Top Pickups for Fantasy Basketball Week 6

Top Fantasy Point Guard Waiver Options:

Tyus Jones, Memphis Grizzlies

Ja Morant, unfortunately, went down with a knee injury, opening up some big opportunities for Jones to get north of 25+ minutes per game while running the offense in Memphis. Jones is more of a caretaker than an explosive scorer, but he has a chance to provide some scoring punch and assists in the absence of Morant.

Immanuel Quickley, New York Knicks

A former first-round draft pick from Kentucky, Quickley should be considered as a deep league pickup given his strong scoring ability. The Knicks have a very deep roster, so Quickley is more of a speculative add, but he has loads of talent to capitalize if given a larger role in year two. 

Top Fantasy Shooting Guard Waiver Options:

Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves

With Patrick Beverley ruled out for the next few weeks, there are minutes opened in Minny for Beasley to shine. Beasley is a microwave scoring type who can put up 20 points any given night!

Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers––Available in 47% of Yahoo leagues, Thybulle can provide a massive boost in the steals and blocks category. He should not be left on the waiver wire in 12 team formats as long as he is playing 30 minutes per game!

Top Fantasy Small Forward Waiver Options:

Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers

Osman was miscast as a creator the past few years and had been unsuccessful in that role, but as a fourth or fifth option who fires off mostly spot-up looks, Osman is a quality player. Additionally, Osman is shooting 48% from the field, a career-best number.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Oklahoma City Thunder\

Firmly in the Thunder rotation, Robinson-Earl is a solid pickup considering he has played 27 minutes-per-game, averaged 9 points-per-game and 7 rebounds-per-game while shooting 40% from three on 4 attempts per game. A solid real-life player whose heavy minutes workload will ensure his value.

Top Fantasy Power Forward Waiver Options:

Brandon Clarke, Memphis Grizzlies

After being on the outside looking in for the Grizzlies rotation, Clarke is forcing the issue and playing his way into the rotation, supplanting some of Steven Adams’ minutes. Clarke is a human pogo-stick who provides rebounds, blocks and a healthy FG percentage. The upside is if Steven Adams slips even further in terms of minutes played, a trend that has already started.  

Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings

Following the firing of Luke Walton, Bagley finds himself back in the Kings’ rotation for better or for worse. He’s not a particularly useful real-life player, but in terms of fantasy, Bagley isn’t afraid to chuck up a shot. He’s a speculative add considering his scoring punch as he’s ready to let it fly. 

Top Fantasy Center Waiver Options:

Maxi Kleber, Dallas Mavericks

A repeat mention in my waiver wire article, Kleber suffered an oblique injury but has come back strong, playing 36 minutes in Dallas’ win on 11/23 and stuffing the stat-sheet with eight points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. Kleber won’t score much, but he can fill in some defensive stats as a streamer.

Willy Hernangomez, New Orleans Pelicans

With former lottery pick Jaxson Hayes being excised from the rotation, Hernangomez will be getting a crack at minutes for the Pellies, a welcome sign for the rebound gobbler. Hernangomez is a little bit of a speculative add as he wasn’t playing regularly before the benching of Hayes, but it’s better to be ahead of these things than too late, given the fact Hernangomez has the chance to provide double-double’s if given 20+ minutes per game.