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The end of the year approaches, which means that the holiday season is a great time to start or catch up on your fantasy basketball competition. With folks entering holiday preparation mode, there’s a chance the waiver will be neglected, or at least not kept up with as closely as usual. Many of the players we recommended recently are still available in many leagues. Here are five players you might consider adding to your league if they haven’t been recommended yet.
Jalen Sugs, Orlando Magic (45% rostered).
Suggs (ankle), has been out of action for nearly a month. During that time, fellow Magic guards were also on the sidelines. Cole Anthony Markelle Fultz Both have made a full recovery from their injuries. Fultz has been heavily relied on while showing some promising flashes. Given the club’s crowded backcourt, it’s reasonable to be skeptical of Suggs’ role going forward this season. Suggs’ shooting percentages and assist to turnover ratio were not great, but his overall per-game statistics of 12.4 points and 5.4 dimes in the first 14 games, 1.3 boards, 1.6 steals and 1.4 threes, and 0.6 blocks in 28.9 mins are a testament to his potential to dominate the stats if given ample playing time.
Victor Oladipo (Miami Heat) (26% rostered).
Alert! Oladipo is averaging 11.0 point, 3.3 boards and 3.3 steals per game. He also averages 2.7 assists, 1.7 threes and 2.7 threes. He is still able to contribute in all formats of fantasy if he stays healthy. Miami’s other top veteran talents (Jimmy Butler, Kyle LowryOver the years, ) have experienced their own injuries. It is a good idea to pick up a player who made the All-NBA team. You might not be able to make it work, but the potential risk is worth it if your bench is already very deep.
Dennis Schroder Los Angeles Lakers (23% rostered).
Another alert for a small sample! Schroder has averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.3 threes in the last 4 contests. This is all within 30.0 minutes. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook (foot soreness), who has missed the previous two matchups. Anthony Davis (foot) is likely to be absent for at least one month. Moreover, LeBron James This season, he has missed eight games. Fantasy managers who are in need of offensive stats may want to stream Schroder until Davis recovers.
Daniel Gafford, Washington Wizards (23%) rostered
Gafford is enjoying his best month of the season. December averages are 9.7 points on 74.5 percent shooting, to go along with 6.0 boards (and 1.5 blocks) in 19.8 mins across 10 games. These stats were inflated by the Clippers running Gafford off the court twice in this stretch. However, most opponents don’t possess the speed and spacing to do that to the gigantic Gafford. Even if you don’t add him immediately, put him on your watch list.
Aaron Nesmith, Indiana Pacers (20% rostered).
Small sample sizes aren’t That It is small when you consider the proven players Oladipo or Schroder. However, Nesmith is on a hot streak. He has averaged 17.3 points and 6.7 boards over the past month. He also makes 2.3 threes, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 steals in just 29.3 minutes. A former lottery pick, Nesmith could be breaking out — or not. Time will tell. But those in more prestigious leagues might be better off taking a risk on him. Like Gafford’s, you should at least keep Nesmith on your watchlist.
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