We’re approaching the start of a new week and it’s about time to look forward to your next matchup to take advantage of some good pickups and streaming options. That’s why you head to the waiver wire. We have injuries falling left, right and center, which means opportunities for some players to step up. I got you covered but let’s take a look at the schedule for the upcoming week.
Week 16: Games Played
4 Games: CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, IND, MIA, MIN, NOR, NYK, PHI, PHO, SAC, SAS, UTA
3 Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIL, OKC, ORL, TOR, WAS
2 Games: POR
You’ll be wanting to avoid Portland players this coming week. Streamers like Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe won’t be that effective. They do play a game on Tuesday while most of the teams play on Monday so you might want to take advantage of that. Apart from that, they don’t really bring much to the table. I think Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are still worth starting in my opinion over players with 3-game week players. Before we head into the list of players, I want to say Khris Middleton doesn’t qualify as a waiver wire add but if he’s still on any wire, go and pick him up.
+ Willy Hernangomez (37% owned) – The Free Willy movement was blowing up on Twitter this week. He finally got his opportunity to get some heavy minutes. And with Joakim Noah tweaking his calf on Saturday’s game, he’s probably going to miss a few games or more. That means Big Willy is going to get more run in the upcoming four-game week. He’s already earned himself minutes and is ahead of Kyle O’Quinn in the pecking order. In the last three games, he’s averaging 15.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 30.8 minutes. When he gets minutes, he produces, simple as that. He also meshes well with Kristaps Porzingis as well as they played together in Europe before. It’s only a matter of time before Willy steps into the starting line up. The thing is though, paying Joakim Noah $72 million for four years coming off the bench may not be the wisest business decision by Phil Jackson. The Knicks is heading in the wrong direction and Jeff Hornacek might just blow it up. Either way, Hernangomez is an interesting add for some decent upside and good rest of the season outlook.
+ Yogi Ferrell (36% owned) – The rookie sensation is generating a lot of buzz for his nearly perfect week. He signed a 10-day contract on the 28th of January. Since then, he’s been averaging 17.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.3 triples and 1.8 steals and only 1.5 turnovers in 37.5 minutes. His splendid play led the supposedly tanking Mavericks to a four-game winning streak and they’re now two games away from the 8th seed in the West. He then earned himself a two-year deal immediately after he finished with 32 points and nine triples. Apart from always jumping and passing, he’s the real deal. The rookie just oozes confidence and the way he pulls up on threes says it all. Deron Williams has been brought up in trade rumours and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s dealt to allow the development of Yogi. However, the Mavs might actually want to fight for the eighth seed now and Deron Williams returning from injury would eat into Yogi’s minutes. He still earned himself some minutes in the rotation but don’t expect him to continue with stats like these when D-Will comes back.
+ Shabazz Muhammad (21% owned) – A little bit of a foreshadow for later on but Muhammad might get some extra run due to Zach LaVine’s injury. In the latest game without LaVine, he only played in 26 minutes, which is about the same as his averages. Thibs is sticking with keeping him off the bench as the sixth man and playing both wing spots and occasionally the stretch four. He usually runs with the second unit plus LaVine but with LaVine gone, his usage rate is going to be a lot higher. In the last two weeks, he’s been averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 triples on 51.7 percent shooting and 83.3 percent from the line in 26.3 minutes. He’s earning Thibs’ trust and once you earn that, you’ll get your run. Bazz is doing just that and if you want some points in an efficient manner, Bazz is your man.
+ Marquese Chriss (7% owned) – This kid has some major upside and 7 percent is too low of a number for him. He should be owned in at least 14-team leagues. He’s fun to watch and he got some crazy hops. In the past four games, he’s averaging 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 triples, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in 25.5 minutes. Consistency is an issue with Chriss. He exploded for 27 points in 24 minutes on Saturday night even in foul trouble but the game before that, he dropped a dud of two points in 16 minutes. That’s the sporadic performances you get with Chriss but the upside is just too intriguing to turn down. He’s having troubles staying on the court as he’s always in foul trouble. Earl Watson is throwing him in the fire for defending these bigs and he’s being bullied down the paint. He’s starting to find his way though and the second half of the season is looking bright for Chriss.
– Zach LaVine (77% owned) – This is some unfortunate news for LaVine, the Wolves and LaVine owners. He was having a career year this season and the Wolves seemingly may have found something that works for them but now they got hit with a torn ACL. He’s out for the remainder of the season and not even an IL is worth using for LaVine now. We all know LaVine’s athletic prowess is one of the best in the NBA but an ACL injury really takes a hit on one’s athletic ability. Look at Derrick Rose for example. Hopefully he’ll have a good recovery and not let this get to him. I spoke about Shabazz Muhammad being worth an add but Brandon Rush is also worth adding in 14-team leagues. He played well when LaVine missed out in the earlier parts of the season.
– Will Barton (51% owned) – Danilo Gallinari is scheduled to miss 10 more days but even with Gallo missing out, Barton isn’t performing is stuck on the bench behind Gary Harris. Since Gary Harris returned, Barton got moved back to the bench and is averaging 7.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists on 37.5 percent shooting and 66.7 percent from the line in 23.8 minutes. He’s ranked 299 in that span in 9-cat and his outlook isn’t going to get any better if Harris is healthy. He’s also a trade candidate for the Nuggets so with all those things, you can probably do better. He’s droppable in 12-team leagues.
– Alex Len (32% owned) – Alex Len has been stuck behind Tyson Chandler the entire season. Remember when Len was playing the power forward position last season and it was ugly. Well it’s worse this season as he’s not even getting minutes on the floor. Somehow, Tyson Chandler found the fountain of youth and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to get traded. He’s also been durable the entire season and as long as he’s healthy, Len isn’t going to find enough playing time. Len does have upside to his game but averaging 5.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 14.1 minutes just isn’t going to cut it. You can drop him and find some better source of rebounds in the wire.
– Ivica Zubac (26% owned) – I’m a big fan of Zubac and I really like his game. He has a nice touch around the rim and is a good roll man after setting a pick. However, he’s still a rookie after all and rookies inevitable goes through up’s and down’s. After averaging 15.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in the last three games of January, he’s now cooled off in February, only scoring a combined total of 5 points in two games. Luke Walton will play him for stretches for when he plays well and scores the ball but if he doesn’t Walton will find another big to fill the void. The Lakers’ bench is deep and it’ll be hard for Zubac to find consistent minutes if he doesn’t perform consistently. Also Julius Randle was absent when Zubac was going on that streak of his and when the Lakers have everyone healthy, Zubac is going to be competing minutes with Mozgov, Randle, Nance Jr. and Black. He’s not quite ready yet but when post All-Star break will probably be the turn for Zubac.
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