The fantasy playoff push is coming to a close. If you are still searching through the waiver wire, chances are you are bulking up for the playoffs or making one last push to make the cut. This makes the waiver wire decisions as important as ever, as certain additions can be the difference between a championship and a first-round exit.
The waiver wire has been thinning as of late, but that doesn't mean there aren't players worth adding. There are currently 12 top 100 fantasy players that are owned in less than 50% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Surely some of these 12 players are worth an add if they remain available.
Players listed are available in 50% of leagues or less.
2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 21
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Patrick Beverley, PG, Los Angeles Clippers
After a slow start to the season backing up Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Beverley has been heating up as of late. Over the past two weeks, Beverley has been a top-40 fantasy player. Though he may not stand out in any one category, Beverley is still reliable to get an average of around eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal per game. In his last game on Monday, Beverley racked up 13 points, nine boards, four assists, and five steals.
With Clippers currently in the middle of the playoff push, Beverley's experience will continue to be used as apart of the young squad. With LA exceeding expectations, the team's youth movement will likely have to wait, opening up more minutes for Beverley.
Collin Sexton, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Sexton is available in roughly half of most leagues, but he is still worth a mention. The first-round round pick is surely not the most efficient of players, shooting around 38% for the season. Nevertheless, Sexton makes up for it in points and three-pointers. In the past 13 games, Sexton has averaged 17.9 PPG and nearly two threes per contest.
If your team is in need of points or three, Sexton is your guy. If there is need in other categories, he's not worth and add.
Luke Kennard, SG, Detroit Pistons
Kennard has played a major role in the Pistons recent resurgence. In five of the past six games, the second year guard has scored at least 17 points, shooting a highly efficient 55.4% from the field in that span. This includes a 21 point outing against Minnesota, where he shot 8-16 from the field and 3-7 from deep.
Unfortunately for owners, Kennard provides little value other than his recent shooting and scoring streak. But with a thin waiver wire, Kennard is worth an add for teams in need of improvement in shooting categories.
Robin Lopez, C, Chicago Bulls
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Lopez may be a recent mention, but due to his play lately, he is worth mentioning again. Since the all-star break, Lopez has averaged 16.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, and 2.3 BPG. In his most recent game, Lopez dropped 19 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes in a win against the 76ers.
With rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. expected to miss an extended period of time, Lopez will continue to be the key big man. Despite a poor record, the Bulls have been playing very well as a unit as of late, and Lopez has been benefiting.
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