Week 20 NBA Waiver Wire Adds: Shake Milton Leading 76ers Backcourt

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

Thaddeus YoungThaddeus YoungChicago Bulls

SF, PF

57% Owned

Thaddeus Young has been sneaky good of late, averaging 16-6-2 with three steals per game and tacking on a few three pointers per game as well. With all the injuries to Chicago, Young is going to see 30+ minutes a night. He helps at either forward position, and ranks 16th in nine-category scoring over the last two weeks. Both of these Bulls players ownership should continue to trend upwards over the week.

Coby WhiteCoby White – Chicago Bulls

PG

55% Owned

Coby White has really picked up his play of late, and comes into this week as a top 25 player over the last two weeks. He is averaging over 30 minutes, but also getting up over 15 shots per game. While he won’t keep averaging over 25 points per game, and making over four threes per game, but his offensive explosion is still something to note. Even when his numbers regress, he will still have some solid value.

Daniel TheisDaniel TheisBoston Celtics

PF, C

53% Owned

Daniel Theis had a bit of an injury hiccup, which derailed him a few games, but overall he has bounced back to top 40 production. Theis can give you a little bit of everything, averaging 16 and 10 over the last two weeks. He will also add in some defensive stats for you. Theis continues to hover around the 50% owned mark over the last one, and is worth a look.

Shake MiltonShake MiltonPhiladelphia 76ers

PG, SG

19% Owned

The 76ers are battling injuries to both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Shake Milton has broken through of late, really producing in Simmons absence. Taking two of the biggest usage players out of the starting lineup is going to open the doors for others to produce. Milton is averaging three, three pointers per game over the last two weeks. Milton is a strong add until Simmons comes back, which is up in the air.

Gorgui DiengGorgui Dieng – Memphis Grizzlies

PF, C

33% Owned

We can look back to Gorgui Dieng, who is now in Memphis. This dropped his ownership because he was no longer backing up an injured Towns. Dieng is now in Memphis getting run because Brandon Clarke and Jaren Jackson are out for the foreseeable future. Dieng is averaging 9 points and six boards over the last two weeks, also tacking on 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

Duncan RobinsonDuncan RobinsonMiami Heat

SG

52% Owned

If you are in need of some threes, Duncan Robinson is someone to look at. He is averaging 4.3 threes per game over the last month, averaging 15-2-2. Tyler Herro being out frees up some minutes as well. Robinson has taken advantage playing over 30 minutes in that span. He won’t do a ton in the defensive categories, but as mentioned he brings a ton of threes to the table.

Dario SaricDario Saric – Phoenix Suns

PF, C

21% Owned

With Kelly Oubre set to miss the rest of the season, Dario Saric will see a tick up in minutes. Mikal Bridges is truly the name to own, but he is only out there in 30% of leagues. If he is out there in yours, he is the higher priority. Saric saw 30+ minutes against the Clippers, and while he didn’t shoot particularly well, he still brought down nine boards and had a few assists.

Marquese ChrissMarquese ChrissGolden State Warriors

PF, C

55% Owned

The ownership hasn’t really moved for Marquese Chriss, despite being a top 100 fantasy player of late. He is averaging 12-7-3 over the last two weeks. The minutes continue to be there, and there are not a ton of options for the Warriors to roll with in the front court. If you are in need of some front court help, Chriss is a viable pick up in the meantime.

Jae CrowderJae Crowder – Miami Heat

SF, PF

46% Owned

Jae Crowder still hasn’t found himself over the 50% owned mark, despite coming to Miami and continuing what he was doing in Memphis. It really hasn’t mattered if Jimmy Butler was in or out of the lineup. He has been a top 60 player over the past two weeks, averaging 12-6-1 with two steals per game. Crowder should continue to find himself around 25-30 minutes a night.

jerami grantJerami GrantDenver Nuggets

SF, PF

33% Owned

We looked at Jerami Grant before the break and the ownership was around 50%. The Nuggets got healthy, and we knew minutes were going to trend down a little bit. That still doesn’t mean he doesn’t have value. We saw him breakout against the Pistons, going for 29 points in 29 minutes. He should be around 25 minutes most night and still give you some decent stats in points and rebounds. With him being dropped in most leagues, Grant should be out there.

Damion LeeDamion Lee – Golden State Warriors

SG

28% Owned

Damion Lee has been in the article over the last few weeks, and he is producing at a strong level given Golden State doesn’t have a ton of options. Lee is averaging 16-4-3 with one steal per game over the last two weeks. He has also added a few three pointers per game. He is still under 30% owned at shooting guard, and has been a solid add.

James JohnsonJames JohnsonMinnesota Timberwolves

SF, PF

22% Owned

With Karl-Anthony Towns out, and no real timetable for him to return, James Johnson has been getting more run. He is averaging 24 minutes per game over the last two weeks. He has always been a high fantasy points per minute player, but never sees monster minutes. That’s okay. He averages 12-5-2 with one steal and two blocks per game in the last two weeks. He ranks 63rd in nine-category scoring in that span. Johnson is a strong add giving you production in everything but three-pointers.

Schedule Grid

TEAMW21W22W23W24W25W26
Atlanta Hawks343331
Boston Celtics434332
Brooklyn Nets424432
Charlotte Hornets433432
Chicago Bulls433332
Cleveland Cavaliers333432
Dallas Mavericks343322
Denver Nuggets433432
Detroit Pistons234332
Golden State Warriors343332
Houston Rockets334342
Indiana Pacers234432
Los Angeles Clippers334332
Los Angeles Lakers343432
Memphis Grizzlies343422
Miami Heat333432
Milwaukee Bucks334341
Minnesota Timberwolves343432
New Orleans Pelicans343332
New York Knicks334332
Oklahoma City Thunder333432
Orlando Magic334332
Philadelphia 76ers244332
Phoenix Suns234432
Portland Trail Blazers334322
Sacramento Kings243432
San Antonio Spurs344342
Toronto Raptors243442
Utah Jazz443422
Washington Wizards344332
  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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