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.
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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 White – Chicago Bulls
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 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.
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 Dieng – Memphis Grizzlies
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.
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 Saric – Phoenix Suns
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.
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 Crowder – Miami Heat
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.
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 Lee – Golden State Warriors
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.
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.
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