Waiver-Wired: Week 13

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Hello and welcome back to another edition of Waiver Wired. Last week we did a deep dive and were able to get a jump on guys like De'Anthony Melton, Kevin Porter Jr. and Moses Brown, so hopefully you were able to grab some shares. We're back to the regular format this week where we highlight the top adds that are available in 55% or more of Yahoo Leagues, but some familiar names remain. For NBA news and fantasy advice, find me on Twitter here!

Week 13 Games Played:

5 Games: LAL

4 Games: BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, MEM, MIA, NYK, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, WAS

3 Games: ATL, LAC, MIL, MIN, NOP, OKC, ORL, TOR, UTA

Back-to-Backs:

Monday-Tuesday: LAL, NYK

Tuesday-Wednesday: BOS, CHI, CLE, HOU, MIA, PHI

Wednesday-Thursday: CHA, WAS

Thursday-Friday: MIN, ORL, PHX, POR, UTA

Friday-Saturday: GSW, MEM, SAC, SAS

Saturday-Sunday: LAL, PHI

Sunday-Monday (Week 13): BOS, CHI, CLE, HOU, IND, OKC, TOR

Top Pickups: These are players that are available in 55% or more of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues. The format I traditionally use when talking about rankings are 9-category leagues, and these players are listed in the order that I’d prioritize them.

Note: Kevin Porter Jr. is now rostered in 65% of league and did not qualify, but is the No. 1 add by a mile if somehow available. Robert Williams (47%) has been another popular name in this weekly article and would be the No. 2 add if available.

De’Anthony Melton (19%)- Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins must’ve read my columns because he finally benched Grayson Allen in his first game back Friday. Melton rewarded Jenkins with some really strong play in the fourth quarter vs. Denver, hitting a pair of clutch triples and providing his usual spark on defense, helping the Grizzlies hold Jamal Murray to 1-of-14 shooting. Melton finished with nine points, six assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples in 24 minutes, and he now ranks 28th in 9-cat over his last six games with 12.7 points, 3.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.5 triples in just 21 minutes. Let’s hope he’s here to stay, for real this time.

Moses Brown (2%)- A few weeks ago I tweeted to keep an eye out for Moses Brown who was absolutely dominating the G League with 18.5 points, 13.9 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 1.7 blocks in 26 minutes. I figured he would get a long look down the stretch for the rebuilding Thunder but would be lying if I said it would be this quick -- coach Mark Daigneault said he removed Mike Muscala from the rotation strictly to give Moses a chance. The 7-2 center responded nicely, averaging 8.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 23.0 minutes in his last two games.

The best part is that there’s potential for much more, as it’s no secret that Al Horford is on the trade block ahead of the March 25th deadline. An elite shot blocker who can run the floor, Moses is going to live off lobs and easy looks around the rim as a roller with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Theo Maledon setting him up. I’m very bullish on him if you can’t tell, and this situation reminds me of the time when the Heat pulled Hassan Whiteside from the G League, becoming a fantasy star in the process. I mean, just look at this block (link) and this finish (link).

Isaiah Roby (9%)- He’s still more of a stash who is going to put up late-round numbers while we wait. Like I said with Moses Brown, I’m expecting the Thunder to be active sellers at the deadline which means Roby could have a significant role down the stretch as a player who can play positions 3-5. He’s averaging 10.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.4 triples in 24 minutes over his last five games, so the upside here is obvious. In addition to Brown and Roby, Aleksej Pokusevski is another player who could emerge with value in OKC.

Justin Patton (7%)- Despite one dud, Patton has still managed a top-60 run over his last five games in only 27 minutes. He’s putting up 7.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 dimes, 2.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 triples on 44% from the field, showing a real knack for defensive stats and outside shooting. As I said last week, I think there’s some real potential here for Patton to stick around when Christian Wood (ankle) comes back, as P.J. Tucker is a goner and Wood has played 43% of his career minutes as a four.

Jalen Brunson (31%)- The third-year guard has emerged as arguably Dallas’ third best player in recent weeks, playing 27.8 minutes over his last nine games. He averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 triples in that span, shooting a red hot 56% from the field. Plus, he’s going to get boosts from time to time with the Mavs sporadically resting Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

Saddiq Bey (31%)- A lot of fantasy managers have dropped Bey and I think that’s a mistake. Yes the rotations in Detroit are a disaster right now, but Bey has one of the most consistent roles on the teams and can play multiple positions for Dwane Casey. In the last month, Bey is ranked just inside the top-75 with 13.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.1 triples on 43% from the field.

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Kelly Olynyk (40%)- He’s not a long-term add in my opinion because he was awful right before Bam Adebayo’s knee injury. Plus, the Heat have been linked to LaMarcus Aldridge. But in the short term, Olynyk is getting the job done with 15.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and 3.0 triples in his last three games. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Immanuel Quickley (24%)- How many times have we been fooled by Thibodeau? Quickley had 21 points, four assists, three rebounds, three triples and two steals on Saturday with Elfrid Payton tweaking his hamstring and Derrick Rose in the protocols, just two games after playing 13 minutes. His minutes have been beyond volatile, but in the short term it looks like he’ll be safe to plug into lineups. Thibodeau was actually asked why Quickley wasn’t already starting and said he preferred a pass-first PG in the starting five, but that doesn’t mean the rookie won’t have a featured role. "Whatever his strengths are — which we think is shooting the floater, pick-and-roll game — it puts a lot of pressure on people. We can play off that. You want to play to their strengths."

Hamidou Diallo (20%)- It’s not clear if he’s over his right groin injury, but once Diallo is cleared, he’s going to offer plenty of upside in Detroit. They view him as a “core player” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, and I would imagine that they are going to play him huge minutes as they evaluate him ahead of his restricted free agency. You could move him up a couple spots on this list if you’re punting 3s, but I like the rest of his stat set with a per-36 line of 18.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 triples on 48% from the field.

Maxi Kleber (19%)- He has emerged as the best fit alongside Porzingis and his workload lately reflects that. He even ranks 59th in 9-cat over his last five, averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 dimes, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.6 triples in 30.4 minutes. Most of his value comes from the defensive stats, and his upside isn’t nearly as high in points formats.

KJ Martin Jr. (24%)- If you missed out on Kevin Porter Jr., KJ Martin is not a bad consolation prize. Martin Jr. was the second best player on Houston's G League team behind KPJ, putting up some monster numbers as well. So far it has translated at the NBA level, with Martin Jr. averaging 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks in his last two games. The Rockets are expected to get several players back in the lineup on Tuesday which makes Martin Jr. more of a stash, but it's a lock that the Rockets will be unloading some players at the deadline. The short term is murky, but I envision Martin Jr. playing a massive role down the stretch and I'm very intrigued with the defensive upside here.

Isaiah Stewart (8%)- His workload is slowly creeping up and coach Dwane Casey said he’s expecting Stewart to start getting some run at the four for an even wider path to minutes. In only 22.0 minutes over his last five he’s sitting on 8th-round value, averaging 7.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 blocks on 70% from the field. He'll be a walking double-double in no time.

Michael Carter-Williams (26%)- Orlando is aggressively tanking and are being overly cautious with several injuries as a result. Cole Anthony (ribs) doesn’t even have a timetable, so MCW is going to be starting indefinitely. He’s not a fantasy league winner, but should get the job done at the end of your roster with 12.4 points, 5.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.7 triples over his last seven games.

Royce O’Neale (33%)- Royce has been a quiet multi-category contributor all season, but he’s been better than usual lately, putting up 8.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 triples in 34 minutes over his last five. The addition of Ersan Ilyasova is no threat to Royce’s workload and he should be able to manage top-100 numbers the rest of the way.

Jaylen Nowell (6%)- He’s going to have a hard time maintaining value when D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley are back in the near future, but Nowell has at least another 1-2 week window for streaming. He’s been electric in his last two games, averaging 22.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 dimes and 4.5 triples.

Tomas Satoransky (4%)- The move to start Satoransky reeks of desperation, but we’ve heard countless times that Billy Donovan wants more playmaking in the first unit. Whether or not Satoransky sees a sharp uptick in minutes remains to be seen, so let’s watch him closely on Sunday.