Another week is underway for NBA Fantasy, and you need to make sure you are staying on top of making the right moves for your team.
Each week, I’m going to give you some names who could be on your waiver wire in Yahoo default points fantasy leagues for the long term and the short term.
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Firstly, before we begin, Markelle Fultz went down with what looked like a severe knee injury.
His replacement will be Cole Anthony, so if he is available, I would be adding him in basically all leagues.
Under 70% Rostered (10 Team League Targets)
Chris Boucher - Boucher is the Raptors backup centre, but he is logging the most minutes out of Aron Baynes, Alex Len, and himself.
That gives him some string fantasy value, but it appears not all leagues have caught onto this. Boucher is averaging 29 fantasy points per game, yet is available in 34 per cent of Yahoo leagues. He is a must roster player.
Darius Bazley - It was a little up and down early for Bazley, but his starting role isn’t going anywhere.
He has been excellent the last couple of games, enough to be a top 100 player this season, averaging 28 fantasy points per game.
You can find him on the wire of 40 per cent of Yahoo leagues, which should not be the case.
Mason Plumlee - Plumlee’s minutes have dropped in the last couple of games, and that is something to monitor, but for now, it isn’t viable to leave him stranded on the wire, as he is in 35% of Yahoo leagues. Plumlee is a top 80 player so far this season and needs to be on a roster in every league.
Under 50% Rostered (12 Team League Targets)
Josh Jackson - Jackson recently sprained his ankle, but it is not a severe injury.
With Killian Hayes going down long-term, Jackson should be able to cement his starting role with challenger Delon Wright assuming more point guard responsibilities.
Jackson is already a top 100 player averaging 27 fantasy points per game, and he should remain that way as we move forward in default Yahoo leagues.
Tyrese Haliburton - Haliburton is available, I assume because he is a rookie who has missed the last few games with a wrist issue.
Haliburton is averaging 23 fantasy points per game in the games he has played, and I can see that rising as his role and responsibility increases. I can see Haliburton starting for the Kings over the coming week.
Kelly Olynyk - Olynyk recently moved into the Heat’s starting lineup, but even before that, Erik Spoelstra was trusting the big man more and more.
We have seen this story before, where Olynyk plays well for a stretch then falls off completely, but when he is hot, he is always worth an add.
He’s currently the 108th ranked player, and that could rise in coming weeks. I would add him, and he is available in 76 per cent of leagues.
Under 30% Rostered (14 Team League Targets)
Rudy Gay - People are sleeping on Gay. Averaging 25 fantasy points this season, Gay is spending time at centre as well and he is rostered in just 24 per cent of Yahoo leagues.
He could even be a 12 team add.
Josh Hart - Hart is available in 76 per cent of leagues, and while his upside isn’t very high, he is a solid contributor, averaging over 21 fantasy points per contest this season.
Shake Milton - Milton is suited perfectly to points leagues. He is getting a solid role off the Sixers’ bench, playing 25 minutes a night and averaging 22 fantasy points per contest. Yet he is rostered in just 24 per cent of leagues.
I don’t see his role going down this season, and his scoring prowess is key to the Sixers’ second unit.
Short Term Adds
Delon Wright - Weight has been underperforming and seemed to have lost his spot in the rotation.
But with Killian Hayes out for quite a while, Dwane Casey could lean on Wright for more point guard minutes perhaps even start him again.
Outside of Derrick Rose, the only other point guards on the roster are two-way players - Frank Jackson and Saben Lee. For the time being, it is worth looking at Wright and seeing what direction Casey goes.
Lonnie Walker - Derrick White is set to miss a chunk of time with a fractured toe, which has given Lonnie Walker’s minutes a reprieve.
They were set to dip, but now, he should lock-in as a starter for a month or so. He is a scorer and not much else, but that suits a fantasy points league fine.
Bruce Brown - The Nets switched up their lineup last game and started Bruce Brown over Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Brown looked solid, and the Nets smashed the Jazz with him starting. Kevin Durant is also likely to miss this week due to COVID protocols, giving Brown an additional chance of being productive.