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With simply over two weeks remaining till the NBA commerce deadline, fantasy managers know that one of the essential waiver durations of the season is on the horizon. Nonetheless, there are nonetheless a number of traits which have occurred across the league just lately which have led to declining manufacturing for a number of gamers. Whereas fantasy managers hunt down interesting gamers whom they will purchase to make a push within the second half of the common season, there are a number of gamers to contemplate dropping to make room for brand spanking new acquisitions.
Dennis Schroder, Toronto Raptors (70% rostered)
Schroder has had some encouraging durations in the course of the 2023-24 marketing campaign, however his function has declined just lately as a result of Raptors’ current acquisition of Immanuel Quickley. Quickley ought to proceed to be integrated into the system as he turns into extra accustomed to the group, so it wouldn’t be stunning to see Schroder’s function proceed to say no.
Schroder has come off the bench in his final six appearances and has averaged 9.0 factors and three.8 assists in 25.7 minutes per recreation throughout that point. Whereas he can nonetheless have encouraging performances, his fantasy manufacturing typically depends an excessive amount of on his scoring prowess, which has been an inconsistent space just lately. Schroder nonetheless sees loads of enjoying time for Toronto, however he isn’t a must-roster participant in his new function following the group’s current acquisitions.
Malik Monk, Sacramento Kings (74% rostered)
Monk isn’t essentially a must-drop candidate but, however fantasy managers in shallower leagues could possibly purchase a extra constant choice at this level. He scored at the least 20 factors in three of 4 appearances in mid-January however has shot simply 38.7% from the ground over his final three appearances, averaging 11.7 factors, 6.7 assists and a couple of.3 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per recreation.
The 25-year-old has been inconsistent for a lot of the season and is within the midst of a chilly spell. Whereas he’s confirmed this season that he can get away of chilly spells with out a lot warning, fantasy managers may wish to at the least think about benching him till he heats again up. It won’t be value impulsively dropping Monk at this level, however fantasy managers ought to at the least monitor his manufacturing within the coming days and weeks, particularly since extra interesting fantasy gamers are prone to pop up on the waiver wire forward of the commerce deadline.
Marvin Bagley III, Washington Wizards (49% rostered)
Bagley carried out properly in his first two appearances with the Wizards, posting back-to-back double-doubles. Nonetheless, these performances got here when Daniel Gafford was unavailable for 2 video games as a consequence of a concussion. Gafford returned to motion Sunday towards the Nuggets, leaving Bagley to accept a bench function. Bagley tallied 14 factors, seven rebounds and an help in 18 minutes towards Denver.
The 24-year-old will doubtless have extra of a job than he needed to shut out his tenure in Detroit, however his fantasy contributions are restricted primarily to scoring, rebounds and field-goal proportion. The 2018 No. 2 choose is definitely value streaming every time Gafford is sidelined, however Bagley’s upside might be restricted every time Gafford is offered.
Kelly Oubre, Philadelphia 76ers (41% rostered)
Oubre has served primarily as a starter over the previous month, however he’s had inconsistent manufacturing. He’s been held to single-digit scoring totals in 4 of his final six appearances, averaging 8.8 factors and 4.2 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per recreation throughout that point. De’Anthony Melton will miss at the least one other week as a consequence of his knee damage, however Oubre’s manufacturing will doubtless be much more unpredictable as soon as Melton is again in motion. Oubre has ample enjoying time for the 76ers, however he isn’t environment friendly sufficient throughout his time on the court docket to make him way more than a streaming candidate.