Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 19
It’s time to get ready for another week of fantastic hoops. We are already heading into week 19.
Most leagues combine the period before the All-Star break and after into a single scoring session, so we’ll operate under that assumption here.
Each week, we’ll take a look at the players you should consider signing who are listed in four different roster tiers:
Plus, we’ll give you a breakdown of each team’s match count for the coming week so you can maximize your streamers’ minutes.
Without further ado, let’s get to it, starting with the schedule and offensive pace ratings, thanks to our friends at Razzball.
Since the All-Star break falls in the middle of the next two weeks, we will use a combined number of games since most leagues combine the two scoring periods into one.
BKN, BOS, DEN, DET, HOU, LAC, NOR, PHX, WAS
ATL, CHA, CHI, DAL, GSW, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA
DAL, LAL, ENT
Registered in 50-60% of leagues
Devin Vassell (SG/SF – SAS): 52%
I wanted to change that, but I decided to put Vassell here for the second week in a row.
Spurs are embracing their youth. Throughout the season we’ve seen Vassell’s advantage in goalscoring, and he’s going to be one of the main options for Spurs’ offense going forward.
Jason Richardson isn’t going to cut into his production, and over the past week Vassell has a solid 69 overall in fantasy, with 14.4 points per game.
I can see a top 50 stretch to end the season for the sophomore wing.
White Coby (PG/SG – CHI): 58%
This is a Coby White fan account, and it will keep going. With the Bulls on the brink of health, which may cause concern over White’s fantastic suitability, I’m going to pick it up and air it until Alex Caruso returns.
White has been on fire lately, scoring 56 points in his last two games.
Plus, he’s absolutely stroked it behind the line, hitting 21 treys in his last four games.
Competing for playing time will be a challenge, but every stat counts – so I’m throwing White in and taking whatever he gives me while he sees important minutes.
Registered in 30-49% of leagues
Jaden McDaniels (SF/PF – MIN): 40%
If you’ve read this column, you know I’m a huge Jarred Vanderbilt fan.
But we may be seeing a shift in Minnesota, as McDaniels has surpassed him — in both production and minutes.
McDaniels has played 32.3 minutes per game over his last three games with 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 STOCK per game.
Vanderbilt, meanwhile, is averaging 26.3 minutes, six points, eight boards and 1 STOCK per game.
We could see a changing of the guard in Minnesota.
Maxi Kléber (FP/C – DAL): 34%
Dorian Finney-Smith seemed to be the main benefactor of Kristaps Porzingis’ move to Washington, but don’t discount Kleber.
Over the past month, Kleber is the 41st ranked fantasy player, coming off of consecutive games where he has scored 19 and 20 points respectively. In his 19-point performance, Kleber also recorded five blocks and three 3-pointers.
Kleber doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but playing under Luka Doncic automatically raises his already high floor to make him a useful starter in 12-team leagues for those who need help on the front line.
Registered in 15-29% of leagues
Jaxson Hayes (PF/C – NOP): 28%
Hayes has been the biggest tease lately, as he played a game of “will he or won’t he” with fantastic managers.
Lately, it looks like he will, as he’s put together three consecutive productive games for managers, averaging 15 points, 4.7 boards and 1.4 STOCK over the past week.
Additionally, the Pelicans have seemed willing to go for a big two starting lineup, which is exactly what Hayes and his fantastic managers need for him to keep production going.
Deni Avdija (SG/SF/PF – WAS): 19%
Avdija fell off the radar but is fully back, posting the top 61 numbers in fantasy over the past two weeks.
He has scored in double figures in his last five games and he has seen over 30 minutes in four of those competitions.
Additionally, Avdija consistently assists in rebounds, triples, and STOCK, making him a low-end player in standard 12-team leagues and more valuable in deeper leagues.
Registered in 0-14% of leagues
Ziaire Williams (SF – MEM): 2%
Until Dillon Brooks returns, Williams is showing he’s a worthy streamer for the deeper leagues and a fringe 12-team option.
The Grizzlies are deep and infuriating with their shared use, but Williams has been a solid contributor for managers who need scoring and three-pointers.
Isaiah Hartenstein (PF/C – BAC): 6%
Hartenstein disappointed me. He was one of my biggest post-deadline winners with the Clippers shipping Serge Ibaka out of town, but he just didn’t become the fantasy mainstay I expected him to. become.
But in his last game before the break, Hartenstein posted a game of 13 points, eight boards, two assists and eight STOCK which is just fantastic to see.
The hope is that Hartenstein can build on that performance to have a solid second-half run and become the consistent fantasy option that fantasy managers have been hoping for.
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