Weekly Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups
Hey Fantasy Hoopers, looking for a pickup or two to get your team primed for the playoffs or a late surge in your roto leagues? Well then we got you covered in this week’s Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups. (Note: The percentage numbers indicate ownership in ESPN leagues. Click on the players in blue to see their profile page and for the most part we focus on providing players who are around 50% or less owned).
This Week's Schedule:
- 5 Games: LAL
- 4 Games: BKN, CHA, CHI, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, POR, SAC, UTA
- 3 Games: ATL, BOS, CLE, DAL, LAC, OKC, PHX, SAS, WAS
- 2 Games: ORL, PHI, TOR
- While the Lakers have a league high five games they only have two next week and three the following.
- Of the three teams that have two games this week ORL has three games next week while PHI and TOR have four.
- In the week starting March 17th the LAC is the only team that plays two games.
I post this in case you are on the fence deciding between a player or two as one of the questions from this week’s mailbag highlights:
Fantasy Nomad's Mailbag:
@DavidLZion: better play this week Farmar (5), Ajinca (4), Barnes (3) or Alphabet Soup (4)
Most often it is best to go with the player who has the more games and this case is no different, especially since Farmar has proven to be a solid fantasy option so long as he stays healthy. Giannis Antetokounmpo (The Alphabet/Greek the Freak) gets the slight nod ahead of Alexis Ajinca mainly because the Bucks play five games next week to the Pelicans three and he is not as much of a liablity in terms of getting into foul trouble as Ajinca is. Barnes is already meh and now will come off the bench as Doc Rivers said he wants to start newly acquired small forward Danny Granger.
@TarynEAnthony: I need 2: J. Lin, W. Chandler, D. Waiters, B. McLemore, Chalmers, Aaron Brooks, Farmar, K. Marshall
Farmar, for the reasons laid out above (and more to come within the contents on following slides). Second choice is Wilson Chandler, (Update: Ty Lawson will return Monday).
Thanks David and Taryn for the questions and if you have ones of your own you can tweet @FantasyNomad and/or post them in the comments section below where I can give more detailed answers.
Before we segue into this week’s waiver wire recommendations I want to remind you to check out our Daily Dribble article which comes out everyday and highlights injury news of the day, how it should shape your decision making (especially for those of you who play on DFS), upcoming daily league tournaments, and a few other surprises to help you gain an advantage over your competition. Now let’s bounce on over to this week’s top free agent targets.