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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 21

The waiver wire is where leagues are won and lost. The draft is long past and now your rosters feel completely different if you are even moderately active. Players come and go due to poor performances and/or injury all the time. Staying on top of your needs is essential to winning matchups and grinding your way to a championship.

As a reminder for most leagues, it is crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling, and player injuries are all things to consider. Make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents.

Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now, let's get prepared for Week 21.

 

Week 21 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

*Securing your categorical needs at this point is important, especially if you're playing in head-to-head leagues*

Columns are written based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Shabazz Napier - PG - Washington Wizards (18% owned) 

Napier's scoring is not going to carry anyone's team but he provides enough of an all-around game as a PG to be valuable in deeper leagues. He is just coming off of a 27-point performance but had failed to crack double-digits in his four previous games. His steals, threes, and assists are the main selling point along with the fact that he isn't an absolute tank for FG% while providing a slight FT boost. Ish Smith's absence has opened the door for much more PT and usage from Napier in a starting role.

Dario Saric / Aron Baynes - PF/C - Phoenix Suns (30%/34% owned)

With Deandre Ayton out indefinitely, Baynes slides into the starting C spot and Saric takes on an expanded role from the bench or occasional starting spot. Kelly Oubre's absence has also opened up time for Saric who had fallen out of the lineup completely just a month ago. Saric's main areas of success are threes, points, and rebounds so his production could be a lot more volatile than Baynes who somehow is wrecking over the past two games, but we have seen how Baynes could provide sustainably productive fantasy performances as he did earlier in the season while Ayton was suspended. Baynes averaged roughly 13 points (on 53% shooting), six rebounds, 1.5 threes, and a block while Ayton was suspended. Both are drops if/when Ayton returns but for now, Saric is worthy of adding in 12-plus team leagues and Baynes in even shallower formats.

Donte Divincenzo - SG - Milwaukee Bucks (35% owned)

With Giannis Antetokounmpo out for the next week, Donte DiVincenzo takes on an expanded role in Milwaukee as a ball-handler and scorer. Eric Bledsoe is also dealing with an ailment of his own which leaves even more of an opportunity for DD to succeed. He's been on a relative tear over the past three games providing nearly 20 points per game with an all-around stat-line fill that is backed up with good percentages. He should be added everywhere until Giannis returns.

Michael Carter-Williams - PG - Orlando Magic (2% owned) 

Evan Fournier's dealing with a UCL issue (a precursor to Tommy John Surgery in baseball) and his absence has opened up a larger role for Michael Carter-Williams to take on. MCW is now operating as a combo-guard who is taking more shots rather than an initiator who is minimally involved on offense. He remains a limited ball-player given his poor shot but he has made a few threes this season and carved out a decent role in Orlando. His past three games are promising and as long as Fournier is inactive, there will be the opportunity to continue providing steals, assists, and hopefully points with decent efficiency.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 21)

I know my editors hate how late I am with my articles, so I will keep this intro brief. (I blame my puppy for trying to shut my laptop every time he hears me type but...) Once again, we are getting to the end of the season and fantasy basketball is at it's peak. By peak, I mean the variance is at it's highest, and the people putting in the work and paying close attention will have the upper-hand. With talk of no-name athletes getting minutes and having upside, you need to make sure you invest your time and waiver picks on the right players, it's too late to make mistakes and get away with it.

Jae Crowder, Aron Baynes, Kelly Olynyk, Jerami Grant, and Dario Saric are just a few of the players that have been fairly consistent all year, but also have fail to find a secure home off the waiver wire. For these last two months, they all will find usage and production, and all five of these players can contribute in multiple categories and have shown consistency at some point all season. For the crucial, upcoming month, if there is someone that is not pulling their weight, or is just not producing enough to translate to wins, substituting one of those five players could increase your upside across the board, and possible steal you one or two categories when the matchups matter most.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 20

Shaquille Harrison, PG/SG – Chicago Bulls

Ownership: 9%

4.8 PPG /  1.8 RPG /  .468 FG% /  .8 SPG  

It might be unfair to say it has been a rough season for Shaquille Harrison, simply because, specifically, he is playing well despite the Bulls, as a whole, being utterly terrible. Even if his overall numbers have not been eye-catching, that is probably the reason he is only at 9% ownership right now. He is posting top-20 production over this past week, all of that value anchored by his incredible number of steals. While his upside seems unhindered now that Chicago seems dedicated to giving Harrison minutes, nearly all his value lies within his defense. He will get minutes because of his ability to defend and create chances, but scoring is an entirely different story. If Harrison is going to get near three steals a game, I'd roster him alone just to make sure I win the steals category in these waning weeks.

Cam Reddish, PG/SG/SF – Atlanta Hawks

Ownership: 29%

10.3 PPG /  3.6 RPG /  .380 FG% /  1.1 SPG  

There hasn't been much consistency to Cam Reddish's game all season, but lately he has turned his inefficiency into overall production. He has been dealing with injuries and is currently dealing with some leg cramps, but he should be able to get back into his normal form for this upcoming week. The Hawks don't play any top-tier defenses until facing the Thunder on the 18th, but there is no way I will miss the opportunity to play Reddish against the Hornets, Knicks, Cavaliers, and Pelicans before that. As mentioned before, Reddish relies on scoring, but in the games where he has struggled in that department, he focuses elsewhere without having that shooters hesitation so many young players struggling to shoot go through. For what it's worth, the upcoming matchups dictate his upside more than Reddish himself. If he gets the minutes, it'll be harder for him not to produce.

Naz Reid, C – Minnesota Timberwolves

Ownership 39%

 8.9 PPG /  .404 FG% /  4.1 RPG / 0.8 BPG

This isn't much news, but to anyone that might still be doubting the abilities of Naz Reid better think again. He established himself when Karl-Anthony Towns was injured, and now he is making it known that he is the center on this team. Since he has been getting over 20 minutes a game, he has not disappointed, and along with his defense, he brings more spacing to the offense, hitting at least one triple a game. This last week, and for most of March already, Reid is playing his best basketball, even double-doubling two games in a row, a career-best. The frontcourts he faces in the upcoming week are not terrible, but they give up points and have been known to struggle against rebounders. His ownership is 39% and it should be higher considering his nightly upside.

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Trevor Ariza (SG/SF, POR): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 32% of leagues

ANALYSIS: The Blazers welcomed Damian Lillard back this week, and that can only mean good news for the team. Portland is also bringing Jusuf Nurkic back soon to make a final run at a postseason berth. None of those news should affect Trevor Ariza that much, given his position, role, playing time, and production. Sure, his usage on offense and chances at racking up points (fantasy and actual ones) will take a hit, but that's all it has to it and he's contributing all across the board so the impact will be minimal in my opinion.

Although Ariza has played barely more than half the games he did so as a King with Portland, his game has seen another level starting for the Blazers. In 19 games in Portland compared to 32 in Sacramento, Ariza's already scored more points than he did during that first part of his season. His minutes have gone all the way up and he's averaging more than 36 mpg since the break. He's played eight games after the AS festivities finished and his line reads 12-5-3-2 in that span on an already low 12.9% usage rate.

Ariza doesn't need too much ball to impact games. Although he's not used often to finish possessions and that won't change for the remainder of the season, he's able to hit shots close to 50 percent of the times and his three-pointers drop rather frequently--he's averaged 2 3pm in his last six games and scored at least one in 10 of his last 11 matches. He keeps flying under the radar while been an all-cat contributor more than rosterable in any standard 12-team league.


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Jordan McLaughlin (PG, MIN): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 4% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Pretty much like the team they traded with for D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves are in the middle of a full "see-what-sticks" season. One of the players thrown to the wall to check how gluey he is has been Jordan McLaughlin. Although you might have heard his name just during the past few days, the truth is he already played for Minny back in early November and had a few cups of coffee in December/January. The best McLaughlin has offered, though, has come from February on.

Since Feb. 1 McLaughlin has played 14 games, of which he has started two and gone for more than 20 minutes of playing time on six occasions. Looking only at those 20+ minutes games, he's averaged 15.1 ppg, 2.3 rebounds, 8.1 apg and 1.5 spg. Not bad, is it? Well, that's cheating a bit, considering he's not playing that many minutes on average and that Russell is going nowhere and will keep the starting role and the heavy playing time.

No matter what, though, McLaughlin has become a true off-the-bench weapon. In short bursts, he's leasing the second unit and in his last three games this month he's dropped 13, 10, and 14 points to go with 6, 7, and 9 assists and a steal in each of those matches. McLaughlin has shot 65.2% (!) from the floor in that small sample of games on nine field-goal attempts per game. If you happen to play in a deeper league, McLaughlin could be a good addition considering his current microwave-role and that Minnesota is playing him a minimum of 20 minutes per game lately with a chance at larger runs (he's had a couple of back-to-back 27-minutes games in his last two as of this writing).


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Trey Lyles (PF/C, SA): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 15% of leagues

ANALYSIS: There is a chance you haven't heard about Trey Lyles this season. I wouldn't blame you, but I would also tell you that Lyles has started four out each five Spurs games so far this season. That's correct. He has played 61 in total and started 51 of them only coming off the bench 10 times in a row back from mid-November to mid-December. He was put back on the starting lineup on Dec. 14 and he's never looked back, averaging 21.5 mpg since then.

The minutes on the season are kinda low, that's for sure, but during the past month-and-change Lyles has averaged a much more palatable 26.5 minutes per game while raising his usage rate a bit (from 13% to around 16% since the AS break). Going back to the start of February, Lyles has logged more than 23 minutes of playing time in 11 games and he's averaged a good 13-6-1 line to go with a steal and a block per. It's not crazy to think Lyles will keep his role under lock from this point to the end of the season, and it is also probable that his minutes either stay the same or ramp up--he's logged 40, 37, and 33 in three of his last four matches.

One of the most appealing traits of Lyles' game is his shooting prowess. He's currently holding 44/39/72 shooting splits on the season while attempting 2.6 triples per game. He's one of only 44 players doing so but he's averaging the sixth-fewest minutes among them all. More encouraging is the fact that since the All-Star break he's hit at least a triple in every game he's played (seven at the time of this writing) while averaging 2.3 3pm a night and getting a season-best five treys the other day against Brooklyn in just 23 minutes of playing time. I wouldn't consider him a 12-team-league player yet, but if he becomes a 30-minute averager then his numbers should put him at that level. A no-brainer to add in deeper leagues, though.


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Dario Saric (PF/C, PHO): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 28% of leagues

ANALYSIS: The Suns had quite the start to the season and during the first month-and-change they racked up some good wins. Their core is young--other than Ricky Rubio--and both Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker are the ones expected to carry the team places in the future. What about Dario Saric, though? Saric is just 25 and his season mimics that of the Suns: great start, drop in production, and now he seems to be back to his best ways.

Saric has started 49 of the 56 games he's played this season averaging more than 26 minutes per game in those. While he was a 12-point guy leading up to 2020, a very rough start to the year left him averaging fewer than four points per game to kick off the new year, though he's recovered since he came back on Feb. 21--he had been out since Jan. 31. In his last five starts going back to Feb. 24, Saric is averaging 13.4 points to go with 6.4 rebounds and 2 assists per game. His shooting is definitely back on track hitting 52.8 percent of his floor attempts and he's played 27+ minutes in four of those five nights.

When Ayton comes back from his current injury--could be a matter of days, could be a matter of weeks--Saric will probably lose some opportunities on offense but that shouldn't impact his game a lot, mostly because he'd slot into "smaller" positions rather than playing the five. With Kelly Oubre (most probably) out for the year, Saric will be the most-used wing of the Suns ROS, making him a great free addition in most standard leagues.


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Shaquille Harrison (PG/SG, CHI): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 1% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Is Shaquille Harrison the ultimate Cinderella story of the season? Could be the case, if you ask me. I know, it's only been four games starting for the Bulls lately and another four at the end of November, but there is that. And it is not that Shaq doesn't know how to take advantage of those moments, either.

So far, Harrison has started eight games and in those, he has averaged 10 points, 3 rebounds, and under 3 dimes. Not so good right? Well, if we go by minutes instead of just "starts", in the games Shaq has played 20+ rounds of the clock he's posted up a much better  14-4-3-2-1 line while shooting an impressive 49.7% from the floor on more than nine attempts. He's done all that while keeping a rather unimpressive 18.3% usage rate on offense, so he's indeed making the most of his chances.

Harrison's current run--which saw him complete his best game of the year on Mar. 6 against Indiana with a 25-4-4-3-2 performance--is tightly tied to Zach LaVine's return. Once the true-starter comes back Shaq will undoubtedly fade back to a reserve role, but until that happens (might be another week) if you play in a deeper league and have to fill a spot then Harrison has been super-hot lately and could make for a more than cheap addition with great upside attached to him at least for the next few days.


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Cam Reddish (SG/SF, ATL): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 29% of leagues

ANALYSIS: What if Atlanta really hit the nail in the head with Cam Reddish? What if what Reddish showed during the first two months of the season were just rookie growing pains? Atlanta drafted Reddish just a few months ago and instantly dropped him in a starting lineup that definitely looked too big of a deal for the rookie. Since we flipped the calendar page to 2020 things have looked quite differently for Reddish, though.

Back on Jan. 10 Cam Reddish started a game and played more than 30 minutes for the first time since Dec. 27. That night, against Washington, he only had 9 points and 8 rebounds even playing 35 minutes. Since that game, though, Reddish has played 20 more games averaging 14.4 ppg and missing on hitting double-digits in the points department just four times (and in one of those he had to leave the game after just seven minutes). Since Jan. 17 Reddish has looked impressive alternating starts and off-the-pine performances.

Reddish's best stretch of the year has come lately, as he's averaged 17.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, and 1.3 spg in his last seven games--all after the All-Star break. He's played more than 31 minutes per game in that span and his shooting numbers have gone through the roof compared to those from earlier in the season. He's shot over 53% from the floor in the last two weeks and hit 2, 6, 2, and 5 triples in his last four games in that span. Good for you, Reddish's evolution and present-day production have yet to catch up in fantasy leagues--thus the low ownership--so take advantage of it and pick him up no matter the type of league you play in.


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Harry Giles (PF/C, SAC): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 28% of leagues

ANALYSIS: It took what felt like ages, but it seems Harry Giles has finally arrived. After missing his rookie season due to injury, Giles debuted last year and already played 58 games without much fanfare. He's on pace to play 55 this year if he doesn't suffer any injury, and he's already started 15 matches on the season. Related to that, 12 of those 15 starts have come in the last 14 games, which bodes well for the forward ROS.

With the starts have come the minutes and with the minutes the production. Giles averaged a paltry 11 mpg leading up to his fourth start of the season back on Feb. 1. Since then he's averaged almost 22 minutes per game and played more than 25 minutes in seven of those games (average of 27 mpg in those). Obviously, his numbers have gone all the way up with that bump in playing time: in the eight games since the AS break, Giles is posting 13-7-2-1-1 lines nightly.

As Giles focuses on working the paint and doesn't stretch the floor too much, his shooting numbers are always going to be high. He's shot at a 60.8% clip in his last seven games, scored 10+ points in all of those matches, and his usage rate and field goal attempts are healthy enough at 21.9% and 10 fga per game respectively. The Kings are fighting for a playoff spot but they'll need everything and then some from every single player, Giles included. He will keep getting chances and is a starter these days. Consider him a little too much for a standard-size league, but a great addition in deeper ones.


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Delon Wright (PG/SG, DAL): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 39% of leagues

ANALYSIS: I'm writing this just a few hours after watching Seth Curry went down injured in Dallas' last game on Mar. 6 against Memphis. In a match in which the Mavs also missed Tim Hardaway Jr., it felt like a red-carpet ceremony for Delon Wright to have a monster day... and he didn't disappoint. Wright played 29 minutes and although the numbers weren't gaudy he put up an all-around contribution finishing with a stuffed 11-8-5-3 line shooting 66.7% from the floor, hitting his two free-throw attempts, and scoring a three-pointer, all on a rather low 11.4% usage rate.

Although it looks like Seth Curry won't miss a lot of time, Wright had already been playing extended minutes lately. Since the AS break, Wright has played nine games averaging 25 minutes per night. In that span, he's keeping up a 7-4-4-1 line with, again, a ridiculously low 12.2% usage on offense that almost leaves him no chances to rack up fantasy points. No problem, though, as he's doing enough to still be a valuable play.

Had Curry gotten injured for long (it can still be the case, keep an eye on our player news just in case), Wright's value would be much higher and I'd consider a potential addition in standard leagues. If that doesn't happen he's still a good one for deeper-league owners. Wright might not put up monster numbers in any category but he always provides contributions all across the board and it's been two months already in which he's playing more than 24 minutes per game on a nightly basis, with 17 of his last 21 games logging 20+ rounds of the clock.


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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 20

The waiver wire is where leagues are won and lost. The draft is long past and now your rosters feel completely different if you are even moderately active. Players come and go due to poor performances and/or injury all the time. Staying on top of your needs is essential to winning matchups and grinding your way to a championship.

As a reminder for most leagues, it is crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling, and player injuries are all things to consider. Make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents.

Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now, let's get prepared for Week 20.

 

Week 20 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

*Securing your categorical needs at this point is important, especially if you're playing in head-to-head leagues*

Columns are written based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Shake Milton - PG - Philadelphia 76ers (44% owned) 

With Ben Simmons out for the foreseeable future and Joel Embiid sidelined for another week (at least) due to a shoulder strain, Shake Milton will carry a larger role in Philly's offense. He was already starting games alongside Ben Simmons while Josh Richardson missed time and has displayed a massive leap from where he was earlier in the year. Not only did Milton drop 39 points against a stout Clippers' defense on Sunday, but he also set the NBA record for consecutive three-pointers made (14) over his past few games. Milton is on a tear at the moment and while he may cool down, his usage should remain high enough to where he is worth adding and holding until the 76ers regain health. He is useful for threes, points, assists and as a percentage boost.

De'Andre Hunter - PF - Atlanta Hawks (30% owned) 

DeAndre Hunter's fantasy profile has been bolstered in recent weeks. Not only is he scoring more consistently and hitting threes over the past 30 days, but he is also providing some more stocks and rebounds. His field goal percentage is not ideal but it is not a killer and he does boost free throws with decent volume at a good clip. Hunter is only viable due to his massive minutes but that does not affect your bottom-line at the moment. Take the volume and run with it until he slows down or possibly gets shut down if Atlanta chooses to rest starters down the stretch.

Eric Paschall - PF - Golden State Warriors (36% owned)

Paschall is like a poor man's DeAndre Hunter from a production standpoint. He doesn't grab as many rebounds, hit as many threes or accrue as many stocks but, his scoring is consistently around 15 PPG and he provides more assists and a higher field goal percentage than Hunter. Paschall's role could become more limited if/when Steph Curry returns but he should remain productive given the lack of options on offense. Paschall benefits from the multiple games per month Draymond Green misses and has a chance to really take over if Green is shut down in the near future.

Brandon Knight - PG - Detroit Pistons (9% owned)

With Derrick Rose out for the next week or so with a sprained ankle, Brandon Knight should continue to receive more run out of the Pistons' backcourt. Knight has already become fairly fantasy-viable over his past four games. He is averaging 16 PPG on decent efficiency with five assists and four threes over this stretch and should continue to have an expanded role until Derrick Rose and Luke Kennard return. Knight is difficult to trust given how long it has been since he was fantasy relevant but for now, he is a fine addition in deeper league in need of the categories he provides.

 

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 20)

Initially, this intro was going to be another feature about the Miami Heat, but last night Shake Milton stole everyone's thunder and he is more than deserving of a few kind words. Milton was already mentioned in one of these articles a few weeks back, and finally this week, mainly due to injuries, he is a top source of production. This isn't some fluke either. This has been four games, consecutively, that Milton has either exceeded expectations through the eye-test, or literally given owners a box score to hang their hat on.

DFS players, standard league owners, everyone who has the chance to roster Milton, is thriving. We do have to assume much of this production comes from the help of two superstars being injured, but stats are stats, and as long as Milton is posting over 20 points a game with more than a handful of assists and rebonds thrown in, I'm not taking the chance and letting these games go to waste.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 20

Monte Morris, PG/SG – Denver Nuggets

Ownership: 10%

8.6 PPG /  1.8 RPG /  .463 FG% /  3.6 APG  

Monte Morris is barely on the cusp of the top 60 players over the previous week, but it can't be ignored when he is contributing more than players like De'Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown, and Malcolm Brogdon. The Nuggets have needed scoring, and even though Morris hasn't directly impacted that need, he has helped get the offense moving, not to mention his defense has been severely undervalued this season. On both sides of the ball, the Nuggets clearly benefit from Morris being on the floor and recently, they have started rewarding him when he is open.

Earlier in the season, Morris was much more passive in his shot attempts, but recently, much thanks to Gary Harris forgetting how to shoot, Morris has seen an increased number of attempts and along with his defensive contributions, there is absolutely a reason to roster Morris if you are needing any extra stats to start off week 20. Morris plays five games this week, starting off against the Warriors and facing multiple other backcourts that are just as bad defensively.

Trey Lyles, PF/C – San Antonio Spurs

Ownership: 14%

5.7 PPG /  5.7 RPG /  .446 FG% /  0.9 3MPG  

February was huge for Trey Lyles. His minutes increased drastically and he ended the month on an extremely high-note. Against the Magic, a talented team defensively, he played near-40 minutes and scored 20 points for just the second time this season. It just so happens that both his 20-point games came in February, so while Lyles has this type of momentum and trust of the coaching staff, it only makes sense to roster him. There is no sign of him really losing his minutes, especially looking at the teams he is facing this week, so even if Lyles doesn't sustain this production, his trajectory in March is mimicking February's path.

Jerami Grant, SF/PF – Denver Nuggets

Ownership 42%

 11.7 PPG /  .471 FG% /  3.6 RPG / 0.8 BPG

Many thought the addition of Jordan McRae could lead to less minutes for Jerami Grant, but instead the reverse happened. McRae found himself being bought out by the Nuggets and Grant saw more minutes and increased his production. This previous week Grant strung together big games and even had his highest usage game of the season versus the Clippers. Since the Nuggets have a fairly easy schedule this next week, Grant is going to continue to fill any role that the Nuggets might need. As long as he is scoring and playing with this much effort, there is little reason to leave him on the wire. Just for context, from two weeks ago to last week, Grant upped his points per game from 16 to 21 in just a week. He might not continue that increase, but Grant has shown sustainability all season.

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Garrett Temple (SG/SF, BKN): Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 8% of leagues

ANALYSIS: It's getting towards the end of the regular season in a lot of head to head leagues for fantasy basketball, and that means that we get to dive deep into the waiver wire pool this week with Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple. Everyone that follows the NBA knows that Kyrie Irving is out for the season, and it leaves a lot of minutes on the floor for Nets Head Coach Kenny Atkinson to fill. Temple has earned those minutes in his first season with the team and is putting them to good use. He has played in 54 of Brooklyn's 59 games this season and has been a reliable man off the bench for a Nets team that has battled with its fair share of injuries this season.

Since returning from a three-game absence in January, the 10-year veteran out of LSU has been averaging 26.3 minutes per game and providing 10.1 points, 3.6 assists, 2.4 assists, and 2.1 made threes. I understand that's an 18-game sample size, but if you look at his season numbers, that production is sustainable. The shooting guard is averaging career-highs with 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 made threes, and 0.5 blocks per game.

Another thing going for Temple is the Nets' schedule this week. They play four games against Boston, Memphis, San Antonio, and Chicago. Those four games will be enough to rack up some counting stats, but the favorable matchups make Temple an even better pick up. Over the last two weeks, the Grizzlies (26.4) and Bulls (31.8) both rank bottom-nine in terms of points allowed per 48 minutes versus opposing shooting guards. Temple isn't what we would call a sharpshooter, but he has scored 10-plus points in seven of his last 12 games and over 15 points in five of those 12 as well.

As you can see, we are recommending that you add Temple if you are playing in 14-team leagues or deeper. His ownership percentage is less than 10%, but that needs to be higher for Week 20. His substantial contributions in the counting categories and four-game schedule mean that he can be a player that helps you clinch a playoff spot down the home stretch, so snag him off the waiver wire before any of your league mates can.


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Harry Giles III (PF/C, SAC): Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 28% of leagues

ANALYSIS: It's taking time, but Harry Giles is finally getting there. A first-rounder in the 2017 draft, this is just Giles second season playing in the NBA and he's starting games once for all after featuring in 58 last year but without appearing in the starting lineup even for a single night. At the time of this writing, it's been five starts in a row for Giles and nine in the last 11 games going back to the start of February. And he's giving quite some value back in return for those betting on him.

Anything Giles did prior to February must be taken with a grain of salt. He played just 22 games (debuting on Nov. 8) up to that point and averaged only 11 minutes per, which is rather insignificant. Since February 1st, though, he's averaged 22 minutes and in his last five games (all after the All-Star break) he's playing up to 27 nightly. Those runs don't seem to be going anywhere, and it makes all of the sense: Giles has averaged 15.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.25 apg, and shot 59.1% from the floor in his last four logging at least 23 minutes in each of those matches.

The Kings are a longshot to make the playoffs but, believe it or not, are only 3.5 games back from the eighth-place Grizzlies. Sacramento will probably fall off the picture soon enough as to go and give their young players run and see what they have in town and Giles profiles as one of those with the most to gain from this situation. He will keep playing as long as he can stay on the court and he's got enough talent in him as to make him a more than valuable addition ROS in any and every league you happen to be playing.


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Shake Milton (PG/SG, PHI): Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 24% of leagues

ANALYSIS: With Philly’s two centerpieces Joel Embiid (shoulder) and Ben Simmons (back) out for the foreseeable future, the team needs guys to step up. One of those guys has been second-year guard Shake Milton. Don’t let his current average of 7.6 points per game be a deterrent to his potential fantasy value. The 23-year-old is coming up clutch in the past few games, scoring in double digits in three of the last four games.

These point totals include 19, 20, and 17 points respectively. Now that the team is short on firepower for a handful of upcoming games, guys like Milton will see an uptick in minutes and potentially scoring. To be honest, the SMU product was never a factor on the team this season, scoring double-digit points five times total in 2019-20 before his current streak of three in the past four. His recent success has been directly correlated to the injuries on the team. Throughout the season, the guard has averaged 17 minutes per game but has played 32, 37, 26, and 22 minutes the past four games.

It’s not just the recent point totals that make this youngster an intriguing fantasy option, it’s also his shooting abilities. He has drilled five, four, one, and five three-pointers in the past four games. Milton is a solid pickup for your fantasy team at this moment, and he’s worth keeping until Embiid and Simmons return and factor into his production.


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Justin Holiday (SG/SF, IND): Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 16% of leagues

ANALYSIS:  Pacers small forward Justin Holiday has been picking up his play in the most recent games. Though the 30-year-old has been averaging 25 minutes per game this season, he only averages 8.5 points. Furthermore, he has been inconsistent for much of the season, having scoring sprees sprinkled in between below-average or abysmal nights.

However, with guard Jeremy Lamb out for the season (knee), the sixth-year player has scored 11, 16, and 12 points in the past three games. That may not seem impressive, but the Washington product has not scored in double digits during three consecutive games at any point in the season. Furthermore, the forward has poured in three, two, and four three-pointers in the past three games. Holiday can be looked at as a piece to add in large leagues considering his consistent playing time and potential to be more of a factor going forward.


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Mo Bamba (C, ORL): Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 10% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Truth be told, for someone drafted with the sixth pick the 101 games played and the single-game started through more than a season and a half falls a little short of expectations. Mohamed Bamba entered the NBA last season and in the 100+ games he's played so far for the Magic he's averaged just 15.5 minutes per game. Orlando's fixation in drafting/acquiring big guys have prevented him from seeing the floor more with the likes of Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, and Jonathan Isaac around, but the injury of the latter has opened a small crack in the lineup that has seen Bamba grow his role a bit lately.

Don't get too hyped about the situation, though. Bamba is averaging under 15 mpg on the season and even fewer minutes this past month of February (12.7 mpg). He's a bench rider and will probably remain in that role for the remainder of the season even with Isaac out. With that little playing time, Bamba is trying his best and posting an average 6-5-1-0-2 line nightly and his best contributions are coming on the rebounds and blocks categories. That's where you can get the most from him.

Bamba's 1.5 blocks per game rank 16th in the NBA among players with at least 14 mpg on the season and he actually has a positive +0.9 net rating. Even with good efficiency numbers, Bamba's upside is clearly capped because of the time he spends off the court. If Gordon or Vucevic miss time during the rest of the season he will be forced into a major role, but until then he will keep being a bench-warmer waiting for his turn to try and rack up numbers. Not a must-add, but a good acquisition if you have room enough to stash him and wait for something that ultimately puts him in a better position.


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Juan Toscano-Anderson (SG/SF, GSW): Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 5% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Getting Juan Toscano-Anderson in your roster won't make you a league-winner overnight. Now, with that out of the way and already out there in the known, picking Toscano-Anderson up is an absolute upside-based move. Juan is one of the last additions to the great Warriors experiment the 2020 season is for San Francisco's franchise. With nothing to lose, the Warriors have turned this year into a full tryout of young bodies (Ky Bowman, Jordan Poole,...) and long-forgotten stories (Marquese Chriss, Willie Cauley-Stain,...) that have or have not worked out ultimately. But hey, you don't know if you don't try!

Enter Juan, a 26-year-old G-Leaguer that made his NBA debut on Feb. 8 playing 19 minutes and finishing his first pro-game at the highest level with a 5-3-2 line and a triple to his name against the very own LA Lakers. Since that game, Juan has played another seven and he's averaged 25 mpg in the last five, all after the break, even starting the one on Feb. 29 against Phoenix while staying on the court for more than 30 minutes. As I said, Juan is not a league-winner (he's averaging 6.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2 apg, and 1.25 spg for Golden State) but his role might grow during the rest of the season as part of the rotation of a team that has no real aspirations in 2020.

The Warriors are bringing Stephen Curry back during the next few days and that will boost up the value of every other Golden State player. Toscano-Anderson will obviously remain as a secondary piece in the rotation, and his starting days are not guaranteed at all going forward, but he can provide some value off the bench in 20-to-25 minutes of run nightly. Consider adding him but always keep in mind what you're getting, a role player on limited minutes on a sort of tryout for an NBA team. As long as he keeps his game up he'll remain to get minutes. The moment he flops, though, he might be left of the rotation entirely.


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Ivica Zubac (C, LAC): Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 24% of leagues

ANALYSIS: There is no way to make a case for Zubac being--or even eventually becoming--a go-to guy for the Clippers. Los Angeles has Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris, etc. and that is just the start. This team is so stacked that it is even hard for the likes of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell to rack up numbers. But Zubac has something that most of those don't have: a nightly spot in the starting lineup. I know, that doesn't mean much when the offensive usage rate sits at around 16% most games, but at least it's a start (no pun intended).

Even being part of the starting five isn't giving Zubac heavy minutes of playing time, with him logging 18 mpg on the season. The good news for him is that those minutes almost always see him share the floor with at least one of Paul George or Kawhi Leonard, and if not with them then with Patrick Beverley or Landry Shamet. All of those are starters and heavy-role players among Clippers' guys, which is always going to boost Zubac's possibilities to overperform and get better stats.

Among players with between 10 and 18 mpg, Zubac ranks sixth in points (8), eighth in field goal percentage (59.2%), first in rebounds (7.2), and 10th in blocks (0.9) per game, and he's played in each and every one of the Clippers 59 games this season starting all but two (both back in November, though). Zubac's ceiling is probably around the 15-15, although that is far from a nightly reality. He's more of the 7-7 variety rather than the double-double one, and it'd take stars aligning for him to pull off the double-digit feat. Even with that, he's doing more than almost every other under-18-minute player in the league and his starting role benefits him as he's always surrounded by quality teammates.


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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 19

The waiver wire is where leagues are won and lost. The draft is long past and now your rosters feel completely different if you are even moderately active. Players come and go due to poor performances and/or injury all the time. Staying on top of your needs is essential to winning matchups and grinding your way to a championship.

As a reminder for most leagues, it is crucial to plan ahead. Waiver wire adds, scheduling, and player injuries are all things to consider. Make an effort to improve your team by maximizing your weekly adds and utilizing streamer spots via the waiver wire. Be wary of weekly streaming options and stay ahead of your opponents.

Our staff at RotoBaller has great insight and daily columns on how to improve your squad and tips to make your team successful, so be sure to check them out! Now, let's get prepared for Week 19.

 

Week 19 Standard Leagues - Waiver Wire Pickups

*Securing your categorical needs at this point is important, especially if you're playing in head-to-head leagues*

Columns are written based on H2H 9-category standard size leagues:

Dewayne Dedmon - PF - Atlanta Hawks (45% owned) 

With Alex Len out of town and Clint Capela sidelined for a few more weeks due to plantar fascitis, Dedmon stands alone as the only true play-able center in Atlanta. He was a hot pick up last week with the news of Capela's absence but struggled in a few starts and saw his minutes dwindle. Foul trouble caused part of that and while he will struggle against more talented centers, he is going to continue getting solid minutes consistently. Dedmon's primary value comes from rebounds and blocks. The field goal percentage is oddly low given that he is a big, however, he does not shoot much and also provides a plus free throw percentage. He can provide the occasional three and double-digit scoring game as well. Grab him in all 12-plus team leagues and even some shallower if you need blocks.

Daniel Theis - C - Boston Celtics (46% owned) 

Daniel Theis is the only good true center in Boston. Enes Kanter is a fugazi who provides negative defensive value and cannot stretch the floor, completely altering the way Boston wants to play. Theis can shoot the three and defend and a nearly-elite level for a big so his minutes should be plentiful as the season winds down. His role has seemingly expanded of late as his fantasy production has increased. He's averaging nearly a double-double over his past five games while providing the occasional blocks and three. His field goal percentage is a big plus at 56 percent on the season and his free throws are not a killer at 74 percent on low volume. He's a great glue guy for any team in 12-man or deeper leagues.

Naz Reid - C - Minnesota Timberwolves (33% owned)

With Karl-Anthony Town sidelined for at least the next two weeks with a wrist injury, Reid steps in as the starting center in Minnesota. There is no guarantee that he will remain there throughout the length of Towns' absence but for now, he is a solid pick-up. Reid has scored double-digit points in five of the Wolves' past six games while providing threes, blocks, steals, and rebounds. His percentages are unspectacular but the volume of counting stats provided is hard to find elsewhere on waiver wires. He is an immediate drop if his PT diminishes or when/if KAT returns this season.

Seth Curry - SG - Dallas Mavericks (25% owned)

Seth Curry is on fire. After Dwight Powell's season-ending injury, Curry stepped into the starting lineup as the Mavericks decided to stylistically shift gears to smaller ball from the jump with Kristaps Porzingis at the center spot (where he belongs). Curry, over the past month, is averaging 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three threes and nearly a steal per game on immaculate shooting percentages while hardly turning the ball over. He is a must-own in almost all leagues unless he crashes down or gets hurt.

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Deep Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds (Week 19)

This might come as a shock to some of you, but Jae Crowder has gone from fantasy irrelevance to, easily, a top standard league player. Over the past two weeks, however, he is posting first-round, top-12 production, despite being fairly new to the Heat. With this, many standard league players are selling high on Crowder and there is nothing wrong with that. His value is anchored in defensive stats, so any player that has a Rudy Gobert or Ben Simmons already rostered, can either double-up on those categories, or have an extremely flexible trade piece that could set them up for the playoffs.

The way Crowder has been playing, he's had almost no downside, and every game he has contributed in some way that actually benefits owners. The consistency on the scoring end has been the bonus that has lifted him to this valuable point, and as his role increases, it's unlikely he starts to contribute less and less. The Heat need that wing scoring so as long as Crowder is playing at this level, his Heat teammates will continue to reward him.

Make sure to stay updated on injuries and return times, but as far as I'm concerned, these next three players will see the biggest benefit. As a reminder, for standard (10-12 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 50% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues. If you have any questions find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter.

 

Free Agent Waiver Adds for Week 19

Damion Lee, SG – Golden State Warriors

Ownership: 20%

12.3 PPG /  4.8 RPG /  .418 FG% /  2.5 APG  

It was fairly obvious that the Warriors were going to the be the team with a ton of players to grab off the waiver wire. It started early in the season with a few big games from Eric Paschall, then came Marquese Chriss, now Damion Lee is thriving in the spotlight. It hasn't been consistent all season, but over the past week, Lee has been one of the best players on this team.

The addition of Andrew Wiggins has been perfect for the spacing of this team, and someone with his offensive abilities can easily hoard the usage without it really bothering the rest of the team. Specifically, the Warriors are losing and Lee is still contributing among the top 50 or 60 players over the past two weeks.

For the time being, ride this wave, because Lee has been playing inspired basketball and has been shooting like never before. Whether it lasts or not doesn't matter, right now and for the next month, the Warriors need Lee and Wiggins to carry the scoring load and Lee has near multiplied his shooting attempts from the outside.

 

Coby White, PG – Chicago Bulls

Ownership: 34%

11.9 PPG /  3.5 RPG /  .380 FG% /  2.4 APG  

Coby White might not help your shooting percentages, but his raw production over the past few games can't continue to go unused in standard leagues. The Bulls offense is, basically, either Zach LaVine or Coby White initiating, with one of them either taking the shot, or passing to the player that is taking the shot. Now that White should be guaranteed 30 minutes for the next few games, since he has been succeeding with the 30 minutes they are giving him now, his output is going to mimic what it was this past week.

Why it took so long for White to get these many minutes consistently is a testament to the Bulls coaching staff and front office, but just watching the Bulls makes you feel unorganized and you get a good understanding why they are losing so often and by so much. There is little help in terms of offense, so there is really no downside to rostering and playing White through the rest of February, aside from his just below-average shooting percentages.

 

Chris Boucher, PF/C – Toronto Raptors

Ownership 3%

 6.3 PPG /  .461 FG% /  4.4 RPG / 1.0 BPG

It's tough to gauge the trajectory with Chris Boucher, simply because his upside is ridiculously high when he gets the minutes, but those heavy-minute games are few and far between. These past two games, Boucher has blocked at least four shots and while the Raptors don't require that extra defense, the teams the Raptors face in the upcoming week are susceptible to getting owned by athletic centers that contribute defensively.

The Bucks and Hornets alone make Boucher worth the pickup, but any boost in minutes and there is good chance someone else will look to steal the opportunity. Boucher isn't Boban Marjonovic, where any minutes lead to production, but when Boucher gets over 20 minutes, he has yet to have a bad game.

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Maxi Kleber (PF/C, DAL): Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 40% of leagues

ANALYSIS: I think Maximilian Kleber's ownership is a little too high at least for standard, 12-team leagues. Other than that, though, it makes sense to find him at 40% in deeper tournaments and structures. Keep in mind this stat: Kleber is averaging 25 minutes per game on the season and 27 since the start of February (nine games played since Feb. 1). In those last nine games, he's put up numbers that 44 players are averaging on the season, and only one player (Aron Baynes) is reaching while playing under 27 minutes. That's Kleber for you.

The aforementioned span of nine games, all played this month, is watching Kleber average a 10-5-1 line while scoring at least a triple (1.5 3pm) per game. He's doing that in under 27 minutes of run, and only Baynes (on 22.3 mpg) and Ibaka (on 27.2) are close to those numbers in the same playing time. All of the remaining 42 players are averaging at least 28 minutes, and 31.6 mpg on average. Although the averages say so, Kleber is not a lock to reach the double-digits in any category any day but has the upside to get into the 10+ points and grab 5+ boards without much trouble.

While you won't have a lot of gaudy numbers coming from Kleber, he should be a good addition in deeper leagues considering he's one of the best three-point shooters among big men and the number of minutes he logs on average while playing next to a stud like Luka Doncic. Low ceiling, but contributions all across the board and in every statistical category.


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Coby White (PG, CHI): Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 24% of leagues

ANALYSIS: While Coby White hasn't started a single game for the Bulls in his rookie season, at least he's taking baby steps toward improving his overall game steadily. Chicago has been giving White more chances lately by ramping up his minutes (under 24 per game before February, more than 29 since). As many other newcomers, White is scoring a bunch of points but doing so on bad percentages and high attempt numbers. Good for fantasy owners, though, his other statistical categories are looking a little bit better these days.

White had a moderately "good" start to his season performing like a top-80 player during the first month of the campaign. He averaged a 14-4-2 line in that span even scoring 25+ points in four games during that run. The problems appeared at the end of November and went on through late-January, though, as he could only average a paltry 9-3-2 line in those 30+ games. Going back to Jan. 31, White has played at least 24 minutes in his last seven games and is putting up a much better 14.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, and 0.7 spg in that span.

While the shooting percentages are low (a horrific 34.3% from the floor says it all...) the truth is that the points keep coming (he exploded for 33 against Phoenix this past Saturday) and White has shown the ability to score from the three-point line with ease at times (he's had five games with 5+ triples on the season and scored a season-high seven treys in that same game against Phoenix the other night) while hitting 1.9 triples per game in his last 15 games and 2.2 in his last five. If you're hurting for points nightly without caring for much more, White is a good option. If you have room to stash him a bit and trust his rest of contributions (not bad for deeper leagues), then totally make him part of your roster.


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Jae Crowder (SF/PF, MIA): Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 42% of leagues

ANALYSIS: I'm making an exception here going over the 40% ownership threshold, but Jae Crowder totally merits it. The chances are lower you will find him still available for free in your league, sure, but if you do you shouldn't hesitate to add him to your roster as soon as possible. If you have not paid attention to what has happened in the NBA lately you might have missed the Memphis-Miami trade that put Crowder in Florida. The sunny days seem to have done wonders for him.

Since Crowder change teams he's been a force of nature. Sure, he's no longer starting games (one start in his five with the Heat) but other than that he's playing to his best levels of the year. Crowder is averaging 16.2 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.2 spg, and scoring 3.4 triples per game! The shooting has been ridiculous so far with the forward hitting 56.1 percent of his attempts from the floor and scoring at least three long-rangers in four of his five games.

While he logged 35 and 31 minutes in his first couple of games, the ticks have gone down to around 25 per since but even those are already a good amount for someone coming off the bench and with his levels of production. Crowder is always a scoring threat, won't finish any game under 15 points, has the upside to get into the 20s and brings good rebounding abilities to the equation. Sprinkle a few assists (2.6 apg on the year) and steals (1.1 spg) and you get the complete package, and I'm not even mentioning the three-point shooting (1.9 3pm per game on the season). Must-add, no matter the league structure or size.


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Kent Bazemore (SG/SF, SAC): Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 21% of leagues

ANALYSIS: I'm starting to think everybody around Sacramento performs better off the bench than in a starter role. The Kings moved Buddy Hield to the pine and he's thrived since. Back in late January they acquired Kent Bazemore from Portland, sit him on the bench (he was a starter for the Blazers since the start of December) for the first time in weeks, and although it took him a bit of time Baze is now performing to great levels of production. There must be something going on here...

As I said, Bazemore was traded for Trevor Ariza a month ago. In his last 20 games as a Blazer, Bazemore averaged 30 minutes and put up an 8-4-1-1 line in that time. In the seven games (out of a total 13) in which he's played 20+ minutes for the Kings, Bazemore is averaging 14-5-1-2, all improvements over his time in Portland, and all of it done while riding the pine. Although Bazemore played fewer than 20 ticks in his first six games in Cali he's now played more than 22 minutes in all but one of his last seven games and the minutes are ramping up nightly, even reaching the 30 this past Saturday against the Clippers.

Bazemore's usage (around 22%) as part of Sacramento's second unit is high enough to make him an important part of it. He's averaged 10.8 fga per game in his last five, scored 2+ triples in four of those five games, and averaged a 15-5-1 line in that span with two games played after the break already. Just in case you want a little piece of trivia, he had his best game of the season against the Clippers, scoring 23 points, grabbing six boards, dishing out an assist, stealing four (!) balls, and even blocking a shot, all of it on a 53.8% shooting from the floor and 87.5% from the charity stripe on 13 and 8 attempts respectively. No turnovers and 30 minutes logged. Make Bazemore part of your team, because he's already good and he's only getting better.


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Josh Hart (SG/SF, NO): Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 37% of leagues

ANALYSIS: We're bordering the 40% ownership rate with Josh Hart and for good reason. While only a top-65 player on the season, Hart's past month of play has been so good that he's ranking as a top-35 performer in the past 30 days. In that span, Hart has played 10 games--going back to Jan. 24--and that very exact date he had his best game of the season when he dropped 15 points, grabbed 13 boards, and paired that with 2-2-1 assists, steals, and blocks against Denver in just 27 minutes of playing time.

That might have marked Hart's peak this season, but ever since that game he's maintained quite a nice level of play that ultimately led to him starting three games before the All-Star break. In the last 10 games he's played, Hart has averaged 10.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and a steal while shooting 46.7% from the floor and hitting 1.9 triples per game and 2+ in seven of those 10 matches. The minutes have stabilized at around 28 per game and while the usage on offense is low (13.5%) he's making the most of his chances without barely committing turnovers.

The addition of Zion and comeback of Ingram after missing a few games before the break will probably keep impacting Hart's upside going forward but he's proved to be one of the best players around the league to come off the bench and he's still widely available through the waiver wire. Perhaps too available for what he provides.


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De'Andre Hunter (SF, ATL): Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 23% of leagues

ANALYSIS: I wonder if De'Andre Hunter is the most overlooked starter going under the radar in fantasy leagues these days... Must be close if it's not the case. Owned in less than a fourth of all Yahoo leagues, Hunter has started all but two games for the Hawks this season. He's playing more than 31 minutes per on the year and 35+ in February (six games played). Not only that, but he's also producing numbers all across the board on a rather low usage rate, which makes him a very valuable player with upside to reach higher ceilings if either of the big-time eaters (Trae Young, John Collins) happen to miss the slightest of time.

Hunter's season started slow (top-95 player in November), improved in December (top-75), suffered a bit in January (top-90), but seemed to get back as of late with the rookie playing at around top-60 levels going in his last 10 games going back to late-January. In his last nine outings, Hunter is averaging 14.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, and 1.3 spg while shooting 47.3% from the floor and hitting 2.3 triples per game. In fact, Hunter has scored at least one long-ranger in every one of those games, and two or more in eight of them.

The scoring numbers are always there for Hunter, who is a lock to give you 10+ points nightly and 15+ more often than not. He's able to pair that with great rebounding and he normally adds a bunch of assists+steals every game. His three-point scoring prowess is noticeable too, which is great as he doesn't get many chances of offense (17.6% usage rate on the season). He should keep starting and logging minutes while improving his performance levels as he gains experience, so I'd advise getting him in any and every league.


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PJ Washington (SF/PF, CHA): Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 39% of leagues

ANALYSIS: There are overlooked rookies, and then there is PJ Washington. The first-year player of Charlotte is one of the best newcomers of the season, has played 49 games and started 48 of them at the time of this writing while putting up top-70 numbers, and even with that, he's owned in fewer than 40% of Yahoo leagues. Some things one just doesn't understand.

This is the best moment to acquire/buy Washington low. While I love his full-season work, it must be acknowledged that Washington has dropped his performance levels a bit during the last month (he's gone from a 13-6-2-1-1 line to a 9-5-3-1 since Jan. 24). Nothing substantial, though, and he's had three games of under 25 minutes of playing time in that last span which definitely skews his numbers down. You should take advantage of this little slump and add him to your roster without much hesitation.

At the end of the day, PJ Washington is still a starter. His true-talent level is closer to scoring 10+ points per game than fewer than double-digits, and he's shown enough as to consider him a nightly threat in the boards averaging 5.5 rpg on the season while dishing out a fair amount of assists given his position. Washington has also come back from the break with back-to-back games of getting to at least 16-5-4-1 lines against Chicago and Brooklyn, which is more in line with what he did during the first two-thirds of the season. That is the real Washington and the player you'll be acquiring if you pick him up from waivers.


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Bruce Brown (SG, DET): Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 23% of leagues

ANALYSIS: A week. It's been a week already since the All-Star game took place yet most fantasy owners have yet to get back on track to complete their daily fantasy-duties. How do I know? Well, you just have to take a look at Bruce Brown's ownership and you'll realize something's wrong. If you don't know, Detroit has moved on from Andre Drummond and this week from Reggie Jackson too. The team is in full rebuild-mode now and its staff is letting everybody know they'll test the young players for the rest of the season to know what they have in town. Things can't look better for Brown.

Sure, Derrick Rose is still the no. 1 (and best) point guard in Detroit, but with Blake Griffin lost for the season and the team wanting to lose it is not impossible to see Detroit shutting him down almost completely in favor of some younger assets. Even if that's not the case, Brown will still get plenty of minutes at the SG position. He's started six of his last seven games and played an average of 34 (!) minutes in his last eight. Brown is averaging a 10-7-4-1 line in that span and getting better by the day.

If you don't believe my claims, just check this out: Brown's last three games have seen him score 10, 2, and 16 points while grabbing 12, 10, and 10 rebounds, and dishing out 5, 2 and 7 assists. In the middle of that line, regarding the rebounds, you have just read what has made Brown the first-ever Pistons' guard to have back-to-back-to-back 10+ board games. Insane! Brown is an absolute must-add player for the remainder of the season no matter the type of league you happen to be playing in. People seem to be a little asleep after the break. Take advantage of it and pick Brown up as soon as you can!


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Daniel Theis (PF/C, BOS): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 39% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Though undersized for the center position, Daniel Theis has been consistent and a chief rotation player for the Boston Celtics this season. The Germany native has started in 47 of 54 games this season, and has been averaging 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The third-year player is also shooting 54.7 percent from the field and leads the team in blocks at 1.4 per game.

As a matter of fact, Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter are the top two centers on this team, but Theis has the minutes edge at 22.9 per game (his career-high) while Kanter has 18.6. One encouraging sign is that the 27-year-old’s production is picking up, as he has scored in double digits in seven of the last 10 games. Though you may not expect high scoring games from the center, you can expect versatility in his stats, thus making him a reliable fantasy play. His latest double-double came on Feb. 9 against the Thunder.

Though there is always the chance fellow center Enes Kanter could be a factor to affect fantasy value, Theis’ clear share of playing time and consistent stats warrant him a worthy fantasy pickup in large leagues.


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