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2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire


With the fourth week of the NBA season almost behind us, owners should have a solid idea of what their team needs and doesn’t need. This should be used as your guide in determining waiver wire additions.

Some rotational developments over the past week could potentially affect waiver wire value in the near future. The New York Knicks recently unveiled a surprisingly young lineup over the past few games. And the Timberwolves have recently fallen back into their typical dysfunction.

Although some players may not seem appealing initially, a player’s situation and usage on their teams determines their fantasy worth.

The players listed below are less than 50% owned and may provide substantial value in the near future.

2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire

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D.J. Augustin, PG, Orlando Magic

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Augustin has most definitely been the worst starting point guard in the Eastern Conference for the past couple years. Despite this, Augustin can still provide intriguing fantast production in most leagues. On the bottom-dweller Orlando Magic, he is surely capable of having nights with upwards of nearly 20 points. But he is also known to remain in the single digits in many games.

Assists are the most valuable aspect of Augustin’s game. He is currently averaging around five per game. With only Jerian Grant behind him on the depth chart, Augustin will continue to receive substantial playing time.

Consider Augustin a quality add for teams in need of more production in the assists column.

Shelvin Mack, PG, Memphis Grizzlies

Mack has been in a rhythm as of late. Over the past five games, Mack has averaged 15 PPG, 4.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, and 2.2 three-pointers. If this keeps up, Mack can prove to be a valuable asset in most leagues.

Unfortunately, Mack has never shown consistency during his career. He has averaged 6.4 PPG and only 17.9 MPG throughout his seven seasons in the league. Due to this, consider a Mack acquisition to be a short-term commitment, unless he finally manages to maintain his current production.

Evan Turner, SG/SF, Portland Trail Blazers

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Turner may not be a specialist in any one statistical area, but he is a consistent player who has consistent stats to match. He is currently averaging 10.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, and 0.9 SPG. If fantasy owners are in need of some assistance on any of these stats, than Turner may be a nice addition to the bench.

Turner’s consistency surely makes him a roster-worthy waiver wire candidate. The Blazers have been opting to play Lillard and McCollum together for more significant portions of games this season. This has opened the way for Turner to now running the second unit, which will allow for his consistency to continue.

Boban Marjanovic, C, Los Angeles Clippers

Marjanovic is now the starting center in Los Angeles, following Marcin Gortat’s abysmal start to the season. This has allowed Boban to increase his production, as he has averaged 11.7 PPG and 10.3 RPG in the last three games.

Despite now being in the starting lineup, Boban has only averaged around 20 MPG in the last three contests. This may seem insignificant, but his per-36 minute stat line gives his production better justice. He is currently averaging 25.2 PPG, 16.3 RPG, and 2.8 BPG on 65% shooting per 36 minutes in the last three games. This goes to show the massive production Boban could bring to fantasy teams if he is given more minutes.

Boban’s minutes will likely be sporadic depending on the matchup, so owners may want to be hesitant before adding him.

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