Happy Monday everyone! While the vast majority of the sports chatter on Twitter is still about last night’s Super Bowl, we still have the NBA season in full swing. I was meaning to get this article out last night, but the combination of the Super Bowl going to overtime and the fact that I came home and had no power prevented me from doing so.
I will unfortunately not be able to write a Fanduel NBA Breakdown article for tonight’s slate, but I wanted to begin writing about season-long fantasy basketball as well, especially with the fantasy playoffs coming up.
For these articles, I am going to highlight a handful of players that you should strongly consider adding off of the waiver wire that could really help make a difference for your team both immediately, and down the line.
Here are my waiver wire pickups for week 16 of the fantasy NBA season (in no particular order):
Yogi Ferrell | PG | 48% owned in Yahoo! Leagues | 37.1% owned in ESPN Leagues
Taking the league by storm, the undrafted 10-day contract signee has played well enough to earn a contract from the Dallas Mavericks. Over the last week, Ferrell has drawn the start in place of injured Deron Williams and has failed to disappoint. He’s averaged 17.8 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals over roughly 38 minutes per game. Whether you’re in a points league or a categories league, Ferrell has done enough to help in both. Deron Williams is listed as doubtful for their game tonight against the Nuggets, one Ferrell should absolutely thrive in. Once Williams returns, it is likely that Ferrell will head to the bench, but you’ve got to imagine he’s done more than enough to maintain a significant role in the rotation moving forward.
Willy Hernangomez | C | 45% owned in Yahoo! Leagues | 20.5% owned in ESPN Leagues
Hernangomez is more of an immediate pickup rather than a long-term one, but with how injury-plagued the Knicks’ front court has been, he might end up being worth it in the long run. Hernangomez has filled in for both Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah while they’ve nursed various injuries and has been an absolute animal on the glass. Over his last three games, he’s accumulated 35 rebounds (11.7 per game) to go along with 15.7 points, 3.7 assists, and one block per game. He’s taken a hefty amount of minutes from Kyle O’Quinn and has become a surprising catalyst for the Knicks’ disheveled team. He get the Lakers tonight (a bottom three defense against centers) and if Noah is to miss even more time, expect Hernangomez to continue to capitalize.
Tim Hardaway Jr. | SG/SF | 44% owned in Yahoo! Leagues | 26.4% owned in ESPN Leagues
With or without Thabo Sefolosha in the lineup, I think Hardaway merits a pick-up. Up until Thabo’s injury, THJ has taken over the sixth man role for the Hawks with the departure of Kyle Korver and has recently stepped in to spot-start for Sefolosha. He’s scored in double figures in four consecutive games and has averaged 5 rebounds per game over that span as well. In a more “spread the wealth” offense in Atlanta, it’ll be tough for Hardaway to maintain a high level of scoring, but since he’s solidified into the 6th man role, he will provide enough points, rebounds, and 3PM to warrant a pick up in deeper leagues.
Matt Barnes | SG/SF | 16% owned in Yahoo! Leagues | 6.2% owned in ESPN Leagues
With Rudy Gay, Omri Casspi, and Garrett Temple on the shelf, Matt Barnes has seen at least 30 minutes in his last three games. He’s recorded at least 10 rebounds in each of those contests, while registering a 11 point, 14 rebound double-double last game. Regardless of where he slots in the rotation, Barnes is in for all the minutes he can handle and will have to take on a slightly bigger offensive load than he’s used to without Rudy Gay. He comes as a great source of rebounds and steals with occasional big scoring nights. Scoop him up in a deeper league if you need multi-category production.
Khris Middleton | SG/SF | 62% owned in Yahoo! Leagues | 35.7% owned in ESPN Leagues
This is a bit of a stash pick-up, but Khris Middleton is making his 2016-17 debut on Wednesday for the Bucks. While they will likely be extremely cautious with Middleton out of the gate, his role in the offense is undeniable and his two-way skill set is more than enough to warrant a pick up. While he may not help you immediately, he could easily be a difference maker in the fantasy playoffs once his minutes limit is either loosened or removed all together.