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
Anfernee Simons – Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard is set to miss the next few games, and Anfernee Simons will see a bigger role in the offense. Lillard has a monster usage that will shift over to Carmelo Anthony and CJ McCollum as featured options. Simons should see 25 minutes a night while Lillard is out. Both of these Portland guys about to step into more minutes are more deep league adds because they are still secondary options on Portland.
Gary Trent Jr. – Portland Trail Blazers
Portland is going to need some extra scoring with Lillard out. We have seen Gary Trent step in at times and provide that scoring. He is still a hit or miss guy on a nightly basis, and we saw that before the break. He had a few double-digit scoring games in a row, and then scored four points in each game against Memphis and New Orleans. Both disappointing
Coming out of the break, Malik Beasley hasn’t seen the bump in ownership that I expected. He has played 28+ minutes over the last three games since joining Minnesota. They were in need of some consistent play from guards. Beasley has found some good form, and with KAT out for the foreseeable future, Beasley will see some decent usage as well.
Thon Maker – Detroit Pistons
Thon Maker has averaged 10-6-1 with 1.3 blocks in the eight games without Drummond this season. He is shooting 57% from the field and has a 17% usage rate. Even in a blowout game against Milwaukee he had 11 and 6 with two blocks. On a fantasy points per minute he is strong, and he should continue to play in the mid 20s. Maker is a solid front court option.
Still out the over 40% of leagues, Marquese Chriss is bring strong fantasy numbers in Golden State. Over the last ten games, he has averaged 14-7-1 with 1.8 blocks per game. The potential is there for him to finish with these types of numbers over the rest of the season. There really isn’t a lot of competition for minutes in the front court, so he is safe for the rest of the year.
Rui Hachimura – Washington Wizards
I was expecting to see Rui Hachimura see a bump in ownership over the break, but that may come this week after a few more strong performances. Hachimura is averaging 14-6-1 with 0.7 steals per game. He doesn’t turn the ball over, and is shooting 49% from the field this season. The threes and defensive stats won’t be there, but he is a strong contributor in everything else.
Coming out of the break, Jae Crowder had another strong game with 14-4-1 with two blocks. He has Cleveland twice, Minnesota and Dallas over the next few games, which is a solid schedule in terms of weaker defenses. Crowder has carried over fantasy value from his Memphis days. He currently ranks 101 in nine-category scoring, which was higher than where I expected from him.
For a guy who was averaging 15-4-1 with 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks per game over the last ten, Jerami Grant’s ownership took a hit over the break. He is also adding in 2.1 threes per game. Paul Millsap and Michael Porter are back healthy, and that could create a bit of a logjam of minutes. I don’t think the Nuggets will change things too much, and Grant should still get reliable minutes for fantasy potential moving forward.
Jordan Clarkson – Utah Jazz
Over the last ten games Jordan Clarkson has a 27% usage rate, and is averaging 18-2-2. Clarkson is also adding 2.9 threes per game, shooting 45% from three and over 50% from the field. Clarkson continues to his hot form on the offensive side. Overall this season, he is averaging 15-2-2, averaging 2.2 threes per game. He ranks 134th overall in nine category scoring.
Damion Lee – Golden State Warriors
With D’Angelo Russell, Alec Burks, and Glenn Robinson gone, Damion Lee has seen consistent minutes. He is averaging 28 minutes over the last ten games, and is averaging 11-3-2 with 1.1 steals per game. Lee is also averaging 1.9 threes per game. He is shooting 39% from three in that span, and 45% from the field. Golden State certainly isn’t a good team, but they are giving us some rotational value. Even in a blowout game against Houston, he put up 13-3-3 with two steals. Even with Wiggins seeing a bulk of the usage, Lee is still a solid option.
James Johnson – Minnesota Timberwolves
With Karl-Anthony Towns sitting out after the break for at least a few games, we saw James Johnson get a big bump in minutes. While this is not a for sure thing moving forward, we have seen Johnson play that small ball role. Johnson can contribute across the board and that is one of his best abilities in fantasy basketball. In the meantime Johnson should see a bump in minutes with Towns out.He has played 32 and 28 minutes over the last two games, posting 5-5-5 line with six total blocks and steals. He also had a game, posting 8-7-3.
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