2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Waiver Wire

by Nick Robbins
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Week 1 of the NBA has come and gone rather quickly after contributing to Sunday’s Sports Equinox. Roles and minutes are nearing clarity, but for now, we will look at forecasting which 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 waiver wire targets might be on their way to carving out substantial performances both for their teams and your fantasy lineups.

Each Monday night this season, I’ll bring you the top additions across the league as they relate to their upcoming schedules, involvement and future contributions. We’ll be focusing on players that are under the 40% ownership mark.

2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Waiver Wire

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Dwight Howard, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers (46%)

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OK, I’m kind of cheating here at over 40%, but coming back for his second term in LA, Howard found his groove against the Hornets. He racked up 16 points and 10 boards in 23 minutes.

Howard is averaging 20 min., over seven rebounds and just over two blocks through three games after his slow start in the opener versus the Clippers. He will continue to get easy looks and opportunities playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis this season if he can stay healthy.

Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, Phoenix Suns (39%)

At the time of this article, Kaminsky is sitting at 39% ownership in Yahoo Leagues. “Frank the Tank” needs to be rostered in 12+ team leagues while Deandre Ayton serves his suspension.

It should be noted that Ayton is appealing the suspension and a reduction in games from 25 is likely to occur. I would estimate this suspension still lands in the 12-16 range.

As for Kaminsky, he has filled in favorably posting a double-double in the one-point loss to Nuggets while tallying 18 points and eight rebounds in the win over the Clippers. Kaminsky is still coming off the bench but averaging 30 minutes a game since the Ayton suspension. He has double-double potential every night with three-pointer upside at times.

Bryn Forbes, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs (19%)

A trusted three-point shooter in a Gregg Popovich offense can be trusted. Forbes has opened the season as a large contributor to this Spurs offense. Forbes minutes and three-point percentage have gone up every year under Pop and I expect him to continue that trend this year improving upon 27 MPG and 42.6% from three in 2018-19.

Look for him to continue his hot shooting this week against 3-of-4 teams (POR,@LAC,@GS) that rank in the bottom five of the league in three-pointers made per game.

Luke Kennard, SG, Detroit Pistons (35%)

Similar to Forbes (above), Kennard is a lethal three-point scorer, a skill he did not hesitate to put on display this season. Kennard opened up the season with 30 points on 8-13 from the field and a red hot 6-9 from behind the arc.

He has since come back to earth with 13 points and three three-pointers in Game 2 and 16 points and one three-pointer in Game 3.

Kennard faces a tough opponent against the Pacers this week in terms of made three-pointers allowed, but has favorable matchups after(@TOR, @CHI and BKN).

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Jae Crowder, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies (26%)

Coming off that game-winning triple to hand the Brooklyn Nets another loss under four points, Jae Crowder sneaks into fantasy relevance. More of a deeper league add, Crowder is the starting SF on a Memphis team featuring a superstar in Ja Morant. They also look, at least early on, to be in some competitive games this year.

Crowder fills the stat sheet(in one way or another), a guy who never looks to register a zero in any category. Crowder is averaging over 30 minutes per game and that type of usage should lead to consistent production night in and night out. Note of caution: If you play in a league with FG% or minus points for FG missed, Crowder is not exactly nearing the efficient shooter category.

Dennis Schroder, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder (29%)

A better NBA player than a fantasy player a majority of the time, but “Dennis the Menace” popped up on the fantasy radar Sunday night tallying 22 points, eight boards, and six assists.

That being said, he was playing the Warriors, who are quickly becoming a target for DFS lineups.

Schroder, a streaky shooter is going to get quality backups each night for a team looking desperately for a contribution on the offensive end. OKC will face three teams this week that rank in the bottom 3rd of the league in three-pointers made in the league (@HOU, POR, NOP).

Isaiah Thomas, PG, Washington Wizards (36%)

Flashes of greatness from the final pick in 2011 NBA draft in his Washington Wizards debut. IT appeared to have his bounce back... moving, cutting, slashing like his Celtics days. This is more of a speculative add as he is still backing up Ish Smith and Coach Scott Brooks has mentioned his desire to bring IT back slowly.

That being said, if Thomas is able to catch lightning in a bottle like he did with the Celtics, there is potential there to be a league winner.

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