The fifth week of the fantasy basketball season has four massive nights of action with nine games or more lined up for Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with lighter schedules of just four and two contests on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. It’s a busy week of fantasy basketball action as well, so you’ll want to make sure your team is totally tuned up and ready for a nice mid-season run to get into position for a playoff push.
To help you pinpoint the best potential pickups, each week you can find my top four widely available waiver wire options here on DraftKings. If you have questions related to your specific roster I’d be happy to answer them on Twitter @ZT_Sports. You can also find some other good options at the bottom of the page after my top four. All stats are current before Saturday’s games.
In the coming week, the Suns play a jam-packed, five-game slate with back-to-back games to start and finish the week. Most teams play three or four games in the coming week with only the Pacers, Grizzlies and the Magic limited to just two contests. Make sure to consider opponents and who fits best with your existing roster as you contemplate which additions make the most sense for your team.
PG COBY WHITE, CHI (vs. MIL, vs. DET, vs. MIA, at CHA)The Bulls have to be thrilled with how White has started his NBA career after taking him with the No. 7 overall pick in last year’s draft. The rookie has had a few ups and downs but has been red hot lately, including going 13-for-24 (54%) from long-range in games this week against the Knicks and Bucks. White had 27 and 26 points in those two games while also contributing a total of eight assists, four rebounds and four steals.
White has scored in double figures in five straight contests since managing just a single point on Nov. 3 against the Pacers. During that five-game run, he is averaging 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He has also seen his playing time continue to climb as the Bulls build around him as their PG of the future. He should continue to get plenty of work in generally favorable matchups this week, so grab him and add him to your backcourt for this week if you can.
PF/C MORITZ WAGNER, WAS (vs. SAS, vs. CHA, vs. SAC)Wagner has settled in nicely with his second team in his second season in the NBA after being traded from the Lakers to the Wizards this offseason, as Los Angeles cleared cap space. Wagner went off for a monster 30 points and 15 rebounds against the Timberwolves on Friday night in just 25 minutes. He knocked down all four of his three-point attempts in that contest and shot 13-for-15 overall.
All season, though, he has been a steady contributor with at least eight points in each of his 10 games this year. He has averaged 12.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 three-pointers in 18.5 minutes per game but seems to be playing his way into a larger role. Foul trouble can sometimes limit his ceiling, but he’s showing he has the potential to break out and become a key nightly contributor for a Wizards team looking for sources of offense alongside Bradley Beal.
PG/SG ANFERNEE SIMONS, POR (at HOU, at NOP, at MIL, at CLE)Simons has impressed in his second season in the NBA and has been very effective in his role as the primary backup for both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Simons played 22 or fewer minutes in each of his first seven games of the season but has been averaging 28.2 minutes over his past five games, scoring at least 15 points and hitting multiple three-pointers in four of those five contests.
His current role is primarily for scoring, but he can chip in a few boards, assists or steals as well. With good matchups on the Blazers’ current road trip and plenty of minutes and opportunities coming his way, Simons is a nice piece to add for the coming week.
PF/C DARIO SARIC, PHO (vs. BOS, at SAC, vs. NOP, at MIN, at DEN)One player to target on the Suns if you want a piece of their five-game week is Saric, who is trending the right direction and coming off his best game since joining the Suns. He has set season-highs for points in back-to-back games after dropping 23 points against the Hawks on Thursday. Saric has hit multiple three-pointers in four straight averaging 15.5 points along with 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Saric had some strong stretches during his time with the Sixers and seems to have found a rhythm with his new team after a slow start. He should continue to get good minutes and usage in the starting lineup while Deandre Ayton serves his suspension. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling since he isn’t the primary scorer on the team but can be a very nice source of three-pointers, points and other countable stats with five games this week.
Other options worth watching
- PG Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers
- PG/SG Alec Burks, Golden State Warriors
- PG/SG Malik Monk, Charlotte Hornets
- SG/SF Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies
- SG/SF Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic
- SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers
- SF/PF Kenrich Williams, New Orleans Pelicans
- PF/C Willie Cauley-Stein, Golden State Warriors
- PF/C Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings
- PF/C Alex Len, Atlanta Hawks
- C Goga Bitadze, Indiana Pacers
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