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2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Welcome to the 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire.

At this point in the fantasy season you look at your lineup and the available players on your bench and be honest, you know, you know if this is the group of guys that’ll take you to the playoffs.

The draft is comfortably in the rearview and rotations are, for the most part, established. The same might not be said for your fantasy team, however. That’s why it’s important to continually check each week’s waiver wire and weigh those options against your team needs and who you might have to let go in order for that potential league winner.

We’re here to look at some players we’ve mentioned in weeks before as well as some players garnering new attention. 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.

Players mentioned in previous weeks still performing:

2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, Portland Trailblazers 34%

Do you like to gamble? Do you get a sense of nostalgia when you hear Carmelo Anthony?  Me too. I mean, I’m still stuck in the Denver Nuggets days in my mind when I hear the name. With that being said, it’s best to temper expectations with the arrival of 2019-20 Carmelo Anthony.

It will likely take Melo awhile to assimilate with Lilliard and McCollum, but one thing we know about Carmelo is that he shoots it (a lot). If your league doesn’t penalize you for missed shots then he gets an even bigger bump from me. Melo has the potential for 20-25 minutes per game and will likely receive close out minutes in close games.

Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets, 36%

Likely available on your waiver wire unless his draft day owner has been holding on to him.

Batum returned to the lineup over the weekend to post three points, nine rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block on 29 minutes.

Batum, who has produced over his career finds himself on a much younger roster where the youth movement is happening all around him. There has been talk about a struggle for him to find minutes on this young roster, but if he’s healthy he can certainly show them a thing or two.

Langston Galloway, PG/SG, Detroit Pistons, 14%

You can’t deny Langston Galloway any longer, he’s a baaaad man. He has now posted double-digit points in the last nine games. Here are his point totals from those games: 32, 11, 18, 19, 13, 10, 12, 11, 17.

Galloway took advantage of Tony Snell leaving Friday’s game with a hip flexor to the tune of 32 points. Snell remains day-to-day with that hip injury and the Pistons don’t play until Wednesday so be sure to monitor his status. Regardless, Galloway is producing this year and deserves to be rostered moving forward.

Moritz Wagner, PF, Washington Wizards, 26%

Wagner caught the eyes of many on Friday night when he balled out for 30 points and 15 rebounds, easily season highs in each.

While those numbers are not likely repeatable, he’ll get a confidence boost from this game. With a favorable schedule on the horizon this week (@ORL, SA, CHA) expect Wagner’s elevated contributions to continue.

Dillon Brooks, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies, 39%

He’s been a bit all over the place this year, posting streaks of great games and streaks of duds. Brooks bounced back from a couple of poor showings in Week 3 to show out in Week 4.

Last week, Brooks posted 18.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.3 triples. Right now he seems to be riding the momentum and you should too.


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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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