Welcome one and all, new readers and returning readers, to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 20 Waiver Wire!
I hope you all are staying safe and enjoying your daily dose of sports! The NBA All-Star Break has come and gone, and the end of the season is rapidly approaching.
Before we get into the must-have waiver wire adds, let's look at the studs and duds of the week.
Stud: DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
DeMar DeRozan is averaging 38.4 PPG, 62% FG over the last 8 games while only attempting 1.6 3PA per game…Unreal. ? pic.twitter.com/zqj6lNU5z5
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 26, 2022
What else is there to say? This has just been an incredible season for DeMar DeRozan and the Bulls. Averaging almost 40 points a game over an eight-game span, and he barely takes any three-point shots. The level of success in the mid-range and interior is simply stunning. DeRozan is the star of this new-look Bulls, who are fighting for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. If he keeps up this level of play, Chicago will be scary come playoff time.
Dud: Julius Randle, PF, New York Knicks
Granted, there has only been a couple of days' worth of games since the All-Star break, but Randle's performance on Friday was simply disgusting. 2-15 from the field, missing all four of his three-point attempts, along with four turnovers. These subpar stat lines are becoming a little too commonplace for Randle, especially after his breakout last season. The Knicks need more out of every player not named R.J Barrett, and it all starts with Randle.
Take a look at last week's waiver wire post to make sure you are cleaning up on the boards!
Without further ado, time to see who you need to add to your Fantasy rosters!
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 20 Waiver Wire
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Cameron Johnson, SF, Phoenix Suns (14% Rostered ESPN)
— TimeoutSPORTS__ (@TimeoutSPORTS3) July 12, 2021
Chris Paul is set to miss most of the remaining games in the regular season with a fractured thumb, and minutes have opened up, with Johnson taking advantage. He even got the start the other night and responded with a 21 point performance. He may not start every game with Paul out, but he will see more minutes. His above-average three-point shot (42.8%) and good looks at the rim make for efficient numbers. Johnson is also good for a few rebounds and assists per game, along with the occasional block or steal. His well-rounded game, combined with an increase in playing time, makes him a quality pick-up in most leagues.
Luke Kennard, SG, Los Angeles Clippers (5.5% Rostered)
Long distance Luke Kennard!
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 26, 2022
Kennard has been hot from the floor recently, scoring in double digits in each of his last three games. With the injury to recent acquisition Norman Powell, minutes have opened up for Kennard that might not typically be there. He is certainly taking advantage of the opportunity, and fantasy managers should as well. He is a good source of three-pointers and will pick you up a few steals and rebounds along the way.
Dwight Howard, C, Los Angeles Lakers (5.5% Rostered)
— Lakers fan burner (@Lakers17xChamp) February 26, 2022
With the news coming out that Lakers superstar Anthony Davis will be out the next month at a minimum with a foot sprain, minutes are available at the five-spot. Dwight Howard certainly made a case to take the largest share of said minutes. He played like the Dwight Howard of old on Friday, with 14 points and 16 rebounds to go along with three blocks. He also played nearly 30 minutes, and with Davis out for a while, Frank Vogel will likely ride with the experienced veteran, who has shown he can still get it done.
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