Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Replacing McCollum
Jon Impemba breaks down the injury news regarding C.J. McCollum and highlights some players you can find on the waiver wire to fill the void in the short term!
News broke late last night that Portland Trailblazers guard CJ McCollum is going to miss the next four weeks due to a foot fracture suffered during the team’s game against the Hawks this past weekend.
BREAKING NBA: C.J. McCollum has a fractured left foot and will miss an extended period of time, according to Shams Charania. Fantasy Analysis Here: https://t.co/9whr5XDQ1F— Fantasy Alarm NBA (@FantasyAlarmNBA) January 19, 2021
This was a tough blow for fantasy owners who invested in McCollum on draft day because they were watching a breakout season unfold as the 29-year-old guard was averaging a career best 26.7 points, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game while making 4.8-threes per game while shooting 44-percent from beyond-the-arc.
With McCollum now out of the picture fantasy owners will be looking towards the waiver wire for some help when it comes to replacing some of the production lost and while it’s impossible to find a straight up replacement that will check all the boxes you can certainly find players who can contribute to a few of the categories you may need to help mitigate the loss from your roster.
Let’s take a look!
Jordan Clarkson , UTA - Clarkson is among the most added players in fantasy over the past week so there is a chance he is no longer available in your leagues. However, IF you check the waiver wire and see that Clarkson is sitting there, I hope you already grabbed him before reading this article. Clarkson has been an elite scoring option off the bench for the Jazz this season, averaging 17.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 three-pointers per game. He is the top waiver priority for you if available.
Duncan Robinson , MIA – Robinson has likely found his way to some rosters over recent days with Miami dealing with their issues surrounding Covid-19 but in some standard league formats he is still owned in less than 60-percent of leagues. Robinson is one of the leagues best three-point shooters, averaging 3.8 three-pointers per game. It’s likely a longshot that he’s available if you are in a deeper league format or a very active league but he would be my first choice if looking to boost your three-point category with McCollum out of the lineup.
Rodney Hood , POR – While everyone fully expected Gary Trent to take over the injured McCollum it was Hood who drew the start in his place and he looked great, scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting over 25 minutes. Hood could very well be a serviceable replacement for McCollum should he stick in the starting lineup. During his career we have seen him be a solid outside shooter and someone that has the ability to score the basketball. Now, injuries have also been a big issue for Hood so the Blazers may never give him the 35 minutes a night that McCollum was playing but Portland’s offense scores a lot of points and now Hood is in a primary spot to do so as well.
Patty Mills , SA – Something has gotten into Patty Mills this season as the veteran guard is averaging a career best 14.7 points per game on the season and while he has always been a solid three-point shooter during his career we have never seen it quite like this. Mills is averaging 3.1 three-pointers per game while shooting 45.7-percent from three-point range. Right now, his 25 minutes a game is tied for his career high and while some of that playing time is likely attributed to the injury of Derek White, Mills is a widely available player that can help you out right now to replace some of the three-pointers missing from McCollum.
Cam Reddish , ATL – Yes, I know the Hawks guard has missed the last two games with an injury of his own but assuming that this is just a minor issue you could certainly take a stab here. Reddish is averaging 28 minutes a night and has popped off a few times of late for 20-point outings. On the season the second-year player out of Dule is averaging 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.7 three-pointers per game.
Doug McDermott , IND – McDermott has found himself playing some real minutes for the Pacers of late and that is a trend that should continue with the team missing TJ Warren and Caris LeVert for the foreseeable future. McDermott is largely just a scorer that shoots from three-point range, but we have started to see some of the rebound numbers start to trickle up. Knowing that he is likely going to sit in that 30-minute a night range is somewhat appealing. If you find yourself in a deep league, now may be the time to take a look at Jeremy Lamb who is nearing a return following his ACL surgery and could very well be the Pacers starting shooting guard while LeVert is on the shelf once his minutes get ramped up.