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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 19

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 19.

 

Guards

Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks

Smith jumped out of the box score with 15 points, seven boards, five assists and seven steals Monday night. Ordinarily, that would alert everyone to pick him up immediately. However, point guard Elfrid Payton (ankle) is likely to return from a two-game absence Wednesday. Smith played six and eight minutes in the previous two games Payton played. So there's no guarantee he'll continue to see enough action to matter. If you're in a long-term league, he is worth stashing.

Juan Toscano-Anderson, Golden State Warriors

The 26-year-old journeyman has averaged 13 points and seven boards in the last two games. With point guard Stephen Curry (hand) possibly a week from returning, Toscano-Anderson's window probably isn't very big. He's someone to pick up and have little expectations for, but you're hoping to catch lightning in a bottle here.

 

Forwards

Josh Jackson, Memphis Grizzlies

We've been waiting for the former lottery pick to emerge after beginning the season in the G League. He has put up 11, 20 and 14 points in the last three games. Time is ticking to be able to scoop him up, and he probably has the most upside in the short term as the Grizzlies see what they have in him down the stretch.

Nicolo Melli, New Orleans Pelicans

Melli was superb against two banged-up teams over the weekend going 9-for-15 (60 percent) from three-point land and posting 20 and 13 points, respectively. Melli has found his stroke from deep as he shot 51.9 percent in January and 47.7 percent in February. He'll be a sporadic option, but there's a lot to like in his 10.1 points and 4.8 rebounds this month.

 

Centers

Harry Giles, Sacramento Kings

It has taken some time, but Giles looks like he's getting his footing in the league. He posted 14 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes Saturday night, and coach Luke Walton praised Giles for his calling of coverages and rebounding. They may be close to letting him go out there for more minutes per night. If he's out there in deeper formats, give him a look.

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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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NBA Weekly Streamers for Week 19 (Feb 24 - Mar 1)

Hello, my dear fellow fantasy nuts! For those of us in tight battles for those last playoff spots, or better playoff seeding, streaming is next to a necessity. That sweet green W is worth a lot more than those bottom of the roster players that had to be sacrificed for the sake of the whole team.

To help you best use the schedule to your advantage, I've taken a look ahead to next week. Here are my thoughts on the fantasy basketball streamers for Week 19. 

Nothing can stop us now!

 

NBA Schedule Guide - Week 19

Thursday of next week has just four games played. With all other days having between seven and 10 games, it is quite impossible to provide a more detailed guide that will fit a majority of fantasy owners. This is why we will be focusing on players from teams that do play on this scarce Thursday, with some extra attention turned to players from those teams that play four games that includes Thursday.

Here's the low-down:

Teams with 4 games:
Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets
Charlotte Hornets
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings
Washington Wizards

Teams with 3 games:
Boston Celtics
Denver Nuggets
Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets
Indiana Pacers
New Orleans Pelicans
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz

Teams with 2 games:
Chicago Bulls
San Antonio Spurs

Number of teams playing each day:
Monday: 16
Tuesday: 14
Wednesday: 18
Thursday: 8
Friday: 20
Saturday: 16
Sunday: 14

Back-to-Backs (beware of older or banged-up players who might rest):
Monday/Tuesday: MIL
Tuesday/Wednesday: BOS, CHA
Wednesday/Thursday: NYK, PHI
Thursday/Friday: OKC, SAC
Friday/Saturday: ATL, BKN, CLE, MEM, MIA, ORL, PHO
Saturday/Sunday: GSW, LAL
Sunday/Monday the following: DAL, MIL

Days with five or fewer games
Thursday: 4 games

Teams playing on Thursday:
Golden State Warriors (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
New York Knicks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)
Indiana Pacers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)
Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri)
Portland Trail Blazers (3 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat)

Teams with a GOOD START to the week (three games from Monday to Thursday)
New York Knicks (4 games - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat)
Philadelphia 76ers (4 games - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sun)

Teams with a GOOD END to the week (three games from Thursday to Sunday)
Golden State Warriors (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Los Angeles Lakers (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Sacramento Kings (4 games - Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR START to the week (one or no games from Monday to Thursday)
Chicago Bulls (2 games - Tue, Sat)
San Antonio Spurs (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Denver Nuggets (3 games - Tue Fri, Sun)
Detroit Pistons (3 games - Tue Fri, Sun)
New Orleans Pelicans (3 games - Tue Fri, Sun)
Toronto Raptors (3 games - Tue, Fri, Sun)

Teams with a POOR END to the week (one or no games from Thursday to Sunday)
Chicago Bulls (2 games - Tue, Sat)
San Antonio Spurs (2 games - Wed, Sat)
Boston Celtics (3 games - Tue, Wed, Sat)
Houston Rockets (3 games - Mon, Wed, Sat)
Utah Jazz (3 games - Mon, Wed, Fri)

 

Baller Streaming Strategy for Week 19

It's a pretty even out week with six out of the seven days having 7-10 games played. Only Thursday stands out with just four games, and our primary goal will be to fill our rosters then.

There are five teams that play on Thursday and have a four-game week ahead. These teams are the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings. Most fantasy teams will benefit from players from these teams for streaming purposes next week.

Three additional teams play on Thursday, but only have two additional games during the following week and they are the Indiana Pacers, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers. We will take a look at players from these teams as well.

 

Streaming Options for Week 19

Shallower League Streaming Adds for the Week:

Marquese Chriss, PF/C, GSW, (57% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL/BLK, REB
Eric Paschall, SF/PF, GSW, (31% Owned) - Strong Cats: REB, PTS, a bit of everything
Danny Green, SG/SF, LAL, (44% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, LAL, (64% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS
JaVale McGee, C, LAL, (37% Owned) - 
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
Dwight Howard, PF/C, LAL, (50% Owned) -
Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK
RJ Barrett, SF/PF, NYK, (64% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, REB
Elfrid Payton, PG, NYK, (61% Owned) - Strong Cats: STL, AST, REB - buyer beware: missed the game on Friday with a sore right ankle
Alec Burks, PG/SG, PHI, (28% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, REB, STL, FT% - buyer beware: just joined the 76ers, his role is still unknown
Harrison Barnes, SF/PF, SAC, (63% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Nemanja Bjelica, SF/PF, SAC, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, a bit of everything
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, SAC, (66% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, AST, STL, PTS, a bit of everything
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, IND, (59% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Dennis Schroder, PG, OKC, (79% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, AST, FT%
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, OKC, (37% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: REB, FG%, STL/BLK - buyer beware: in poor form with low minutes
Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR, (69% Owned) -
 Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB
Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, POR, (27% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL

 

Shallower League Add

Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, POR - 69% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, REB

Melo is one of the most talented offensive players in the NBA. He is past his prime, but since he joined Portland from free agency this season he is showing off his good side again.

Not too consistently though. He hasn't been great lately, failing to reach double-digit scoring in three of his past seven games. Furthermore, he is ranked outside the top-200 for the past 14 days with averages of 14.5 PTS with 1.3 3PM on 33.9 FG% and 84.6 FT%, 6.8 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.5 BLK and 2.3 TO in 32 minutes a night.

This might have seen him get dropped from more competitive teams so he is now available in just over 30% of leagues.

But why pick him up when he's been playing poorly?

Well, for one thing, his season averages of 15.2 PTS with 1.4 3PM on 41.2 FG% and 84.5 FT%, 6.6 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.5 BLK and 1.8 TO are good enough for spot #136 in Yahoo rankings. As these stats are pretty similar to his stats from the last two weeks, bar the shooting efficiency and the increased turnovers, it shows that Melo isn't really in a slump, but his shot is just not falling. If he turns that around, he can easily get 20 points a night. Especially now that Damian Lillard is out with an injury.

Ow, right! That's another reason to pick him up. Dame, a top-15 player when it comes to usage % is on the shelf and is set to miss at least the first half of next week. This will open up a ton of minutes and shots for others, and Melo is one of the beneficiaries.

Although Portland plays just three times next week, one of those games are on the scarce Thursday, so if you need help on that day, a Dame-less Melo could prove deadly for your league rival.

 

Deeper League Add

Damion Lee, SG, GSW - 18% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%, a bit of everything

The Warriors have dealt away several players at the trade deadline which opened up space for other guys, like Lee, to get a larger role. Lee has actually been playing quite well this whole season. His averages of 12.0 points with 1.5 three-pointers on 41.1% from the field and 88.7% from the charity stripe, 4.8 boards, 2.5 dimes, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks and 1.3 turnovers in just under 28 minutes per outing have him inside the top-130.

He has been even better in his last three games with 16.3 PTS with 2.7 3PM on 44.1 FG% and 100.0 FT%, 3.3 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.0 BLK and 1.0 TO in 30 minutes a night. That's top-50 value right there.

Now, it's not realistic to expect Lee to return top-50 value the rest of the season. But with his play as of late, and no challengers for his minutes, it is quite reasonable to expect a top-100 production. And with Golden State having a four-game slate that includes Thursday next week, he is a good target for those in need of primarily threes and points, as well as a splash of boards, assists and steals. He is definitely a target in deep leagues, but I wouldn't shy away from adding him in 12-team leagues either if he fits my build and streaming schedule.

 

Insanely Deep League Add

Jordan Poole, SG, GSW - 4% Owned

Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%

Poole has also lucked into a larger role with the Warriors at the trade deadline. Unlike Lee, however, Poole's role was neither steady nor secure before the trades but it seems to be both of those things now.

Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks have been traded on Feb 6. Golden State has played five games since then and here are Jordan's averages: 15.6 PTS with 1.8 3PM on 43.8 FG% and 92.9 FT%, 3.4 REB, 2.8 AST, 1.2 STL, 0.0 BLK and 1.8 TO in 29 minutes. That is absolutely great from a guy owned in just 4% of the leagues.

Poole should continue to get playing time close to the 30-minute mark. And even though that probably won't be enough for him to stick inside the top-100, he is a good shout for those looking for a boost in guard stats for next week, especially in deep leagues.

 

Other Deep League Options for the Week

Damion Lee, SG, GSW (18% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT% a bit of everything
Jordan Poole, SG, GSW (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
Ky Bowman, PG, GSW (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Alex Caruso, SG, LAL, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG/SF, LAL, (8% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Rajon Rondo, PG, LAL, (12% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL
Avery Bradley, PG/SG, LAL, (4% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%, STL
Bobby Portis, PF/C, NYK, (14% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL
Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, NYK, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, 3PM, STL
Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, NYK, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, STL
Furkan Korkmaz, SG, PHI, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS - buyer beware: had two incredible 30+ point games just before the AllStar break, but didn't do much in his other games
Cory Joseph, PG, SAC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, STL, a little bit of everything
Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, SAC, (20% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, REB, STL/BLK
Harry Giles III, PF/C, SAC, (1% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, BLK/STL, additional value while Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley are out
Jabari Parker, SF/PF, SAC, (25% Owned) - Strong Cats: FG%, REB, STL, - buyer beware: played 15 mins in his first game since arriving in a trade and just returned from injury
Doug McDermott, SF, IND, (3% Owned) - Strong Cats: PTS, 3PM, FT%
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, IND, (9% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, PTS, FT%
T.J. McConnell, PG, IND, (2% Owned) - Strong Cats: AST, FG%
Luguentz Dort, SG, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: a little bit of everything
Terrance Ferguson, SG/SF, OKC, (0% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM - buyer beware: he gets around 20 mins per game but mostly does nothing of fantasy value
Gary Trent Jr., SG, POR, (10% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM, FT%
Anfernee Simons, SG, POR, (7% Owned) - Strong Cats: 3PM

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article and I hope that this will help you win your matchups next week and bragging rights for the week after.

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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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Fantasy Basketball - Dynasty Rundown for Week 18

Welcome to RotoBaller's weekly dynasty league rundown! Dynasty leagues are becoming more and more popular, and we're here to keep you ahead of the game.

Each week, we'll touch on topics and players that may not necessarily be relevant in single-year formats, but they can make a splash in keeper leagues.

With that being said, let's look at the dynasty rundown for Week 18.

 

Guards

Jordan Poole, Golden State Warriors

The rookie has shot miserably all season, which is why his field-goal percentage is a horrid 29.5 percent on the year. He has performed better in six February games with 10.7 points, 2.7 dimes and 2.7 boards per game while shooting 41.8 percent from the floor. Poole is on borrowed time with superstar Stephen Curry (hand) on the mend. The Dubs will likely give Poole all he can handle in this evaluation period.

Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers

Simons drained six threes in the last game before the All-Star break for 22 points and seven rebounds. They Blazers lost point guard Damian Lillard (groin) for a week or two in that game. That'll put Simons in prime position in the offense if Dame misses action. Simons is worth scooping up if he was dropped after his scary fall that led to a concussion.

 

Forwards

Jeff Green, Houston Rockets

The veteran Green signed with the Houston Rockets during the All-Star break. He averaged 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 30 games with the Utah Jazz earlier this season. His usage rate may not be robust, but he'll be in a position to contribute sporadically. He's a lottery ticket for deeper leagues this late in the season.

 

Centers

Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves

Center Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) is out multiple games with a mysterious wrist injury. Forward Juan Hernangomez is slated to fill in for a lot of the minutes when the team goes small, but Reid is the first big called when needed. He had 12 points and six boards in 22 minutes in the last game before the break. If he's floating out there, he's worth picking up.

 

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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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Juancho Hernangomez (SF/PF, MIN): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 15% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Traded from the Nuggets at the trade deadline, Juancho Hernangomez is so far proving he’s more than a bench piece in Minnesota. The 2016 pick has scored in double digits in all three of the games he has played for the Wolves, notching a double-double in the latest one versus the Hornets.

The power forward is averaging a career-high 30 minutes along with 15 points, six rebounds, and one assist per game with his new team. That is a drastic improvement from his tenure with Denver this season, where he averaged 12 minutes and three points, two rebounds, and 0.6 assists as a seldom-used bench piece. In addition, Hernangomez never averaged more than 19 minutes and 5.8 points per game in his entire three-and-a-half-year stint in the Mile-High City.

With the Timberwolves active at the trade deadline, many new pieces are still getting acclimated and we will likely see Hernangomez’s true role as we approach the end of the season. With leading scorer Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) out for now, this is the chance for guys to step up and prove themselves. It has been an encouraging start for the 24-year-old in Minnesota, and though his sample size is small, he’s worth picking up with the hope that his role continues to expand.


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Seth Curry (PG/SG, DAL): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 19% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Seth Curry is quietly making some noise this season. The Duke product is nearly averaging a career-high 11.5 points per game, while playing 23.6 minutes per game. Curry has experienced the most success with Dallas in his four-year career, and his second stint with the team has been one of the most successful of his career.

The 29-year-old has been on a scoring streak ever since Jan. 31, putting up at least 15 points in six consecutive games while playing at least 25 minutes per game in five of those six contests. This includes a 26-point outburst on Feb. 8 against the Hornets. His recent point totals make him an effective fantasy pickup now. The most encouraging parts during this hot streak is that Curry has shot over 70 percent from the field in the last three games, and at least 75 percent from three-point range in two of the past three games.

Though not a starter and having only started 13 of the 51 games he has played this season, the veteran is a valuable bench piece on this team and thus merits fantasy value. With the way the shooting guard has been playing as of late, you could do worse than snag the brother of guard Stephen Curry.


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Dewayne Dedmon (C, ATL): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED In: 45% of leagues

After only a half-season with Sacramento, center Dewayne Dedmon is back with the Atlanta Hawks for his second stint with the team. The veteran started only 10 games for the Kings, but played in 34. It’s fair to state that the young team was not the right fit for the 30-year-old, as he averaged 15.9 minutes per game along with 5.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.

In his six seasons, the USC product has found the most success with Atlanta, and has averaged in double digit points with the Hawks. Knowing the history of his success on this team should be comforting to fantasy owners as they realize Dedmon can provide great daily stats. So far, so good for the center in his return as well.

The former King has only played three games for Atlanta this season, but has been averaging 26 minutes per game, along with 10 points and seven rebounds. Because of his rebounding abilities, Dedmon can provide can solid fantasy totals each night. In fact, the veteran nearly got a double-double in his first two games with the Hawks. The sixth-year player is a great fantasy pickup in leagues right now, at least until former Rockets center Clint Capela (heel) returns and enters the mix.


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Malik Monk (PG/SG, CHA): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 16% of leagues

ANALYSIS: I already told you to go get Malik Monk exactly two weeks ago as we were just entering the month of February. Back then, Monk was owned in just 9% of Yahoo leagues. Today, Monk is owned in less than twice that percentage. Today, also, I can confidently say that Monk is more than twice the player he was two weeks ago. If I was convinced you should add Monk back then, you better believe I'm 100 percent pushing you to do it now--and you must not lose time in doing so, or else you'll lose him to some other owner from your league.

Monk has played six games in February. This is how his season look if split exactly at the turn of February's calendar page. First three-months-and-change: 9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.2 bpg. Last two weeks: 17 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg, 0.8 spg, and 0.8 bpg. Almost every category has doubled-up its value. The minutes have gone from under 20 to 29 per game, sure, but Monk is still coming off the bench yet his production has sky-rocketed through the roof.

Even more encouraging is the fact that Monk keeps improving. He's been doing so for six games in a row. His scoring numbers have gone from 11 points to 19 a couple of times, to 25 in his last game before the All-Star break. Same with the rebounds, assists, triples (he's hitting 2 long-rangers per game in February), and everything you can think of. The usage has gotten up too (around 21% before February, more than 25% since Feb. 1), signaling his new role as the leader of Charlotte's second-unit. If you still have a chance at picking Monk up, lose no time in doing so.


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Thon Maker (PF/C, DET): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 20% of leagues

ANALYSIS: This season marks the fourth anniversary of Thon Maker being a professional basketball player. He will turn just 23 years old in a couple of weeks. Yet it feels it's been ages since he entered the league. After hitting the jackpot by selecting Giannis in 2013, Milwaukee tried its luck by picking the first prep-to-pros guy to make the straight jump from HS to the NBA in Maker, but it never worked and he's now honing his game in Detroit. So far so good, though, as his raw talents are starting to show and the situation in Motown can't be better.

It's been 52 games played already for Maker this season and in although he just started in three of them from the start of it until Jan. 18, he has done so in eight of the last 11 he has played. With Detroit losing Blake Griffin for the season and trading Andre Drummond away, it's all open for Maker to make use of a quite larger role. Maker's minutes have gone up from 11.9 before becoming a starter to 28 during his last four games. In that short span going back to Feb. 7, Maker's averaging 14 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.5 apg, and  1.5 bpg. Not the biggest or most stable of sample sizes, but in the past seven days those numbers have only been at the reach of just five other big men (min. 3 games played): Kristaps Porzingis, Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Ban Adebayo, and Hassan Whiteside.

Whether or not Maker is able to maintain this level of production is yet to be seen. This is the first time in Maker career that he has logged more than 23 minutes of playing time in four consecutive games. There is nothing indicating that streak will finish, as Detroit needs his presence in the lineup, but we're entering uncharted territory. No matter what, Maker has shown enough as to consider adding him in any league given his role (his usage rate is over 21% in his four last starts) and good numbers as a starter. He is super young and should keep improving for years, so the upside he brings with him is quite high. Take advantage of it and make Maker part of your team.


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Furkan Korkmaz (SG, PHI): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 10% of leagues

ANALYSIS: That heat you feel? It's the Furkan Korkmaz Fever catching up with you. If you don't know much about Korkmaz, I won't blame you. It's only been a week, after all, but what a seven-day run for the last Turkish sensation before reaching the All-Star break. Philly made Korkmaz its 26th pick all the back in the 2016 draft, and he's played three seasons (116 total games) for the Sixers already but never to great success. That's why his recent exploits have seemed to catch everybody by surprise.

All of a sudden and in back-to-back games against Memphis and Chicago, Korkmaz uncorked his talents and dropped 34 and 31 points on those two teams respectively. He didn't even need more than 32 minutes in either of those games, shot 76.5 and 70.6 percent from the floor, scored 7 and 6 triples, and paired those scoring outings with 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block combined through those matches. While Korkmaz had shown some talent earlier in the season--he had a five-game run of scoring at least 10 points with 3+ triples in mid-January--he reached his peak a few days ago.

I won't try to convince of you picking Korkmaz up from waivers expecting those numbers to stay up. Far from it. Korkmaz is a bench player averaging 21.3 mpg on the season and a 10-2-1 line in his 54 games so far this year. That's why we see him as a useful addition in deeper leagues more than in shallow ones. Philadelphia is hurting for help and looks worse on the court than on paper, which means they'll need every single drop of talent they can squeeze from everybody in their roster to make a deep run this season. Enter Korkmaz. He might not play heavy minutes and stay limited in his role, but when he's out he's shown scoring prowess and has very nice shooting percentages from the floor and three-point range (his 57.2 True Shooting percentage is the third-best among players average fewer than 22 mpg and shooting more than 7.5 field goals per game).


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Trevor Ariza (SG/SF, POR): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 26% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Did you know Ariza was still an NBA player when the season started and up to his trade to Portland? Chances are you didn't if you were not a very very hardcore NBA fan. Even in a talent-barred team such as Sacramento and with plenty of minutes going his way, Ariza wasn't doing a lot in California. As many as 32 games did he endure there with not-so-encouraging averages of 6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. But with Portland in dire need of help--remember, the Blazers had already gone the distance before to sign Carmelo Anthony!--they pulled the trigger and traded for Ariza. Talk about improvement since then.

No one is going to argue Damian Lillard is the clear no. 1 player in Portland. And CJ McCollum his second fiddle. And Melo or Hassan Whiteside the third and fourth bananas. But for what he brings to the table, Ariza has been quite useful and valuable in Portland. He has started every single game for the Blazers (11 already), is playing more than 33 mpg, and his average line reads 11-5-2-2. The sample is small, sure, but Ariza's averages in those 11 games are in line with what only eight players are averaging on the season and their names are astounding: Drummond, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Chris Paul, Harden, Butler, Kawhi, and Westbrook.

It'd be unfair to put those on par with Ariza as they have kept up their level of excellence for much longer than the veteran, but you get an idea of the level of the game he's playing at these days. Just a few days ago on Feb. 9, Ariza has his best game of the season against Miami: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and a block while shooting 70% from the floor and hitting two triples along with his five attempts from the charity stripe. With an ownership rate approaching the 30%, you'd be smart getting him before he keeps putting up big numbers and improving his season-long stats (remember, he's a surefire starter in Portland) no matter the type and size of league you play in.


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Moritz Wagner (PF/C, WAS): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 24% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Washington Wizards power forward/center Moritz Wagner returned to action on February 3rd after missing nearly two months with a left ankle sprain. Since his return, he's been slowly eased back into the rotation. He saw over 24 minutes in two straight games this past week before being ejected from Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

Wagner scored 19 points and added nine rebounds while shooting 7-for-11 from the field and hitting a three-pointer in his third game back. He has been efficient from the field all year, shooting 59.1% while averaging 11.3 points per game. He's also shooting 78.6% from the free throw line, which is a solid clip for a center and he's hitting 0.9 threes per game on the year.

Wagner should be added in all leagues of 12 teams or deeper. He should see over 20 minutes per game on a regular basis for the rest of the year and should consistently put up double-digit points while helping in field goal percentage, rebounds and threes.


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Jae Crowder (SF/PF, MIA): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 12-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 39% of leagues

ANALYSIS: When the Memphis Grizzlies traded Andre Iguodala to the Miami Heat, the south beach team also took on Jae Crowder as salary relief for the Grizz. Well, that salary relief is turning in some solid performances for his new club as Jae Crowder tops the waiver wire pickups for Week 18. He struggled to be fantasy-relevant in Memphis behind the young talents of JA Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Dillon Brooks, but the 2012 first-round pick has settled in nicely with his new team and is stuffing box scores since he switched conferences.

Miami was not expecting a massive contribution from the former-Marquette player after he averaged 9.9 points on 36.8 percent shooting, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 45 games with the Grizzlies, but his three games in a Heat uniform have been an overwhelming success. Crowder is averaging 18.0 points on 58.6 percent shooting from the floor, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. He's also turned into 2015 Steph Curry from behind the three-point line by making 4.0 threes per game on 60 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The eighth-year forward started his Miami career with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double against the Portland Trail Blazers before heading to San Francisco and helping the Heat capture their first road win over the Golden State Warriors since 2014 with 21 points and eight rebounds.

This kind of form is unsustainable for an entire season, but fortunately for fantasy managers, Crowder doesn't have to do that. He has to keep it up for a few weeks. There is maybe a month left in most head-to-head leagues, and if you are fighting for your playoff life, then you cannot afford to gloss over Crowder as he is precisely the type of player that could win you a category, a week, or even a playoff spot. Miami plays Atlanta and Cleveland, and those defenses allow 21.0 and 22.1 points per game to small forwards, respectively. Go and grab Crowder off the waiver wire now while everyone is busy watching the All-Star game and let him win you Week 18 and beyond as the regular season enters the home stretch.


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Jabari Parker (SF/PF, SAC): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 23% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Sacramento Kings small forward/power forward Jabari Parker (shoulder) has been out since early January but appears to be close to making his return. Parker was traded from the Hawks to the Kings prior to the trade deadline. With the news that the Kings could potentially be without Marvin Bagley (foot) for the rest of the year, Parker has become an extremely enticing speculative add in many formats.

Parker averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game over 32 games with the Hawks this year. He was seeing about 26 minutes per game in Atlanta and has a good chance to see similar playing time in Sacramento. Parker has shot 49.2% from the field over his career and has averaged about one three-pointer per game since his third year in the NBA, 2016-17. He should be able to help in both of those categories, in addition to points and rebounds.

Add Parker in leagues of 14 teams or deeper if he's still available in your league. In more shallow leagues, keep an eye on how the Kings use him when he returns and if he appears to be seeing over 20 minutes per game once he's eased into the rotation, he'll likely be worthy of adding in 12-team leagues.


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Naz Reid (C, MIN): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 4% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid has seen extended playing time in the past week and a half. With Andrew Wiggins and Robert Covington out of the picture, Reid has been utilized as one of the first big men off the bench for the team and so far, he's delivered some solid production.

Reid has scored in double-digits in three of his past four games. Over that stretch, he's also averaged one block per game while shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from the line and hitting a total of seven three-pointers. His rebounding numbers leave something to be desired apart from his nine-rebound game against the Clippers on February 8th, but there's certainly enough production elsewhere to be excited about.

Add Reid in leagues of 14 teams or deeper. He should be a regular contributor in blocks and threes as long as the minutes are there and he has the chance to be a good steady producer in points and rebounds as well. In leagues of fewer than 14 teams, he isn't a must-add, but make sure to keep your eye on him.


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Gary Trent Jr. (SG, POR): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 14% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr. has been confined to a small bench role most of the season and limited to a deep-league, three-point specialist by making 1.5 threes per game on 40.4 percent shooting. However, over his last 13 games, Trent has taken off and elevated his game and fantasy contributions to new heights and is making him a worthy candidate for a waiver wire pickup in Week 18. The Trail Blazers are fighting for their playoff lives, and Head Coach Terry Stotts is giving the 2018 second-round pick more minutes, and the shooting guard is taking advantage of his opportunity.

From Oct. 23 to Jan. 17, Trent averaged 13.4 minutes per game, but on Jan. 18, Stotts played Trent over 30 minutes for the first time all season, and that has marked a turning point. Over his last 13 games, from Jan. 18 to Feb. 12, he averaged 27.9 minutes and contributed 13.0 points while shooting 49.6 percent from the floor, along with 1.2 steals and 2.6 made threes on 43.6 percent shooting from behind the arc. It gets even better when the sophomore guard gets 30-plus minutes on the court as he averages 19.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 3.8 deep balls on 46.3 shooting from behind the three-point line.

Anfernee Simons stands in Trent's way of getting to that 30-minute mark most nights when the Trail Blazers are at full strength, but now Damian Lillard has picked up a groin injury that the team says could cost him a week or two. Trent is a sneaky pickup if you need some points, three-pointers, and steals in 14-team leagues or deeper. He has been a top-25 shooting guard over the past two weeks, and that is more than useful as the season heads into the final stretch before the playoffs in head-to-head leagues.


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James Johnson (PF/SF, MIN): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 7% of leagues

ANALYSIS: James Johnson has barely had a cup of coffee with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 11-year journeyman has suited up only thrice for Minny, as he was acquired via trade on Feb. 6, just over a week ago. But, his three game sample size with the T-Wolves implies that the squad envisions Johnson playing heavy minutes for the foreseeable future. Johnson is averaging 26.7 minutes per game with his new team, and he logged 32 in Minnesota's last contest before the All-Star break.

His best performance with the blue and white thus far came during Johnson's T-Wolves debut against the Clippers. The 32-year-old collected 15 points, five assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals in 20 minutes off the bench. Johnson's all-around play was key to Minnesota's surprisingly resounding 142-115 victory over one of the best in the West.

He is benefiting from an opportunity that the Heat were not willing to offer. Johnson played only 15.6 minutes a night in Miami this season and was no longer a mainstay in Coach Spoelstra's rotation. Compared to his time with the Heat in 2019-20, Johnson's numbers have improved across the board since departing to the Twin Cities. Per game splits of 9.3 points, five rebounds, 4.3 assists, two steals and 1.3 blocks with Minnesota prove he has the ability to make an impact in 14-Team Leagues.

The Timberwolves lack of frontcourt depth will allow Johnson to continue to see signficant run time following the All-Star break. His capability to stuff the stat sheet and contribute on both ends makes him an attractive option in deeper formats.


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Nicolo Melli (PF, NO): Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14-Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 7% of leagues

ANALYSIS: Nicolo Melli, a 29-year-old rookie from Italy, has solidifed his place as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans' rotation. He is averaging 15.8 minutes per contest this season and 24.5 over his last four outings. Melli is receiving consistent playing time for a Pelicans squad competing for the postseason because he is one of the league's most accurate neophyte marksmen. On three attempts nightly, 37.4% of his triples have tickled the twine, and 41.4% in the month of February.

While his per game splits are nothing spectacular (6.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists), Melli is a player that fantasy owners can turn to in deeper leagues thanks to his ability to score efficiently from beyond the arc. In the last nine games prior to the All-Star break, the Italian saw his counting stats increase in all areas, an encouraging sign for those looking to add him as a bench scorer. During this span, he tallied 8.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and converted on a scorchingly accurate 47.4% of his 3-point attempts in 18.6 minutes of play.

Melli is by no means a game changer, though he is someone who should receive consideration in 14-Team Leagues. The 6'9" forward's recent play indicates he is trending upward, and all signs point to the notion that he will only continue to improve as he becomes more acclimated to the NBA game. Considering he is available in most leagues, Melli is a low-risk, high-reward option to fill out your roster.


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Fantasy Basketball Week In Review: Week 17

Welcome to the RotoBaller NBA Recap. In this feature, we will highlight one key fantasy basketball takeaway from each night during the past week. These viewpoints can be both positive and negative and will hopefully help to provide insight into different roster moves you should consider making.

Fantasy basketball has a lot of moving pieces with all the different scoring settings that are possible to play under, so I will always do my best to spotlight where players gain or lose value in certain game types.

Without further ado, let's get right into the 17th week of the season and try to figure out how to take advantage of what we saw transpire.

 

Monday, February 10th

Mikal Bridges Continues To Stuff Stat Sheet 

It has been an impressive past five games for Mikal Bridges, who has averaged 13 points, five rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.0 steals and 2.0 threes per contest.

Bridges has catapulted himself into providing top-60 value over the past two weeks, and it doesn't hurt that he is currently only rostered in 58 percent of Yahoo settings. That number will likely go up by the time this article has been posted, but I don't believe everyone is quite ready to jump on board with Dario Saric nearing a return.

Given how well Bridges has played during Saric's absence, head coach Monty Williams is going to have a tough decision on his hands shortly, but I doubt we see a change get made with how well the 23-year-old is playing right now. If you have a chance, pick Bridges up and let this situation play itself out.

 

Tuesday, February 11th

Bradley Beal Keeps Up Scoring Onslaught 

Bradley Beal has taken his All-Star snub to heart, averaging 32 points per game in February to go along with 3.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.3 three-pointers.

Beal's production has helped the Wizards claw their way to within three games of the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic, which is encouraging news for his owners that were afraid of the team shutting him down during the latter portion of the year.

Beal is currently producing as a top-15 player in point-settings and has entered the same realm in nine-category leagues also. If you own the former Florida Gator, enjoy the ride and stand pat.

 

Wednesday, February 12th

Malik Beasley Has Found A New Home

Since Malik Beasley has been traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Minnesota Timberwolves, he has averaged 22.0 points, 4.7 triples, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.7 steals per game.

On Wednesday, Beasley kept the positive momentum rolling by connecting on 11-of-25 shots, scoring 28 points to go with six rebounds, three assists and five three-point baskets.

Beasley is only owned in 40 percent of Yahoo groups as of Wednesday, and while that number will continue to climb by the time this article releases, I still believe we see him available in about 50% of settings as of Saturday morning. If he is floating around one of your waiver wires, be sure to scoop him up as fast as you can.

 

Thursday, February 13th

Landry Shamet Could Be A Short-Term Add

Anytime a player records 48 minutes in a game (overtime or not), it is worth giving them a second look. Landry Shamet did just that on Thursday against the Boston Celtics, scoring 19 points on four three-pointers made.

Shamet had been experiencing a short-term boost from Patrick Beverley's groin injury, and it seems likely he will take on an even larger share with Paul George now suffering from a hamstring aggravation of his own.

The second-year player out of Wichita State will be a volatile source for your field goal percentage, but teams that are looking for a boost in both scoring and three-point output should give Shamet a second look. His 21% ownership means you can probably find him floating around your waiver wire, and there is potential to be pleasantly surprised by what the 22-year-old can bring to your squad for a few games.

 

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Fantasy Basketball Mid-Week Pickups for Week 17-18

All-Star Weekend is fast approaching, which has always provided worthwhile entertainment to NBA fans and a much-needed break for the players at what is -- wrongly -- considered the halfway mark of the season.

For fantasy players, however, the All-Star break is a different story. It combines two shortened weeks of games into one, potentially halting hot streaks at their peak while allowing injuries to heal with fewer consequences.

The range of impact varies, but it's no doubt an adjustment that needs to be made if only not to fret about your matchup come Friday. Here are five mid-week waiver wire pickup options for the combined Week 17-18 of the NBA fantasy season.

 

Week 17-18 Mid-Week Waiver Wire Pickups

Jae Crowder - SF/PF - Miami Heat - 30% owned

Jae Crowder was one of several players traded in the deal that landed Andre Iguodala on the Miami Heat, going from the Memphis Grizzlies down to South Beach.

It's been only two games for Crowder in a Heat uniform, but he already seems right at home, combining for 39 points, 19 rebounds, nine three-pointers, and six steals.

Of course, Crowder has had similar stretches of superb production in the past, only to follow it up with cold stretches lasting several games. So there's no way to know if this level of play for Crowder is now the norm.

But until it stops, consider the new environment on a team in the thick of the playoff picture a spark that helped Crowder elevate his level of play.

OG Anunoby - SF/PF - Toronto Raptors - 48% owned

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the league's biggest surprises this season, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference due to the nightly contributions they get out of every inch of their roster.

One such example was this past Monday, where OG Anunoby had 25 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three three-pointers to help Toronto to a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Anunoby has been wildly up and down all season, but he has two factors working in his favor. For starters, Norman Powell is still likely to be out quite a bit after fracturing his left hand. Marc Gasol has missed seven straight on account of hamstring tightness and Serge Ibaka was out with the flu versus Minnesota.

Those absences are why Anunoby got 13 shots up against the Wolves, the most he's seen in nearly a month. He's had plenty of single-digit outings, but in the 22 games he's taken more than 10 shots, only three times has he scored less than 10 points.

Toronto's rotation might look a lot healthier following the All-Star break. If not, perhaps Anunoby can capitalize on the extra opportunities as he has throughout this season.

Dewayne Dedmon - C - Atlanta Hawks - 40% owned

Dewayne Dedmon got his wish at the deadline when he was shipped away from the Sacramento Kings to the Atlanta Hawks, where he had previously played from 2017-19.

In search of a greater role, Atlanta has so far given Dedmon exactly that, and the sixth-year center has answered the call. Across two games since the trade, Dedmon has combined to put up 24 points, 17 rebounds, seven blocks, and three makes from beyond the arc, all in an average of 30.5 minutes a game.

With the addition of Clint Capela to the Hawks as well, Dedmon will eventually find himself coming off the bench, but that doesn't have to affect his numbers.

Atlanta doesn't have much size down low, and Dedmon's ability to semi-shoot the three-ball -- he's at least keeping defenses honest by taking more than two a game this season -- adds a dimension to the offense that Capela doesn't have.

In an environment he probably prefers to be in compared to Sacramento where he previously put up the best numbers of his career, that should be enough for Dedmon to continue his encouraging play past the All-Star break.

Thon Maker - PF/C - Detroit Pistons - 15% owned

By trading Andre Drummond at the deadline, the Detroit Pistons decided to take their franchise in a completely different direction.

They're diving head-first into a rebuild, the first step of which requires figuring out who to keep around long term. It's the reason Thon Maker has seen north of 20 nightly minutes in Detroit's three games since the deadline, where his potential has seen the light of day.

He posted 19 points, seven rebounds, and two three-pointers in his first game as a starter in over a week. Maker followed that up by blocking three shots in what was otherwise a sub-par performance, only to bounce-back with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks in his most recent game.

Maker has never been able to put his intriguing skill-set all together. It's part of the reason many consider him close to a bust in just his fourth season. But if the minutes and touches are there for a team that's seemingly waved the playoff flag, who's to say Maker can't finish the year strong and prove to be a valuable piece to Detroit's future?

Shabazz Napier - PG/SG - Washington Wizards - 24% owned

Shabazz Napier had strung together several quality outings in a row for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it looked like he was carving out a spot in the rotation before being traded to the Washington Wizards.

Across three games with his new team, Napier has sandwiched a measly six-point performance with two in double-figure scoring in less than 20 minutes of action.

There was the win over the Dallas Mavericks in which he produced 14 points, five three-poninters, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Two games later, Napier put up 15 points with another three makes from beyond the arc in a victory over the Chicago Bulls.

After Isaiah Thomas was traded away at the deadline, Napier is only in competition with Ish Smith at the point guard spot. Even if he continues to come off the bench, there should be plenty of room for Napier to continue his hot shooting from the three-point line.

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