NBA Week 3 waiver thread review
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It’s still early enough in the season for the waiver thread to stay ripe for picking. Soon, however, it may look like a barren wasteland.
Several of the suggested pickups from last week (Jalen Brunson, Bobby Portis, etc.) are still available in over 50% of fantasy leagues. While I could (and maybe should) keep drumming for Brunson or trying to start a vocals for Portis (Bah-bee! Bah-bee!), This week’s recommended additions feature a new batch of players.
Without further ado, here are 10 players to consider signing up before week three.
Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls (44% enrolled)
Caruso’s stellar defense has helped the Bulls get off to a good start this season. In five games, the Chicago playmaker ranks third in the league in interceptions (3.0 SPG), to accompany 8.4 points (46.7% FG, 50.0% 3PT, 88.9% FT), 3.6 dimes, 1.6 boards, 1.2 threes and 0.6 blocks over 28.6 minutes per game. It’s a small sample size, sure, but aside from the scoring and rebounding departments, these are all career highs.
Several of these brands are likely to decline as the campaign continues. Nonetheless, Caruso has been so crucial to the team’s surprisingly stable defensive play so far that he looks at the very least likely to break his previous career record of 21.2 minutes per game.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers (44% enrolled)
Although he plays a minimum of 21.8 minutes per game while wrestling on the field (37.2% FG) and beyond the arc (20.0% 3PT) through five appearances, Love is posting decent count stats and seems highly motivated despite demotion to a reserve role. Who knows how long this will last. But with averages of 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists for 0.8 turnovers, he’s worth considering, especially in the deeper leagues.
Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic (40% enrolled)
The NBA rookie class has been so superb that Wagner has yet to receive much attention. However, he has an average of 13.6 points (51.9% FG, 41.7% 3PT, 66.7% FT), 3.6 boards, 2.0 treys, 1.8 assists, 1.0 flight and 0.8 blocks in 32.8 minutes. His rebound leaves a lot to be desired given his size (6-foot-9), but the fact that he started all five clashes and leads Orlando in minutes per game bodes well for his expected long-term value this season.
Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Spurs (36% registered)
Walker started the team’s most recent match instead of Doug mcdermott (knee) and numbers to hold this role until the sniper returns. At first it seemed like the second year Devin Vassell could overtake Walker in the rotation, but they gain practically the same amount of minutes. With high career averages in most categories across five appearances, Walker scores 15.0 points (45.8% FG, 36.4% 3PT, 90.0% FT), 3.2 boards, 2.8 dimes, 2.4 threes and 0.8 steals in 25.8 minutes. At a minimum, he’s a great Week 3 streaming option thanks to the fact that Spurs have four games. Hopefully, Walker possesses the ability and advantage to be a factor in fantasy leagues far beyond the short term.
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Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers (35% enrolled)
Thybulle is still not a reliable contributor in most categories, and he has seen his playing time drop in every game so far – 27 minutes in the season opener but down to 16 minutes against the Pistons Thursday. Nonetheless, he remains an elite source of thefts and blocks, with absurd averages of 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks over just 21.2 minutes per game.
Cody Martin, Charlotte Hornets (13% enrolled)
Charlotte had to deal with injuries early in the season at Terry rozier (ankle) and PJ Washington (knee), and Martin stepped up. In five games, Martin is averaging 9.4 points, 4.4 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.6 steals and 1.0 threes in 25.0 minutes. He shot tough assignments defensively, notably slowing Brooklyn James harden, plus Martin demonstrated an impressive set of two-way skills, including an enhanced shot.
Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers (12% enrolled)
Simons is (finally) off to a good start to the season, having scored in double digits in all four games so far. He appears to be earning the trust of coach Chauncey Billups, and with averages of 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 threes and 2.0 assists in 22.5 minutes, the fourth-year goaltender is a intriguing addition – especially in the deep leagues. If any of Portland’s star goaltenders were to run out of time due to injury, Simons would be the obvious benefactor and a go-to player in most formats.
Bruce Brown, Brooklyn Nets (9% enrolled)
After playing just four minutes (during garbage time) in Brooklyn’s Season 1 opener, Brown was a good scratch in Game 2. However, in the three games since, he’s averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 boards and 1.7 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. The Nets have struggled a lot in defense, and Brown’s versatility in that regard could help him maintain a fairly demanding role going forward.
Shake Milton, Philadelphia 76ers (7% enrolled)
Milton (ankle) made his season debut Thursday against the Pistons, throwing 13 points, five hundred, two treys and one block in 16 minutes. Tyrese Maxey did a solid job keeping the fort as a starting point guard, but Milton’s ability to throw shots beyond the arc and control the tempo offensively could translate into a consistent role even though he’s not on the bench.
Patrick Beverley, Minnesota Timberwolves (4% enrolled)
After serving a two-game suspension to start the season, Beverley has been a key cog for a Timberwolves team off to an encouraging start. D’Angelo Russell hasn’t been the most durable player over the years, and Beverley is averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 dimes, 3.7 boards, 2.3 threes, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks in 21.3 minutes on three appearances. Even though Russell remains healthy all season, Beverley is worth adding in many formats.