Frank Stampfl of RotoExperts.com, also known as @Roto_Frank, reveals the latest waiver wire additions in Fantasy Basketball, led by Frank Kaminsky of the Charlotte Hornets.
If you’re reading this, we hope you aren’t one of the poor souls who prematurely dropped Tim Frazier because Jrue Holiday was returning. He’s owned in about 72 percent of leagues, so my guess is more than a few owners gave up on him. It seems that he’s been able to play off Holiday, and perhaps the defensive attention that Holiday draws allows Frazier more open looks and cuts to the basket. If you are one of the owners who dropped Frazier, then guess what, you came to the right place! Below are the top added players over the past week or so, and they should be available depending on the format/depth of the league you play in. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Marco Belinelli (Owned in 13% on Yahoo!/2.7% on ESPN) has provided a spark off the bench for the Charlotte Hornets recently, and he is beginning to earn more minutes. He’s played 27 or more minutes in each of the last four games, averaging 13.5 points and three 3-pointers per night. That includes a standout performance against the Pelicans in which he scored 22 points with seven (SEVEN!) 3-pointers. While some might think the minutes are a fluke, he will continue to hover around 25 minutes per game because this team’s bench is weak at the guard and wing positions. Not only that, he’s arguably the best 3-point shooter on the Hornets roster. Through 13 games, Belinelli is shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc, with a 56.7 percent true-shooting percentage and an offensive rating of 108. Like most 3-point specialists, Belinelli is a streaky shooter, so be sure to grab him now while he’s hot. He’ll help owners with points and treys, while chipping in a few rebounds and assists for those in category/rotisserie formats.
Jerryd Bayless (Owned in 12% on Yahoo!/2.7% on ESPN) is a player who garnered a ton of attention for Fantasy purposes, once Ben Simmons went down with an injury, because it was assumed he would start at point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers. Low and behold, Bayless himself suffered a wrist injury in the preseason, which caused him to miss most of November. In his return, Bayless scored just four points on one for seven shooting, but he did dish out five assists with two rebounds in just 15 minutes of play. 76ers head coach Brett Brown revealed that there would be no minutes’ restriction on Bayless moving forward and eventually, he could take over the starting point guard job. As good as Sergio Rodriguez was early on, he has really fallen off the edge of a cliff. Bayless should be able to consistently score in double-digits moving forward, chipping in treys, assists and close to a steal per game. He should be owned in 12-team leagues or deeper until Simmons returns (if he returns).
Tony Allen (Owned in 5% on Yahoo!/1.1% on ESPN) is never the flashiest player, but in deeper leagues he should be owned for his defense alone. Over the past two seasons, Allen is averaging 1.88 steals per game, an elite rate. In three games since returning from injury, Allen has already racked up five steals, and has at least one block in each of those games. Allen hasn’t been terrible offensively either, and the Grizzlies will need a spark on the wing now that Chandler Parsons has been shut down for two weeks. He’s scored 11 or more points in two of the three games on 52-percent shooting, while seeing his minutes’ increase. Allen is a complementary piece who should be added in 14-team leagues or deeper on team’s that are stacked offensively but need help in the steals category.
Will Barton (Owned in 60% on Yahoo!/39.5% on ESPN) is a do-it-all player who could still be grabbed off the waiver wire because he just returned from a severe ankle sprain. In his first full season with the Denver Nuggets in 2015-16, Barton became last year’s waiver wire darling, finishing as a Top-90 player in both eight-cat and nine-cat formats. He’s a streaky guy but when he gets hot, he can really be a key piece who helps across the board in category leagues. Take his month of December last year for example. In 15 games, Barton averaged 20.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting, 6.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 three’s, and 0.9 steals in 32.9 minutes per game. Of course the Nuggets are a deeper team this season but Barton has established himself on this roster as a player his teammates and Mike Malone could depend on. The timing of his injury was unfortunate earlier on considering Barton got off to a blistering start, having scored at least 16 points in each of the Nuggets’ first three games. Since returning he’s been rather pedestrian but his minutes have been limited and he has to work himself back into the flow of the game. At last, there have been trade rumors swirling around that could see Barton on the move. There’s a good chance he could end up on a team where he has even more of a role, perhaps as the sixth man or leader off the bench, leading to more usage. Either way, Barton should be owned in all formats, but keep in mind if you play in category leagues, his field-goal percentage will hurt at times.
Trey Lyles (Owned in 37% on Yahoo!/8.4% on ESPN) has been playing more lately because Derrick Favors is injured, and he doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. According to head coach Quin Snyder, Favors will be out “awhile,” which bodes well for Lyles’ minutes. Lyles has played roughly 27 minutes per game over his last four, with averages of 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.3 treys. Lyles isn’t a defensive presence but his impact is made beyond the arc. Lyles wasn’t much of a long-range shooter in college but he’s worked on that aspect of his game to earn more minutes. The only other bigs the Jazz have on their roster are Boris Diaw and Jeff Withey, so Lyles’ playing time won’t be threatened as long as Favors is out. Honestly, it seems like he should earn more minutes based on those backup options but that’s just me. Owners in category/rotisserie formats should expect decent points, treys and rebounds from Lyles.
Frank Kaminsky (Owned in 18% on Yahoo!/10% on ESPN) has been on a tear recently, and is now a concrete piece in Steve Clifford’s rotation. Kaminsky has scored 15 or more points in three of his last four games, hitting exactly 3-threes in each of those games. In his most recent outing against the Grizzlies, Kaminsky went off for 23 points on 9 of 11 shooting with 3-threes, three blocks and a steal. It’s only his second season but we’ve already seen improvements in his overall game. On a per-36 basis he’s averaging 5.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while barely turning the ball over for those playing in nine-cat formats. He’s also improved his efficiency shooting-wise, posting a 54.9 effective field-goal percentage, 47 percent overall from the field and 33 percent from downtown. Obviously, owners want more on the defensive end from the power forward/center position but his pro game hasn’t progressed that far yet. He did provide 1.5 blocks per game in his senior year at Wisconsin, so perhaps it will eventually show up. Kaminsky’s minutes should hover around 25 minutes but if something were to happen to Roy Hibbert or Spencer Hawes, that number will jump. Don’t expect the defense just yet but for those in need of three-point shooting from the power forward or center position, Kaminsky is your guy.
All stats used before the November 23 games.