Fantastic Basketball Waiver Wire Pickup: Week 21
This weekly column will highlight players registered in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues who can help you determine fantastic glory.
In week 20, 24 teams will play four games. IND, MEM, MIL and SA play five games. DET and OKC are the only teams to play three games. ATL, BOS, BKN, CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, GS, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SA and TOR will play a return -to – back together. For an overview of the complete schedule with offensive rhythm notes, click HERE.
Justin Holiday (SG / SF – IND): 37% enrolled
The Pacers are playing five games this week. Usage is low around 12% so the points won’t be bulky, but it does provide 3 points and defensive stats. The shooting efficiency is 40% over the season, however. Over the season, he averaged 2.3 3 points and 1.1 steals per game.
Oshae Brissett (SF / PF – IND): 45% enrolled
The playing time has dissipated since Domantas Sabonis returned to the squad. At one point, he was playing 36-40 minutes per game. Now he’s at 24. That said, he can deliver rebounds and defensive stats. He’s landed at least one steal in each of the last four games, and while he hasn’t blocked a shot in four games, he’s had a three-game streak in which he’s blocked four, three and five shots.
Facundo Campazzo (PG – DEN): 35% registered
In the last eight games, Campazzo has been one of the top 25 players. He averages 33.1 minutes, 12 points, 1.6 3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.4 steals. As long as Monte Morris and Will Barton are away, he will have as many points as he can handle. Denver is playing four games this week with a back-to-back game Thursday and Friday.
Kenyon Martin Jr. (SF – HOU): 33% registered
Martin has started the last three games and has been a beast. He was one of the top 25 players averaging 41 minutes, 25.3 points, four 3 points, nine rebounds, five assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks while shooting 54 percent from the field. There’s been a ton of injuries so he’s obviously benefited from it, but you’re playing him until further notice. Houston is playing four back-to-back games this week.
Jae Crowder (SF / PF – PHX): 30% enrolled
Crowder missed eight games but returned on Friday and contributed 18 points, six three points, two rebounds, three assists and a block in 23 minutes. Over the season, he averages 27 minutes, so the minutes could increase as he picks up speed. His main contribution comes in 3 points, but he makes rebounds and some occasional defensive stats. The percentage of goals on the field can sometimes be brutal, because it is at 40% over the season. The Suns play four straight games against the Spurs on Saturday and Sunday.
Raul Neto (PG – WAS): 8% registered
Neto has started the last 12 games and has averaged 27.7 minutes. The score has been all over the map as he has a high of 25 but has scored less than 10 points in seven of those contests. He does provide a little something in 3 points, steals, rebounds and assists, however – nothing to gain per week but contributions nonetheless. The Wizards play four games without back to back.
Juan Toscano-Anderson (SF / PF – GS): 5% enrolled
In the last four games, Toscano-Anderson did not start but played 30.6 minutes and contributed nine points, 1.5 to 3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks by shooting at 57% of the ground. He took advantage of Eric Paschall’s injury, but there has been no timetable for his return. As long as Pascall is out, Toscano-Anderson should continue to have tons of playing time. The Warriors play four games with a back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday.
Danny Green (SG / SF – SA): 41% registered
Green is never sexy to line up, but he’s been one of the top 60 players in the past four games. Shooting efficiency is poor at 41% over the season, but Green provides 3-point stats, steals, and defensive stats. Over the season, he is 2.5 3 points, 1.3 interceptions and 0.8 blocks per game. The 76ers are playing four games this week with a back-to-back game on Thursday and Friday.
Austin Rivers (PG / SG – DEN): 3% enrolled
With all the injuries in the Nuggets’ backcourt, Rivers played a ton of minutes. In the last four games, he’s averaged 30.9 minutes, 14.5 points, 3.3 3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals shooting 54 percent from the field. He’s a 42% shooter so don’t expect the efficiency to continue, but minutes are minutes and he’s got a lot of it right now. Denver is playing four games this week and has a back-to-back Thursday and Friday.
Trevor Ariza (SG / SF – MIA): 18% registered
Ariza is averaging 28.5 minutes per game over the past six contests. The utilization rate was 18% and it provided points, 3 points, rebounds and defensive stats. The shooting efficiency was not great at 43%, but the overall production was good for the top 70 productions. General figures are invaluable. Miami is playing four games this week with a back-to-back game on Saturday and Sunday.