Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 15
Out of all fantasy sports, basketball is the most predictable because of the vast number of possessions each game. Often seem like it’s unpredictable due to injuries and rotation manipulations. On the flip side to that variance providing fresh players on the waiver wire.
Allonzo Trier (SG – NYK) 13% owned
The undrafted rookie from the University of Arizona has shown flashes of brilliance earlier this season when he scored more than 20 points four times in November. Unfortunately, Trier missed seven games due to injury and David Fizdale has been changing his rotations all season long. The playing time has been inconsistent and sparse over the past month. Over the past three games, he’s played 23, 30, and 33 minutes. In the recent contest against Houston, Trier had a 30.4% rate, scored a career-high 31 points on 12 for 18 shooting from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out three assists, and stole one pass. With Luke Kornet missing a few weeks with an ankle and Enes Kanter not playing, the Knick has been playing small ball lately, which that Trier can play more minutes. Fizdale has been all over the place so it doesn’t surprise me that Enes Kanter would start playing 30 minutes again. It does not make any kind of sense playing him because they are not playing for anything. I believe that the Knicks are trying to go for Zion Williamson for Duke. New York is tanking to try to get that first pick of the draft.
Ivica Zubac (C – LAL) 5% owned
Over the past three games, Zubac averaged 23.4 minutes, 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and .7 blocks. He’s shooting an amazing 82% from the field and 93% from the line on 5.3 attempts per game. His usage rate jumped to 24.1%. The Lakers have a three-headed monster at center right now. Over the past three games, Tyson Chandler averaged 12.7 minutes while JaVale McGee averages 14.6 minutes. Zubac has defensive limitations but has been efficient on the offensive end for Luke Walton. Earlier this week Zubac earned a bigger role with bigger minutes.
Terrance Ferguson (SG/SF – OKC) 5% owned
Billy Donovan has been true to Ferguson all year long and his patience now being rewarded. Over the past four games, Ferguson has been a top 50 player averaging 30.7 minutes, 13.8 points, 3.5 three-pointers, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.8 steals. He shot 55% from the field and 51% from downtown won’t continue, but he still continues to attempt 8.5 shots and 6.8 from three-point land. He’s a 3 and D specialist. If you want a three point shooter and a steels specialist here is your guy.
Jonathan Isaac (SF/PF – ORL) 46% owed
I should have heeded for advice from Flavor Flav in the projection of Jonathan Isaac for this season. Isaac did suffer from some injuries. He was not aggressive enough to become a fantasy stud for most of the season. He has picked it up lately though. Over the last four games, Isaac has averaged 32.4 minutes, 9.8 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 6.3 rebounds, .8 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. His usage rate is still low at 13.6%, but average 9 shot attempts per game. He averaged 7 shots prior.
Mitchell Robinson (C – NYK) 13% owned
Only if Robinson would stop fouling. He played 16 and 17 minutes in the last two games and fouled out in both games. If Fizdale is not going to play Kanter, Robinson is going to be a big part of the future of the Knicks. It would make sense to give Robinson as much of a run as possible. The physical talent is obvious. the 7’1″ 240 pounds Robinson can help leap over tall buildings with a single bound and has the agility of a crab. Dunks, block, rebound, and steals are what he can provide. It’s a matter of him staying out of foul trouble and getting minutes.
Ante Zizic (C – CLE) 34% owned
While Tristan Thompson is dealing with a leg injury, Zizic has productively slipped into the starting lineup. In the last four games that Thompson has missed, Zizic has been a top 100 player, averaging 31.5 minutes, 17.5 points, and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting 60% from the field and 70% from the line with 4.5 attempts a game. While he offers a few assists and defensive stats. He’s getting minutes and providing points and rebounds. He sounds like a good fantasy pick for your team.
Those ballplayers I spoke about sounds like good players to put on your fantasy team. I noticed that these ballplayers are from teams that are not that good. I usually don’t select ballplayers from these teams that were mentioned. In the future, I might look at these players to put on my fantasy teams.
Today, I had to switch around my squad because I just found out that one of the ballplayers I selected is on suspension. That is Denver Nugget’s center Nikola Jokic. Here is my lineup for the night. At the point guard spots from Detroit Reggie Jackson and from Miami Tyler Johnson. At shooting guards, I selected from Houston James Harden and from Charlotte Jeremy Lamb. At small forwards, from Denver Gary Harris, and from Phoenix Kelly Oubre Jr. At power forward I selected from Minnesota Taj Gibson and Chicago Bobby Portis. At center from Orlando, I selected Nikola Vucevic. I replaced Nikola with another Nikola. I switched my team around to get better ballplayers since Nikola Jokic is on suspension.