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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Waiver Wire

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As we are a little over a week into the NBA season and what a week it has been. We have seen a lot of upsets already, including Cleveland losing to both Orlando and Brooklyn.

Now is when you can start to pay attention to players on the waiver wire who are performing better than we all expected. These players were all undrafted for a reason, but as we see every season players surprise us and you must take note and beat your fellow league mates to them.

Before we get into the Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets, I feel like I have to give my PSA announcement. That is to be patient. Look these players can and should be added in all leagues, but you need to be sure you have a player that you want to drop. Don’t go dropping a good, proven player just because he is having a slow start to the season. You need to wait for these players to round into form. We are just four games in for most teams.

However, if you have somebody who you took a flyer on and is only getting 15 minutes a game, now is the time to dump them and get one of the players listed below who can give you production.

All players mentioned will be owned in 40% or less of Yahoo leagues.

2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Waiver Wire

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D.J. Augustin, PG, Orlando Magic

Augustin is flourishing while Elfrid Peyton is out due to a hamstring injury.

In the two games Peyton has missed, Augustin has averaged 15.5 points, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

Peyton has no timetable to return, so its time to ride Augustin while you can.

Caris LeVert, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets

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Averaging almost 30 minutes a game, LeVert is a player who should be targeted and owned in all leagues. He has stepped in nicely for Jeremy Lin now that he is going to miss the season.

The Nets play fast and there is plenty to go around for this team, even if he doesn’t consistently get over 30 minutes. This is proven by his almost 12/4/4 a game. Not to mention 1.5 steals and even throws in the occasional block now and then.

Jakob Poeltl, PF/C, Toronto Raptors

Getting a bit of extra run right now with both Jonas Valanciunas and Lucas Nogueira out, Poeltl is playing well and needs to be looked at hard.

It might be short-lived, but if you are in the need of rebounds and blocks then look his way. Over the last two games, he has averaged 13 rebounds and two blocks. He has also double-doubled in these games scoring 10 and 12 points.

Alex Len, PF/C, Phoenix Suns

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This is a bit of an upside play, but hear me out.

The Suns are a mess right now, there is no doubting that. They fired their head coach. They are about to trade their best player. Now comes the time for change.

In comes Alex Len. He is only averaging nine points and eight rebounds on the season, but that is with just 23 minutes a game. I think his playing time increases soon and with that, he can easily average close to 15/10 a game.


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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 FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. 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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