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
Jerami Grant has been a top 20 fantasy player over the last two weeks (8 games), as he continue to fill in for Paul Millsap. Grant is averaging 33 minutes in that span, to go along with a 17-5-2 line. He is also averaging 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Denver has a three game week coming up, and Millsap still doesn’t have a clear timetable for return. Grant should have a strong rotational role throughout the all-star break. Even looking ahead at after, there is a chance Grant keeps a role around 25 minutes.
Trevor Ariza – Portland Trail Blazers
Portland landed Trevor Ariza recently, and he has been posting strong numbers since joining. He currently ranks 29th in nine-category scoring over the last two weeks. He is widely available, and gives you some depth as well at two positions. Ariza is averaging two threes per game, to go along with 12-4-1, and also notching 2.3 steals per game. Portland will also have four games this week, as we head into the all-star break soon.
Enes Kanter continues to miss games, and Daniel Theis has been tremendous logging more minutes. He is averaging nearly 30 minutes a night over the last five games, and is averaging 11-8-2. He also has 1.3 blocks in that span. Theis currently ranks 34th in nine category scoring over the last two weeks. He is going to be more of a short term add, but can help out at least until the break.
Houston’s rotation has been a bit all over the place of late, but Danuel House Jr is averaging 30 minutes per game over the last eight. A lot of this has to do with Clint Capela being out, where PJ Tucker has moved over to the five. House is averaging 10-5-1 over that eight game span. He is also averaging 2.8 blocks + steals per game. His shot hasn’t really been dropping, but he continues to fire away from three and has averaged 2.3 threes in that span.
Glenn Robinson continues to have plenty of fantasy value, and ranks 74th in nine-category scoring over the last two weeks. He has shot over 55% in that span, and is averaging 2.1 threes per game. He is churning out a 14-4-2 line. The downside to him is that he doesn’t bring any real defensive numbers. Robinson should continue to see around 30 minutes a night, and his role is fairly safe over the course of the season.
Derrick White – San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs backcourt isn’t always fun to figure out in fantasy, and this could all change at the drop of a dime. However, White has been extremely productive in his 25 minutes per night over the last seven games. He ranks 75th in nine category formats in that span, and is averaging 12-3-4 with 1.3 blocks per game. San Antonio has four games this upcoming week, which benefits White. He had one big turnover game, but White generally takes care of the ball. He ranks 129th on the season, so this is a big jump for him.
Taurean Prince continues to see over 25 minutes a night, even with Brooklyn back and healthy. His shot is also starting to come back around after that horrendous stretch. He is shooting 44% from the field over the last two weeks, and is still adding plenty of threes. Prince has averaged over 2.5 in that spam. He is also putting together a 14-5-2 line with 1.1 steals per game.
Luka Doncic is going to be out at least the next six games, and we have four of them coming up. Jalen Bronson was a main fill in back when he missed time before. Brunson has a strong set of matchups coming up with Memphis, Washington, and Charlotte all on the horizon. He did start over the weekend, after playing 20 minutes against Houston. The game against the Rockets was when Doncic missed time.
It is time to pick back up Shabazz Napier, who is averaging over 30 minutes in the last six games. He isn’t putting up a ton of scoring numbers, but is averaging 9-5-7 with 1.7 steals per game. Napier was an excellent fill-in a few weeks ago, and the Minnesota staff is trying to change up a rotation that hasn’t been working. Over the last two weeks, Napier ranking 58th in nine-category scoring. While the rotation may change coming out of the break, Minnesota has back-to-back four game weeks after they return.
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