After a wacky week five schedule that saw half the league play four times, four teams playing twice, and one team playing once, the league will go back to normalcy. Two-thirds of the league will play four games week six, while the rest of the league will play three. With teams playing an even amount of games over the next few weeks, all players on the waiver wire are in play.
Along with scheduling, the recent blockbuster trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia will also be a factor in the waiver wire in upcoming weeks. This puts players such as Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and, of course, Jimmy Butler in new situations where their fantasy value may rise or fall.
As always, players listed are less than 50% owned across all leagues.
2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Week 6 Waiver Wire
Quinn Cook, PG, Golden State Warriors
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Steph Curry is expected to miss at least 10 days with a groin injury, so Cook will be the starter. During Curry’s absence in the last year, Cook averaged 15.3 PPG, 4.4 APG, 2.2 three pointers, and 34.3 MPG in 17 games. Last Saturday, Cook had a 27 point game where he shot 69% from the field.
Cook is a fantastic shooter who is an excellent replacement for Curry. Expect his production in the next couple weeks to mirror the 17 game stretch from last season. As long as Curry is out, Cook is a must add and must start in all leagues.
Robert Covington, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Now on the Minnesota Timberwolves, Covington should receive immediate opportunities. Last season, Covington was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, as he averaged 1.7 SPG and 1.0 BPG. He also earned 4.5 defensive win shares last season, showing how crucial of an asset he can be on the other side of the ball.
Covington will likely be a starter on his new team. With Head Coach Tom Thibodeau’s tendency to give big minutes to starters, Covington’s production should increase. Covington is a must add in all leagues.
Pascal Siakam, PF, Toronto Raptors
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Siakam is quietly emerging as one of the best young big men in the league. He is a key starter for one of the league’s best teams, averaging 14.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 2.0 APG on 64 percent from the field. Along with quality offensive stats, Siakam also provides defensive production to boost his value.
Siakam has been consistent throughout the season so far, and it appears unlikely he will slow his production. Siakam would be a quality add for any team in any league.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Los Angeles Clippers
With Avery Bradley being out the past four games, Gilgeous-Alexander has had the ability to showcase his versatility as the starter. Since Bradley’s inactiveness, the rookie has averaged 14.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 3.5 APG with nearly 36 MPG. Along with this, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 2.5 blocks/steals in the last four contests.
Gilgeous-Alexander will likely maintain his production as long as Bradley is out of the lineup. Even when Bradley returns, Gilgeous-Alexander should receive an increase in minutes coming off the bench.
Gilgeous-Alexander is a versatile player who will provide substantial value until while he is in the starting lineup.
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