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Ten players to target if your dynasty basketball team is already out of contention

Christmas is the unofficial opening day for novice NBA fans. In Dynasty Leagues it has become a time to honestly asses where your team stands.  We are already 10 weeks into the campaign, which makes us almost to the halfway mark of the fantasy regular season.
This post isn’t for the front-runners or even borderline contenders. This is for realistic owners who know that their teams are already 20-30 games out of a playoff spot and are playing for next year and beyond.

Five speculative adds in dynasty basketball

DeAndre Bembry, SF, Hawks – In the 10 games Bembry has played over 25 minutes he has put up respectable numbers. In those contests he averages 10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.1 turnovers, 1.6 steals, 1.1 blocks on 43 percent shooting. He also averages 1.2 3s per contest at 38 percent. His free-throw shooting is at a 56 percent clip. If the Hawks can find a trade partner for Kent Bazemore, Bembry, who turns 25 in July, would be in line for bigger minutes and could give you a boost in steals.
Bobby Portis, PF/C, Bulls – His numbers were down across the board in the limited time he was on the court. If you are trying to acquire him, be sure to bring that up to his current owner in trade discussions. Also mention that there just aren’t many minutes for Portis in Chicago with Wendell Carter Jr and Lauri Markkanen ahead of him on the depth chart. It’s hard to guess what the Bulls front office will do. Portis is likely staying put, but always remember that last year Chicago basically traded Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans for a No. 1 pick that turned into Chandler Hutchison and they obviously signed Jabari Parker, who is out of the rotation.

Aaron Holiday, PG, Pacers – Rumors continue to swirl about the Pacers possibly looking to deal Darren Collison or Cory Joseph. Those rumors will make it hard to land Holiday, but it’s worth a shot. His athleticism is something that could benefit your team.
Monte Morris, PG, Nuggets – With ball-dominant guards Isaiah Thomas, Will Barton and Gary Harris possibly all returning in the next three weeks it’s plausible to think that the second-year pro will find himself out of Denver’s rotation. It’s not realistic to think that Morris won’t be a key player over the next three seasons.
Elfrid Payton, PG, Pelicans – It’s hard to believe that Payton played in only six games this season. He was shooting 42.9 percent on 3s and in the four games prior to his injury he was averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game. Don’t give up too much for him, but he could be floating around as a free agent in your league if you don’t have many IL sports. He has surgery Nov. 20 and it was announced at the time that this was a six-week injury.

Five long shots to add in dynasty basketball

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Bucks – The acquisition of George Hill and health of Malcolm Brogdon have made DiVincenzo irrelevant in fantasy. Based on his average draft position, it is likely he went to a contending team in your league from a year ago. If that team is still contending you could be able to acquire the talented rookie for very little of your team’s foundation for next season.
Dzanan Musa, SG, Nets – Chances are strong that you’ve acquired Rodions Kurucs or you’ve missed out on him. The 20-year old has been a top-100 player over the past two weeks. Brooklyn’s first-round pick, Musa, is suffering from a shoulder injury and is out. He is a player you can monitor now and possibly pick up closer to the All-Star break.
Dillon Brooks, SG, Grizzlies – Garrett Temple has played 35+ minutes in 11 games this season after eclipsing that mark twice this season.  Chances are strong that the 32-year-old will need to play fewer minutes to remain effective. Brooks, who was the reason a three-team deal with Washington, Phoenix and Memphis is clearly in the Grizzlies’ future plans.
Troy Brown Jr, SF, Wizards – Through six games games in the G League the 19-year old is averaging 18 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals. He is shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from 3.
Malik Monk, SG, Hornets – Take a look at Monk’s first 92 games per 36 minutes compared to Buddy’s Hield’s  first 162 games as a pro:
Hield: Per 36 Minutes (2016-17 to 2017-18) 
43.7 FG%, 3.0 3s, 41.2 3P%, 86 FT%, 5.3 REB, 2.5 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.3 BLK, 2.1 TOs, 17.9 points
Monk: Per 36 Minutes (2017-18 to 2018-19) 
37.1 FG%, 3.4 3P, 33.8 3P%, 87 FT%, 3.0 REB, 3.7 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.4 BLK, 2.2 TOs, 18.7 points
Not saying that Monk will become a 20-point a game scorer, but he turns 21 in February and he is certainly worth that risk.
NOTE: After rereading this pre-Christmas post it was a total coincidence that Holiday and Elf-rid were listed.

Agree? Disagree? Let’s chat about it on Twitter. I’m at @MWCoyote and I’d love to hear from you.

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Matt Wiley

Matt Wiley

I've been playing fantasy basketball since David Robinson's MVP season. I tend to prefer patience over making a splash in Dynasty Leagues. Having Rashard Lewis on my roster for over a decade probably skewed my way of thinking. I hope my patience is again rewarded in the near future (looking at you Andrew Wiggins and Thon Maker). I love to talk fantasy sports and I've been described as an NBA freak.

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