After a busy trade deadline and a break for the All-Star game, the NBA is settled in for the stretch run as teams fine-tune their playoff rotation, battle for seeding and postseason matchups or switch to evaluating options for the future. Rotations should settle in for the next few weeks as season-long fantasy basketball wraps up the regular season and sets up the playoffs starting in a few weeks. As you get just the right pieces for your playoff push, make sure to take a look at these four widely available players listed below. If they aren’t available or don’t seem like the right fit, there are other options listed at the bottom of the page.
The coming week will be a busy one since most teams are fresh following the break. Eighteen of the 30 teams in the NBA are set up for a four-game week, and only the Bulls are limited to just two games. Check out each matchup as you figure out who to use to bolster your roster, but these four players are a great place to start your search.
C NAZ REID, MIN (at DAL, at MIA, at ORL, vs. DAL)The Timberwolves overhauled their roster more than any other team at the trade deadline and so far the results have been mostly positive. There are plenty of opportunities in the new-look rotation, but one of the biggest boosts looks like it will be to Reid, who takes over for Gorgui Dieng as the team’s primary backup C behind Karl-Anthony Towns. With Towns suffering a fractured wrist, Reid should be in line for major minutes for at least the next two weeks and possibly beyond depending on if Minnesota shuts down their star center or not.
Reid flourished in the G League, averaging 18.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks in just over 30 minutes a game in 15 starts with the Iowa Wolves. The 20-year-old rookie got his first NBA start on Friday night and produced 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes. Even before Towns’ injury, Reid was showing he could produce when getting limited minutes, but now that he’s set up for more time, Reid will be a great play over the next few weeks and owning him could push your team to the playoff spot you’re chasing.
PG/SG MALIK MONK, CHA (at IND, vs. NYK, at TOR, vs. MIL)Monk has been a streaky scorer during his time in the NBA, but is starting to develop into a Lou Williams-style contributor off the bench as the Hornets try to challenge for the No. 8 seed in the East. Since they definitely see Monk as a key part of their bench, he should keep getting plenty of opportunities moving forward.
Over the past five games, Monk has averaged 29.8 minutes per contest while contributing 21.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals. Monk has scored double-digit points in 10 of his past 11 games and makes sense as an add for the coming week if your team needs straight scoring power.
SG BRUCE BROWN JR., DET (at DEN, at PHO, at SAC)The Pistons are obviously building for the future after trading away Andre Drummond and then negotiating a buyout with Reggie Jackson over the All-Star break. Brown should be a key part of their rotation going forward since they think he can be a part of their rebuild. He has moved in and out of the starting lineup all season long, but he has shown he can contribute in multiple categories with a high ceiling when at his best.
Brown played 32 minutes off the bench on Friday in Detroit’s first game after buying out Jackson. He finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with seven assists. He actually has double-digit rebounds in three straight contests and can threaten for a triple-double if he gets more play-making responsibilities. For example, he had 19 points, 10 boards and eight assists early in February against the Nuggets. With Jackson gone, Brown should be a nice play the rest of the way. He doesn’t have the firepower of Monk, but he does contribute more in multiple categories than the Hornets guard.
SF/PF JAE CROWDER, MIA (at CLE, vs. MIN, vs. DAL, vs. BKN)Crowder has been a part of a number of big trades the past few seasons going from Dallas to Boston to Cleveland to Utah to Memphis and now to Miami. Crowder is a meaningful on-court contributor, but his fantasy value has fluctuated since his role in the offense comes and goes. He seems to be set up for a much more meaningful role in South Beach than he had in Memphis, though, and has flourished in his four games with the Heat.
In those four games, Crowder has averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists in 28.6 minutes per contest. Crowder has scored at least 14 points in each of those games and moved into the starting lineup on Friday against the Hawks. Crowder has a well-rounded game and can help fill in multiple categories, and will be a nice pickup if he keeps playing about 30 minutes per contest.
Other options worth watching
- PG/SG Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves
- PF/C Daniel Theis, Boston Celtics
- SF/PF Thaddeus Young, Chicago Bulls
- PF/C Maxi Kleber, Dallas Mavericks
- PG/SG/SF Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks
- SF/PF Juancho Hernangómez, Minnesota Timberwolves
- PF/C Thon Maker, Detroit Pistons
- PG/SG Reggie Jackson, Los Angeles Clippers
- SF/PF P.J. Washington, Charlotte Hornets
- SF/PF James Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves
- SG Kevin Porter Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers
- SG/SF Trevor Ariza, Portland Trail Blazers
- PG/SG Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Lakers
- PG Coby White, Chicago Bulls
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