Week 12 of the 2021-22 season is hardly underway and Tuesday's main NBA slate will feature six games. Some fantasy managers are off to a strong start thanks to big-time performances from stars on Monday. Others could need some help from role players to stay competitive as Wednesday approaches. Luckily for you, quite a few players who can provide immediate assistance are readily available in most leagues.
Here are four category boosters worth considering adding to your roster in Week 12.
Herb Jones, F, NOP (50% rostered)
Jones has established himself as a regular starter for the New Orleans Pelicans and gets his hands on everything. While the rookie averages 1.4 steals and 1.0 block per game, he's averaged 1.52 steals and 1.12 steals per contest through 25 starts. Jones entered Tuesday having blocked at least one shot in 15 consecutive contests. Anything he gives you on offense is a bonus, and he's reached double-digits in points in his last four outings while notching 24 rebounds and eight assists.
Cody Martin, F, CHA (29% rostered)
The Charlotte Hornets' specialty wing defender has flown under the radar for most of the 2021-22 season but has pilfered the rock consistently when he's available. While fantasy managers everywhere are dropping him now that Miles Bridges is back, he can be a valuable steals contributor off the bench moving forward. Only Paul George can top Martin's 47 steals among small forwards. Martin's only rostered in 29 percent of CBS leagues, and picking him up for a boost in roto leagues could be beneficial. He's notched two or more steals in three of his last four outings and 17 multi-steal games this season.
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Malik Monk, G, LAL (36% rostered)
Monk notched his fifth consecutive game with at least a pair of made three-pointers on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He's averaged 20 points and 2.8 made three per contest over his last five games. Monk is shooting just over 37 percent from deep on the year but has converted 42 percent of his threes on 6.6 attempts per game since Christmas. Monk has established himself as a vital member of the Los Angeles Lakers' rotation and there's no reason for him to drop off anytime soon.
Jalen Smith, F/C, PHX (18% rostered)
Smith has been more than a glass eater since becoming the Phoenix Suns' fill-in center. He's been left out of the rotation for the most part in 2021-22 with JaVale McGee plenty of support as Deandre Ayton's backup but has flourished since the duo were placed in health and safety protocols. Smith's averaged 16 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game during Ayton's last five absences. He could be a double-double threat for another game or two if Ayton and McGee don't return for Tuesday's matchup against the Pelicans.