Another week, another… ravage through the waiver wire in hopes of something sticking. In week 13 we will officially cross the halfway line of the NBA season. There is still time to turn around the fantasy season and sneak into the playoffs. The turnaround starts… now.
Week 13 Fantasy Basketball Deep Waiver Wire Adds
TJ Warren, SF/PF – Brooklyn Nets (19% rostered)
Stat highlight: Top-15 player in the 2019-20 fantasy season
With Kevin Durant potentially out for an extended period, his 30 points per game will have to go somewhere. Sure, some of it will be taken by Kyrie Irving but he’s not going to average 60 going forward. From the rest of the crew, Warren seems like the player with the highest ceiling. Since returning from his own injury, Warren has averaged only 20 minutes per game. Even if there’s a medical reason for the low minutes, his usage and opportunities will likely go up making Warren a worthwhile fantasy player. If the minutes go up too, Warren could be a very nice fantasy player for the duration of Durant’s injury.
Seth Curry, PG/SG – Brooklyn Nets (17% rostered)
Stat highlight: Some say he’s the best shooter named Curry ever
Seth Curry will also be filling in for Kevin Durant if need be. Already an elite shooter, the extra shots from Durant’s possible absence would move him into the group of top fantasy scorers. Must be said that if Durant misses time, all the so-so players on the Nets should also be considered: Royce O’Neale, Yuta Watanabe, Patty Mills and so on. Though their performances will likely be up and down from game to game.
Donte DiVincenzo, PG/SG – Golden State Warriors (32% rostered)
Stat highlight: Averaged 38 minutes per game in the last week
Another injury replacement, DiVincenzo is knocking on the door of the top 100 fantasy players as Stephen Curry’s fill-in. With now Klay Thompson held out of the Warriors’ previous game, there will be essentially unlimited opportunities on the backcourt for DiVincenzo. Already in the first game sans Thompson, DiVincenzo made five three-pointers. If Thompson’s issue turns out to be longer than a game, DiVincenzo can be a difference-maker in most fantasy leagues.
Anthony Lamb, SF/PF – Golden State Warriors (5% rostered)
Stat highlight: Top 30 per game in 9-cat leagues over the last week
If DiVincenzo is taken, look toward Anthony Lamb from the Golden State Warriors. He is essentially the next man down the depth chart. Stat-wise, Lamb is more of a big shooter than a point guard. So expect fewer steals, assists, and turnovers but, perhaps, more points and a better field goal percentage.
Andrew Nembhard, PG/SG – Indiana Pacers (9% rostered)
Stat highlight: Top 3 among rookies in steals and assists
Nembhard scored 19 points with 4 steals, threes, and assists against Charlotte last night and, as fantasy players, this is exactly the type of game we love to overreact to. So let’s overreact and pick him up from the waiver wire! In truth, Nembhard is trending up and getting high minutes next to Tyrese Haliburton so he’s not a bad player to have on the roster. While unlikely to break into the fantasy top 100, his underlying stats support his current rank of around 120 in 9-cat leagues.