In a bi-weekly section for the site, I provide my opinions on various player’s stocks in fantasy basketball.
Stock Up – Jusuf Nurkic
The whole “Jurkic” lineup isn’t working for Denver collectively, however Jusuf Nurkic is still putting in the work. The Bosnian is hauling in boards at a phenomenal pace, grabbing 14.2 rebounds of them, as well as 19.2 points and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes of play. If you scooped him up as a late round pick, you’re probably reaping the benefits now. Nurkic is producing at a prolific rate – one may dream of him as an All-Star soon. Grab him immediately if he is still on your waiver wire. I mean, especially if he’s making plays like this.
Stock Down – Brandon Ingram
Ingram is a keeper league darling – but you should avoid him in every way possible for at least the next month. The lean forward has struggled to create his own shot in the NBA, held back by his stiff hips and his immature body. He was never going to come in and tear up the league initially, as for now he looks to be a premature rotation player in Los Angeles. If you’re looking for similar production, try adding Ersan Ilyasova, who may see heavy minutes in Philadelphia as he was traded this week to the City of Brotherly Love.
Stock Up – Nick Young
Young looks like a new player… again! He looks like he might be a candidate for the Most Improved Player award after bombing two three-pointers a night so far. He’s only been held below double-digits twice in seven games, and he has also hit a triple in every game and has yet to miss a free throw. If you’re looking for a boost in shooting, look no further then one of the league’s best memes.
Stock Down – Robert Covington
Playing for the win-less Sixers is never tangibly favorable. But Robert Covington is satirically inefficient. The 25-year-old is shooting 16.7% from the field and considering he is the No. 1 option on the wing, he might need a hefty chunk of his minutes dealt elsewhere. If you own Covington, you may have to bench him until he has consecutive games above 40 percent shooting from the field, in which he only did on 10 separate occasions last season. When he’s firing on all cylinders, he’s a top 75 talent, which is why you should bench him instead of dropping.
Stock Up – Justise Winslow
He has his own new signature shoe. He has a new role. He’s helping lead a tremendous offense with his dead-eye shooting… and no, I’m not talking about James Harden.
In all keeper league formats, Winslow needs to be labeled as untouchable. His on-ball improvements are clear as he’s averaging 4.4 assists a night, which is up from his per game total of 1.5 last year. The Duke product is playing over 35 minutes per game for the undermanned Heat, and with this spike in usage (12.2 percent in 2015 to 22 percent so far in 2016), his shooting clips have gone down (33.8 FG%, 16.7 3PT%). Winslow’s basketball IQ is simply too high and he’s far too athletic to not navigate his way to the rim more frequently, where he’s shooting 57 percent at in his young career.