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2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy Basketball Playoffs have arrived, which means that the waiver wire needs to be perceived differently.

The times of grabbing guys that may do well in the future or holding onto injured players are over.

The only moves that matter now are ones that will immediately help your team win.

The waiver wire is currently as thin as ever, which can be problematic to teams that have players that may be out.

Despite this, there are still a few intriguing players available that can provide production in multiple categories.

Players listed are owned in 50% of leagues or less.

2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Waiver Wire

Marcus Smart, PG, Boston Celtics

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Smart has been as sporadic as any fantasy-relevant player over the years. He has constantly lacked a consistent shot and has struggled to be a distributor. But this year Smart has been better, as he has shot 41.9% from the field and 37% from three.

Over the past eight games, Smart has been a top 25 player in nine-category leagues. During this time, he has averaged 12.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, and 2.3 BPG. Many fantasy teams could use numbers like these, and Smart will typically put up a modest but full stat line.

Moritz Wagner, PF, Los Angeles Lakers

With the Lakers season over and Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball out for the season, Wagner is set to receive substantial playing time. In Wagner’s first start on Sunday, the rookie dropped 22 points and six boards, leading the team with 34 minutes.

Since the Lakers are going to try to play their younger players, Wagner should surely play a main role going forward. His lack of playing time this year presents some risk, but his expected usage should make him a valuable add.

Avery Bradley, SG, Memphis Grizzlies

Bradley shouldn’t be considered a priority to add this week, as the Grizzlies only play two games. Nevertheless, Bradley has come on nicely since his trade to Memphis. Since the trade, he has averaged 16.2 PPG, 4.3 APG, and 3.5 RPG. To add onto this, he is shooting 90% from the foul line and making nearly five threes per game.

Bradley has never been considered a good shooter, but his time in Memphis has shown otherwise. Due to the light schedule, it may not be wise to add Bradley. His production does make him worth an add if there are no other viable options.

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