Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Pickups to help your playoff chances

TO Gabe Allen, RotoWire

Special for Sportzshala Sports

Although this season has seen the same parity as in recent memory, the NBA regular season is still starting to wind down, slowly but surely, with more teams dropping out of the playoff race and shifting their focus to developing young talent.

For some fantasy leagues, the playoffs have already begun, while others are approaching this stage. Taking into account the different timelines, this week’s waiver article divides the proposed pickups into two categories: wide squad players whose availability should be rechecked, and wide squad players who are included in no more than one of every five leagues.

Without further ado, here are nine players to consider adding in Week 20.


Marvin Bagley, Detroit Pistons (47% of participants)

After missing a month with a broken finger on his non-dominant hand, Bagley benefited from the recent absences of Isaiah Stewart (thigh) and Jalen Duren (ankle) by scoring 50 points and 39 boards in his first three games since returning to the team. rotation. However, even as Stewart and Duren recover, Bagley’s offensive agility and Stewart’s ability to keep distance could allow Detroit to regularly form lineups with two of their four big men (including James Wiseman). So Bagley could be more than a short-term stream, so see if he’s still available.

Bruce Brown, Denver Nuggets (46% of members)

Brown has his worst rebounding season (3.9 rebounds) since his rookie days. However, he holds career highs in scoring (11.1 ppg), dimes (3.5 apg), triples (1.3 3 ppg), and minutes (28.6 ppg) while still holding a stable percentage of hits from the field (48.7% from the field) and playing defense. 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Brown played in over 50 percent of the leagues for most of the season, but that number dropped after a couple of disappointing games after the All-Star break. If another manager in your league has turned him down, feel free to pick up the versatile, multi-position Brown.

Dennis Schroeder, Los Angeles Lakers (44% of participants)

In his last 18 games, Schroeder is averaging 13.9 points, 5.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 triples and 0.9 steals in 33.0 minutes. What’s more, with LeBron James (foot) out for at least three weeks and D’Angelo Russell (ankle) on the verge of missing his fourth consecutive game against Minnesota on Friday, Schroeder will be playing with the ball even more often. in this season. month. If by chance it’s still available in your league, add it immediately.

James Wiseman, Detroit Pistons (43% of participants)

Like Bagley, Wiseman has capitalized on Stewart and Duren’s recent injury absences, so it’s fair to wonder how long each player will consistently contribute. However, with Bagley and Stewart able to take the power forward position, it’s possible that all four frontcourt players will split their time roughly evenly and achieve solid fantasy relevance before the end of the year. At the very least, Wiseman deserves a speculative addition in most leagues if he can continue to rack up high points and rebounds.

Dennis Smith Jr., Charlotte Hornets (39% of participants)

With LaMelo Ball (ankle) out for the remainder of the season, Smith will likely continue to see enough minutes on most nights for the lowly Hornets. Like Pistons point guard Killian Hayes, Smith has significant value in leagues that ignore shooting percentage and prioritize stats instead. Managers of other formats may want to stay away unless they can afford to drop their field goal percentage significantly.


Austin Reeves, Los Angeles Lakers (20% of participants)

Reeves has scored 17 or more points in three of his last four games and has also provided at least four assists in the same period. In addition, the extended absence of James and, to a lesser extent, Russell opens up the possibility for Reeves, among the other Lakers, to get into the stats. Managers in the deep leagues shouldn’t lose sight of Reeves. It deserves attention in most formats.

Isaiah Joe, Oklahoma City Thunder (19% of attendees)

Small sample size warning! Over the past four games, Joe is averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 triples, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals in 28.8 minutes. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (abdominal distension and health and safety protocols) missed all four games. However, Joe’s deep range can keep him in the game even after the return of Gilgeous-Alexander. Those who need threes should look no further than Joe.

Chris Dunn, Utah Jazz (14% members)

Managers in the deep leagues who need a Week 20 streaming option can do a lot more than Dunn. In his three games since joining the Jazz, Dunn has averaged 12.3 points, 4.0 dimes, 3.0 boards and 1.7 steals, while throwing just 0.7 assists in 22.0 minutes as a substitute point guard. Colleen Sexton (hamstring) is due for a re-evaluation after the weekend, so there’s a chance Dunn’s fantasy role will be short-lived. However, Dunn seems like a worthy addition until Sexton returns.

Patrick Beverley, Chicago Bulls (11% of participants)

Beverley had a stellar performance against the Pistons, posting a total of five points, 10 boards, 10 dimes, four steals and one block in 33 minutes. Despite no real increase in playing time in his first four games with the Bulls compared to what he saw with the Lakers, it’s clear that Beverley will be relied upon more in Chicago. In his first four games for the hometown team, he averaged 5.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in 27.8 minutes. Beverly’s ability to compete in all categories makes him worthy of attention even in the standard leagues. Add it now before it’s too late.

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