Fantasy Fliers You Should Consider Going Into Week 6 of Fantasy Basketball
The fantasy basketball season has been completely unpredictable and volatile six weeks in. Game cancellations due to COVID-19 protocols have fantasy managers looking deeper and deeper into the waiver wire of their respective leagues in an attempt to fill the void of lost games.
Here are players you should consider rostering off the waiver wire heading into week six of fantasy basketball.
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF – Indiana Pacers
Lamb has been out for the first six weeks of the season as he was recovering from a torn-ACL injury, and two games in, he’s looking like a major steal.
He’s only 32% rostered by Yahoo! sports leagues, and Lamb looks to be a major contributor for a Pacers team that will be missing Caris LeVert, T.J. Warren, and Myles Turner for the foreseeable future. Lamb will be one of the go-to scoring options for the Pacers due to these injuries, and he can also contribute defensive stats and threes
Lamb put together a 22-point, seven rebound (three offensive, four defensive) performance in only his second game back, and you can count on Lamb becoming one of your top contributors once he gets into a rhythm.
Jeff Green, SF/PF/C – Brooklyn Nets
Jeff Green isn’t going to be a large contributor in nine-category leagues, but will be a consistent source of points and threes moving forward due to Brooklyn’s lack of depth in their front court. Currently only rostered by 25% of Yahoo! sports leagues, Green could provide a needed scoring punch at the end of your roster.
DeAndre Jordan is really Brooklyn’s only other rotation big, and Green has been north of 26 minutes a game over the last five. With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden on the team, opposing defences will be occupied containing the Nets’ big three, and Green has capitalized on that by hitting 50% of his three point shots.
His positional versatility as a three-position player also brings some lineup flexibility for managers looking fill multiple positions on their team.
Green’s production from three won’t stay this hot the entire season, but he’ll likely ride this hot streak for another week or two at most, and settle around the high thirties for the rest of the season if his start gives us any indication.
Luguentz Dort, SG/SF – Oklahoma City Thunder
Dort has been a pleasant surprise for the Oklahoma City this season, as the Canadian has been a two-way presence on the court thus far. Dort has put up a 43.8% three point percentage to start the season, and he’s doing this on a solid 5.6 attempts per game.
He will also give you the production many managers expected going into the season – hustle stats. Dort had a remarkable six-steal game against the Bulls in week five, and will consistently provide steals that are hard to find at his position.
It’s almost hard to believe he was only 28% rostered in week four. If Dort’s available in your league, hurry and claim him before someone beats you to it and gets an absolute steal off the waiver wire.
Monte Morris, PG/SG – Denver Nuggets
Morris won’t blow you away in any statistical category, but he will be a solid, consistent contributor in multiple categories. His value truly shines in nine-category leagues, as he’s an efficient player who doesn’t turn the ball over much, while also providing some assists, a steal or two here and there, and rarely has a big foul game.
Much of this production has come with Michael Porter Jr. out of the lineup, but Morris is a trusted option who regularly sees around 20-30 minutes a game.
If your lineup is lacking some consistency, consider picking up Morris to fill out one of those guard positions. He’s only rostered in 23% of Yahoo! sports leagues.
Thaddeus Young, PF – Chicago Bulls
A lot of players on the waiver wire are specialists, players who can get you production in one or two stats on a nightly-basis. Thaddeus Young is a player who can consistently contribute in three major categories, providing a lot of value for nine-category league managers.
Young can get you around 10 points, three to five, and around five rebounds every night. For a player that’s only rostered in 8% of Yahoo! sports leagues, that’s incredible production from a player that’s likely in your util. position.
It’s hard to find players in fantasy that can contribute in multiple stats, and if your team is lacking in the rebounds or assists department, picking up the vet is a move in the right direction.