With a month left in the NBA season, players' statistics from the last week of action become more important as teams rest guys and rotations change for the home stretch. Fantasy basketball playoffs are getting ready to begin and you must stay ahead of the game and make sure all teams are in consideration when looking to pick up a player. NBA teams towards the bottom of the standings will expand their rotations and give players further down the bench more playing time. The Memphis Grizzlies, who are near the top of the Western Conference, are now dealing with Ja Morant being away from the team and Brandon Clarke won’t return for the rest of the season after tearing his Achilles the other night. Those absences will make Tyus Jones a top fantasy basketball waiver wire pickup this week. The NBA injury report is always changing, so make sure you're staying on top of the latest fantasy basketball news and notes. Here are a few NBA players to target from the fantasy basketball waiver wire.
Fantasy Basketball NBA Waiver Wire Pickups
Tyus Jones, PG, Memphis Grizzlies – 45% rostered
The world will be Jones' oyster in Memphis until we get more information on the NBA’s investigation of Ja Morant. He might be out for just a few games, or it could end up being a few weeks. Jones sees an increase in usage with Morant off the floor and he should be the Grizzlies' main playmaker until Morant is back on the court. Jones played 36 minutes last game and dropped 25 points and 12 dimes against the Clippers and he has a few favorable matchups coming up. Expect double figures in shot attempts for at least the next few games. The Grizzlies will be in pace-up spots against the Lakers and Warriors. Jones is also coming off a five-steal game and he’s averaging one swipe per outing for the year. Jones will get a ton of run moving forward and should absolutely be viewed as a prioritized player to add.
Kyle Anderson, F, Minnesota Timberwolves – 46% rostered
As long as Karl-Anthony Towns isn’t playing, Anderson’s fantasy basketball value is safe. Rudy Gobert, who hasn’t been the healthiest, needs help in the post and Anderson has been able to produce inside and beyond the arc. He’s hit the 30-minute mark in four of his last six outings and even though he doesn’t take a high volume of shots, he’s still scored 12 or more points in 6 of his last 8 battles. He shoots over 51% from the field and 44% from downtown. Anderson takes smart shots, but that’s not his only focus. He frequently tries to keep the ball moving and he even runs plays himself. Anderson is dishing 4.2 assists per battle and we’ve seen an uptick lately as he’s posted five or more in five of his last seven matchups. He even grabs about five boards and blocks nearly a shot per game. He’s a feisty defender and steals the ball 1.2 times per game.
Dunn will remain on the Jazz for at least another week after they signed him to another 10-day contract. Collin Sexton is still injured and even when he’s ready to return to action, Dunn can still find himself playing around 20 minutes per game. He’s taken 10 or more shots in four of five games with Utah and scored 11 points or more in all 5 games. Dunn can play multiple positions. When given the opportunity, he’s been utilized even as a wing defender at times in his career. He’s done an excellent job of setting up his teammates and has dished no fewer than three assists in each of his last four games. Dunn has always been a good perimeter defender and his stats have reflected it. He stole the ball in every game he's played in and posted three multi-steal games in five appearances. He’s even swatted away shots in three of his last four outings too.
Charles Bassey, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs – 10% rostered
Bassey is a short-term solution and it’s hard finding big men who get 20 minutes per game on the waiver wire, but Bassey has been flirting with 20 minutes collectively over his last four games. The Spurs don’t have a full slate of games but if they start limiting Zach Collins, which could happen, Bassey should play 25-30 minutes. He’s taken seven shots or more in five of his last seven contests and played 20 minutes or more in two of his past four games. Bassey is coming off back-to-back 14-point efforts and has pulled at least 6 rebounds in five of his past seven contests. Bassey is mainly a low-block offensive center who will clean up the glass and try to keep plays alive. Bassey has also blocked shots in three of his last four games and he produced steals in four of his past six outings. He can put up numbers even without necessarily playing 20 minutes.
Dennis Smith Jr., PG, Charlotte Hornets – 35% rostered
LaMelo Ball is done for the season and Smith is going to see a lot more run for the rest of the year. Will Terry Rozier also be playmaking a good amount? Yes, but he’ll need assistance and Smith has scored 10 points or more in six of his last nine games. Smith has good quickness and will constantly try to attack the basket and draw contact. His aggressiveness will result in him grabbing a few more rebounds. He’s pulled down five-plus boards in two of his last three matchups. Smith’s speed will keep the Hornets' offense moving at a fast pace. He’s dished at least six assists in four straight games. He’ll also help a bit on the defensive side of the ball by posting swipes. He averages 1.4 steals per contest. Smith’s usage should rise to nearly 20% down the stretch.
Tari Eason, F, Houston Rockets – 40% rostered
It’s encouraging seeing Eason get a lot of playing time and stay very involved in the Rockets' offense even with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. back in the mix. Both Rockets guards being active ultimately hinders their other offensive pieces, but Eason continues taking double-digit shots. He’s also played 30 minutes or more in three of his last four outings. He has been productive in multiple fantasy basketball stat categories over his last few games, and he’s posted two double-doubles in his last five battles. Eason also swipes a ball per contest and has posted at least one in each of his last nine games. He’s also blocked five shots total over his last three matchups. Eason should continue getting a lot of minutes for the rest of the season as the Rockets will want to give him as many reps as possible.
Jalen Suggs, G, Orlando Magic – 25% rostered
Suggs has been banged up throughout the year, but we’re finally starting to see him get more playing time as he’s received 30 minutes or more in both of his last two battles. He’s scored 14 points or more in three of his last five matchups and we should start seeing him play on the ball more as well. He’ll play more shooting guard than point guard as Markelle Fultz has done a good job running the point, but he’ll also get some time to run the offense. His shot attempts certainly have increased and we should see more games in which he takes 10 shots moving forward. He’s been more helpful on the glass lately pulling down four or more boards in five straight games. On the steals front, he’s swiped balls in each of his last three games, with two being multi-steal outings.
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