Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Wishlist (Week 4)
I would have liked to have gotten this series started a few weeks ago opposed to three weeks in but we’re finally here!
Every week I will be suggesting at least my five favorite targets for the upcoming fantasy basketball week. I will look to keep suggestions under 40-percent owned across both Yahoo and ESPN leagues. Additionally, at least one suggestion will be owned in less than 10-percent of all leagues to help as many people in as many leagues as possible. Also, we will be looking to cover all positions per week in this series.
Week 4 Suggestions
Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans (Owned in 34% of Yahoo & 7.4% of ESPN Leagues)
Week 4 Schedule: @IND, @CHI, vs. POR & vs. HOU
Larry Nance Jr. started seeing an increased role for the Pelicans when Brandon Ingram missed a stretch of games due to a concussion. However, in Ingram’s return to the court on Friday, Nance played over 28 minutes and scored 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Nance then played 22 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday. The Pelicans have a very fair schedule this week with four games against some poor defensive units.
Seth Curry, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets (Owned in 21% of Yahoo and 19.8% of ESPN Leagues)
Week 4 Schedule: @DAL, vs. NYK, @LAC & @LAL
Kyrie Irving is set to meet with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in the upcoming week and it is inevitable that he will be given some form of suspension. On top of that, the Nets have to figure out how they’re going to deal with Irving. In the meantime, Curry is able to step right in and play upwards of 27 minutes-per-game. Any time you can get big minutes along the likes of Kevin Durant, you’ll be worth a fantasy roster spot.
Troy Brown Jr., SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers (Owned in 15% of Yahoo and 2% of ESPN Leagues
Week 4 Schedule: @UTA, @LAC, vs. SAC & Vs. BKN
Brown has only played seven games this far this season as he started a bit late due to a back injury. He was thrown right into things as Head Coach Darvin Ham seems to have big plans for Brown. In his seven games this season, Brown has averaged 26:10 minutes-per-game. He’s also averaged 9.5 points-per-game and 5.8 rebounds-per-game over that same time span. In his last three games he’s scored at least 12 points. Last week against the Pelicans he also had a 15 point and ten rebound game.
Josh Richardson, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs (Owned in 18% of Yahoo and 4.3% of ESPN Leagues
Week 4 Schedule: vs. DEN, vs. MEM & vs. MIL
Of course Joshua Primo is gone from the San Antonio Spurs and the likes of Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson are battling a series of injuries. This opens the way for Richardson to get some quality minutes on the wing. When he gets the chance, he fills up the stat sheet. He’s averaging just shy of 23 minutes-per-game on the season with 10.3 points-per-game. Look for his chances to increase as he gets an increase in minutes.
Andrew Nembhard, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers (Owned in 1% of Yahoo and 0.2% of ESPN Leagues
Week 4 Schedule: vs. NOP, vs. DEN & vs. TOR
Nembhard was given the biggest contract for any second round rookie in NBA history. That says something about the Pacers believing in this guy. Chris Duarte is out for over a month with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain. T.J. McConnell is coming back from an injury and is playing less minutes. This is definitely a deeper league addition and more so a stash-and-see type of situation. It could pay off two-fold down the road!