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
Omari Spellman – Golden State Warriors
It has been a revolving door of Warriors players to pick up off the waiver wire so far this season. Now it is Omari Spellman. He is averaging 14-5-1 with 1.8 steals per game over the last five. He is shooting 58% from the field, and averaging 2.4 threes per game. Over the past two weeks he currently ranks 52nd in nine category formats.
Maxi Kleber – Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis does not look like he will be returning this week, and there is some concern with his knee. Maxi Kleber will continue to get minutes in his absence, averaging 27 over the last five games. In that span he has averaged 11-4-1 with 1.8 blocks per game. Dallas also have a busy schedule going up, seeing 4 games in weeks 15 and 16. If Porzingis’ injury is more serious than reported, Kleber will have plenty of value over the next few weeks.
Bruce Brown – Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown continues to take advantage of opportunity in Detroit with a few injured names in the backcourt. Brown is averaging 31 minutes per game over the last five, and averaging a 19-4-5 line with two steals per game. Below 20% owned right now he is a strong add at the SG position, especially if you are dealing with some injuries.
Dwight Powell – Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs front court is banged up without Kristaps Porzingis, and Dwight Powell has stepped up his game. He is playing over 30 minutes per game in the last five, averaging 13 and 7 with a steal per game. He is effective on the offensive side, but won’t give you a ton of defensive stats other centers might. That would be the one downside here.
Derrick Jones Jr – Miami Heat
I’m still a big fan of Derrick Jones here, who is averaging 11-5-1 over the last five games, and also has put up 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in that span. His shot has fallen off a bit of late, but averaging 30 minutes per game he continues to get run on a hot Miami team. Jones is eligible at both forward spots if you are in some short term need of defensive stats, rebounds, and points.
Ish Smith – Washington Wizards
Most of Washington’s offense is coming through the backcourt and Troy Brown right now. Bradley Beal out is helping all these lower owned fantasy players produce, and they are out there for the taking. Even with Beal coming back, Ish Smith should continue to run the point and be a strong fantasy producer. His play has really picked up of late, averaging 18-3-6 over the last five games with 1.4 steals per game.
Taurean Prince – Brooklyn Nets
Taurean Prince is a repeat name here from last week, averaging 13-6-2 over the last five games. He is also adding a steal per game, and 2.6 threes per game. His shot has improved a bit, but he was going through a real rough streak there. For someone who can help out in multiple categories, and is due for positive regression with his shot, Prince should be a bit higher owned.
Darius Garland – Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers have four games this week, which is a big plus if you just need a short term fill in for Week 13. Darius Garland is seeing bigger minutes now, and is going to be a focal point moving forward. He has played 37 minutes per game in the last five, averaging 17-1-5 with a steal per game. He is also averaging 2.2 threes per game, and shooting 94% at the line. Garland is a guy to grab for the rest of the year, and I would expect ownership to rise.
Dillon Brooks – Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks is averaging 21 points per game over the last five outings. Brooks is not going to give you much more in peripheral stat categories, but he will help FG%, threes, and points. He is averaging 4.2 threes per game over the last five, and Memphis is playing excellent offensive basketball. This group is going to be fun for a long time, and Brooks is going to be a key scorer in the offense. If you are in need of offense, Brooks can help out.
Sekou Doumboya – Detroit Pisons
Detroit’s season is looking like a lost one with Blake Griffin more than likely done for the season, and a team record that is spiraling towards lottery territory. However there is some positive news to come out of Detroit, where we can get an extensive look at the rookie, Sekou Doumbouya. He is just 19 years old, and is averaging 30 minutes over his last five games. This kid has a lot of upside, but will go through the normal growing pains of most NBA rookies. Doumbouya is averaging 1.6 threes per game in that span, and shooting 50% from the field.
Josh Hart – New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans are a banged up bunch right now, which is actually leading to some pretty good fantasy points from their studs. Jrue Holiday is going to miss a few games, and Josh Hart has been filling in. Hart is playing 31 minutes per game over the last five, and has posted an 11-6-1 line with one steal per game. He is also making two threes per game in that span.
Jaxson Hayes – New Orleans Pelicans
With Derrick Favors dealing with injuries, Jaxon Hayes is going to get some run at center. Hayes was a highly touted pick out of the recent draft, and New Orleans should be turning to him a bit more as the season moves along anyway. Over the last five games, Hayes is averaging 12 and 5, with 1.8 blocks per game. Over the last three games, he has played 24, 29, and 26 minutes. He has dropped two-double-doubles and has eight blocks in that span. Hayes is bringing big upside in a small sample size, and Favors hamstring injury should linger into this week.
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