Kelly Olynyk: 2023 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups (Week 4)

BALLING MOVEMENT: Add more than 12 team leagues

REGISTERED IN: 29% of leagues

ANALYSIS: What if we were all wrong and the Utah Jazz traded Mitchell on purpose to bolster the roster on all fronts and make a play-in/postseason run? Uh!? I don’t know about that, but I do know a little thing: Kelly Olynyk is a top 70 fantasy player entering Week 4 and with 10 games on the books through Saturday.

Just for context, the Jazz currently have five top 75 fantasy players from the start of the season. You read correctly. The math doesn’t lie either. 75 players divided by 30 teams in the NBA gives 2.5 players per team. Well, Utah has twice those. LOL.

Lauri Markkanen (top-10) and Jordan Clarkson (top-35) lead the way in total FP and lineup, but Olynyk is pretty close with much more availability. The big man takes care of the paint and the C with Jarred Vanderbilt taking on PF duties and this has been the case for all 10 games played so you can rest assured the roles will remain the same at least until ‘to/if Jazz decides to move some coins around in trades.

Olynyk averages 12+ PPG, 4+ RPG, 3+ APG and 1+ SPG. It’s funny that he and Vanderbilt have so many similar stats that if you can’t find one in your league’s WW, you can most likely find the other and get roughly the same production. What Olynyk gives you on three-point numbers (1.9 3PM a pop) he takes on the boards; what Vanderbilt adds in the glass (8.2 RPG) it takes long range shooting (0.6 3PM).

With Olynyk and Vanderbilt starting every game and getting very similar stats, there’s no real risk in taking a slice of either. Production per minute favors young Vando (1.10 FP/min) slightly over Olynyk (0.96), but both are posting above-average numbers in league terms. Impossible to be wrong in any case.

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