Waiver Wire Wishlist - Fantasy Basketball (Week 18)
Here we go! It’s time for some playoff fantasy basketball. After a long 17 week regular season, managers across the world are getting ready to set their lineups for the opening round of their respective league’s playoffs. Although you’ve made it this far, there’s still work that needs to be done. Be sure to continue to play your waiver wire because if you don’t, your opponent will.
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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 continued our successful reign as the internet’s most accurate fantasy basketball waiver wire suggestion series (self proclaimed of course.) Malachi Flynn had another great week with 12.5 points and 5.5 assists in 32 minutes-per-game. Jae Crowder was a suggestion due to the number of games the Suns have for the remainder of the season. He went on to post 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds-per-game over the last seven days. Jalen McDaniels continued to capitalize on his chances, playing over 34 minutes for 13 points-per-game. Mo Bamba did not get the court time we thought he would, but did put in 10.5 points-per-game. Grayson Allen continued to be featured in the Grizzlies’ rotation, popping off for 15.8 points-per-game. Cole Anthony, while recovering from injury, posted 13.3 points in over 24 minutes-per-game.
Week 17 Results
Malachi Flynn, PG, Toronto Raptors - 32 MPG, 12.5 PPG, 5.5 APG & 1.5 SPG
Jae Crowder, SF/PF, Phoenix Suns - 24:3 MPG, 9.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG & 0.5 SPG
Jalen McDaniels, PF, Charlotte Hornets - 34:3 MPG, 13 PPG, 4.3 RPG & 2.3 SPG
Mo Bamba, C, Orlando Magic - 12 MPG, 10.5 PPG, 3 RPG & 0.5 BPG
Grayson Allen, SG, Memphis Grizzlies - 29:36 MPG, 15.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG & 1 SPG
Cole Anthony, PG, Orlando Magic - 24:3 MPG, 13.3 PPG, 4.5 APG & 0.5 SPG
Week 18 Suggestions
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers - Owned in 41% of Yahoo and 24% of ESPN leagues
Week 18 Games: vs. SA, vs. OKC, vs. DET & @ORL
Holiday is having a career year beyond the arc as he’s put in 2.4 threes-per-game thus far this season. He’s doing this while playing over 30 minutes-per-game for the Pacers. The majority of his shot attempts do come from beyond the arc, so if you’re in need of a three-point boost for your category leagues, here he is. Heck, he can even help defensively for your team with his 1.5 steals-per-game as well.
Reggie Jackson, PG, Los Angeles Clippers - Owned in 30% of Yahoo and 19% of ESPN leagues
Week 18 Games: @POR, vs. MEM & @HOU
Reggie Jackson is a legitimate fantasy value. He’s been putting up decent numbers as of late and has been logging starter minutes with the Clippers as Patrick Beverly is back on the sidelines for at least the next two weeks. Over his last 12 games, Jackson is averaging over 28 minutes-per-game, including ten starts, again, as Beverly struggles with injury. In that same time span, he’s averaging 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Not bad for a playoff waiver wire addition.
Daneil Gafford, C, Washington Wizards - Owned in 22% of Yahoo and 7.6% of ESPN leagues
Week 18 Games: vs. OKC, vs. GS, @OKC & vs. CLE
This is more of an anticipation play, where you could capitalize on greatly. Gafford came to the Wizards via the Bulls at the trade deadline. He was sidelined for six games after suffering an ankle injury in his Wizards’ debut. He has been limited since his return to action but did break onto the scene on Friday against the Pelicans. He had 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocks against New Orleans. Wizards’ coach Scott Brooks stated that Gafford moving into the team’s starting rotation is a “definite possibility.”
Darius Bazley, SF/PF, Oklahoma City Thunder - Owned in 44% of Yahoo and 28% of ESPN leagues
Week 18 Games: @WAS, @IND & vs. WAS
Bazley recently returned from a month-long hiatus due to an arm injury. He hasn’t missed a beat however as he’s quickly joined the Thunder starting lineup and is playing over 31 minutes-per-game. What’s really impressive about Bazley is that in four-of-five games since his return to the court, he’s scored at least 16 points. Bazley doesn’t offer much beyond points, so he’s best had in a points league.
Daniel Theis, PF/C, Chicago Bulls - Owned in 44% of Yahoo and 18.4% of ESPN leagues
Week 18 Games: @BOS, @CLE, vs. CHA & @MIA
Theis is averaging 13 points-per-game for the Bulls and is doing so while shooting 60-percent from the floor. I know I already have the attention of category league player. He also adds six rebounds in over 24 minutes of court time. He serves primarily as Nikola Vucevic’s backup but too can play along him in bigger lineups.
Naji Marshall, SF, New Orleans Pelicans - Owned in 9% of Yahoo and 4.4% of ESPN leagues
Week 18 Games: vs. BKN, @ORL & vs. SA
Over the past nine games, due to injury, Naji Marshall has averaged 27.4 minutes-per-game. It’s Marshall’s defensive skills and effort that allows him to mainly see court time as his usage stats are nothing to write home about. Either way, when it comes to a player owned in less than 10-percent of leagues, getting on the court regularly is a nice place to start. In three of his last five games he’s scored at least 14 points, including a career high 16 against the Wizards.