Welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 18 Waiver Wire.
The focus will be on players that are roughly less than 40% owned in Yahoo leagues with some over 40%. Make sure that you check your league's availability.
I will try to keep each wavier wire column focused on new names, only touching on previous players if they may still be widely available.
This week we will touch on two teams that are “tanking for Cade” with one having a five-game week.
With position eligibility being different in each league, this column will just reference the positions as a generic Guard, Forward, and Center.
2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 18 Waiver Wire
Aleksej Pokusevski, F, Oklahoma City Thunder
Aleksej Pokusevski went behind the back with it 🔥 pic.twitter.com/NAScvZsHhJ
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 20, 2021
Pokusevski is finally all the wake back from both an illness and an elbow injury that cost him significant time.
The Thunder have a five-game schedule this week, and really seem to be tanking for Cade, so guys like Pokusevski will get most of the run.
In late March, early April, before his injury, he was averaging double digits in points with close to five rebounds and two assists per game. It is not crazy to think that down the stretch he can outperform those numbers.
Isaiah Roby, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Another Thunder lands on this list after as guys around him (Moses Brown, Tony Bradley) have seemed to disappear or enter the coach’s dog house.
During a recent stretch of games, Roby has seen his minutes significantly increase and the outcome has been welcoming to owners. He is contributing in points and rebounds while adding close to a steal and a block per game.
Like Pokusevski above, Roby will have all the minutes he can handle the rest of the way.
D.J. Wilson, F, Houston Rockets
Wilson has had a bit of an up and down year, but the path to minutes has cleared up for him, and the Rockets have a four-game week next week, so it does not hurt to plan ahead.
Just like the Thunder, the Rockets are in the midst of playing their way towards the top pick in the draft. John Wall is already out the year, and with Christian Wood re-aggregating his ankle, he could be as well.
Wilson will see time at both the center and power forward spot. He is not going to light the world on fire for owners, but he should be an unexpected source of points and rebounds. If he qualifies for center in your league, he is even more valuable of a pickup.
Brandon Goodwin, G, Atlanta Hawks
Goodwin is a bit of an unknown right now, but Trae Young is on the shelf for the next handful of games, with Goodwin taking the majority of his minutes.
It is still to early to tell what Goodwin will do, but with the Hawks still playing for seeding in the playoffs, they have no choice but to give him the minutes.
This late in the season, with the waiver wire so bare, Goodwin is as good of a dart throw as any.
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