Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 14 (2020)
The NBA trade deadline is only two weeks away, so there could be some usage and minutes opening up for players. Teams may want to showcase certain players to entice prospective buyers, while others may be bubble wrapped for fear of injury, allowing no-names to make a name for themselves. Keep an eye on all the movement and playing time hierarchies to pounce on opportunities. Another thing to be cognizant of is the schedule for games played per week. Every win is critical, so you should know which teams are playing two games and which have been blessed with a four-game week. Use your streaming spots to pluck players from teams that are playing the most games to maximize your chances of achieving fantasy glory.
Ownership percentages are from the Yahoo database, and only those players owned in less than half of leagues will be highlighted.
For Week 15 (1/27-2/2):
- 2-game week: IND, MIN, and ORL.
- 4-game week: CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, HOU, SAC, TOR, and UTH
Eric Paschall (SF/PF – GSW): 35% owned
Over the past four games, Paschall has contributed some masterpieces, as he’s been a top-45 player in fantasy. He’s averaged 30.5 minutes, 18.5 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 7.5 rebounds, and a steal while shooting 56% from the field on 13.3 attempts and 90% from the line on 2.5 attempts. That said, he played two of those games without Draymond Green, and he totaled 35 and 42 minutes in those appearances. With Green on the court, Paschall played just 25 and 20 minutes. He still scored 16 points in each of those two games, however, which is why I’m mentioning him in this article. Paschall has value and can provide points, three-pointers, rebounds, and steals. He’s also got a high ceiling whenever Green misses games.
Daniel Theis (PF/C – BOS): 15% owned
I usually place an emphasis on minutes played for fantasy basketball, but there are a few players who force me out of my shell. Nerlens Noel is one and Theis is the other. Theis is a low-usage player, so don’t expect many points from him. What he does provide are rebounds and defensive stats. In 21.9 minutes on the season, Theis is averaging six rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game, good for top-110 production. Over the past four games, he’s been a top-55 player, as his minutes have crept up by three per game, his assists have tripled to three, he’s stolen once per game and blocked 1.8 times per game, and he’s converted 69% of his 5.8 attempts from the field. That’s not a bad floor/ceiling combo for a player who’s available for free.
Matisse Thybulle (SG/SF – PHI): 12% owned
Looking for offense? Then scroll down past this blurb because Thybulle provides very little in that department. His specialty is in the defensive stats. Over the past four games, Thybulle has contributed 2.3 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. Those are elite numbers. On the season, he’s contributing 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. He’s also been playing 31.3 minutes. Now, the defensive production comes with a hefty tax, as he’s shooting 38% from the field and 66% from the free-throw line on the season. It’s on low volume, but still.
Damion Lee (SG – GSW): 36% owned
The Warriors believe in Lee, proven by his new three-year contract extension. You should believe in him as well. He’s starting, playing a ton of minutes, and providing points, three-pointers, rebounds, some assists, and steals. Over the past three games, Lee has averaged 36.5 minutes, 11.3 points, a three-pointer, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.3 steals. He hasn’t missed a free throw in 2.3 attempts per game and on the season he’s posting an 88% mark. The big bugaboo to his game, though, is his shooting efficiency, as he’s shot 37% over the past three games and is converting only 40% on the season.
Cam Reddish (PG/SG/SF – ATL): 9% owned
There’s a lot to like with Cam. First, his nickname is Killer Cam. Second, his positional versatility is nice. Third, the Hawks play at the third-fastest pace in the league. Fourth, he’s started the past seven games. Finally, his averages over that span have been 29.5 minutes, 11.7 points, two three-pointers, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks. His free throw percentage has been good at 80%, but his field goal percentage has been a putrid 39%. That’s returned top-100 production, but we need some context here. While he’s been inefficient shooting the ball, it’s still a significant increase from the 33% mark he was posting on the season. While the overall numbers look meh, the production has been fraught with inconsistencies. That’s bad on one hand, but it shows the upside that Cam possesses. He’s scored over 20 points two times, but he’s been held to single digits in four others. Let’s remember that Cam is a rookie and he’s still learning and growing. He’s shown the upside. Now, he just needs to put it together on a nightly basis.
Shabazz Napier (PG/SG – MIN): 19% owned
I’m not a big Napier fan, especially since he tanks the field goal percentage. Unlike Reddish, we have a good idea of who Napier is as a fantasy asset because he’s been in the league for six years. With that said, he’s starting and playing over 28 minutes per game since Jeff Teague was shuttled off to Atlanta. He’s also providing those elusive assists. Over the past four games, he’s averaged eight assists per game. Napier won’t score much or provide blocks, but he will also contribute some three-pointers and steals as well.