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2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Waiver Wire


Welcome to another edition of the 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Waiver Wire. 

It’s hard to believe we’re already 10% of the way through the NBA season. Suspensions, injuries, load management… these three issues are starting to become regular occurrences in the NBA. 

The NBA has suspended 13 players in its entire history for PED use, three of those coming down this year alone. Prop bets now exist for which NBA player will test positive for a banned substance net. The testing seems to have increased, but the testing will always be playing catch up until the NBA and other leagues decide to make it a larger priority, not an afterthought.  

For now, let’s discuss potential waiver wire additions, deep league fliers and stash options. 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. 

Check and see if these players are available in your league first:

2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Waiver Wire

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Alec Burks, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors (41%)

Over the last four games, Burks is averaging 32 minutes and just under 16 points per game. Asserting himself into a consistent role is starting to pay off for fantasy production.

Burks has let down before in previous seasons for fantasy, but in this Warriors offense he’s getting great minutes and quality looks. Expect Burks to continue the recent run of production whether he is coming off the bench or starting. 

Glenn Robinson III, SF, Golden State Warriors (20%)

One of Burks’ running mates in the Bay Area, Robinson III isn’t the most consistent player in this column, but the upside is there. He’s the starting small forward for the Golden State Warriors.

I know, I know, this isn’t the Warriors of years past but they’re improving. Robinson III is playing well over 30 minutes for a team that ranks in the top half of the league in scoring. Better times are ahead for this Warriors team and especially Robinson III. 

De’Andre Hunter, SF, Atlanta Hawks (19%)

Likely dropped to waivers by someone in your league, Hunter is a guy you’ll want to keep your eyes on and I would add if I have the room. The Hawks moved up in the draft to select Hunter and is going to be a part of their future.

He had a couple of rough shooting games over the course of last week, but bounced back with four triples Sunday night against Portland. His minutes should continue to float over the 30+ mark moving forward as John Collins serves his 25 game PED suspension. 

Frank Ntilikina, PG/SG, New York Knicks (31%)

It wouldn’t quite feel like an NBA season unless there was some New York Knicks dysfunction occurring. Upper management for the Knicks came out and publicly expressed their displeasure with how the season has started. The Knicks are 2-8 and find themselves at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but also only two games out of the 8th seed. 

I bring this up because the NY Knicks will be doing some soul searching and evaluating of talent, minutes and production. Ntilikina has been just that as of late.

While he’s not a prolific scorer, he is an all-around contributor with a knack for the heads up play. Over the last three games, he is averaging 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.6 blocks while playing 37 minutes per game. The scoring will come in due time as his confidence continues to grow. 

Norman Powell, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors (19%)

If you’re looking for the beneficiary of the Kyle Lowry injury, look no further than Stormin’ Norman. The 5th year player out of UCLA has filled in nicely during Lowry’s absence. Norman put up 18 points in 29 minutes against the Pelicans and 14 points in 26 minutes when they snapped the Lakers win streak on Sunday night in LA.

I would expect similar, if not, better production from Powell over the next two weeks as the Raptors wait for Lowry’s fractured hand to recover. 

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About Nick Robbins

Nick is a fantasy sports fanatic living in Florida. He takes a statistical approach in his analysis and lineup decisions, but understands the importance of the "gut feeling" in fantasy sports. Always ready to take calculated chances when the opportunity arises. Follow him on Twitter: @NKRFantasy

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