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2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Waiver Wire

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The first two weeks have come and gone. Early in the season, as for most seasons, minor injuries are opening the way for reserve players to showcase their skill set. Players such as Malik Monk, Garrett Temple, Nemanja Bjelica and Noah Vonleh are all example of players who have been trending upward this season.

The same can be said for numerous veterans as well. More well-known players such as Danny Green and Nic Batum have found their rhythm early this season.

There is no doubt that all these players are talented, but fantasy value all comes down to usage rates. Most waiver wire caliber player’s usage will vary throughout the season, so it will take some dedication to find what players will manage to be productive in their situations.


Here’s the list of players who have potential to thrive in their current situations:

2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 3 Waiver Wire


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Damyean Dotson, SG, New York Knicks

This is not a player you will want to hang on for the long term. Nevertheless, Dotson is currently a start able asset due injuries to Kevin Knox (ankle) and Courtney Lee (neck). Knox is expected to miss at least two weeks, while Lee is expected to miss significant time.

Over the past four games, Dotson has averaged 13.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 32 MPG, and two three pointers per game, much better than the typical waiver wire pick up.  Consider Dotson to be productive as long as Knox is still on the bench.

Cameron Payne, PG, Chicago Bulls

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Payne’s fantasy value gained a substantial boost after Kris Dunn‘s injury. Payne is averaging 10.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 24.0 minutes in games without Dunn. This isn’t necessarily an exciting stat-line, but Payne’s successful from beyond the arc (40.1% 3 pt.) could allow him to remain productive.

Payne may not be far from the best player on the waiver wire, but he may be worth an add as long as Dunn is out. Afterward Dunn’s return, Payne will be a must-drop.

Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Washington Wizards

Oubre has yet to have a chance to breakout during his three seasons with the Wizards. The self-proclaimed “jewel” of the 2015 draft averaged a modest career high 11.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 1.2 APG. Despite this, Oubre is still only 22 years old and may be able to gain more opportunities at production very soon.

The Wizards have had a rough start to the 2018 season, currently sitting at 1-6. If things keep trending in this direction, a trade won’t be a surprise. One would assume that Otto Porter would most likely be on the trading block in this situation, as he has struggled thus far. In this scenario, Oubre would finally have the chance to play a prominent role on his team, as Porter has eaten up a significant portion of his production in his career.

This may be a speculative add, but Oubre is still a highly talented player who will bring production regardless.

Ish Smith, PG, Detroit Pistons

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Smith used to only have fantasy value when Reggie Jackson was out. This is no longer the case, as the Pistons are switching up their rotations and playing Smith and Jackson together for significant periods.

This lineup has proven to be successful to the Pistons so far, so expect Smith to continue to get significant minutes. He has averaged 28.7 MPG, to go along with 11.7 PPG, 3.3 APG, on 50% from the field and 46% from three point range.

As long as the Pistons stick with this lineup, Ish Smith should be considered roster-worthy in most leagues.


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