Waiver Wire Pick-ups - Week 3
We’ve eclipsed two weeks of the fantasy NBA season. Just as I stated last season in my Week two waiver wire options, here in Week three, we’re still getting the players no one expected to emerge onto the scene. We’re also seeing injuries across the league, opening up some quality fantasy options on the waiver wire as well. Use the waiver wire to your advantage. Don’t get comfortable with your team. Continue to do your research. In something like fantasy basketball, there’s always something better out there than someone on your roster (most of the time.)
This series will go live on our website (www.weknowfantasy.com) every Sunday night, to allow you to put in your waiver wire adds for Monday or Tuesday morning, depending on how your league is set up. We like to stay under the 40-percent owned mark on both Yahoo and/or ESPN formats with our suggestions. Anything beyond that I would not technically classified as a waiver wire addition, if that makes sense. We’ll also include at least one player each week that is very minimally owned. There is no set number of players per week, but there will always be at least five. Be sure to check out how our suggestions from a week ago performed below as well!
Week 2 Suggestions
Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, Phoenix Suns - Averaged 7 points over the last 7 days
Kendrick Nunn, PG, Miami Heat - Averaged 17.3 points over the last 7 days
Rodney Hood, SG,/SF, Portland Trailblazers - Averaged 16 points over the last 7 days
Bryn Forbes, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs - Averaged 9 points over the last 7 days
Luke Kennard, SG, Detroit Pistons - Averaged 13.3 points over the last 7 days
Jalen Brunson, PG, Dallas Mavericks - Averaged 5.7 points over the last 7 days
Nemanja Bjelica, PF, Sacramento Kings - Averaged 15.7 points over the last 7 days
Week 3 Suggestions
Danuel House Jr., SG/SF, Houston Texans - Owned in 36% of Yahoo and 3.7% of ESPN leagues
Next week schedule: @MEM, GS & @CHI
House was cruising as a starter before he was recently sent to the bench. He played a season low 19 minutes on Sunday in the blow-out loss to the Miami Heat. The game script wasn’t there, so I wouldn’t look too far into it. Now he isn’t going to hit the mark he set as a starter coming off the bench, but he’s logging quality minutes (should be around 25 per game) on a very good team. Maybe with such a poor performance with House out of the starting line-up for the first time of the season, they’ll go back to him.
Goga Bitadze, C, Indiana Pacers - Owned in 12% of Yahoo and 0.5% of ESPN leagues
Next week schedule: @CHA, WAS, DET & @ORL
Goga Bitadze saw his first start of his young career on Sunday (Nov. 3.) He performed well, going for nine points, four rebounds, four assists and an outstanding four blocks. He looked comfortable in his shooting and obviously played great defense with his four blocks. He did get into foul trouble which should be expected of a young big. Bitadze started due to Domantas Sabonis (calf) and Myles Turner (ankle) both missing Sunday’s game. We don’t know how long Sabonis will be out but we can expect Turner to be out for at least the next few weeks. This means that Bitadze could see some starting time in the short term and minutes in the mid-to-high 20’s during Turner’s absence.
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder - Owned in 22% of Yahoo and 1.8% of ESPN leagues
Next week schedule: ORL, @SA, GS & MIL
Believe it or not, Nerlens Noel is annually one of the most productive fantasy players when it comes to fantasy points per-minute-played. The problem is, he’s not a starter and is getting reserved minutes off the bench. His minutes-per-game have increased steadily over the past week, as he played just 27 total minutes over the first three games of the season. Despite that, he’s still averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Over the last week, however, he’s averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and adds 2.3 blocks-per-game. These are quality stats for someone off the bench. He’s also averaging 22 minutes-per-game over that same time span.
Eric Paschall, SF/PF, Golden State Warriors - Owned in 29% of Yahoo and 3.1% of ESPN leagues
Next week schedule: POR, @HOU, @MIN & @OKC
We’re not sure how much longer the Warriors will be without Draymond Green as he has a finger injury and is expected to miss the next “few games.” Paschall has gone over 20 points in two of his last three games, going for a career high 25 on Saturday. Following his career high game against the Hornets, Paschall stated that he’s expected to play a lot of minutes this season. This is a team that’s struggling right now will all of its stars out injured, but if you add Paschall now, not only are you getting a big putting up quality points thus far, but you’re getting a guy playing a large number of minutes on a team that will have Steph Curry and Draymond Green.
Glenn Robinson III, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors - Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 3.7% of ESPN leagues
Robinson has started the entire season thus far of the Golden State Warriors and that shouldn’t change at any point. At this point of the season I love suggesting players who are available on the waiver wire who play starter minutes. You have to be on the court to score fantasy points. Robinson has seen over 30 minutes in four of six games thus far this season. He had the best game of the season Saturday against the Hornets. With the current status of the Warriors, Robinson is going to get plenty of chances to score.
Harry Giles, PF/C, Sacramento Kings - Owned in 2% of Yahoo and 2.2% of ESPN leagues
Next week schedule: @TOR & @ATL
This is an add to get ahead of the curve. Giles is close to returning and making his season debut. Once he’s back, he should step right into a large role. Of course, Marvin Bagley is out for nearly all of November. Giles, entering his Sophomore campaign, will be competing with the likes of Richaun Holmes and Dewayne Dedmon for minutes.