Targeting emerging talent and injury replacements

Targeting emerging talent and injury replacements

Week 2 of the fantasy hoops season is in the books, and hopefully you were able to collect Trey Murphy III, which only had 31% of the list this time last week. He is now 41st in value per game thanks to phenomenal play and injuries Brandon Ingram i Herb Jones. Even Dennis Smith Jr. (who provided top 30 value in week 2) looks to have power for week 3 with LaMelo dance i Terry Rozier still out of the lineup.

But this is a new week, and I’m going to break down several players who are listed in less than 50 percent of Yahoo’s fantasy basketball leagues. With one big exception – It was It was.

I’ll also include some category specialists for your consideration.

Before we get to this week’s waiver pickups, here are the number of games played by each team in Week 3.

Four games: Bucks, bulls, clippers, GrizzliesHornets, Jazz, Nets, raptorswizards,

Three games: Knights, Celticshawks, heat, kings, knicks, lakersmagic, pelicans, pistonsrockets, sixers, spurs, aloneThunder, Trail Blazers, warriors

Two games: MavericksNuggets, Pacers

Schedule things to know

There are four games on Tuesday, two on Thursday and four on Sunday. These are by far the lightest boards you can maximize your flows on. The only teams playing on Tuesday and Thursday this week are the Magic, Thunder and Warriors.

Feel free to cut bait on any fringe Nuggets fantasy players, as they don’t play their next game until Thursday. In deeper leagues, that means Bruce Brown i Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Also, it’s also not worth keeping Mavericks players early in the week because they don’t play until Wednesday.

Ok, now that you know when the teams are playing and when it would be best to use them, let’s get down to the picks.

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Was Was – PF/C, Orlando Magic (68% registered)

The Magic are deploying a very high starting lineup these daysand at 7-foot-2, It was It was puts on a show to start the year. He has started the last two games for Orlando and is putting up 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 0.5 steals with 2.0 blocks and shooting 68 percent from the field in 28 minutes per game. He’s provided value in the sixth round in seven games played, and he’s a must in all point and category leagues because he can contribute in every category (even three).

Only a few older men with this kind of handle tin end contactand ranks fourth in the NBA in blocks (2.3 per game) too.

Tip: Need to add shallow points (8-10 teams) and H2H leagues

Isaiah Hartenstein is averaging nearly a double-double in 25 minutes a night, plus a block and a steal. He’s a viable option for anyone looking for a center who fills up the scoreboard all over the board except for three-pointers. He’s currently providing eighth-round value, so if he’s floating on your waiver wire, even in shallow leagues, make a move.

Tip: Add 10-12 team points and H2H leagues

Royce O’Neale – SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets – 46% registered

Surprisingly, Royce O’Neale’s roster total was only up 10% from last week, which tells me he’s being overlooked in shallow H2H leagues. Despite the return of Joe Harris and recently Seth Curry, has not affected O’Neale’s time or production. He offers value in the seventh round mainly because of his stock (2.5/game) and three (2.3/game).

Any guy who plays 38 minutes a night should be listed in over 46% of leagues. As mentioned above, the Nets have four games this week, with two of those falling on Tuesday and Thursday.

Tip: Add more than 10 team H2H leagues

Royce O'Neale's fantasy roster percentage hasn't changed much, but he deserves more attention.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Royce O’Neale’s fantasy roster percentage hasn’t changed much, but he deserves more attention. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Jalen McDaniels was ranked in the top 70 per game over the weekend. While his stats don’t jump off the page, he’s doing a mix of everything: averaging 11.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 threes with 1.0 shares and 48 /59/100 shot distributions.

Stellar shooting splits and low turnovers are boosting his ranking, but he had his first double-double of the season in a win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Tip: Add more than 12 team H2H leagues

Nick Richards – C, Charlotte Hornets (40% enrolled)

Another familiar name from last week’s column, Nick Richard’s The workforce has increased by 9% since last week. His situation has remained the same, but he is still producing in limited minutes. He is an excellent source of rebounds and has added value in the seventh round this season.

His per-36 numbers extrapolate to 21.3 points with 12.8 rebounds on 65% shooting from the field, so anyone looking for double-double potential who shoots high-percentage shots, look no further Richards.

Tip: Add points from 12 teams and H2H leagues

Bismack Biyombo – C, Phoenix Suns (38% registered)

Deandre Ayton is dealing with a sprained left ankle that could sideline him for up to a week. Time will be shared with him Jock Landalebut I would prefer Bismack Biyombo if you need blocks and rebounds. Biyombo already has a double-double to his name since Ayton went down, along with seven blocks in two games.

Tip: Play Biyombo in 12+ team H2H leagues or shallow leagues if you need blocks

Tyus Jones – PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies (39% registered)

Tyus Jones it is an immediate addition at any time And Morant waste time The backup point guard filled in admirably for Morant on Saturday night, posting 23 points (10-15 FG, 3-5 3PM) along with ten assists, one rebound and two steals. Morant is questionable again on Monday (non-Covid illness) and Desmond Bane is also (ankle).

There could be a couple of paths to additional playing time for Jones, and with the Grizzlies playing four games this week, it’s worth adding daily points and H2H leagues.

Tip: If Ja Morant is out, add 10+ team points and H2H leagues. If there is, sign up for all H2H leagues of 12+ teams

Before a weekend crash on Sunday, Jaylen Nowell averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 triples and 0.8 steals through the first six games of the season. He’s been a microwave bucket off the bench, attempting nearly 13 shots in a backup role. And rarely changes the ball, leading the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio through the first two weeks of the NBA season.

The return of Kyle Anderson and (eventually) Jordan McLaughlin could eat Nowell’s minutes. Still, he’s proven he needs to be a fixture in the Timberwolves’ rotation. His 36 numbers came in at 23.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals. If you can handle his low field shooting (41%), he is capable of points, rebounds and threes in H2H leagues.

Tip: Stream live in over 12 H2H team leagues

I had to include at least one Thunder player this week since they play a smaller slate of games in Week 3. The Thunder are known for playing with their lineups, but Jalen Williams he’s relatively unknown and the perfect player you’ll want to grab before he continues to produce. The rookie has been out of the lineup recovering from an orbital bone fracture he suffered on Oct. 19, but finally returned to the court after missing his previous four games.

He didn’t disappoint either, dropping 13 points with three rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in 27 minutes of action. He was active on both ends of the floor and made it look easy to get to the edge against a good Dallas Mavericks team. You will benefit from it Josh Giddey‘s short-term (ankle) absence, but given the Thunder’s reputation for sending him early, Williams is a player I like now and for the rest of the season.

He has a better path to playing time than the Rockets’ rookie forward Tari Eason for now, so grab it while you still can.

Tip: Add up all points from 12 teams and head-to-head leagues

Shaedon Sharpe – SF/PF, Portland Trail Blazers (11% enrolled)

The 2022 NBA draft class looks deeper and deeper by the day. Shaedon Sharpe is the latest rookie to burst onto the scene after putting together two solid games for the Trail Blazers. He has contributed in a similar way to Jaylen Nowell: trading assists for a better field goal percentage.

He’s had a few highlight reel games.

And the reactions of his colleagues? priceless

As long as Damian Lillard is out, should see 20-30 minutes per game. He’s only 19 years old and appears to be trusted by head coach Chauncey Billups as a bench bucket, with a usage rate of 20.6%. He looks like the real deal and a player I would consider keeping past Damian Lillard’s injury.

Tip: Stream live in over 12 H2H team leagues

Brandon Ingram i Herb Jones they continue to miss time with their respective injuries, which allowed them Naji Marshall a lot of minutes And with minutes comes opportunity, and he has seized the moment: averaging 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 triples and one steal in 35.7 minutes over his three previous matches

He contributes in every category except blocks, and while Ingram and Jones are out, Marshall shouldn’t be available on waivers in 12-team H2H leagues.

Tip: Add more than 12 team H2H leagues

Justise Winslow – SF/PF Portland Trail Blazers (5% registered)

The combo forward has been getting close to 25 minutes a night for the Trail Blazers, but in the wake of Damian Lillard’s calf injury that leave it aside for up to two weeks, Justifies Winslow emerges as a viable contributor for rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in H2H leagues. In his first game without Lillard, he had a season-high 18.3% usage rate and finished with seven points, six rebounds, seven assists with three steals and one block. A very Draymond Green/Ben Simmons stat line. Has recorded at least one steal in every game and at least one block in four of five games played.

It’s more of an addition to the deeper league, but still worthy of consideration.

Tip: Stream over 12 team points and H2H leagues

Category specialists (percentage registered):

Do it all:


  • Kevin Huerter (61%)

  • Kevin Love (38%)

  • Marcus Morris Mr. (35%)

  • Max Strus (33%)

  • Malik Beasley (20%)

  • Luke Kennard (6%)


  • Andrew Drummond (45%)

  • Kevin Love (38%)

  • Jalen Duren (28%)

  • Mason Plumlee (16%)


  • Mount Morris (73%)

  • Mason Plumlee (16%)

  • Immanuel Quickley (16%)

  • Goran Dragic (3%)


  • Bismack Biyombo (38%)

  • Jalen Duren (28%)

  • Darius Bazley (11%)

  • Zach Collins (11%)


  • lu there (55%)

  • Alex Caruso (52%)

  • Caleb Martin (21%)

  • Javonte Verd (4%)

  • Joan Konchar (11%)

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