Fantasy Basketball 2014-15: Waiver Wire Update 1/5
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Waiver Wire Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
January 5, 2015
Heading into a busy evening of NBA action, it’s a good time to check in on some of the trendy waiver wire pickups in the world of fantasy basketball. There are definitely some high-value players out there, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see who’s right for your team.
Jusuf Nurkic, C, Denver Nuggets: Nurkic is one of the major prizes on the wire right now, and it’s pretty easy to see why. In his last outing, the youngster blocked a career-high five shots and doubled up on 11 points and 10 rebounds.
It was Nurkic’s second double-double in a row and his third straight double-digit scoring performance. The Nuggets would be stupid not to give him an extended opportunity.
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Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz: Gobert is pretty much a must-have player right now. In Minnesota, he put up 13 points, 11 rebounds and a whopping six blocked shots.
Gobert has double-digit scoring in his last two games with a combined 18 rebounds and 10 blocks in that span. The Jazz should be giving him plenty of playing time moving forward, as he’s proven himself worthy.
Evan Turner, SG/SF, Boston Celtics: Turner has been a hot pickup over the past couple of days, thanks to a big performance in Chicago on Saturday. He put up 29 points, five rebounds and six assists in an OT loss to the Bulls, pumping in four 3-pointers in the process.
Turner now has double-digit points in three of his last four games and has been doing reasonably well on the assist and rebound numbers. He’s a low-end pickup, but could provide good enough returns for a look-see in fantasy.
Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers: There’s some value out there in Philly, and Wroten is definitely under that category. He put up 27 points, four rebounds and seven assists in his last outing against the Clippers, giving him four 20-plus points games in his last five appearances.
Wroten and company will return home today after a long road trip. That should be good news for him, but keep in mind that he’ll also temper his numbers with some turnovers and “blah” shooting percentages.
Marreese Speights, PF/C, Golden State Warriors: Speights has been putting up some pretty good numbers as of late, including a 26-point, eight-rebound effort against the Raptors in his last outing.
That makes two straight games with at least 23 points for Speights, and as long as he keeps getting decent minutes he should continue to produce for fantasy owners. Give him a look before OKC tonight.
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