Deeper Week 15 Waiver Wire Sleepers for Fantasy Basketball
The deeper a fantasy basketball league gets, the harder it is to hit a winner with your final picks. It’s also harder to find decent help from the waiver thread if your late picks don’t do you justice. If you’ve picked up a few stinks, don’t give up hope just yet. I will try to help you choose a winner.
here are my deeper league fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups for your fantasy basketball teams. These NBA players should be available in most leagues and they could just help you out, whether it’s a few weeks rental or a long-term solution to a problem your team is having.
If a guy on your team is frustrating you with his poor performance, try a few. They might well be worth it.
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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Targets for Week 15
Torrey Craig (SG/SF/PF, IND) – 13% registered
With Myles Turner out for a while (definitely don’t expect him to return until All-Star Weekend/trade deadline), Torrey Craig was named as the Pacers’ first PF on Jan. 17 (Mon. last) and started all four games Indy played last week. The latest, played Saturday night against Phoenix, also saw Domantas Sabonis out of rotation, with him suffering an ankle injury that will keep the big man out “for a few games,” according to coach Carlisle. To witness it: list Torrey Craig as soon as possible.
Craig’s four starts resulted in an average line of 7-7-2-1-1 per game over 28 minutes of playing time. Things looked even better from Wednesday, however, as Craig only played only 15 minutes on his first start of the week (8-8-1-1-1 to end the week). Craig had a relatively hard-hitting November (almost 20 MPG) but didn’t do much before and after that until he re-entered the rotation on a healthy footing from late December. Craig has recorded over 22 minutes in 11 of the last 12 games he has played and his usage rate sits at an extremely low 13%. The pros, however, boil down to good goal and rebound numbers, a lack of turnovers and good shooting percentages (46/31/83) given he’s good at lifting nearly 2.5 3AP per game.
Caleb Martin (SG/SF, MIA) – 12% registered
As expected, Jimmy Butler returned to the rotation and immediately joined the starting lineup. It’s reasonable and the obvious thing to do by Coach Spo. Caleb Martin, his replacement when he was absent, saw his minutes crater for three games (21-17-22) but he returned to a rather voluminous playing time in the last two which is why we put Martin here honor for the second consecutive week. . Martin played 33 and 28 minutes in Miami’s last two games through Saturday, and he’s been fantastic, posting an above-average usage rate of 21.1%, up from 16% in the previous three games.
The numbers Martin was able to put together to start, of course, are probably out of the realm of possibility for him coming off the pine – over 13+ FGAs per game, that’s what I’m saying. Even then, however, Martin will continue to fire his good shot count (12 and 10 over the past two) and he’s been absolutely fantastic in the 2022 calendar year, hitting nearly 55% of his shots from the field. while attempting 9.5+ FGA in 10 games played this year. Only twice in the last 10 games has Martin scored less than 10 points, he’s a virtual lock to score at least one 15 hrs per game (he’s at 1.4 15 hrs per game in that span), comes with a fantastic rebound, and he maintains a rather high mark of 1.5 SPG over the last three weeks of play.
Day’Ron Sharpe (PF, BKN) – 5% registered
It is one of, otherwise the more, the riskiest moves in this week’s column. Sure, we’re talking about adding a player worth signing up to in very deep leagues, which softens the potential hit, but still. Sharpe grabbed the Nets’ starting center spot as starter Nicolas Claxton missed more than 10 playing days and six games through Saturday during that span. Sharpe is the only other viable big man on Brooklyn’s roster, so it’s easy to see that coming. Now, as we should expect Sharpe will hit the pine once Claxton is back available, Sharpe has been good enough to deserve a bigger role once everything is back to normal.
Sharpe started six in a row and also played 24 minutes just before that first start. Before this late period of seven games, he was just playing seven MPG (!), which is basically a forbidden fantasy. It’s now off to a healthy start of 21 MPG. His numbers since Jan. 10 hit an average line of 11-7-1 per game to go with 1.1 BPG on top of that. He hoists around eight FGAs per game and given his nil tendencies to stretch the field, he will always maintain a high shooting percentage (62% in the last seven games). There’s a good chance Claxton will get the starting gig once again, but Sharpe’s par 36 line of 19-12-2-0-2 rivals very well the 16-8-1-0-2 of Claxton. It surely looks like a battle of roles to watch.
Rodney McGruder (SG/SF, DET) – 2% registered
The Pistons acquired Bol Bol in exchange for Rodney McGruder just a few days ago … but they ultimately didn’t. The trade was called off, so McGruder is still in Detroit. Oh, and after recently returning to rotation, RMG did so with passion and appetite for destruction. McGruder has played three games since Tuesday (inclusive) and all he has done is average a ridiculous 16-4-1 in just 26 MPG while shooting 10 FGAs in each of those three games, hitting 60% of those 30 total field goals. The best of all? 12 of those 18 shots were three-pointers. Oh oh.
I mean, it’s reasonable to expect some regression here, and in fact it already seemed to show up on McGruder’s recent logs: he went from 70% to 60% and finally to 50% of the field over the course of of the last three games, harboring the same number of shots in all of them, so watch out for a potential long-term decrease in those percentages in case they totally crater. That said, points and rebounds are fantastic for a pin-rider performer while turnovers are almost non-existent. McGruder has been missing a lot of time throughout the season, but he should maintain his value for at least a few days while Frank Jackson and Killian Hayes fully recover from injuries/health issues.
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