We only have a handful of games again on the schedule today, but once again you need to be maximizing your rosters. With only five games its time to dig deep to find some guys to add to inflate your stats for either those last few roto points or your head to head categories that are still up in the air.
Here are some sleeper pickups to consider based on recent play and matchups.
Jason Smith – PF, New Orleans Hornets: Jason Smith has been fantasy relevant for much longer than people realize. Since the all-star break Smith is averaging 12.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and a block per game. In the last two games Smith has five blocks. Tonight the lowly Hornets take on the tanking Golden State Warriors and their epicly soft inside players. Smith should have a field day with Golden State’s bigs of Jeremy Tyler and Mikki Moore. I think a double-double and a couple of blocks could well be in store tonight.
Charles Jenkins – PG, Golden State Warriors: Why exactly is Jenkins only owned in 12.5% of leagues right now? I assume that its because people have given up, but Jenkins is on fire right now. For starters he is playing insane amounts of minutes. Sunday he played the entire game, the game before that he went 40 minutes. There are not many Warriors players left who have value and so it just makes Jenkins all the more valuable. Jenkins is averaging 9.5 assists per game over the last four games as well as 14 points per game.
Markeiff Morris – PF, Phoenix Suns: If you’re a gambling man than Markieff Morris could make an interesting gamble. Channing Frye’s wife went into labor yesterday and there is no sure answer as to whether he will be with the team for their must win, win or go home game against the Utah Jazz. The last five games in which Morris has played 20 minutes or more he has averaged 15 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Morris should clear that 20 minute mark whether Frye is back in time for the game or not. It’s a gamble, but I like the odds of it paying off.
Mike Miller – SG/SF, Miami Heat: LeBron James has traveled with the team to Boston, but he has requested that the team give him rest these last two games. I assume they oblige and give him at least one game if not both. Meanwhile Dwayne Wade is banged up and I doubt the Heat take any chances there. With both of those factors in play Miller seems like a lock for 30 or more minutes and some strong production. Miller is averaging 13.5 points, 8 rebounds and 3.5 three-pointers these last two games and he could and should reproduce those same kind of numbers again tonight.