Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire for Week 5: Do It Quickley!
We’re on to Week 5 of the fantasy basketball season. A couple of scenarios are starting to settle as Boston, Philadelphia and Miami are almost back to full health but there are still some question marks with a few teams like Washington and Dallas. Karl-Anthony Towns cannot seem to catch a break and has found himself on the Covid-19 list so Naz Reid is back to fill his shoes! This week’s fantasy basketball waiver wire hits on a few more players that are ready for an increased role…
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Week 5 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire
Enes Kanter, C – Portland Trail Blazers (62% Owned)
I’ll try to keep this one short. Pick up Enes Kanter immediately if he’s available. Kanter is already a top 75-ranked player on the season and fellow center Jusuf Nurkic has been diagnosed with a broken wrist and is expected to miss the next eight weeks. In his first game without Nurkic, Kanter dropped 12 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 steals. He’s also top-10 in the NBA in player efficiency rating. This a no-brainer.
Immanuel Quickley, PG – New York Knicks (25% Owned)
Alrighty, let me get this out of the way.
You have to pick this guy up off your fantasy basketball waiver wire Quickley….
If you don’t, he might be gone rather… Quickley.
And lastly, Quickley before it’s too late.
That’s the last one, I promise! Immanuel Quickley is the best point guard in New York and he needs to be owned. Quickley is fresh off a career-high eight assist game and is averaging 20 points, 6 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block over his last two games. On top of that, he’s averaging those numbers with less than one turnover per game while shooting over 52% over his last three games. In comparison, Elfrid Payton is shooting 44% from the field, 65% from the free-throw line as well as 2.4 turnovers per game.
Quickley could be the starting point guard of the future for the Knicks so I expect more minutes for the rookie going forward where Payton should be gone next year. The bonus here, Quickley has put up 20/6 numbers as a backup. With starter minutes, the sky is the limit for the 21-year-old.
Doug McDermott, SF/PF – Indiana Pacers (10% Owned)
It’s finally McBuckets time in Indiana. Doug McDermott has shown glimpses of solid play so far this season, but the minutes haven’t been there consistently and now they should. Caris LeVert who replaced Victor Oladipo last week in the blockbuster trade is now out indefinitely due to a small mass in his kidney. I like McDermott’s chances. He finished in the top-100 last week and that was with a LeVert in the lineup for a game.
Over his last two games with no LeVert or Oladipo, McDermott is averaging 19.5 points, 2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3 3PM with great FG and FT percentages. He has at least 16 points and in three of his last four games and totaled at least three rebounds in three of those games. McDermott will provide you with great shooting percentages, points, three-pointers, and tack on a few extra rebounds and assists.
Luguentz Dort, SG/SF – Oklahoma City Thunder (35% Owned)
Luguentz Dort has been in the top three in minutes played for the Thunder in back-to-back games and we know fantasy is all about opportunity! Dort had one of his best games of the season Friday scoring 21 points along with eight rebounds and six steals! Dort has added at least three three-pointers made in three-straight and has scored double-digit points in three of his last four games. He’s become the clear number two option in OKC and doesn’t have to worry about competition. Sign me up.
Willie Cauley-Stein, PF/C – Dallas Mavericks (19% Owned)
Willie Cauley-Stein is taking advantage of the front-court injuries in Dallas and was a top-80 fantasy player over the last week. Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Josh Richardson are all out due to Covid-19 protocols so it’s Cauley-Stein’s paint to roam for the next week. WCS posted a double-double on Friday and has over 11 rebounds in two of his last three games including two games over 10 points. If the often injured Kristaps Porzingis finds a way to back on the injury list, it will be top-40 production for Cauley-Stein.
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