Each week is going to bring a new batch of waiver wire pickups, alongside some reoccurring faces depending on ownership. There are various scoring systems for fantasy basketball, but one thing remains certain, you are going to need to key in on specific categories at times. While I will look for the overall producers, I will highlight some names that contribute heavily within a few categories.
Waiver Wire Adds
Jordan McRae – Washington Wizards
The Wizards are filled with injuries right now, but Jordan McRae has really taken over the backcourt. There is still Isaiah Thomas, Ish Smith, and Garrison Mathews getting run at both guard spots, and Bradley Beal is still out, but McRae is earning time here. Over the last two weeks, he is playing 28 minutes per game, and is averaging a 22-4-3 line in seven games. In that span, he has a 26% usage rate, and is shooting 47% from the field. I would expect the Wizards to continue to get him time on the court, even when Bradley Beal is fully healthy.
Glenn Robinson III – Golden State Warriors
Glenn Robinson has been getting bigger minutes in Golden State, and is shooting 48% from the field over the last ten games. He doesn’t have the highest usage rate, sitting under 20%, but he is getting plenty of shots up. Over the last two weeks, he is averaging 12-4-1, and playing 32 minutes per game. Robinson has established himself in a pretty good role. Robinson has never really had any sort of fantasy value until now, and with the Warriors roster in the shape that it is in, we will see more names throughout the season.
Christian Wood – Detroit Pistons
Detroit is a mess right now, with Blake Griffin banged up, Andre Drummond demanding trades, and the Pistons continuing to slide down the standings. Now what’s trending upwards is Christian Wood. He has played over 20 minutes in four straight games, and has dropped 14, 11, 4, and 22 real points. Wood has put up over six rebounds in each of those four games as well. Griffin’s knee is not in good shape right now, nor is the safety of the Detroit front court minutes. Wood will continue to get work, and things could open up even more so later on in the season.
Kevin Porter Jr. – Cleveland Cavaliers
There are a few Cavs worth picking up right now, which is not something I’d expect to say. Kevin Porter missed the Oklahoma City game due to personal reasons, but had been averaging 12-4-2 over the prior five games. He is averaging 26 minutes per game in that span as well. His usage rate is hovering right around 20%, and he is shooting 43% from the field. Cleveland is turning things over to the youth a bit here, as we have seen both Porter and Garland get a tick up in minutes of late.
Gorgui Dieng – Minnesota Timberwolves
Gorgui Dieng continues to ball out with Karl-Anthony Towns dealing with a knee injury. He is averaging 12-10-1-2-1 over the last two weeks, and is playing 30 minutes a night. Dieng has always been a strong fill-in fantasy option, and he is showing that again this season. Towns and his knee won’t be back for a few games, and even then Dieng is someone I expect to get run when Robert Covington gets shipped out of town. Still under 40%, Dieng is at least in play for another week.
Taurean Prince – Brooklyn Nets
Taurean Prince has had a bad shooting stretch of late, shooting under 30% in his last ten games. However he has been able to pick up peripheral stats to make up for it. He is playing right around 30 minutes a night, and the shooting is due for some positive regression. Despite the shooting woes, he is averaging 10-8-1 in the last two weeks. I don’t ming grabbing him right now.
Damion Lee – Golden State Warriors
Damion Lee is the one who is growing a lot of buzz right now, but still out there in 50% of leagues. Lee is averaging 12-5-2 over the last two weeks, and averaging 25 minutes per game. D’Angelo Russell being helped has helped his cause, and Lee isn’t the one likely heading out via trade. That would be Alec Burks. Lee should have a pretty stable role over the next few weeks.
Shabazz Napier – Minnesota Timberwolves
While the minutes and play have gone up due to Jeff Teague’s injury, he won’t be returning just yet and this team has to look to get some youth pumped into it. Napier has been thriving over the last few weeks, scoring over 20 real points in three straight games and has been over 30 minutes as well. With Towns and Wiggins out, Napier is being asked to carry some of the offensive workload as well, but even with returns, I still like his upside moving forward.
Michael Porter Jr. – Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. is a stash name right now. Denver is a deep team, but Porter is starting to deliver. We will need to monitor moving forward given the minutes and rotation are still going to be changing around, but Porter has the chance to become a stable option with this Denver team. We know Porter had the talent, but had yet to see much time due to the injury. He has played 23, 11, 26 ,and 19 minutes over the past four games. He has put up double-digit points in three of the four games, with the 11 minutes game being the exception where he didn’t.
Darius Garland – Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland hasn’t shot particularly well of late, but he has still had a fantasy impact. He has played over 30 minutes in each of the last three games, and has been over 25 in all games since December 12th. Over the last two weeks, he is averaging 30 minutes per game, and 13.4 points per game. He is chopping in with a steal per game, as well as 3.2 assists per game.
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