Every Friday, we’ll take an in-depth look at which NBA players’ fantasy stocks are rising and falling heading into the final few days of that respective week. Here are three notable risers and three fallers from Week 11.
Kyle Korver, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Just when Kyle Korver had begun to get into his groove this season, the Atlanta Hawks agreed to ship him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. While moving to a new team midseason could be construed as a negative — particularly since he’s expected to come off the bench at first, per Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal — the plethora of open shots he’s likely to receive in Cleveland should help him increase his output of three-pointers. The cerebral Korver shouldn’t take long to integrate himself into the Cavaliers’ system, making him a must-add in leagues where he’s still available (he’s owned in just 22.6 percent of ESPN.com leagues at the moment).
Josh Richardson, SG/SF, Miami Heat
Since entering the Miami Heat’s starting lineup on Dec. 18, Josh Richardson has averaged 12.6 points, 4.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 triples and 1.3 steals in 36.5 minutes across 10 games, putting up ninth-round value over that span despite shooting just 38.8 percent overall. With Justise Winslow expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder Thursday, per a release from the team, Richardson’s rest-of-season arrow is only pointing further up. Seeing as he’s owned in just 31.4 percent of ESPN.com leagues, owners should double-check their waiver wires to make sure he’s not still available, as he’s a strong candidate to return top-100 value moving forward.
Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker is averaging the fewest points (11.5) and assists (4.8) he has since his 2001-02 rookie campaign, which explains why he’s on the waiver wire in nearly 75 percent of ESPN.com leagues. Over his past six games, however, the Frenchman is averaging 18.2 points on 58.3 percent shooting, 6.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 treys in just 26.1 minutes, good for seventh-round value over that span. As the San Antonio Spurs cruise toward a top-four seed in the West, Parker will be a candidate to earn some rest down the stretch, but owners should ride him for now until the wheels fall off.
Buddy Hield, SG, New Orleans Pelicans
Seth Curry, SG, Dallas Mavericks
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
Reggie Jackson, PG, Detroit Pistons
Tyler Johnson, PG/SG, Miami Heat
Chandler Parsons, SF, Memphis Grizzlies
It might be time to concede Chandler Parsons isn’t likely to be a fantasy factor this year. Whereas the likes of Joel Embiid and Tyreke Evans have proven capable of putting up big numbers in limited minutes, Parsons has badly struggled since making his return six games ago, as he’s averaging just 2.8 points, 1.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 14.8 minutes over that span. Until the Memphis Grizzlies loosen his playing-time restriction or he shows flashes of his former self, it’s safe to cut bait on Parsons for a higher-upside short-term option, especially given his history with knee injuries.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, Toronto Raptors
Though DeMarre Carroll had a stretch from mid-November through mid-December where he returned fourth-round value, looking like a draft-day steal in the process, he’s since come plummeting back to earth. Over his past seven games, Carroll averaged just 6.6 points on 35.7 percent shooting, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 treys in 24.5 minutes, putting him outside of the top 150 on a per-game basis during that span. Much like with Parsons, Carroll has mid-round upside, but his inconsistency will make him a frustrating player to own for these next few months. Unless the Raptors make a major shakeup between now and the Feb. 23 trade deadline, Carroll may best be suited for the waiver wire.
John Henson, PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks
Well, John Henson owners, it was fun while it lasted. Though Henson made an appearance in our weekly waiver-wire watch in mid-December — at the time, he had averaged 11.8 points on 55.6 percent shooting, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in just 25.3 minutes over his past eight games — his fantasy stock has plunged since a 14-point, eight-rebound outing against Cleveland on Dec. 20. Since then, Henson has averaged only 5.4 points on 50.0 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 19.6 minutes despite starting all eight of those games, meaning there’s little reason to hang on to him in standard 10- or 12-team leagues.
Luol Deng, SF, Los Angeles Lakers
Will Barton, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets
Sean Kilpatrick, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets
TJ Warren, SF Phoenix Suns
Marcus Smart, PG/SG, Boston Celtics
All rankings via Basketball Monster are based on nine-category leagues and are current heading into Friday, Jan. 6. All ownership percentages via ESPN.com. All average draft position info via FantasyPros. All stats based on games through Thursday, Jan. 5.