Hello Fantasy Basketball People! We are already past the NBA trade deadline and the NBA All-Star is coming up next but before we enjoy the break, let us prepare for the upcoming weeks 18 and 19. If you want the best waiver wire options, you’ve gotten to the right place. We will give you a list of free agent players you need during weeks 18-19. Most suggestions can be found in at least 50% of Yahoo fantasy basketball leagues.
- Mitchell Robinson (21% owned) – In the last 10 games, Mitchell Robinson is the top 74 player in standard 9-category leagues. He only averaged 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds but his block rate and solid FG percentage are sufficient to put him inside top 100 during that period. The New York Knicks will play the best schedule in the combined weeks ahead and Mitch is a nice stream and could be useful in a lot of leagues. Deandre Jordan is still in town but Robinson thrives in limited minutes and is worthy of a speculative add for the rest of the season in case the Knicks finally unleash him.
- Delon Wright (11% owned) – The 20th overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft could finally be given an opportunity to showcase his skills. Delon Wright was just traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the Marc Gasol and Jonas Valanciunas swap. He will join Mike Conley, Justin Holiday and recently acquired Avery Bradley in what looks like a crowded backcourt. Wright may or may not start but he can play both guard positions and he is a nice per-minute fantasy player. IMHO, Wright is a far better player than Bradley and Holiday. Delon is worthy of a speculative add, as he has a top 80 upside in standard 9-category leagues.
- Kenrich Williams (27% owned) – In the last 6 games, Kenrich Williams is averaging 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.5 3-pointers and 1.2 blocks per game. He is the top 67 player in standard 9-category leagues in that span. Kenrich started the last 3 games in lieu of E’twaun Moore, and may soon lose that starting spot, but Kenrich is worthy of a flier in case the Pelicans maximize his potential down the line. The New Orleans Pelicans has a tough schedule in the coming combined weeks with just the LAL as their easy match, but Kenrich Williams is still projected to have a top 74 value so i’ll look at him in deep leagues right now.
- Maxi Kleber (13% owned) – In the last 4 games as a starter, Maxi Kleber is averaging 9.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 3-pointers and 1.0 block per game. He is outside top 100 of standard 9-category leagues in that period. We are still waiting for his breakout because the opportunity is here after the Mavericks got rid of Deandre Jordan and Harrison Barnes. Kristaps Porzingis is still recovering as well, so tons of minutes are up for grabs in the PF/C spot. I will consider Kleber in deep leagues because of his ability to rack up treys and blocks. He has a top 59 value in the upcoming weeks and he is worthy of a speculative add for the rest of the season as well.
- Dwight Powell (23% owned) – Just like Maxi Kleber (see item #4 above), Dwight Powell looks like a trade deadline winner too. In the last 4 games as a backup PF/C, Powell is averaging 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 3-pointer, 1.0 steal and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting a pretty solid 53.8% from the field and 90.0% from the line. He is the top 54 player in standard 9-category leagues in that stretch. He only logged 23.9 minutes per game during that span but he is a per minute stud. He is projected with a top 90 value in the upcoming weeks and i would look for Powell in deep H2H and Roto leagues where I need low-end big man numbers and solid percentages.
- Ivan Rabb (29% owned) – Ivan Rabb averages 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in the last two games as a starter, shooting 77.8 percent from the field. That was good in the standard 9-category leagues for a top 36 ranking. He may not play a bunch of minutes like the past two games once Jonas Valanciunas is activated but Rabb is still a nice stream for the upcoming weeks where he is projected with a top 88 value. He is worthy of a flier too for the rest of the season because he is capable of bringing solid big man numbers when given opportunity. Ivan Rabb averaged 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocks in the final 4 games of the 17-18 NBA season in which he was a starter, while shooting 55.9% from the field and 80.0% from the line. In that period, he was the top 39 player in standard leagues of 9 categories.
Weeks 18-19 Guide:
1 NBA team playing 5 games:
New York Knicks
24 NBA teams playing 4 games:
Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat
5 NBA teams playing 3 games:
Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz
Here are some of the other possible free agents to consider in weeks 18-19:
With 5 games:
- Noah Vonleh (28% owned) – easy week 18-19 schedule, top 82 value
With 4 games:
- Marcus Smart (42% owned) – steals specialist, top 79 value
- Cory Joseph (10% owned) –low end PG stats , top 149 value
- Patrick Beverley (37% owned) –low end defensive stats , top 83 value
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (31% owned) – #FreeSGA, top 104 value
- Ivica Zubac (33% owned) – could start at C ROS, top 134 value
- Bobby Portis (58% owned) – #FreeBobbyPortis, top 53 value
Stats are based on standard 9cat H2H. Please also take note that I made this article before the 9 game slate of February 9, 2019 NBA Sched.
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Stats source: Basketballmonster.com
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