Hopefully the quick hitting articles over the first few weeks covering the Eastern and Western conference were useful. However, this week’s article will take on a more traditional look, looking at some waiver wire pickups for both shallow and deeper leagues.
A few notes before we jump in. No player owned in 70% or more of CBS leagues was included (ownership rates will be lower in both Y! and ESPN. This is not an exhaustive list, but instead intended to be a realistic list of players likely to be available on waiver wires in different formats.
As always, proceed with caution.
- Boban Marjanovic
Marcin Gortat has been bumped from the rotation, opening minutes in the Clippers big-man rotation. Montrezl Harrell has been the main beneficiary, but Boban Marjanovic has seen 18 or more minutes in three consecutive games. That’s been enough for him to average 10.33 rebounds and 11.66 points in those three games. While that’s a small sample, Marjanovich has a lot of defensive upside so as long as he isn’t actively hurting his value in other categories, he’s worthy of a pickup in just about any league.
- Shelvin Mack
Mack has been red-hot of late, averaging 17.25 points across his last four games on the strength of unsustainable shooting. However, he’s worth streaming into final roster spots in all leagues so long as his performance continues. Don’t invest a lot, and understand this is a short-term option.
- Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic has yet to take the court this season but is expected to return at some point this weekend, and he did show some promise in his rookie campaign. While he doesn’t stand out in any particular category, Bogdanovich exhibited the ability to chip in across the board. He posted a true shooting percentage right in line with league average, so if he manages to improve his efficiency he could realistically score 15 points per game while also chipping in three rebounds and four assists.
- Josh Okogie
Okogie has gotten some minutes early on thanks to an injury to Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler’s inconsistent presence in the lineup. When both are in the lineup Okogie isn’t worth rostering. However, when he gets playing time, Okogie can rack up steals — he has three multi-steal games this season — and is also a decent source of rebounds. His shooting has left plenty to be desired and his role remains uncertain, making him viable only in deeper formats for the time being.
- Trey Lyles
Lyles is among a number of bigs currently scooped up on the waiver wire, as he’s gotten more consistent minutes with Will Barton sidelined. One apt comparison based on ownership is Ersan Ilyasova, though Lyles offers more upside in terms of blocks, steals, and points. One thing worth noting is that Lyles is shooting miserably from the field, so he is more desirable to those punting the category while Ilyasova gains an edge to those competitive in the category.
- Dwyane Wade and Antonio Blakeney
Both Wade and Blakeney are viable options as pure scorers. Blakeney is a microwave scorer who has relied on hot shooting to average 15.4 points across his last five games. Meanwhile, Wade has maintained his usage rate and has seen at least 25 minutes in all but one game this season.
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