Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Week 21
Welcome to the Week 21 edition of our waiver wire article. Here, we cover some of the best available players you should consider picking up in season-long fantasy basketball leagues, whether it be points or category-based scoring.
Now that we’re this late into the season and only have about a few weeks left in most fantasy leagues, we won’t be going into as much depth with each player. Everyone should by now, be familiar with most of the available waiver wire talent and there’s no need to discuss long-term value. Therefore we’ll just get straight to the point with each player — so, let’s begin.
Ownership percentages are for ESPN leagues as of March 9.
Larry Nance Jr. (PF/C – CLE) 52.6%
In the two games since Tristan Thompson injured his ankle, Larry Nance Jr. has stepped up big as the Cavaliers’ starting center. Over that time, he’s averaged 17.5 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and three steals in 34.5 minutes making him worth owning in all leagues. He should continue to see plenty of time in the starting lineup while Thompson is out, which should be around two weeks if not longer.
Kevin Love’s absence is also helping Nance’s production, and he should remain out until around the end of March. Regardless of what happens with the Cavaliers’ injured frontcourt, Nance has probably done enough to secure solid minutes for at least the rest of the fantasy season.
DeMarre Carroll (SF/PF – BKN) 57.3%
DeMarre Carroll has been a solid fantasy contributor for the last month, so it’s a little surprising to see him still unowned in so many leagues. Over his last six games, the veteran forward averaged 18.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and 3.3 threes in 30.1 minutes.
Though the Nets are a tanking team, Carroll continues to see plenty of time, and while that might not last forever, what’s important is that it is happening now. He’s worth owning in all leagues.
JaMychal Green (PF – MEM) 39.8%
Much like Carroll, JaMychal Green finds himself on a tanking team yet continues to fight every night like it’s the playoffs. Over his last five contests, Green has averaged 13.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 blocks, and one three-pointer in 33.5 minutes. He’s been one of the only bright spots for Memphis, but at this late in the season that doesn’t mean his minutes are safe.
While not quite as old as Carroll – who’s 31 – Green is getting up there in NBA years at 27 (now in his fourth NBA season), and that means you may want to play this one close to your chest. Pick him up now if those stats interest you, but keep an eye on the situation, as Memphis has nothing to play for in their immediate future.
Ben McLemore (SG – MEM) 3.4%
Ben McLemore may not be a very reliable fantasy option, but he’s played well enough as a starter over his last three games to at least warrant a streaming role while he’s hot. Over that period, the Memphis guard has averaged 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.7 steals, and 2.3 threes, which is extremely valuable production coming from a guy rarely mentioned outside of daily leagues. He’s a somewhat streaky player and may rightly be overshadowed by a deep waiver wire, but you could certainly do worse.
And, as I keep saying, you don’t need him to be great for very long. Every next game carries more weight than the one before it, so if you’re in need of some extra points, rebounds, steals, or threes, McLemore may just be your guy. Again, things could easily change soon, but at the moment, it’s hard to ignore him while he’s putting up value across the board.
Caris LeVert (PF/SG/SF – BKN) 14.5%
Caris LeVert, a waiver wire success story half-way through the fantasy season, is looking like he may be back to fantasy relevance after a forgettable couple of months. He’s now put up double-digit points in three straight games, two of which saw him record more than 20, and has a chance to keep it going on a bad Nets team.
With little else to play for, other than developing young talent, the Nets would be wise to continue feeding LeVert, and that means he could be worth more than just a spot start in 12-team leagues. At the moment, LeVert is more of a deep league option, though many owners in standard leagues could probably use him as a useful streamer.
Other Players Worth Considering
- Joe Ingles (PF/SF- UTA) 47.7%
- Bojan Bogdanovic (SG/SF – IND) 44.8%
- Montrezl Harrell (PF – LAC) 19%
- Rudy Gay (SF/PF – SA) 32.5%
- Jarrell Martin (PF – MEM) 3.4%