Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: It’s time to load up for Week 21!
The fantasy basketball playoffs have begun, and like every Monday, I’ll be taking a look at a few players who are less than 50% represented in the Sportzshala fantasy basketball leagues. For more tips on getting through Week 21, check out my playoffs cheat sheet and schedule analysis.
Here are the games played by each team in week 21.
Four games: Bucks, Celtics, Grizzlies, Heat, Kings, Lakers, Magic, Nuggets, Pistons, Raptors, Rockets, Spurs, Suns, Timberwolves and Warriors
Three games: 76ers, Bulls, Cavs, Clippers, Hawks, Mavericks, Nets, Pacers, Pelicans, Thunder, Trail Blazers and Wizards
Two games: Hornets, Jazz and Knicks
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Okay, now that you know which commands to choose for streaming, let’s get to the pickups.
Xavier Tillman – PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies (42% of participants)
Stephen Adams (knee) and Brandon Clark (Achilles) is out of the regular season and Tillman is the next person to hold the frontcourt with The Jackson Jr years. Tillman started eight of Memphis’ last nine games since the All-Star break, posting a nearly double-double with 11.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks on 56.4% field goals.
He’s ranked 76th in the leagues out of 9 categories over the past two weeks, and the Grizzlies have an excellent playoff schedule, playing four games from weeks 21 to 23. Tillman is locked out for 30 minutes a night and although he will struggle from the line, he is still worth the entrance fee due to his low double-double potential and defensive stats.
Jalen Duren – PF/C, Detroit Pistons (46% of participants)
Marvin Bagley III (ankle) hurt (again), and although James Wiseman plays well, there is also a place for a beginner to eat. Düren missed six games from late February to early March, but he played 20 minutes in each of the previous two games. In these games, he averages 12 points on 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.
The Pistons’ injury record gets longer as the game progresses, with power forward and center minutes mostly going to Wiseman and Duren. He’s a player who can hit a lot of rebounds in a limited number of minutes, but he’s starting Week 21 against the Pacers and the Wizards. He will face the Nuggets and Heat (tough matches) to round out the week, but at the very least, rebounds and blocks make him a worthy addition this week.
Donte DiVincenzo – PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies (39% of participants)
I wrote about how important DiVincenzo will be to the Warriors with Andrew Wiggins (personal) is still far from the team. Despite a couple of low-quality releases in week 20, I’m not relinquishing my position that it’s worth streaming for the next two weeks. He ended his Saturday OT slump by beating the Bucks with 20 points (7-16 field goals, 6-12 on three points) on 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 37 minutes. His six triples also set a career high. He suddenly becomes a liaison for the Dubs, and Steve Kerr made it clear how important he was to Golden State, calling DiVincenzo a “find.”
In March, DiVincenzo averaged 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 triples and 2 shots per game, so even if his shots don’t drop, he’s counting statistics in other categories. The Warriors play four times in Week 21 and he’ll be a decent stream later this week against fantasy-friendly teams like the Hawks and Grizzlies.
Austin Reeves – SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (39% in composition)
If you’re looking for someone to improve your efficiency and effectiveness in H2H formats, Reeves is your go-to. He is one of the most effective shooters in the league. And that’s not hyperbole. Generally, big players dominate the shot percentage, but if you look at the roster, Reeves is the only defender behind. Steph Curry. His 51/39/87 rolls are no joke considering his volume. In his last five games, he’s made it to the line nearly five times a game and made at least nine shots.
He won’t rebound much, but he’s had at least four assists in five of his last seven games. The Lakers have a big week ahead of them, and Reeves will continue to play a major role in their playoff quest.
Jalen Suggs – PG/SG, Orlando Magic (28% of participants)
Suggs has pinned opponents over the past five games, throwing 2.2 steals per game, averaging over 13 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes per night. He also found his shot, shooting 49% from the field and 44% from three-point range.
The Magic will play four games and since their playoff hopes are over, I expect him to keep his role in the rotation going forward. He will be useful for anyone who needs promotions (he set a career high with three blocks in OT against the Heat on Saturday) and triples, and he won’t hurt your shots the way he plays now.
Isaiah Leavers – SG/SF – Detroit Pistons (10% of participants)
As stated, the Pistons’ injury record is longer than the CVS receipt, so the Livers remain a decent streaming option to open Week 21. He should definitely start against the Pacers on Monday (he played them on Saturday and gave them 18 points with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 6 shares), and they will play the Wizards on Tuesday.
Tank mode has its benefits for some, and Leavers is poised to have a strong week with minimal competition per minute (he averages 36 minutes over the last four competitions). He should help fantasy managers with steals, points and threes.
Malik Monk – PG/SG, Sacramento Kings (32% of participants)
The Kings are playing three games in four nights, and Monk is currently in the warm-up, averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5 assists with 4 triples in each of his last two games. He was the 57th 9-cat in Week 20, and the Kings are also winning from the Ws, going 8-2 over the last 10 games.
Monk gives a powerful spark to the second unit, and he is more aggressive on the road, averaging almost 3 points per game and making 3 more roll attempts. Three of the four Kings games are on the way this week, and they’ll need Monk’s scoring and play as much as fantasy managers.
Josh Okogi – SG/SF, Phoenix Suns (26% of participants)
I know I just praised Monk’s recent play but, uhh, Okogi caught the body Sunday night:
He played well with Kevin Duran out of stock before and during Terrence Ross will also get more views, I like the minutes and the Okogi defense more. Don’t get me wrong, when Ross is in the game, he’s in the game, but he has a striped AF and I at least have some data on how Okogie fits without KD on the Suns: in seven games since the trade deadline when KD was suspended, Okogie averaged 15.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 34 minutes per game.
If you need triplets, Ross is a good target, but Okogi is the starter and best option for fantasy right now.
Short term additions
Talen Horton-Tucker – SG/SF, Utah Jazz (40% members)
Use it on Monday and toss it if you don’t have room to keep it until Saturday. He is averaging almost 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists on 4 losses per game over the past five games. But he fired up in his previous performance, almost hitting his first triple-double with 37 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists.
Colleen Sexton still in street clothes so tht and Chris Dunn will be solid streamers on Monday against Miami.
Andrew Nembhard – PG/SG, Indiana Pacers (15% of participants)
I can’t tell if the Pacers are actively tanking because they’ve won three of their last four games while their best players are holed up. Nembhard – Mandatory line-up on Monday, with Tyrese Halliburton And TJ McConnell against the Pistons.
He scored 19 points on 8 assists and just 2 turnovers in their last match and he’s going to have to take on the load again. The Pacers won’t play again until Thursday, so you might have to give him up. However, if you have the bandwidth, I would wait until Wednesday for more clarity on Haliburton’s status.
Isaiah Jackson – PF/C, Indiana Pacers (29% of members)
If you argue between Jackson and Jalen Smith (it’s tricky) I usually choose the starter in these circumstances. Even though Smith has been in the rotation more than Jackson this season, Jackson is the one the Pacers turn to. Miles Turner deal with a back injury. He didn’t disappoint the Pistons on Saturday, double-doubling 19 and 11 with 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Turner is busy from day to day, but Jackson should run again on Monday. As with Nembhard and Haliburton, if you can afford to wait until Wednesday for the latest injury news, do so. If not, it’s understandable that after tonight, Jackson will be dumped.
Others to consider by category
Cam Reddish – SF/PF, Portland Trail Blazers (points, steals, triplets)
Trey Liles – PF/C, Sacramento Kings (points, rebounds, triples)
Corey Joseph – PG/SG, Detroit Pistons (points, assists, steals)
Devonte Graham – PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs (points, triplets)
Jalen Smith – PF/C, Indiana Pacers (bounces, blocks)
Terrence Ross – SG/SF, Phoenix Suns (points, triplets)
Tari Eason – SF/PF, Houston Rockets (steals)
Grayson Allen – SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks (points, triplets)
Nick Richards – C, Charlotte Hornets (bounces, blocks)
Dennis Smith Jr. PG/scout, Charlotte Hornets (helping, stealing)
Chris Dunn – PG/SG, Utah Jazz (helping, stealing)
Jay Sean Tate – SF/PF, Houston Rockets (rebounds, assists)
Joe Ingles – San Francisco, Milwaukee Bucks (assists, triplets)