With the new year now upon us, that means fantasy basketball playoffs are only two months away. If you're currently on the fringe of the playoffs, or simply trying to secure a top seed, the waiver wire remains essential. Taking advantage of this is crucial, and can undo bad draft choices and acquisitions.
Lineup changes and injuries are commonplace mid-season, and emerging stars become widely available. For many leagues, especially ESPN, fantasy-valuable players can be available in 95-99 percent of leagues. This week features three of LeBron's former Cleveland teammates, all of which have completely different roles with their respective teams.
As always, players are available in 50 percent of leagues or more.
2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 13 Waiver Wire
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Jeff Green, SF/PF, Washington Wizards
You may remember him from being LeBron's teammate. If you follow the Wizard's, you may now know him as being one of Washington's most productive players. With a season-ending injury to John Wall, and with Markieff Morris expected to be out six weeks, Green is stepping into a prominent role.
In the past three contests, Green has averaged 15.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, and 1.7 "stocks" (steals/blocks). This impressive production will likely continue, as Green has averaged 35.7 MPG in the past seven games. He is most definitely available in your league, making him a possible steal if he continues his production.
Tristan Thompson, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Thompson is now back in action after missing the last three weeks with a foot injury. He won't be available for long, as he has averaged 12.9 PPG and 11.9 RPG this season. If your team is in need of rebounds, add Thompson immediately. Expect him to be on a first come, first serve basis for the waiver wire.
On a tanking Cleveland Cavaliers team without Forward Kevin Love, Thompson is capable of putting up monster numbers on any given night.
Derrick White, PG, San Antonio Spurs
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Derrick White is finally starting to break out. On New Year's Eve, White dropped 22 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal on 29 minutes, shooting 8-9 from the field and 2-2 from three. This stat line is encouraging, as White has struggled to get going this season, despite having the opportunity.
This production continued into last night's victory against the Toronto Raptors, as White 19 points on 8-11 from the field. White looks to have found his groove, and should be considered a valuable addition in most leagues.
Iman Shumpert, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings
It's usually not the best bet to put trust in Shumpert, but his latest numbers make him a possible waiver wire target. Despite injuries and struggles over the past year and a half, Shumpert is beginning to get back on track. Over the past four games, he has averaged 11.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.8 APG, 2.3 steals, and 2.5 three-pointers on 29 minutes.
His stats may not be flashy, but Shumpert is now in the starting lineup on one of the most fast-paced teams in the league. If your team is in need of threes and steals than he is a viable addition.
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