Waiver Wire Wishlist - Fantasy Basketball (Week 10)
Man oh man. Hopefully you were able to grab Kendrick Nunn or Jae’Sean Tate with this last chance we presented you last week. We had another good week on the waiver wire and we’ll continue to pump out content through the end of the season. We’ve got six more weeks left of the regular season in most leagues. This is the make-it-or-break it times.
Each week, Nate with We Know Fantasy will present his must target waiver waiver suggestions. There will be at least five players listed each week with an attempt to cover all eligible positions. The rule of thumb is for players suggested to be owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues - give or take. One player will also be owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues to cater to all types of leagues. Additionally, Nate will reference both points and category strengths of all suggestions.
We’ve already talked about the success of Nunn and Tate. Nunn continues to cash in on the opportunities he is getting due to a slew of injuries in the Heat lineup. Tate continues to log consistent minutes (over 36 this week) and poured in just shy of 19 minutes-per-game. Frank Kaminsky was a big let down as he averaged under 10 points and only managed to grab 3.7 rebounds-per-game. Michael Carter-Williams is doing the most he can with starter minutes in Orlando until Cole Anthony returns. He had just nine points and 5 assists in over 30 minutes. Taurean Prince was scoreless in 19 minutes before being injured over the course of the week. Grayson Allen had a productive week with 11 points.
Week 9 Results
Kendrick Nunn, SG, Miami Heat - 33:15 MPG, 17 PPG, 2 APG & 0.8 SPG
Jae’Sean Tate, SF, Houston Rockets - 36:3 MPG, 18.5 PPG, 6 RPG & 2.5 SPG
Frank Kaminsky, C, Phoenix Suns - 18 MPG, 9 PPG & 3.7 RPG
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Orlando Magic - 30:4 MPG, 9.3 PPG, 5.3 APG & 0.7 SPG
Taurean Prince, SF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers - 19 MPG, 3 RPG & 1 APG
Grayson Allen, SG, Memphis Grizzlies - 29:45 MPG, 11 PPG, 3.8 APG & 1.3 SPG
Week 10 Suggestions
Saddiq Bey, SF, Detroit Lions - Owned in 45% of Yahoo and 28% of ESPN leagues
Week 10 Matchups: @ORL, @NO, vs. SAC & vs. NY
Blake Griffin and the Pistons are at an end and the former all-start won’t play in the Motor City again. As Griffin sits and awaits a trade, Saddiq Bey will be the biggest benefactor. It’s been three games without Griffin and Bey has topped 31 minutes in each one. Over his last four outings, Bey is averaging 18.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, one steal and four three-pointers. Without much competition on the roster for the basketball, Bey should get every chance there is to put up a great stat line for the rest of the season. Go get him now before it’s too late!
Marcus Morris Sr., PF, Los Angeles Clippers - Owned in 48% of Yahoo and 26.3% of ESPN leagues
Week 10 Matchups: vs. WAS, @MEM, @MEM & @MIL
Want to hear a stat that doesn’t sound real? Marcus Morris is shooting 50.5-percent from three on the season. Over his last four games he’s averaging 20.3 points-per-game and with his recent play is getting more-and-more minutes. He’s also shooting insane percentages that will make anyone’s head spin. He needs to be owned in more leagues and he probably won’t be available on the waiver wire next week, get him now.
Josh Richardson, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks - Owned in 43% of Yahoo and 47.3% of ESPN leagues
Week 10 Matchups: vs. MEM, vs. BOS, @PHI & @BKN
There’s no doubt that Josh Richardson is off to a slow start to the season and is shooting well-below his career averages across the board. But, without much happening on the Mavericks’ offense outside of Luka Doncic, he’ll continue to get his chances. Additionally, Richardson is an above-average defender in this league so that keeps him on the floor, even though he’s shooting poorly. These shots have to start falling at some point and you don’t want to be late to the party when they do.
Willy Hernandez, C, New Orleans Pelicans - Owned in 20% of Yahoo and 8.1% of ESPN leagues
Week 10 Matchups: vs. DET, @MIL & @SA
If you need rebounds, look no further. Hernandez is serving as the primary backup center for the Pelicans and is averaging 8.4 points and 8.1 rebounds over his last 11 outings. He doesn’t offer much more beyond that though. Hernandez’ value is only temporary as well as Steven Adams’ ankle injury has his role increased at this point.
T.J. McConnell, PG, Indiana Pacers - Owned in 39% of Yahoo and 38.4% of ESPN leagues
Week 10 Matchups: vs. SA, vs. GS, @BOS & @NY
Through nine games in the month of February, McConnell is putting up a great stat line. He’s averaging 8.4 points, eight assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 blocks. We all know that this offense runs through Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon, but since the departure of Victor Oladipo, McConnell has been the third option on this offense. With two heavy hitters to dish to and the ability to knock down the three-point shot (50-percent,) he’ll continue to put up a consistent stat line.
Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF - Dallas Mavericks - Owned in 10% of Yahoo and 7.4% of ESPN leagues
Week 10 Matchups: vs. MEM, vs. BOS, @PHI & @BKN
When it comes to finding players owned in less than 10-percent of leagues, you want to find players with opportunity. Over his last five games, Finney-Smith is averaging over 35 minutes-per-game. A large part of this is due to the fact that he is the Mavericks’ best defender on what is a poor defensive team. His numbers will never be great, but he is a quality three-and-D wing. With these 35 minutes on the floor, he’s going to get opportunities to post points and other statistics.