Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: March 25
The NBA regular season is winding down, as is the fantasy basketball campaign.
But the waiver wire is still worth looking at, and here is my list for the week.
All stats through games on March 24.
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets
Lamb has started the last four games in place of Nicolas Batum (Achilles), averaging 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 11.5 field goal attempts per game.
Any chance Batum has to return before the end of the season is diminishing by the day. The Hornets are not in position to make the playoffs, so there’s nothing to be gained if he’s not 100 percent.
Lamb has multi-category upside, and a starting role. That’s enough to make him a late-season fantasy asset, and a solid waiver wire addition.
Yahoo! Ownership: 49% ESPN Ownership: 45.4%
Jabari Parker, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
With Giannis Antetokounmpo out Friday night against the Bulls, Parker made his first start of the season and promptly flopped (six points, four assists and three rebounds; 3-for-10 from the floor). But over his previous 10 games he was contributing solidly across the board (12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game).
Antetokounmpo may miss Sunday’s game against San Antonio, which would line Parker up for another start and a rebound opportunity.
Parker will be restricted free agent this summer, so he should be motivated to finish strong. Fantasy owners, with one eye on how much Antetokounmpo plays as the Bucks get close to locking up a playoff spot, should be ready to take advantage.
Yahoo! Ownership: 59% ESPN Ownership: 55%
Terry Rozier, PG/SG, Boston Celtics
Over his last five games, starting place of Kyrie Irving (knee), Rozier is averaging 16.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. As expected, volume has not been an issue over that span (36.3 minutes and 15.8 shot attempts per game).
Irving is out until the playoffs, so Rozier is locked into a big role from here on out. It would be nice if his shooting percentage improved (35.4 percent over the last five games), but otherwise Rozier is a multi-category fantasy asset with no impediment to playing time.
Yahoo! Ownership: 60% ESPN Ownership: 54.5%
Marcus Morris, PF/SF, Boston Celtics
Morris had 30 points (5-for-6 from beyond the arc) against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, but he suffered an ankle injury during the game and is questionable for Sunday’s game against Sacramento.
Morris does not seem to be facing a long absence, which is obviously good news. He has topped 20 points in three of his last five games (30 or more twice), while making nearly 52 percent of his three-pointers over that span. Going back over his last 11 games (six starts), Morris is averaging 17.4 points and six rebounds per game while making over 43 percent from beyond the arc.
With the Celtics’ litany of injuries, and even with his own injury to keep an eye on, Morris should be added wherever he’s available.
Yahoo! Ownership: 53% ESPN Ownership: 32.2%