Waiver Wire Wishlist - Week 6 (Fantasy Basketball)
You know how the saying goes. You win some, you lose some. We hit on some of our Week 5 suggestions and missed on some others. Immanuel Quickley was a big disappointment for us and the likes of Jeff Green was a homerun hit. As mentioned in last week’s article, COVID-19 is starting to affect the league and games are being postponed. We’ll continue to offer our waiver wire suggestions as we normally would.
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.
Like I previously mentioned, it was an okay week for us on the Waiver Wire Wishlist forefront. Our top suggestion, Quickley, averaged just 16 minutes over the last seven days. Playing such little minutes makes it hard to have fantasy value. Justin Holiday continues to play 30-plus minutes-per-game, pouring in 11.3 points-per-game in the process. Tristan Thompson averaged over 24 minutes but struggled to put the ball in the net. He did average just shy of seven rebounds-per-game however. Willie Cauley-Stein averaged just shy of 20 minutes-per-game, putting in about eight points-per-game and grabbing four rebounds-per-game. Lonnie Walker IV averaged over 27 minutes-per-game but did little with his time for the Spurs. Green was our top Week 5 option, averaging over 33 minutes-per-game for the new-look Nets. He averaged 13.5 points-per-game and five rebounds over the last seven days as well.
Week 5 Results
Immanuel Quickley, PG, New York Knicks - 16 MPG, 10.3 PPG, 3.3 APG & 1 BPG
Justin Holiday, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers - 32:4 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG & 1.3 SPG
Tristan Thompson, PF/C, Boston Celtics - 24:19 MPG, 3 PPG, 6.7 RPG and 0.7 BPG
Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Dallas Mavericks - 19:36 MPG, 7.8 PPG, 4 RPG & 0.6 BPG
Lonnie Walker IV, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs - 27:19 MPG, 5.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG & 1.7 APG
Jeff Green, PF, Brooklyn Nets - 33:3 MPG, 13.5 PPG, 5 RPG & 0.8 SPG
Week 6 Suggestions
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers - Owned in 40% of Yahoo and 28.1% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Games: vs. TOR, @CHA, @CHA & vs. PHI
Lamb made his season debut this past week after recovering from an ACL tear that he suffered in February of last year. In his return to the court, after missing just shy of one year, Lamb put in 10 points in 19 minutes. That’s pretty promising. In his second game back, he put in 22 points against the Orlando Magic. You’re getting a team’s top option here off the waiver wire entering Week 6 of the season. Lamb is a must add.
Rodney Hood, SG/SF, Portland Trailblazers - Owned in 16% of Yahoo and 6% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Games: vs. OKC, @HOU & @CHI
C.J. McCollum has a hairline fracture and a sprained ankle in his left foot. He’ll be in a walking boot for at least four-weeks before he is to be re-evaluated. In the Trailblazers’ first game of the week, and the only game of the week, Rodney Hood saw the start and played 25 minutes. He out played fellow riser due to McCollum’s absence, Gary Trent Jr.. Without McCollum in the lineup playing alongside Damian Lillard, Hood is a must add. Also consider adding Trent Jr. (owned in 15% of Yahoo and 5.5% of ESPN leagues.)
Isaiah Roby, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder - Owned in 10% of Yahoo and 7.3% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Games: @POR, @PHO & vs. BKN
As Al Horford remains out for personal reasons, Isaiah Roby has been starting for the Thunder. There also is no timetable for Horford’s return. On top of that, Horford is rumored to be on the trading block. As Roby is on your short-term radar, adding him now may prove to be an even better move if Horford is traded from the team. Roby is currently putting up top-100 fantasy numbers in category leagues as a starter.
Kendrick Nunn, PG/SG, Miami Heat - Owned in 44% of Yahoo and 41% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Games: @BKN, vs. DEN, vs. LAC & vs. SAC
Now I know I’m breaking my rule of only suggesting players owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues, but hey, it’s close enough. Nunn was a big addition off the waiver wire a year ago and is now heating up for the Heat (no pun intended.) Nunn’s success has been in part to the absences of Jimmy Butler (health and safety protocols), Tyler Herro (neck), Avery Bradley (health and safety protocols) and Meyers Leonard (shoulder.) Obviously Nunn will lose value when all of these players return, but with the way he’s currently playing, he’s going to be involved in this Heat rotation.
Mo Wagner, PF/C, Washington Wizards - Owned in 6% of Yahoo and 2.6% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Games: @HOU, @NO, vs. ATL & vs. BKN
The Wizards have not played a game since Jan. 11 before playing on Sunday. Anyhow, Thomas Bryant is out for the season. We’ll see Robin Lopez get the first chance at starter minutes but even with less minutes, I’d prefer Mo Wagner in fantasy. This is simply one of those instances where there isn’t much competition for a big man, which is the hardest position to find fantasy value off the waiver wire for.
Jeff Green, PF, Brooklyn Nets - Owned in 25% of Yahoo and 9% of ESPN leagues
Week 6 Games: vs. MIA, @ATL, @OKC & @WAS
The only reason Green is this low in the article is because he was included in last week’s article. We know what he did last week as spelled out in the opening of this article. The Nets lack depth after trading away it all in the James Harden deal. Green has been the biggest benefactor of this, seeing over 30 minutes-per-game over the last seven days. As long as he continues to see minutes like that on this Nets’ team, he’ll hold great fantasy value.