Welcome to the 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 11 Waiver Wire.
We are back from a two-week hiatus to bring you some of the top adds here for the Week 11 Waiver Wire. I hope everyone enjoyed some holiday hoops and avoided awkward political conversations with that one(hopefully just one) crazy family member.
As we reach the midway point in the season injuries are popping up more frequently than Amazon Prime packages at my front door. I recommend using an app like Sleeper to get exceptionally fast alerts regarding player injuries so you can be the first to the waiver wire.
The focus will be on players that are less than 40% owned in Yahoo leagues with some over 40% you’ll need to check your league’s availability.
I’ll try to keep each waiver wire column focused on some new names, but previous columns contain worthwhile targets as well who may still be available in your league...assuming they don’t read this column.
2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 11 Waiver Wire
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Eric Gordon, SG/SF, Houston Rockets, 41%
When you see Eric Gordon return healthy and he's hitting threes. pic.twitter.com/DTenv98ULj
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) December 30, 2019
Returning from injury for the first time in six weeks on Sunday, Gordon produced quite well. Gordon scored 20 points in just 22 minutes while connecting four times from beyond the arc.
Westbrook and Harden did not play so err on the side of caution with this pickup, but he has potential to make a large impact down the final stretch, especially in this offense.
Michael Porter Jr., SF, Denver Nuggets, 10%
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 30, 2019
Well, it's about time. One of the highly coveted players in the 2018 draft, MPJ is finally getting quality minutes. He's making efficient work of his time on the floor in place of the injured Gary Harris. He scored a career-high 19 points on 8 of 10 shooting while adding six rebounds on 26 minutes.
Coach Michael Malone spoke highly of MPJ on Sunday saying, "He’s coming along and I appreciate how patient he’s been since it has not been easy". “He gets a chance to start and I was excited for that opportunity for him and he went out and played great. This is just a glimpse of what’s to come."
Gary Payton II, SG, Washington Wizards, 40%
Gary Payton II is legit.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) December 29, 2019
The Glove 2.0 has been a hit since his first action last week. Since stepping in for the injured Bradley Beal, Payton has been effective in his first three games, averaging 11.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.3 steals per game while playing over thirty minutes in each of those games.
Following in his father's footsteps, Gary Payton II is excellent on the defensive side of the ball. He will look to continue terrorizing other teams offenses this evening when the Wizards take on the Heat.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks (10%)
Ilyasova is taking advantage of the Greek Freak missing time posting back to back double-doubles. In his last two games with Giannis missing time he's posted 18 points and 17 rebounds in one game while contributing 17 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in their most recent contest.
He's also dialed in six made threes during that stretch. Giannis is working his way through the back injury that's been keeping him off the court and while a return to the court is likely for Giannis, back issues can linger. If you own Giannis, I would certainly be adding Ilyasova and if you don't but have the roster space he's certainly worth considering.
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