Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6 (2019)
It’s Thanksgiving week, so that means we have to start preparing for the games on Christmas! I kid, I kid. Since it’s the season of giving thanks, I want to thank Blaine for allowing me a platform to spew my fantasy basketball thoughts and I thank you for spending the time to read said thoughts.
The waiver wire has been picked clean in most leagues, so don’t expect too many week or league winners going forward. It’s all about the number of games played and specific categories that you want or need. Here’s a schedule grid with pace ratings to help you map out the next week. Hopefully, we can mine some players to help you bring fantasy glory for next week and induce you to run around naked while shouting Hallelujah!
Ownership percentages are from the Yahoo database and only those players owned in fewer than 50% of leagues will be highlighted.
Josh Hart (SG/SF – NO) – 42% owned
Hart has missed seven games due to ankle and knee injuries. It sounds like he is close to returning, so now is the time to scoop him up. When healthy, Hart was producing top 60 value for fantasy. Now, he was afforded starting opportunites due to other injuries the Pelicans were experiencing, so expecting top 60 production going forward seems optimistic. With that said, he will likely receive around 26 minutes of playing time per game and contribute points, three-pointers, rebounds, and steals. The Pelicans also play at the third-fastest offensive pace in the league, so more possessions equates to more fantasy goodies.
Danuel House Jr. (SG/SF – HOU) – 44% owned
House missed four games due to injury in early November but has returned and played in three straight games. I’m surprised House is still available in leagues because he was producing top 60-ish value before getting injured. The Rockets play at the second-fastest offensive pace and House is a starter averaging close to 30 minutes a game. He provides some points, three-pointers, rebounds, steals, and blocks. It’s difficult to find across-the-board production like House provides. Grab him if he’s available.
Moritz Wagner (PF/C – WAS) – 32% owned
What’s a guy have to do to get some love? Over the past seven games, Wagner is a top 80 player, despite playing only 21 minutes per game! There’s a chance that number increases by two or three if he continues to play well. Wagner is someone I’ve been intrigued with ever since the Lakers drafted him in 2018. He’s a big man who can shoot from beyond the arc but is agile enough to run the floor. Now, he’s been shooting 64% from the field. That’s probably not sustainable. For perspective, he shot 41% during his rookie season. If he gets cold, the playing time could dissipate, but he is a good shooter so maybe the regression isn’t that bad. If not, and he continues to get more playing time, Wagner contributes points, three-pointers, rebounds, a smattering of defensive stats, and some assists. The Wizards are terrible, so it may be in their best interest to see what exactly they have the roster and develop the young kids.
Nerlens Noel (PF/C – OKC) – 44% owned
Steven Adams is the starting center in OKC and Noel is the backup. That won’t change unless Adams gets traded, but Noel has been the much better fantasy contributor. Over the past four games, Noels has been a top 35 player despite averaging only 20.7 minutes per game. His value has been fueled by 7 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.8 blocks, 63% shooting from the field, and 81% shooting from the line. If you need big man stats, you know what to do. Out of all the players written up so far, Noel by far has the most upside. If Adams does get traded or injured, he could be a league winner.
Glenn Robinson III (SG/SF – GS) – 30% owned
Back in the day, Glenn Robinson aka The Big Dog was producing top 40 value for fantasy. Now, the young pup, Glenn Robinson III, has been producing top 60 value for fantasy. Prior to this season, he finished as the 427th, 358th, 238th, 371th, and 446th player on a per-game basis. Why the leap this year? Minutes. The Young Pup is averaging close to 33 minutes per game for a tanking and injured Warriors team. As a result, he’s a pure volume play who will contribute points, three-pointers, some rebounds, assists, and steals. The percentages are excellent from both the field and line. The floor is relatively high due to the sheer amount of minutes he will play, but the 49% shooting from the field will likely regress a bit.
Frank Ntilikina (PG/SG – NY) – 22% owned
Ntilikina has started 12 games this season. He’s been a top 80 player during that span. The usage rate is low (11.2) so the points won’t rain down from the heavens like manna for the Israelites, but he provides assists, steals, and blocks. He’s also playing over 31 minutes per game. Now, David Fizdale is still the coach of the Knicks, so you never know what he’s going to do. Plus, Elfrid Payton has been sidelined by a hamstring injury, and you know Fizdale loves him some Elfrid Payton.