Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pick Ups
Hey Fantasy Hoopers, as we move into Week 8 of the Fantasy Basketball season I am gonna take this opportunity to sprinkle in some advanced stats to help promote some of this week’s Wavier Wire suggestions. I will not throw stats around all willy nilly, but use them as a tool to show how effective a player has been, even if his minutes were limited earlier in the season.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments section below, and it may behove you to take a look at last week's Wavier Article as some players on last week's list may still be available in your league. And for you Daily League players, be sure to check out our DFS plays of the night which posts around 5:30pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in our NBA Articles section.
(Note: percentage numbers indicate percentage owned).
Reggie Jackson OKC (50%) is 13th in the league, among players who are averaging 25 or minutes per game, in points on drives and fifth in points per 48 minutes on drives. So, Jackson has been very effective in getting to the basket, which is evident as Jackson has scored in double-figures in 11 of his last 12 games while contributing a handful of rebounds and assists. Jackson may not be starting, but he is getting enough minutes off the bench to make him worthy of adding in leagues with more than 10 teams. (An interesting side note, Reggie Jackson and Kevin Durant have the highest +/- of any duo in the NBA coming into the week).
Terrence Ross TOR (5.4%) as I pointed out last week, TRoss should be one of the players who benefits most in the Rudy Gay trade, as he has moved into the Raptors starting lineup and is showing flashes of being more than just a scorer. Ross has 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and two steals in his last two games combined.
Pablo Prigioni NYK (2.0%) do not expect much production in the points department, but Prig’s is 6th among players who have played in 20 or more games in effective field goal percentage at 63.2% and 11th in true shooting percentage among qualified players. So, at least when he does shoot he has been effective. Prigioni is also assisting on 25.3% of teammates field goals and has been key in Andrea Bargnani recent uptick in efficiency as Bargnani is shooting 51.7% with Pablo Prigioni in the lineup this month compared to 31.5% without him. Update: Knicks say Pablo Prigioni sustained a hairline fracture in his right toe. He is expected to miss two weeks. Beno Udrih played 30 minutes in Monday's game and finished with 12 points, one three pointer, two rebounds, five assists, and a steal and is worth adding in your deeper leagues if you need a short-term bump in assists, with a sprinkling of some auxillary stats.
Lou Williams ATL (13.6%) the minutes restriction on LouWill has been lifted and he responded with 27 points, (6-for-13 from beyond the arc), two boards, three dimes, a steal, and a block in 28 minutes of his last game on Saturday versus the Knicks. I would not expect Williams to regularly score 25-plus points, but the upside is there, with the floor being near the 13-15 points per game he averaged over his last four seasons and would not be surprised to see him average five or more threes made per game as he may be a little less reluctant to drive to the hole this season.
Mo Williams POR (9.8%) is worth a look in deeper leagues if you need threes, some assists, and steals. Williams is small step down from Reggie Jackson, if you missed on Jackson in your league.
Jarrett Jack CLE (25.8%) is ninth in the league, among players who are averaging 25 or minutes per game, in FG% on drives, top 30 in percentage of rebounds per chance at 66%, top 40 in touches per time of possession. To put that in perspective, Sessions usage rating is within two percentage points of such players as Kings Isaiah Thomas, Spurs Tony Parker, and Pacers Paul George, to name a few bigger name players. These advanced stats show that when healthy Jack is a player that he makes his presence felt in multiple facets of the game.
Ramon Sessions CHA (1.8%) is 25th among qualified players in usage rating at 25%, which means that when Sessions is on the floor he is involved in a quarter of the team’s plays, which could come in handy this week if you were looking for a streaming option in weekly leagues as the Bobcats are just one of 12 teams to play four games this week.
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL (less than 1%) is a dynasty/deep keeper league player that is worth stashing if you have the room, with the potential for him to see extended minutes as the season goes on, especially if the Bucks continue to lose. The Greek Freak is a player that could see more minutes, not just because he earns them, but from a business perspective is a player fans will come out to see regardless of the Bucks record.
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