I hope everyone had a great Christmas! With fantasy football season now behind us, fantasy basketball will be the main focus until baseball season.
Whether you are winning or losing your league at the moment, there is still plenty of time to rise and fall before the end of the season.
With trades a rarity, the waiver wire is really the only source to team improvement. No matter if you are first in the league or currently a bottom-dweller, owners should keep their eyes open for emerging players.
Look out for categories that your team may be lacking in, because there are almost always specialists available.
Players listed are owned in 50% of leagues or less.
2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 12 Waiver Wire
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Ivica Zubac, C, Los Angeles Lakers
If you watched the Lakers Christmas-day rout of the Warriors, than you are well aware of the production Zubac has had as of late. In the past three games, he has averaged a spectacular 17.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 2.7 BPG on 32 MPG. JaVale McGee has been absent in those contests, but veteran Tyson Chandler has been available.
Zubac is not the most skilled or fun to watch, but he has shown immense improvement this season. When McGee returns, his recent production may become a different story, but the Lakers will likely still utilize him. With his recent play, there is no reason to not add him if he is available.
Joe Harris, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
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Joe Harris should be owned in all leagues. As of late, he has been a pinnacle of consistency when it comes to waiver wire players. He has scored in double-digits in the past nine games. This includes a 27 point outing in a win against the Charlotte Hornets, where he shot 11-14 from the field and 5-8 from three.
Harris will always be able to give owners points, assists, and FG percentages, making him a must-add if he is available. For fantasy teams in need of three pointers, this is the ideal player.
Garrett Temple, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
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Temple is no stranger to waiver wire lists, as he is has had games of brilliance on numerous occasions. Consistency is not his greatest attribute, but recently he has been productive. In the past three games, he has averaged 13.7 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 1.7 BPG, and 2.7 threes per game, shooting 65 percent on 35.6 minutes.
Surely some of these statistics are simply outliers. No one should expect Temple to continue to shot 65 percent from the field or average 1.7 blocks, but he has showed promise as of late. Temple's overall production will not lead your team to wins, but he does have upside in shooting that can prove beneficial.
Thomas Bryant, C, Washington Wizards
Last Saturday, Bryant scored 31 points along with 13 rebounds on 14-14 shooting in a triple overtime victory over the Suns. This is surely a distant outlier performance, but still displays the potential Bryant has. With Dwight Howard absent for most of the season, Bryant has stepped into a starting role with a struggling Wizards squad.
Be aware that Bryant's statistics mostly come from the points and rebounds, along with occasional three-pointers. Don't expect much in terms of assists, steals, or blocks. Being a young player that hasn't had much of an opportunity to prove his worth, Bryant presents a moderately high risk. Nevertheless, if you are in need of rebounds or three-pointers, he may be worth a shot.
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