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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 19 Waiver Wire


I go on vacation and the NBA goes nuts at the trade deadline. I’ll start this 2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 19 Waiver Wire post  by covering a few of the more notable trades.

First, the Cavs surprised everybody, or maybe just me, and traded away Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Thomas should gain some value moving to LA but that is about it here.

The Cavs were not done as they also got rid of Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose. In return, they got George Hill and Rodney Hood. I like Hood, but his fantasy value will be limited here.

Most notable trades for fantasy was Emmanuel Mudiay moving to New York who should eventually take over as the starting point guard.

Also, Elfrid Payton was moved to Phoenix. I was on the fence about this trade, but the Suns are a fast team and it has clearly helped his value so far. He even had a triple-double in his first game with Devin Booker on the floor.

The last thing I want to bring up is the Clippers decided not to trade DeAndre Jordan. This means you can safely drop one of my Week 17 stashes, Boban Marjanovic, as he will see very limited minutes with Jordan there.

Now that we have covered that let’s get to who you should be picking up during the All-Star Break while the rest of your league is asleep.

l players mentioned are owned in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues.

2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 19 Waiver Wire

Josh Jackson, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns

Jackson has been given a chance in Phoenix to showcase his talents and he has not disappointed lately. Over the last couple of weeks he has averaged 17.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. He has also knocked in a 3-pointer a blocked 1.3 shots a game.

You can attribute some of this success to the injury to Devin Booker, but not all of it. Even in the last game before the break that Booker played in Jackson played well. He scored 22 points and added seven rebounds.

Mario Hezonja, SG/SF, Orlando Magic

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This is a must pick up for Aaron Gordon owners as he is still dealing with a hip injury. There is still no timetable for Gordon’s return so expect Hezonja to play well in his absence.

So far in the two weeks Gordon has missed, Hezonja has scored 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds while pouring in two 3-pointers a game too. His usage and scoring will increase too now that Elfrid Payton has been sent packing.

Dwight Powell, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks

His minutes have increased over the last couple of weeks and is rewarding the Mavs for doing so.

In five of his last six games, he has scored 17 or more points and averaged 8.3 rebounds in all six.

He has been very efficient as well, having a .500 or better shooting percentage thanks to living near the basket. And unlike most big men, his free throw percentages are actually good.

Get him now while he is still available in the majority of leagues.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including,, and Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @fantasysixpack, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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