As the fantasy fallout from a busy trade deadline settles during this short week, there are some nice fantasy basketball pickups that can help your team leading up to the All-Star game and put you over the top for the stretch run. I’ve included my top four widely available options in this post with some extra options at the bottom, but I’m also happy to answer any roster-specific questions @ZT_sports on Twitter.
It’s a quick week since All-Star weekend begins on Friday, and most teams have two games on tap. The Knicks, Sixers, Grizzlies, Rockets, Bulls and Cavs only play one time, but every other team plays twice. Make sure you check how your league will score this week and next and plan accordingly since there are six days with no games and some sites combine the weeks into one scoring period while others have two shorter sessions.
Here are the top four options I think you should target.
PG LANDRY SHAMET, LAC (at PHI, at BOS)The Clippers added more depth at the trade deadline, but they decided to not hold on to Isaiah Thomas, who they acquired from the Wizards. Patrick Beverley (groin) is out Saturday and could rest through the break, which would open up even more time for Shamet, who has been playing very well since recovering from his own injury issues.
Whether starting or coming off the bench, Shamet has played 28-plus minutes in 10 straight contests. In those games, he has averaged 14.6 points, 2.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 3.4 three-pointers made per contest. Shamet should continue to knock down shots from long-range for Los Angeles and be one of the key guards in their versatile rotation the rest of their push to the playoffs. He’ll also get a boost if the Clippers start to rest Kawhi and Paul George more frequently down the stretch.
SG/SF JOSH HART, NO (vs. POR, vs. OKC)The Pelicans are still adjusting to having Zion Williamson in their rotation, but so far he has seemed to mesh well with the pieces the Pelicans got from the Lakers. Hart hasn’t been starting, but has been averaging 27 minutes per contest coming off the bench. He typically offers good multi-category contributions, averaging 10.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocked shots per game.
With Williamson (ankle) and Brandon Ingram (ankle) both dealing with minor injuries, Hart could get extra run in one or both of these final two games before the break. Hart doesn’t have the long-range game that Shamet offers, but he can fill in multiple categories and be an overall contributor as long as he keeps getting minutes as the Pelicans’ sixth man.
SG TERENCE DAVIS, TOR (vs. MIN, at BKN)Toronto has dealt with multiple injuries all season and continues to deal with injury woes heading into the final two games before the break. Kyle Lowry (neck) is dealing with a new injury and Norman Powell (finger) is still without a timetable to return. Powell’s absence has re-opened the door for Davis to step back up. The undrafted rookie from Mississippi has bounced around the rotation but has logged over 25 minutes in each of the three games since Powell has been out.
Davis went off for 31 points against the Bulls on Feb. 2 and followed that up with 11 points against the Pacers and another 17 points in the rematch against Indiana. He hit at least a trio of three-pointers in each of those contests and came up big down the stretch after Lowry left hurt. The rookie has been impressive when given opportunities and should be a nice addition with a high ceiling.
PF/C MORITZ WAGNER, WAS (vs. CHI, at NYK)If you can be a little more long-term in your look at the waiver wire, Wagner could be a great pickup to finish the season once he gets back to 100%. The second-year big man was playing well before his injury, averaging 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in over 22 minutes per game in the 13 games before he went down with an ankle injury on Dec. 10. Since he was out so long, most owners who added him dropped him back to the wire.
Wagner returned Feb. 3 and had eight points and two boards in 12 minutes against the Warriors. He then played 18 minutes against the Mavs and finished with six points and four boards. With all the injuries still in play in the Wizards’ frontcourt, Wagner will likely return to his 20- to 25-minute role and be a good source of points, rebounds and three-pointers if he can stay healthy. He has some good matchups this week and will be a good play as soon as he’s 100%.
Other options worth watching
- PF/C Christian Wood, Detroit Pistons
- PG/SG Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons
- PG/SG Shabazz Napier, Washington Wizards
- SF/PF Eric Paschall, Golden State Warriors
- PG Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks
- PF/C Thon Maker, Detroit Pistons
- PG Ish Smith, Washington Wizards
- PG Ky Bowman, Golden State Warriors
- C Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Clippers
- PG/SG Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves
- SF/PF Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks
- SG/SF Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns
- SG Gary Trent Jr., Portland Trail Blazers
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