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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire

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It finally happened. Eric Bledsoe was traded from the Phoenix Suns. He has moved the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe and a first and second-round pick. Let’s take a moment and evaluate this trade.

Obviously, for Eric Bledsoe, this is a good thing. He was not going to play anymore for the Suns, so now owners of his will finally be able put him back in their starting lineups again. I do not think he puts up as good of numbers as he would have in Phoenix, due to the Bucks having both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton. However, he will still do just fine and you are just thankful to have him at your disposal again.

As for his two main teammates, they will take a bit of a hit in usage rate, just like Bledsoe will. This is due to Bledsoe being able to handle more of the ball-handling duties, which is something both Middleton and Giannis were doing. The guy who is going to take the biggest hit in this trade though is Malcolm Brogdon. Even if he keeps his starting job, which I doubt he does, his playing time is going to take a massive hit.

For Greg Monroe, this really does nothing for his value. He was not useful before and will not be useful now. Only thing that could save him is if the Suns follow through with trading him. I think Monroe can still be valuable for a team, but it will have to be a really good situation.

Now that I have broken that down, let’s get to the 2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire.

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

2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Josh Richardson, SG, Miami Heat

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Richardson has struggled since his red-hot start to the season, but I’m holding out hope that he can turn it around.

The reality is his shot just needs to start dropping again for him to regain the value we all thought he would have this season. This value comes from more than just scoring and 3-pointers. It is due to the defensive categories he contributes in. He averages 1.5 steals and about a block a game this season. Combine that with the 3-pointers and points he should be giving you, he should be a top-50 player the rest of the way.

Donovan Mitchell, PG/SG, Utah Jazz

This is yet another rookie making his mark on this young season. Mitchell just recently had a stretch of three games where he scored a total of 70 points. He also hit 10 3-pointers in those games.

Mitchell is going to be a part of this offense as he has played 30-plus minutes four times this season. The Jazz are going to struggle to score this season, so even if Mitchell has  the occasional off night, he will be given a chance the next night to redeem himself.

Besides points and 3-pointers, Mitchell can also help in steals averaging 1.3 steals a game on the season.

Denzel Valentine, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls

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This is a temporary pick up while David Nwaba is out 2-4 weeks with an ankle sprain. He is already scoring at a pretty good clip this season, averaging 10 points a game with just 26 minutes a game. He is also hitting 2.3 3-pointers, almost five rebounds along with a steal a game.

While Nwaba is out we should see Valentine be very valuable with a boost in scoring and be able to contribute in assists and rebounds too.

Alex Len, C, Phoenix Suns

I wrote about him in my first waiver article this season, but alas he is still widely available. Len, with just 22 minutes on average this season, has pulled down 8.2 rebounds a game, along with 8.6 points per game.

Now Tyson Chandler is dealing with a back injury, which is an injury he has dealt with in the past, so who knows how long it will keep him out. This is going to push Len into the starting lineup,a t least for the short-term. This makes Len a great candidate for a double-double every game Chandler misses. Depending on how Len plays, this could propel him to get more playing time the rest of the season. He just can’t play Hassan Whiteside and get into foul trouble anymore.


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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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