• Charles Allen

Fantasy Basketball Recap: Week 9

Most of the fantasy football playoffs came to an end this past weekend and if you happen to dabble in both, there is probably some relief that you now only have to focus on one fantasy sport. Hopefully for you though, you did not neglect your team basketball squad through the first nine weeks like many so often do.

Fantasy Studs

Five guys who stood out this week from the rest.

  • Trae Young. Thankfully for fantasy purposes, real life win-loss records don't mean much. Young has had two 40 point games this week and has averaged over 37 points and 7 assists in his last four games.

  • Nikola Jokic. After a sluggish start to the season, things may be turning around for the Joker. Before Sunday's game, in his previous four he is nearly averaged a triple-double.

  • Hassan Whiteside. Seven blocks in one game and 17 blocks over his last four. If that wasn't enough, he's averaging 19 rebounds over his last four games too.

  • Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis owners are probably thankful they have been patient with him. Over his last five games he is averaging 22.4 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 2.8 three's per game.

  • Jayson Tatum. Last season many wrote off Tatum, but he is proving all of those people wrong. Over his last three games he's averaging nearly 30 points a night, while also being a good source of rebounds, three's, steals, blocks, and a few assists here and there.

Fantasy Duds

Five guys who are probably looking forward to putting this week behind them.

  • Buddy Hield. In his last two games he has shot under 20%. While he did secure a few rebounds, not much else went his way this week.

  • Aaron Gordon. Gordon did have a double-double in his last game, but the three before that were pretty brutal. He shot under 30% and took a dip all across the stat sheet.

  • Robert Covington. For someone who is owned in 91% of standard Yahoo leagues, you would think he would excel at something, but so far this season, he hasn't, at least in terms of fantasy numbers.

  • Draymond Green. Similarly to Covington, Green is owned in 92% of standard Yahoo leagues and his true worth on the court is not something that always translates well into fantasy basketball. He's not dominating in any category, just putting up a little all over the place. Many expected more from him.

  • Larry Nance Jr. I'll just show you his stat lines for the previous few games and I'll need the 71% of you who own him to explain to me why you are hanging on and not swapping him for a shinier new toy?

Week 9 Overview

Not much happened this week that would move the needle. Whether it was Ja Morant trying to end Kevin Love's career, or Isaiah Thomas going into the stands to confront a fan, the NBA week was fairly quiet. This can either be a good thing, or a bad thing for your fantasy team.

Maybe your team is trying to weather the storm of losing a Luka Doncic, or maybe your team was hopeful of a DeAndre Ayton return that immediately resulted in an injury and more missed time. Or maybe you are hopeful that now that we have approached NBA trade season that a few big moves here and there could potentially swing something in your favor.

Waiver Wire Potential

Here are 10 guys who are owned in 50%or less in standard Yahoo fantasy basketball leagues could possibly help your team this week.

  • Enes Kanter, C (50%). Kanter has three straight games of snagging more than 14 boards a game, which is double his season average. If you are in a rebounding pinch, he could offer some help.

  • Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF (45%). With Doncic out a few more games, Hardaway Jr. has been one of the featured guys on the offensive end for the Dallas Mavericks. He's averaging over 18 points a night his last three, while also knocking in three 3-pointers and five rebounds a game.

  • Isaiah Thomas, PG (43%). He's going to miss two games for going into the stands to confront a fan, but that should give you enough time to snag up some instant offense if that's what your team needs.

  • Duncan Robinson, SG/SF/PF (44%). As you know, I love guys who multiple position eligibility. Robinson can be plugged in to multiple spots and provide a good amount of three's and points.

  • Nemanja Bjelica, PF (41%). Bjelica is the type of guy I'd drop Nance Jr. for and take a flyer on. He's mainly going to just hit three's and score points, but the occasional good rebounding or good assist game is there too.

  • Dillon Brooks, SG/SF (41%). Over his last three games, Brooks is putting up a 16 points, six rebounds, three 3-pointers made line. What is Nance Jr. doing that is better than that?

  • Josh Hart, SG/SF (39%). Hart has been a bit all over the place, which so has the New Orleans Pelicans. For a guard, he rebounds pretty well. He also makes enough three's to make him worth a look.

  • Jalen Brunson, PG (33%). Like with Hardaway Jr. above, Doncic will be out a few games and Brunson's assist numbers have taken a huge jump with his increased playing time. If you need a quick fix for assists, Brunson is your guy.

  • D.J. Augustin, PG (30%). If you are ok with inconsistency, but maybe need a boost with assists and three's, then give him a look. He's playing with the second unit now, but that also means he's playing against the opposing team's second unit.

  • Elfrid Payton, PG (29%). Payton has officially taken over as the starting point guard for the Knicks, if that means much to you. He did have 10 assists and four steals in his first start since the beginning of the season.