We're now entering the home stretch of the season, and with that, the quality of waiver wire pickups will vary week by week. Unfortunately for this week, there is not as great of a selection compared to weeks past. Nevertheless, there are still a few players with emerging production that may be worth an add.
With fantasy playoffs quickly approaching, it's imperative that fantasy owners look to improve their rosters. Some available players may provide production in certain categories where improvement is needed for some owners.
Lineup changes are crucial this week, with the entire league playing at least three games, two-thirds of which have four. Adds from teams that are playing an unusual amount of games may provide an edge to some teams.
Players listed are available in 50% of leagues or less.
2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 20 Waiver Wire
Robin Lopez, C, Chicago Bulls
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With Wendell Carter Jr. expected to be out for about a month, it's Lopez's time to fill the void. Before an underwhelming 4 point performance on Wednesday, Lopez racked up an eight-game double-digit scoring streak. During this stretch, he averaged 18.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 1.4 BPG. It should also be noted that his field goal percentage was 61% or higher in all of these games.
Lopez has received a surprisingly large role in the Bulls' offense as of late. This may just be a hot streak, but with a few more weeks until Carter Jr. returns, he may be worth an add.
Tyler Johnson, PG/SG, Phoenix Suns
As expected, Johnson has received substantial playing time since his trade to the Suns, averaging 30.7 MPG. Despite a slow offensive start, Johnson has appeared to have found his groove in the past two games, dropping 29 and 18 points, respectively.
Being on the lottery-bound Suns, Johnson will likely receive all the minutes he can handle at point guard. As Johnson becomes more comfortable with his new team, he will likely be able to be productive on a regular basis. Due to this, he is worth an add, especially for those in need of another guard.
Derrick White, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
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White appeared to be back into form on Thursday, notching 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and a steal against the Detroit Pistons. White has missed six of the last nine games with a heel injury, but this doesn't appear to be an issue now.
Before the injury, White had been averaging 14.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, and 1.3 SPG in the six games prior to his injury. Although he is still working back into shape, White is worth an add anywhere he is available. Expect White to have more productive games in the upcoming weeks.
Mitchell Robinson, C, New York Knicks
This is here as a reminder that Robinson should be rostered immediately if he is available. The Knicks big man has averaged 11.2 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.6 blocks, and 0.9 steals on 23.1 MPG in the past nine contests. This includes a Wednesday outing in which Robinson had 17 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and an emphatic six blocks.
Robinson is a dream for defensive categories, as he is third in the league in blocks per game, despite only averaging 17.1 MPG this season. Robinson has improved throughout the season, and it is very possible that he can continue to get better.