Fantasy news & tips: Week 4
POSTED: Nov 17, 2014 9:30 AM ET
Three weeks into the season is a perfect time to take advantage of disgruntled owners and find potential undervalued, under-performing gems on other teams in your league. With that in mind, here are five buy-low options to target:
The Mavericks' starting small forward has hit a rough stretch after a strong start to the season. Parsons is averaging 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games, numbers that could make owners willing to move the fourth-year forward who was drafted on average in the fourth round. With a field-goal percentage of just 31.0 percent over his last five games, it's likely Parsons will soon return to his 2013-14 level.
Love was drafted in the middle of the first round despite being grouped with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. A dip in points was expected, but owners are certainly unhappy with his low rebound numbers (10.3 per game) and poor field-goal percentage (37.7). Both numbers, along with his assists (2.5 per game), are likely to rise as the Cavaliers become more comfortable together. Now is the time to try to pry Love away from desperate owners.
The slow start from Drummond continued this week as he averaged just 4.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 30.4 field-goal percentage in Detroit's three games. It's still too early to give up on Drummond, who was drafted on average in the second round. Especially as the 21-year-old continues to grow comfortable with new coach Stan Van Gundy. He's a great player to target if his owner in your league is unwilling to wait for the big man to break through.
Dragic is dishing the ball at a career-low rate to start the season, averaging just 2.8 assists per game in his first 10 contests. He's still playing major minutes in Phoenix with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, so expect the assists to climb back towards his career average of 4.5 per game. Picked on average in the middle of the third round, Dragic could likely be acquired from an owner who is unwilling to wait for his assists to rise.
Horford was picked by many as a fantasy sleeper after he dominated last season before missing 73 games with a torn pectoral muscle. He's struggled somewhat lately, averaging 11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 27.6 minutes. Despite the low numbers, he's providing good value in steals, blocks and field goal percentage and owners who are exclusively looking at his rebounds could be persuaded to deal the talented big man.
Week 4 Schedule Breakdown
4 games: BOS, BKN, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NOP, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAS
3 games: CHI, DET, HOU, MIN, NYK, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS
2 games: ATL, GSW, IND
Pick 'Em Up
Solomon Hill - 27% owned
After struggling to start the season, the second-year forward out of Arizona has increased his usage within the Pacers offense enough to become a decent fantasy option. He's getting to the line at a high rate (6.8 free throw attempts per game over last five games) and adds rebounds to a solid scoring clip (16.6 points per game over last five). He's averaging 33.7 minutes as the Pacers' starting small forward and should be worth a look if your forward spot needs a boost.
Nick Young - 35% owned
Swaggy P is set to return to the Lakers on Tuesday after missing the beginning of the season with a torn ligament in his right thumb. He averaged 17.9 points, 2.1 3-point makes and 2.6 rebounds for Los Angeles last season and, while a healthy Kobe Bryant will reduce some of his production, similar numbers should be expected on a Lakers squad devoid of talent. Young is likely the best points and 3-point option available on your waiver wire ... as long as his career 42.9 percent field-goal percentage doesn't scare you away.
Anthony Morrow - 36% owned
Morrow is averaging 11.8 field-goal attempts over his first four games with the Thunder and this volume of shots should continue as long as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are sidelined. His field-goal percentage may be a problem on some nights (like Sunday, when he shot 1-for-9). But it's hard to find points and 3-point makes at as good a volume as Morrow will likely produce over the coming weeks.
Miles Plumlee - 39% owned
The Suns' starting center is grabbing boards at a solid rate, averaging 9.2 over his last five games. This clip in addition to his 9.8 points at 56.4 percent over his last five make him an intriguing option at the center position as his role is unlikely to diminish in Phoenix anytime soon.
Let 'Em Go
Elfrid Payton - 51% owned
The Orlando rookie has struggled over his last five games to average just 1.8 points, 4.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 turnovers on 20 percent shooting. With Evan Fournier playing great and Victor Oladipo returning from injury, Payton's minutes will likely shrink even more. There are certainly better guard options on your waiver wire.