John Collins was off to a strong start in his third NBA season, but now it's time to pump the breaks. The Atlanta Hawks' big man was just dealt a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.
Ranking as a top-20 player with both power forward and center eligibility in Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball leagues, this is a huge blow for anyone that has been relying on Collins this season. With his owners needing a replacement in their lineups, thankfully there are some solid options available on the waiver wire that are owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Here are four players to consider picking up if you lost Collins.
1. Bobby Portis, PF/C, New York Knicks (41% Owned)
Bobby Portis moved into the New York Knicks' starting lineup on Sunday. Portis is averaging 10.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game this year, and while he doesn't generate much in other areas (1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks), he's a consistent double-double threat and could see a potential up-tick in minutes playing in the Knicks' starting five.
2. Maxi Kleber, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks (35% Owned)
Maxi Kleber sat out with a sore knee on Sunday, but he's expected to be back at practice on Tuesday and doesn't look to be in line to miss any more time. His minutes were trending in the right direction before the injury, playing 30-plus in back-to-back games. He's getting up some decent offensive volume, with double-digit field goal attempts in his last three contests, and a career-high 14.0 percent total rebound rate is giving him plenty of upside on the glass. Unlike Portis, he offers some upside with blocked shots as well, averaging 2.0 per 36 minutes, which is right in line with last year's 1.9 per 36.
3. Eric Paschall, SF/PF, Golden State Warriors (50% Owned)
Eric Paschall doesn't help if you need someone to replace Collins' center eligibility, but he does check the box as a power forward and is someone that should be a top priority when waivers clear. The Golden State Warriors are a mess, but that leaves them with plenty of incentive to play their young players. The 23-year-old Paschall has started three of the last four games, averaging 26.3 points, 6.0 boards and 1.3 blocks in 37.3 minutes per game in those contests.
4. Jabari Parker, SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks (22% Owned)
Last, but certainly not least, is Collins' teammate, Jabari Parker. The Hawks' SF/PF will likely move into Atlanta's starting five while Collins is sidelined, giving his value a huge boost. He's averaging just 22.2 minutes per game, but Collins vacates 32.2. It wouldn't be surprising to see Parker's minutes jump into the 30s and he's averaging 19.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.7 steals per 36 minutes for his career. That playing time would be more than enough to make Parker a strong fantasy option as the Hawks' starting power forward.
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