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Yarn Pickup Waiver for Week 20

Yarn Pickup Waiver for Week 20

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As the NBA’s long and winding regular season continues and the finish line draws closer, the number of players to consider as free agent additions seems to continue to rise. Top teams are starting to rely more on their benches going forward to keep starters fresh for a playoff run. The worst teams devote more playing time to some of the younger players who may not have played a significant role thus far.

Given the ever-increasing number of players to consider during the stretch run, this week’s fantasy basketball waiver wire column will briefly delve into a plethora of intriguing options.

Jones hasn’t scored the ball as well as before (in single digits in five of the last 10 contests) now that Brandon Ingram does not take care of wounds and CJ McCollum joined the fold. Still, Jones finished February with monthly averages of 10.1 points (48.1% FG, 31.8% 3PT, 96.6% FT), 4.6 boards, 2.3 dimes, 1.5 interceptions, 0.6 threes and 0.5 blocks over 30.8 minutes. Plus, he’s coming off a stellar performance to start March, having totaled 14 points, six rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two treys in 32 minutes in Wednesday’s blowout win over the Kings.

All told, Jones is the heart and soul of the team’s defense, and the rookie deserves a ton of credit for the Pelicans’ spunky play. He played a big part in why New Orleans is a favorite to make the playoff play-in tournament. Those who need a well-balanced wing that can rack up defensive stats should pick up Jones without thinking twice.

Vanderbilt (contusion of the left quadriceps) is not only injured; he’s also mired in a slump, averaging 6.0 points, 8.6 boards, 1.3 dimes, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in 25.5 minutes over the last 10 games. Still, like Herbert Jones at New Orleans, Vanderbilt’s defensive dominance has been a major factor in Minnesota, exceeding expectations this season. Those in need of immediate production can hardly be blamed for leaving Vanderbilt at this time. Still, those who can afford to add and hide the standout stopper and bouncing savant could be handsomely rewarded if Vanderbilt can get back to full strength and get back on track.

Isaiah Jackson, Indiana Pacers (45% registered)

Jackson has been a monster by the minute lately, with injuries being the only thing that has slowed him down for the last month or so. In his last five appearances, the rookie big man is averaging 12.2 points on 78.1% shooting from the field to go along with 4.6 boards, 2.2 blocks and 0.8 interceptions on 19.2 minutes. As far as I’m concerned, Jackson has more than enough potential to warrant consideration in any format.

The imminent return of Dillon Brooks (ankle) throws a bit of a wrench into Anderson’s fantasy prospect. However, brandon clark has taken a step back lately, while Anderson has averaged 7.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.3 cents, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks in 25.7 minutes over the past three matches. Even though it’s only a week-long streamer, Anderson is worth considering.

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Surprise, surprise: Since the 76ers acquired James Harden, the looks Thybulle gets offensively are even more open than they were before. And we rely on him just as heavily defensively. Although a small sample, Thybulle is averaging 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.5 blocks and 1.0 threes for 25 .7 minutes in the first three games of the Harden era. Add it now while you still can.

Last call for Matisse Thybulle on the waiver wire. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Go big or go home. Those who swear by this tagline would be well advised to keep an eye out for Wiseman (knee), who may be set to make his season debut. Kevon Looney and Jonathan Kuminga performed admirably during the prolonged absence of Draymond Green (return), whose return schedule remains murky at best. Looney remains a solid defenseman who understands Golden State’s offensive system and executes effectively, while Kuminga was a pleasant surprise as a rookie.

Coach Steve Kerr has attempted to temper expectations of what Wiseman will bring to the table this season, but that shouldn’t entirely scare off fantasy managers; after all, we’re talking about a player who was ranked first overall in the 2020 NBA draft. All that to say, if Wiseman returns looking surprisingly sharp sooner rather than later, he could be a stuffing machine. the stats that thrive in pick-and-roll situations with Stephen Curry.

Jalen Smith, Indiana Pacers (31% registered)

With minimal incentive for the Pacers to rush Myles Turner (foot) back, or to push him to play a ton of minutes when (or if) he returns this season, Smith enjoys both immediate and long-term benefits. If you throw in his first game with Indiana, in which he won just six minutes, Smith has been on the team’s regular rotation in every game since the midseason trade. In his last eight appearances, he’s averaging 13.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 threes, 1.0 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.5 steals in 25.1 minutes. Personally, I’m more fond of Indiana isaiah jacksonbut those who miss it should consider catching Smith.

Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Spurs (30% of the roster)

Walker has been scorching lately, averaging 21.7 points on 53.0% shooting from the field, to go along with 3.0 boards, 2.6 threes and 1.7 assists in 28.3 minutes in the over the last eight games. San Antonio’s decision to trade Derrick White before the trade deadline opened the door to opportunities for young Spurs wings such as Devin Vasell and Walker, and they’re making the most of it. Walker is a particularly strong addition in the points leagues. However, if the career 41.6% shooter has hit a milestone from an efficiency standpoint, this is a quality pick-up in any format.

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Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic (26% registered)

Fultz (left knee management) will not participate in Friday’s game against the Raptors, and he will likely be rested regularly in hopes of avoiding a setback. Still, he’s been far from shy in his first two appearances this season, combining for 21 points, eight pennies, five boards, a steal and a block in 31 minutes of action. Especially in the deeper points leagues, perhaps Fultz deserves a look at a Magic team that has invested heavily in him.

Gabe Vincent, Miami Heat (24% registered)

With Kyle Lowry (staff) sidelined again, Vincent has some appeal as a short-term fix. He’s coming off a miss, having posted just five runs, three hundred and a steal in 33 minutes against the Nets on the second straight night. Still, he had combined for 41 points, nine pennies and nine treys in the previous two games against high profile opponents (Bucks, Bulls).

Basically, every time Lowry has come out this year, Vincent has fulfilled his skill. As such, those already fielding Lowry might want to add Vincent for insurance purposes.

Aleksej Pokusevski, Oklahoma City Thunder (23% registered)

Pokusevski has grown strong over the past month or so. Over the past 10 games, the sophomore forward has averaged 10.8 points, 6.4 cards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 treys, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals in 25, 4 minutes. Oklahoma City had to deal with a long list of injuries, but Pokusevski’s playing time was always likely to increase as the season progressed anyway. Based on his recent well-rounded output, palpable benefits, and heightened involvement, Pokusevski is intriguing enough to merit consideration in most formats.

Isaiah Roby, Oklahoma City Thunder (21% registered)

Roby is coming off a career-high 26 points in Wednesday’s win over the Nuggets, in which he also had seven boards, five pennies, four treys, two interceptions and two blocks in 34 minutes. Additionally, in his last seven appearances, he is averaging 11.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 dimes, 1.6 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 threes in 26.0 minutes. . Regular readers know that I will almost always highlight a few players from losing teams like the Pacers and Thunder, especially as the end of the regular season nears.

Isaiah Hartenstein, Los Angeles Clippers (13% registered)

Hartenstein has been playing well lately, averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals in 21.6 minutes over the past five games. Additionally, the Clippers have a four-game week on the horizon. Those looking for a streamer could do a lot worse.

Donte DiVincenzo, Sacramento Kings (12% registered)

DiVincenzo has been more involved and more productive since moving to Sacramento. His appalling field goal percentage lowers his value in category formats, but he has contributed to decent scoring stats in several departments. In eight appearances with the Kings, DiVincenzo is averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 boards, 3.4 dimes, 1.8 steals and 1.6 treys in 23.9 minutes. Given that DiVincenzo will be a restricted free agent this season, it makes sense that Sacramento would continue to offer him a decent, long-term role to determine if he fits into the club’s long-term plans.

Recent recommendations still listed in less than 50% of leagues: Jae Crowder, Oshae Brissett, Mason Plumlee, Cameron Payne, Dorian Finney-Smith, De’Anthony Melton, Kelly Olynyk, Royce O’Neale, Darius Bazley, Jaxson Hayes, Kevin Huerter , Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tre Mann, Patrick Beverley, Brandon Clarke, Alperen Sengun, Bruce Brown, Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney, Derrick Rose, Reggie Bullock, Danilo Gallinari, Maxi Kleber, Deni Avdija, Raul Neto, Immanuel Quickley, Dwight Powell , Goran Dragic, Aaron Holiday, Ish Smith