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
Norman Powell – Toronto Raptors
There are quite a few teams on a four game week for Week 14, and Toronto is one of them. If you are in need of a short term fill in, Norman Powell currently ranks 62nd overall in nine category formats, and fifth over the last two weeks. He is averaging 23 points per game in that span, and 1.3 steals per game. While he is shooting lights out and will come back down to earth, Powell is a strong add in the meantime, even with Fred VanVleet on the return.
Dillon Brooks – Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks is still at an ownership where he is out there in over 50% of leagues right now. Not so much deeper leagues, but standard leagues he ranks 55th over the last two weeks in nine category formats, and is averaging 21.1 points per game. Brooks is getting a ton of volume, averaging 16 attempts per game in the last two weeks, and shooting 45% from the field. If you are in need of threes, he is averaging four a game in that span, and is a terrific three point shooter.
Omari Spellman – Golden State Warriors
As mentioned last week, Omari Spellman is getting more run and playing sound basketball for a bad Warriors team right now. He ranks 77th overall in the last two weeks, and is averaging a 12-4-1 line with 1.4 steals per game. The Warriors have three games this week, and Spellman is still under 30% owned. Steve Kerr will likely continue to change his rotation, so Spellman will be monitored more so over the next week.
Jarrett Culver – Minnesota Timberwolves
PG, SG, SF
Averaging over 30 minutes per game in the last two weeks, and ranking 102 in nine category scoring, Jarrett Culver has played exceptionally well. Jeff Teague is gone, which depletes the backcourt minutes, and Culver has three position eligibility. He is shooting over 50% in the last two weeks, with a 15-5-2 line, also averaging 1.3 steals per game. Culver has been careful with the ball, only allowing two turnovers per game. Minnesota has four games this week, and I expect Culver to see a jump in ownership.
Sekou Doumbouya – 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 1.7 threes per game in that span, and shooting 50% from the field. His line over the last two weeks has been an average of 14-4-1 with a steal per game.
Michael Porter Jr. – Denver Nuggets
Mike Malone has talked about getting Michael Porter Jr. into the game more this season. He mainly has been a blowout name to get in the game or getting run with Paul Millsap out. Porter is a stash right now given that minutes are still a bit tricky, but ranking 154th over the last two weeks with just 17 minutes per game is a big sign of what’s to come if consistent minutes can follow. Denver also has two straight four game weeks over the next two, and 11 overall in the next three weeks.
Troy Brown Jr. – Washington Wizards
The Washington offense is putting up plenty of offense, and their fast tempo games continue to be heaven for fantasy. Washington has four games on tap this week, and Troy Brown currently ranks 114th on the season, shooting over 45% from the field, and averaging a 10-6-2 line with 1.4 steals per game. Over the last two weeks he is averaging 15-8-1 with 1.6 steals per game, and 1.3 steals made. He ranks 53rd in nine category formats over that span.
Kris Dunn – Chicago Bulls
PG, SG, SF
Kris Dunn has been a top 100 fantasy player to start the season, as he chips in everywhere but blocks. He is averaging 2.0 steals per game on the season, and only averages 1.3 turnovers per game. Dunn is averaging 28 minutes per game, and the Bulls continue to stick with him in the backcourt that is a bit crowded. Is also helps he can play three positions, and also has that eligibility.
Darius Garland – Cleveland Cavaliers
The ownership is on the rise, and I would grab him now if you need some point guard help or guard depth overall. He is averaging right around 34 minutes in the last two weeks, putting up a 15-1-5 line with 1.1 steals per game. He ranks 133 in that span, and the Cavaliers have ten games over the next three weeks before things get a bit light.
De’Anthony Melton – Memphis Grizzlies
De’Anthony Melton isn’t getting the most run, but in 17 minutes per game this season, he ranks 138th in nine category formats, with a 7-4-3 line with 1.3 steals per game. In the last two weeks, he continues to be a spark plug off the bench and is a deep league add at the moment. Barring injury, I wouldn’t expect him to see a ton of minutes, so this is likely what we get moving forward.
Daniel Theis – Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis has played well in Boston, although their center position is still not solidified. With Robert Williams out, it helps Theis a bit as there is no third body to mix in. Over the last two weeks, he is averaging 9-6-2 with one steal and block per game. Theis should continue to get around 20-25 minutes a night, and Boston has another four game week, and 11 over the next three weeks.
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