Who's Got Next: Jason Thompson Returns to Your Radar
Head is nothing more than a deep-league add, but standard leaguers will want to look at Thompson, who scored 18 points with nine rebounds, four assists and a block in just his second start of the season. Landry seems to have fallen out of favor with Coach Westphal and with DeMarcus Cousins not helping his own case, Thompson should continue to see his value rise.
With Sacramento we can't say for certain that Thompson will remain in the starting lineup, but as long as he continues to rebound well and deflect shots in the paint he won't have to worry about looking over his shoulder. He's a nice big-man add in all formats with his true value coming in points, rebounds and blocks. His percentages are decent, though as a career 70-percent shooter from the free-throw line he does minimal damage since he gets to the line just over three times per game.
Landry could be dropped in 10-team leagues right now, but if you're in a deeper leaguer with space on your bench I would advise holding onto him. He could return to form at some point and in deep leagues you need to be patient with your players. Moreso than in a 10-team league.
Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, Blazers - It seemed like an easy decision for Nate McMillan to make when he announced that Matthews would replace Nicolas Batum in the starting lineup. Matthews dropped 25 points, five 3-pointers, four assists and two steals on the Nets this past Sunday while Batum managed to score just two points in 21 minutes. Matthews in his previous three starts proved to be a valuable scorer, efficient 3-point shooter, sufficient rebounder and someone who could pick a steal or two. No one is sure whether or not Matthews is going to remain as a starter or if this is just McMillan riding the hot hand, but we also know that Brandon Roy is going to be limited on back-to-back nights this season. That should mean that in some fashion we'll see Matthews playing plus-minutes. He's an add in all formats.
Nick Young, SG/SF, Wizards - We know one thing for sure: Young can score. He's hit double digits in nine of his last 10 and scored at least 20 points in four of his last eight games. The Wizards are dealing with a few John Wall ailments and looking for someone to pick up the slack. That someone happens to be Young. The problem with Young, however, is that outside of points, threes and solid percentages he offers nothing else of value. But what he does offer as a scorer makes him an add in 12-team leagues. Even when Wall returns I expect Young to do what he does best: Get the ball in the basket.
Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Bucks - Here is a guy who I took a shot on prior to last season and pegged as a deep-league sleeper. Well, he paid off for me last season but this year he's been stuck in a logjam in the Milwaukee frontcourt. With both Drew Gooden and Andrew Bogut hurt Ilyasova has found himself in the starting lineup for the Bucks. In his two starts he's been highly productive -- 17.5 points on 50 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 threes, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game. If he can continue to play defense and show some hustle on the court you know that Skiles will leave him in the lineup even as Gooden and Bogut return. Then again, with the number of injury-prone players in the Milwaukee frontcourt he might not have to battle for minutes. He's a fantastic add right now.
Brad Miller, C, Rockets - I'm not a fan of Miller's, but it is worth noting that he's had a few decent games over the past two nights. He averaged 11 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, one 3-pointer and one block on 66.7 percent shooting in those two contests. He looked much better against Dallas than starter Chuck Hayes did, which is what led to his 23 minutes on the court. There's no telling where Miller goes from here -- up or down? -- but when you need to start two centers sometimes you have to reach for guys like Miller.
Still Like: Kris Humphries (PF/C, NJN), Jose Calderon (PG, TOR), Landry Fields (SG/SF, NYK), C.J. Miles (SG, UTA), Brandon Rush (SG/SF, IND), and Matt Barnes (SF, LAL).
Like Less: Erick Dampier (C, MIA), Amir Johnson (PF, TOR), DeMarcus Cousins (PF/C, SAC), Carl Landry (F, SAC) and Taj Gibson (PF, CHI).