Yahoo Fantasy basketball analyst Dan Titus offers a few risers and fallers in this week’s edition of stock watch.
DAN TITUS: Happy new year, and I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. This is “The Stock Report.” I’m going to catch you up on the fantasy landscape, who’s up, who’s down, and where there could be some buying and selling opportunities here. First, before I get into that, Luka Doncic, absolutely historic run in week 11. He averaged 48.7 points, 13 rebounds and 10.7 dimes, probably one of the wildest stat lines you ever see of that 60-20 game that he put up, and he would be on this stock report, but he’s been a top-10 player all season.
So let’s get into the guys who are up and down this week in fantasy. First one up is Christian Wood of the Dallas Mavericks. He has been 16th in per game value over the last two weeks, and he has actually started the last eight games for the Dallas Mavericks. The exact thing that fantasy managers needed for him to be productive, and over that span, we’ve really seen his shooting efficiency improve, but also, his blocks. He’s up to 2.6 over the last 14 days. And that’s exactly what you want from Christian Wood.
He’s finally cashing in for fantasy managers that selected him as a mid-round pick, even though he’s been well outside the top 150 for most of the season. Assuming he can stay in the starting lineup, he’s here to stay. The second player is Julius Randle of the New York Knicks. Julius Randle has been providing third round value over the last two weeks, but he’s been putting up monster counting stats– 30.6 points, 12.7 boards and 4.7 dimes, along with almost four 3’s per contest.
Now, RJ Barrett has been out as well as Jalen Brunson, but I think Julius Randle is really firing on all cylinders here, and I don’t think he’s going to go down. He’s finally cracked the top 50, and that’s exactly what you want if you drafted him as a mid-round selection this year in fantasy. I think his stock is up. And, finally, Josh Giddey of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Josh Giddey was a player that was outside the top 150 for most of the season, but. Over the last two weeks, he’s been 56 in per game value thanks to better shooting and even contributing to stocks.
He’s been getting 1.6 stocks over the last couple of weeks per game, and fantasy managers spent a mid-round pick on him too, so it’s great to see him finally turn around and provide that value that fantasy managers were expecting. Now let’s get to the fallers. The first one up on my fallers list is Rudy Gobert of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s been 132nd in per game value over the last two weeks, and he’s really just having a down year. He’s been outplayed by his backup, and his minutes have been trending down.
He’s played less than 30 minutes in his last two contests, and it’s hard to see where rock bottom is for the Frenchman, but he’s got to be approaching it. I don’t know that I want to recommend him as a buy low. I’m a fantasy manager that invested a second and third round pick in him, and I’m just having to weather the storm right now in the hopes that the Minnesota Timberwolves can turn it around. I don’t really see it. So I don’t know, this might be one that might be difficult for fantasy managers to navigate through. And, finally, the last player whose stock is down is Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies.
He’s 214th in per game value over the last couple of weeks. He is the chucker chucker. I think the Memphis Grizzlies needed his scoring win Desmond Bane was out, but now that he’s back, I don’t know where that really leaves Dillon Brooks right now. He’s only averaging 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and two turnovers over the last 14 days. So that’s not really going to do much for you in head-to-head categories when he’s just scoring, and he’s only doing that at 13.4 points per game over that span too. So I would use this as an opportunity whenever he goes off the next time, use that as a selling opportunity to get rid of that inefficiency off your team.
Until next time, peace.