Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire for Week 17
Here we go! The final week of the fantasy basketball regular reason! Congratulations if you already locked up a playoff seed and good luck to everyone who are still battling for those final positions! Here are five players that are set to give you the spark you need to finish off that playoff run!
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Week 17 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire
Reggie Jackson, PG/SG – Los Angeles Clippers (12% owned)
The veteran guard Reggie Jackson is back at it producing in a big way right now for the LA Clippers. Patrick Beverley is expected to miss at least 3-4 weeks due to a fractured left hand, so Jackson takes over the starring role in La La land like Matt Damon subbing in for George Clooney and taking the spotlight in Ocean’s Eleven. Jackson flourished alright in that starring role Friday night! Pouring in 26 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Rajon Rondo will get some minutes, but he’s not receiving a ton due to a sore adductor muscle and Jackson scored 23 points last week with Rondo in the lineup. Right now, it’s all about gearing up for the post-season for the Clippers. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will receive their nights off from time to time going forward which makes Jackson an excellent pickup for this week and beyond! Jackson is fresh off a top-25 fantasy performance averaging 20.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 3.3 3PM in three of the last four games. Pick him up baby!
Bobby Portis, PF/C – Milwaukee Bucks (50% owned)
Bobby Portis is once again on a great roll for the Milwaukee Bucks. This is pretty close to a slam dunk of an add but maybe not a full 10.0 score with Giannis Antetokounmpo on his way back soon. If you’re hurting in the rebound department then you can’t go wrong with Portis who’s averaging 7.2 rebounds per game on the season but a strong 12.5 RPG over his last four games. His last stretch here as been without Giannis so you can expect a dip in numbers but as I mentioned earlier the rebounds will still be there! The plus side is again, this is all about getting ready for playoff basketball. The Bucks will not push their superstar with a banged-up knee. Expect some big nights from Portis going forward. It’s pretty hard to find 15 point/12.5 rebound numbers on the waiver wire. Fear this Deer Portis who has at least 13 rebounds in three of his last four games and four-straight double-doubles!
Cole Anthony, PG – Orlando Magic (27% owned)
Rookie Cole Anthony returned last week after missing two months with a rib injury to a so-so review. The rookie out of North Carolina posted 11 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists over his last three games. Not too shabby but a nice increase from his previous average of 3.9 assists on the season. Anthony was starting to turn it on before the injury averaging 15.2 points, 5.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds in the end of January and early February receiving 32 minutes per game. He’s been sitting around the 26-minute mark since his return so a bump back into the 32 range should give him plenty of opportunity to get those points closer to that money 15 mark! It’s time for some Magic in your fantasy playoff fun. Giddy up!
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG/SG – Los Angeles Lakers (11% owned)
The LA Lakers continue to roll out different starting lineups due to injuries as they piece together the final stretch of their season and await the return of their two superstars. Kyle Kuzma was another lost casualty last week suffering a Grade 1 calf strain and is return remains unknown. In comes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope jacking up treys from the beyond the arc. If your team is in need of points and three-pointers, then KCP is a solid add for the week. KCP is averaging 18.3 points, 4.0 3PM while chipping in with 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists over his last three games. As long as Kuzma remains out, Caldwell-Pope will get his shots and make the most of his opportunity for the Lake Show. I’m tuning in to this show.
Darius Bazley, SF/PF – Oklahoma City Thunder (25% owned)
Darius Bazley has been a hot recommendation throughout the season and has shown some nice flashes throughout the year. Injuries have continued to derail the sophomore’s season as he missed the last month due to a shoulder injury. Bazley returned on the weekend and flexed his potential posting 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 3PM! That’s hard to find on the waiver wire and definitely fantasy playoff material. Bazley had a nice stretch in February averaging 16.3 points and 11.0 rebounds while posting four double-doubles in two weeks. Get him back on your roster before it’s too late!
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