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2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Waiver Wire


Welcome to the 2019-20 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Waiver Wire.

The flu has been spreading all over the country and I personally was out for a few days. Now a different bug has swept through the NBA, the injury bug.

Injuries are rearing their maddening existence once again. Injuries can be devastating for some players, but a welcome sign for others.

We’ll dive into some adjusted opportunity bumps for players replacing the newly sidelined. Let’s take advantage of the new playing time and parlay that into some wins for your fantasy team.

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 8 Waiver Wire

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Ben McLemore, SG, Houston Rockets, 27%

Filling in for the injured Gerald Green and Eric Gordon, McLemore has been getting it done on both ends of the floor for the Rockets. He has really impressed with his accuracy from 3 point land, shooting 48.6% from beyond the arc over the last four games. Over the last four games, he’s posted point totals of 24, 11, 27 and 28 during that stretch. The former Kansas Jayhawk finds himself in an advantageous position with the Rockets at this point in his career and he looks hungry to capitalize on this opportunity.

Kent Bazemore, SG/SF, Portland Trailblazers, 33%

In last week’s article, we talked about the emergence of Rodney Hood and his fantasy outlook for the remainder of the season. However, Hood is going to miss the remainder of the season after going out with an Achilles injury in Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bazemore isn’t going to sparkle and shine on your fantasy roster but he will be the starter for the Portland Trailblazers for the remainder of the season unless they make a trade to bring someone in. Bazemore can get it done from three and is going to contribute with assists and steals for the Blazers. He will likely be getting over 30 minutes a game moving forward and that’s worth something in deeper leagues especially.

Nemanja Bjelica, PF, Sacramento Kings, 41%

Bjelica was mentioned in the waiver wire column many weeks ago and still, his ownership percentage is under 42% owned. This guy is on a tear and contributing every night for this Sacramento Kings team. Over his last five games, he is averaging 16.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.2 blocks. One of those games was 30 point performance against the Mavericks. Not only does he need to be on rosters but he needs to be in lineups every night.

Ish Smith, PG, Washington Wizards, 27%

Smith has been filling in for an injured Isaiah Thomas who is out with a calf strain and in his absence has seen a bump in minutes. Over the last 3 games, Smith has averaged 16.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists. He’s seeing over 30 minutes a game over that stretch and is making the most of this chance. With no news of IT getting back on the court recently, Smith could be a productive player over the course of the next couple weeks. Make sure to keep an eye on IT’s health news moving forward if you add Smith.

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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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