Waiver Wire Pick-ups - Week 6
Somehow we’ve already eclipsed five weeks of the NBA and fantasy basketball season, which is hard to comprehend. Injuries continue to pile up, which you’ll see as a common phrase on these weekly waiver wire articles as some big name players are down for quite some time. The worst of which, we saw Kemba Walker being stretchered off of the court early last week. Continue to do your do diligence and do the work on the waiver wire as every week maters, even if it is just Week Six.
This fantasy basketball waiver wire series drops on our website (www.weknkowfantasy.com) every Sunday night so our readers can put in their waivers claims for the upcoming week. We will stay under 40-percent owned in Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues in all of our suggestions. We will also include at least one player owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues to cater to as many readers and leagues as possible. There is no set number of players to be featured weekly in this series, but there will be at least five players. Checkout who how we did with last week’s suggestions below.
Week 5 Suggestions
Mortiz Wager, PF, Washington Wizards - Averaged 12.3 fantasy points over the last 7 days
Langston Galloway, PG/SG, Detroit Pistons - Averaged 7 fantasy points over the last 7 days
Maxi Kleber, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks - Averaged 8.3 fantasy points over the last 7 days
Sterling Brown, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks - Averaged 12.8 fantasy points over the last 7 days
Kenrich Williams, SF/PF, New Orleans Pelicans - Averaged 13.3 fantasy points over last 7 days
Malik Monk, SG, Charlotte Hornets - Averaged 8.3 fantasy points over last 7 days
Week 6 Suggestions
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder - Owned in 41% of Yahoo and 4.7% of ESPN leagues
Next Week Schedule: @GS, @POR, vs. NO & @NO
I feel like it is a matter of time before the Thunder make the switch from Steven Adams to Nerlens Noel as their starting center. Adams has been struggling and Noel has been putting up great numbers off of the bench. Over the last seven days, Noel has averaged 21 fantasy points. If you’re new to fantasy basketball, that’s really good. Noel has posted 11 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 blocks in just 22.3 minutes-per-game. I suggested adding him a few weeks back. It’s time you add this guy if he’s still out there in your leagues.
Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Milwaukee Bucks - Owned in 19% of Yahoo and 3% of ESPN leagues
Next Week Schedule: vs. UTA, vs. ATL, @CLE & vs. CHA
Last week we suggested adding Sterling Brown, who we thought to have the biggest impact due to the Khris Middleton injury. Instead, it’s been Donte DiVincenzo who has averaged 25.5 minutes-per-game since Middelton’s absence. Middelton has missed two weeks already and is expected to miss at least one-to-two more weeks before his return. Capitalize on his absence and use DiVencenzo, who is averaging 15.5 fantasy points over the last seven days, while you can.
Brad Wanamaker, PG/SG, Boston Celtics - Owned in 4% of Yahoo and 0.4% of ESPN leagues
Next Week Schedule: vs. SAC, vs. BKN, @BKN & @NYK
Kemba Walker has a neck sprain and is suffering from concussion like symptoms. After being stretchered off the court, we can expect Walker to miss some time. Since Kemba has gone down, Wanamaker has played an average of 28 minutes-per-game. He has also averaged 14.5 fantasy points over the last seven days. During Kemba’s abensence with as well as that team is playing, Wanamaker is a must add and must start.
Kris Dunn, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls - Owned in 22% of Yahoo and 9.3% of ESPN leagues
Next Week Schedule: vs. POR, @GS & @POR
I know this is a guard heavy article, but that is the way it has shaped up this week. The Bulls have some exciting players on their team and Kris Dunn is one of them. Dunn has played 20+ minutes-per-game on the season and has seen upwards of nearly 23-minutes-per-game as of late. The Bulls are clicking recently and Dunn has a lot to do with that.
Ky Bowman, PG, Golden State Warriors - Owned in 9% of Yahoo and 2.3% of ESPN leagues
Next Week Schedule: vs. OKC, vs. CHI, @MIA & @ORL
Bowman has fantasy value as long as D’Angelo Russell is out with a thumb injury. During that time, Bowman has averaged 14 points, 4.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 33.3 minutes-per-game. Russell is expected to miss at least one more week and could be out even longer with the way the Warriors’ season is going. However long Russell is out, look to use Bowman as he is posting a quality statline.
Khem Birch, PF/C, Orlando Magic - Owned in 4% of Yahoo and 0.5% of ESPN leagues
Next Week Schedule: @DET, @CLE, vs. TOR & vs. GS
Nikola Vuvevic has suffered a right lateral ankle sprain and at this point will be re-evaluated in about four days from the release of this article. From there, we’ll learn how much longer he’ll miss, which I assume will be more than a week. Birch has seen two starts in Vuvevic’s absence and has done well. As long as he continues to see starter minutes with Vuvevic out, Birch deserves a roster spot.