Fantasy Basketball Waiver Pickups Week 17
Lucas has the top pickups for your fantasy basketball team after the madness of the trade deadline.
Alas! The NBA Trade Deadline is over, and now the dust begins to settle. There is still a ton of uncertainty for how rotations will flesh out as we wind down towards the playoffs. Veteran buyouts or roster changes can and will change things up significantly moving forward, so pay close attention to rotations and player minutes as we progress forward.
Post Trade Deadline Fantasy Basketball Pickups
Top Fantasy Basketball Point Guard Waiver Options
Cam Thomas, Brooklyn Nets
A score first, second, and third option, Thomas looks to call his own number and he isn’t afraid to shoot the rock. The Nets will not deploy Ben Simmons right away, and with Kevin Durant out with injury, there will be shots to be had for Thomas. An inefficient scoring option that will pile up some points, best for points leagues.
Raul Neto, Washington Wizards
A boring but useful player, Neto will get the lion's share of ball-handling duties for the Wiz, as it’s now his and Ish Smith’s backcourt moving forward with Spencer Dinwiddie having been traded and Bradley Beal out for the rest of the season with a wrist issue. Neto will not wow anyone, but he’s solid for PG-needy teams in 14 teamers for now.
Top Fantasy Basketball Shooting Guard Waiver Options
Tre Mann, Oklahoma City Thunder
A repeat mention from last week, Mann is not a good NBA player today, but he will get his shots and opportunities for a dysfunctional but pesky OKC team that will try to win, even if their GM isn’t. Mann will come with bad shooting percentages and TO’s, so a points league add is in play.
Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks
Just a classic three-and-D player that will feast on open looks from Luka Doncic, Bullock is to be added with limited expectations, but he should provide 3’s and points, as well as a sprinkling of rebounds and defensive stats. Bullock has averaged 35 MPG over his last six contests, cementing his role.
Top Fantasy Basketball Small Forward Waiver Options
Devin Vassell, San Antonio Spurs
One of my favorite and most exciting players on this list, Vassell is actually a legitimate real-life baller. He gets into his bag both off the dribble and on the catch-and-shoot. Vassell also has a pretty rainbow 3-ball that goes in 35% of the time. Most importantly, with Derrick White out of San Antonio, Vassell will get more shots, minutes and reps.
Justise Winslow, Portland Trail Blazers
Former Duke star Justise Winslow has bounced around The Association, but the talent wasn’t necessarily his issue, it was health and team fit. Enter the Trail Blazers, who are just giving him a test drive, so the minutes will be there, and he is an interesting small-ball four who can rebound and drive down the court in transition like a freight train. Winslow could average 10 points, eight rebounds, a few assists and some defensive stats to boot. A very interesting player to monitor who is still only 25-years-old.
Top Fantasy Basketball Power Forward Waiver Options
Darius Bazley, Oklahoma City Thunder
A highly skilled big who has been averaging 34 MPG over his last six games, Bazley is a face-up four who can shoot the rock or put the ball on the floor. He is rebounding a little better than anticipated, and is a must-add for all formats while he is playing in an increased role.
Zach Collins, San Antonio Spurs
Playing on a clear minutes restriction, Collins is not a super valuable player today, but there is upside in him as a pickup, since the Spurs are clearing out their frontcourt depth chart to give him more run once he builds his endurance back up. He’s a nice stashing candidate who plays 15 or so minutes a game and he can provide something in all categories once he is humming.
Top Fantasy Basketball Center Waiver Options
Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets
As a swing for upside, Sengun has the talent to take a leap forward in production, he just needs the minutes. I've mentioned him before but wanted to list him again so you ensure he was added in your league, as he could skyrocket with more touches and minutes.
Marvin Bagley, Detroit Pistons
Bagley is finally out of Sacremento, occasionally talented players do just need a change of scenery, and he will be getting one. Bagley is an abhorrent defensive player, but he does gobble up points and rebounds, and he is a must-add in all league formats for now.