Week 17/18 Waiver Wire Pickups Fantasy Basketball

by Nick Ercolano February 11, 2019

Week 17/18 Waiver Wire Pickups Fantasy Basketball

Welcome back to BDGE Fantasy Basketball. In this week's video, we will first review last week's picks (in terms of how they performed against our more than 23 FPTS benchmark), and then discuss who this week's pickups are, with the criteria that they are owned in less than 60% of yahoo leagues. 


Week 17/18


3 New Players


Bobby Portis (53% leagues)… 4 games

Got traded from Bulls to the Wizards (him + Jabari Parker for Otto Porter) but got 27 mins of playtime off bench

Game high 30 points

Every time he was on the field the offense seemed to go through him

Outplayed Bryant (who started over him); more minutes (27 vs 18), points (30 vs 13), assists (2 vs 1)…

rebounds were the same 6 as were steals

Anticipate him either taking the starting position, or continuing to play well off the bench with high minutes and efficiency (shooting 56% over past 5 games, 61% if you remove a 46% outlier)

John Wall out for season, a void to fill with points. Obviously not gonna cover all void of a PG with a PF, but still opens opportunities

Excellent against bad front courts (which is why he went off against the worst def cavs)… will play against a tough front court at Detroit (Blake & Drummond) and tough Raptors (Siakam and Ibaka) and the Pacers which have the second best defense in the league… but he’s still a player playing tons of minutes, becoming the focal point of (now) the bench offense


Jeff Green (50% of leagues)… 4 games

2nd wizards player on this list

30+ mins avg

With Otto Porter gone he is now in the starting lineup

Needed to be secondary scorer around Bradely beal

He has been that even with/without Porter gone… averaging 21 points a game and getting 4 assists per game

Leads to him Averaging monster 33 FPTS over last 5 games… how tf is he owned in only 50% of leagues?

Obviously is going against the same tough defense as Portis is, but being the second point scorer on the team strategy and being available in 50% of leagues makes him a no brainer



Collin Sexton (44% of leagues)… 4 games (KEVIN LOVE REMOVED FROM SATURDAYS GAME 6 MINUTES IN)

Terrible defense in the Knicks, middle D in nets, terrible defense in the Suns, very good defense in the Grizzlies (but its at home)

Leading the offense essentially (Kevin Love is coming back but still limited, should not be major threat for this week to consume offense)

17 points/game over last 5

Consistently at 3 assists… at 6’2 he’s not getting any rebounds and doesn’t play a huge role on defense

Average 29+ mins per game

Cavs are consistently losing, but not typically getting blown out (all games of past 8 are within 20 points)… meaning they keep starters in and chasing the game



Jordan Clarkson (59% of leagues)… 4 games

Very similar to Sexton… with Love out, him and Sexton are the scorers

Essentially gets all his FPTS from scoring

28 FPTS over last 5 games (19 points per game)

Doesn’t start, but Averaging 26 mins per game




Mikal Bridges (39% leagues)… 3 games

He has only 3 games this week but needs to be picked up

Consistently 32+ minutes (played a team high 37 minutes in a competitive game vs the warriors)

Shows they have trust in a rookie, who they have starting every game

28 FPTS avg over last 5

Going against 3 bad defenses

20th ranked D Clippers, worth D Cavs, 27th Hawks


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