Waiver Wire and Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Advice for Fantasy Basketball
David Nwaba – SG CHI (19 percent Yahoo)
David Nwaba is a flyer for this week for those in need of SG help. Nwaba is technically the third-string shooting guard for the Bulls, but when Paul Zipser went down with a left foot injury, Nwaba was the man who picked up most of the minutes. Over his last two games, Nwaba has played like an All-Star, averaging 17.5 points and nine rebounds. Over his last four contests, Nwaba has shot 21 for 34, an outstanding .618 shooting percentage.
He is certainly a short-term add just for those who need the production at shooting guard, as Nwaba is likely to be relegated to the bench once Zipser comes back, which may be as soon as next week. But if Zipser’s injury turns out to be more serious than currently believed, Nwaba should be a good roster add if he can keep up his great production.
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Michael Beasley NYK – START ‘EM
Beasley has been great lately for New York, averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game over his last six. On top of that, he’s shooting 42 percent from 3-point land, even if his volume from downtown isn’t super high. With Kristaps Porzingis out for the season, Beasley has gotten starter minutes and a solid number of shots. The cupboard is pretty bare for New York right now, so don’t expect that to change. They may give some younger guys some more minutes here soon, but they also traded a young big man in Willy Hernangomez, so it’s not as if they have a ton of young talent in the front court chomping at the bit to get minutes. Beasley is a solid starting option in Fantasy right now.
Terry Rozier BOS – SIT ‘EM
With Marcus Smart now back for Boston, Rozier’s minutes will take a hit. Smart has averaged 27 minutes in the two games he’s played since returning, while Rozier has been closer to 20. Smart has also played quite well, making it tougher and tougher for Rozier to stand out in a crowded backcourt in Boston. He’s still a key piece for the Celtics, but it’s going to be tough for him to remain relevant in Fantasy with the whole Boston backcourt intact. He’s a worthy stash in case the Celtics lose a guard at some point, but he should be kept on the bench for now.
Alex Len – C PHO (29 percent)
With Tyson Chandler out with a neck injury, Alex Len has had a chance to get more minutes, and he has made the most of them. In his last three games, he has averaged a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He dominated on defense as well with more than two blocks per game. Alex Len has played fairly well all year, but he hasn’t had a ton of opportunity, averaging less than 20 minutes per game. However, he has taken this opportunity and run with it.
With third-string center Alan Williams out for at least another month, and Chandler probably gone for another two weeks, Len is a good add for at least the next couple weeks. He might even be worth keeping on your roster after Chandler comes back, as Len’s good play will probably net him more bench minutes. If not, he will be an easy drop, and owners won’t regret the weeks of good production picked up in the meantime.
Jamal Crawford MIN – SIT ‘EM
Crawford may become a trendy name in Fantasy when Jimmy Butler went down with a knee injury, but Fantasy owners should tread carefully. Crawford is 38 and hasn’t really added any new skills to his game in his old age. He’s not going to give you anything aside from points and some treys, and those likely won’t come at an efficient rate. He’s shooting just 42.5 percent from the field this year and 35 percent from beyond the arc. If you are desperate for points and 3-pointers, he can help some; however, there are better, more versatile options out there. Stay away from Crawford in your starting lineup.
Ish Smith – PG DET (34 percent)
Ish Smith has been on the periphery of Fantasy value for the past several weeks now, as he has been filling in for the injured Reggie Jackson who is sidelined with an ankle injury. Since the New Year, Smith has been getting starting minutes, and he has really been sneaky good. Since becoming the full-time starter (which is a pretty large sample size of 25 games), he has averaged 13.5 points, 5.3 assists, and 3.5 rebounds, which are stats worthy of a roster spot for a point guard.
He has been especially hot the last couple of games, averaging 21 points and 7.5 assists against the Hawks and Celtics. Reggie Jackson has been cleared for light activity, but he is still a couple weeks away from playing. And there is no guarantee he even gets his starting role back, as Smith has filled in nicely. Smith is a mid-term add with long-term potential.
De’Aaron Fox SAC – START ‘EM
Fox has had an eye issue recently that has caused him some trouble and forced him to miss a game last week. However, he was able to return on Saturday and play 30 minutes, putting up 13 points and six assists. This was a good sign to see him getting right back into the swing of things, and a reminder that Fox is going to play big minutes the remainder of the season. He’ll have the opportunity to shine the rest of the way for the Kings, and he’s shown signs in recent weeks of a big breakout. With the Kings playing a whopping five games this week, he’s definitely a start.
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