James Johnson, F Miami Heat: Steals, Blocks
Johnson’s versatility has always been his calling card, and he’s continued to flash that since the All-Star Break with at least one steal and one block in each of his last five games. During that stretch of time, JJ has averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.6 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 50%shooting. It’s inconceivable that he isn’t on more fantasy rosters—he’s doing enough to warrant ownership in 10-team formats—and Johnson’s role should remain stable for the rest of the way. Johnson’s emergence is part of the reason Derrick Williams now makes his NBA home in Cleveland, and it’s a pretty safe bet that Johnson will find a bigger market for himself this offseason than last while having no trouble landing a multi-year pact.
C.J. Miles, G/F Indiana Pacers: 3-pointers
It’s been Money Miles since the All-Star Break with averages of 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 4-pointers and a microscopic 0.6 turnovers on a smooth 50% from the field. Anyone in need of a bargain bin can’t be overlooking Miles, but there is nothing to be found here if you’re in search of upside. Like similar veteran 3-point specialists, you know what to expect when you roster Miles. I wouldn’t hesitate to send him back to the wire of a must-have free agent emerges, but right now he’s not a bad guy to fill out the back end of your roster as he’s capable of helping to swing a key category in your favor.
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Bojan Bogdanovic, G/F Washington Wizards: Points, 3-pointers
The Wizards nabbed Bogdanovic and shed Andrew Nicholson’s contract at the same time, an impressive feat that shouldn’t be discounted during a trade deadline that was dominated by the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Boggy’s ownership rate is certain to surge after hitting eight 3-pointers in Sunday’s one-point win, and he’s now scored 27 points twice—in his last three games—since joining Washington. Bogdanovic gives the Wizards the additional shooter and bench scorer that the team desperately needed, and there is no question he’ll be an asset come the postseason.
He’s not going to bring anything other than points and 3-pointers to your squad, but he’s averaged 18.2 points and 4.0 triples over his last five outings, including a six-point dud vs. Toronto.
Rajon Rondo, PG Chicago Bulls: Steals
There are a lot of questions in Chicago’s backcourt, but Rondo has again earned a role in Fred Hoiberg’s rotation as the Bulls look to use his contract as a trade chip in the offseason. He’s not doing much for your squad other than swiping the rock with an average of 2.4 steals over his last five matchups, but that’s really the only reason he should be on your roster in deep 14-team leagues. Rondo’s appeal is completely dependent on what the construction of the rest of your roster looks like, and he’s not worth chasing unless the well has dried up.
J.J. Redick, SG Los Angeles Clippers: 3-pointers
In his six games since the Clippers entered the home stretch, Redick has averaged 11.8 points and 1.8 3-pointers on just 28-of-64 (43.8%) shooting. That’s the kind of output that others have been dropped over, but it’s understandably difficult to pull the plug on a player you drafted to be a mid-round asset. I’m not advocating that Redick should be dropped, but there are a few reasons I have avoided him all season, including the fact that each of Los Angeles’ best bench weapons can play the same position. Bottom line: It can’t feel comfortable to rely on Redick as an elite long-distance contributor as you may have prior, especially during the point in the campaign where the fate and direction of fantasy seasons are being decided.