24 points (9-of-15 FG, 3-of-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, three 3-pointer
Aldama serves the Grizzlies as a back forward with upside in rebounding and scoring. Uncertainty in the Grizzlies rotation could set up Aldama with an expanded role if his good play continues. Managers can expect Aldama to continue to make the most of his opportunity on the court making him worth a pick-up in deeper leagues if not already rostered.
Rui Hachimura, F, Los Angeles Lakers
Tonight: 24 minutes, 23 points (8-of-10 FG, 4-of-4 FT), three rebounds, three 3-pointers
Hachimura was removed from the starting lineup with the return of LeBron James from injury but still managed to put together a decent stat line. Hachimura has a fantasy upside in points, rebounds and steals and has made the most of his given opportunities within the rotation. With his good play and the Lakers’ rough start to the year an expanded role for Rui is not out of the realm of possibility making him a solid addition for deeper league formats.
Royce O’Neale, F, Brooklyn Nets
Tonight: 34 minutes, 13 points (4-of-6 FG, 1-of-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, four 3-pointers
Royce O’Neale has been jumping in and out of the starting unit in recent games but has still managed to remain consistent in his production over several categories. O’Neale has also had a slight boost in minutes within the rotation and has been putting up multiple double-figure scoring lines. His expanded role on the team and production on the floor have made him a target worth picking up in deeper league formats.