Fantasy Basketball: Waiver-wire adds to win your finals

Josh Lloyd
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Jalen McDaniels charging the ball to the basket.
Jalen McDaniels of the Charlotte Hornets could be a steal to add into your fantasy team. (Getty Images)

I hope your fantasy playoffs are going well.

If they are, the fight isn’t over, and if you are trailing, you’ve come to the right place to claw back some ground. 

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After Thursday’s big 12 game slate, we have four days left in the week. That means you need to work the wire on those days to get players who will help you advance to the next round. 

Let’s look at the players on the wire that can add value to your team.

NBA fantasy wire

Jalen McDaniels, Cody Zeller, Cody Martin - Three games left for the Hornets this week. McDaniels is the prize add here, but both Zeller and Martin have solid enough roles off the bench that their three games carry weight.

They can be very useful in a fantasy league where your acquisitions may be limited.

Tristan Thompson - Like the Hornets, the Celtics have three games remaining this week. Robert Williams is dealing with knee issues, so Thompson may get at least two starts, and even if Williams plays, Thompson’s value as a backup in those games is enough to be an option to add.

Cole Anthony - Anthony is flying as the Magic’s starting point guard. Despite only two more games, he should be able to get 30 minutes a night, especially if Michael Carter-Williams remains sidelined.

Kevon Looney - Looney is logging big minutes with Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Eric Paschall sidelined, and he is doing an excellent job. 

Looney is available in basically every league, but he can have some sneaky fantasy use with two more games.

Chuma Okeke - Okeke is struggling a bit with his shooting, but his Yahoo fantasy output is still solid.

As a starter with two more games, I’m a bit perplexed as to why he is on the wire in over 50% of leagues.

PJ Dozier - With Jamal Murray and now Monte Morris out, Dozier will get some extended run. 

Dozier is a Malone favourite, and while he did run some point guard in college, he has rarely done it in the NBA. 

The good thing is, with Denver, you don’t need to be a traditional point guard with Nikola Jokić setting everything up, and Dozier defence will get him on the court a lot.

Pat Connaughton - I don’t love Connaughton as a fantasy option usually, but his Bucks, along with the Hornets and Celtics, have three games from Friday-Monday - the only teams with that schedule. 

There is a chance the Bucks pull wholesale results in one of the games, which would further elevate Connuaghton’s status.

But, even if he remains off the bench, he is currently playing more than Bobby Portis and that can add up over three games.

I haven’t forgotten about those of you with first-round playoff byes or people looking ahead to next week.

Three teams play a massive five games next week - Toronto, Oklahoma City, and Dallas. 

I do not expect any of the Raptors stars to play all five games, so it opens up opportunities for Malachi Flynn and Khem Birch, while OKC will assuredly be sitting Lu Dort in some of those five contests. 

I expect Dallas also to sit Kristaps Porziņģis and Luka Dončić for at least one game. 

Guys you could look to add include Aleksej Pokuševski, Darius Bazley, Moses Brown, Theo Maledon, Tony Bradley (all OKC), Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, Tim Hardaway Jr. (Dallas), and the aforementioned Flynn and Birch in Toronto.

I also like the look of Cole Anthony again next week as an option.

Good luck in your matchups.

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