Welcome one and all, new readers and returning readers, to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 21 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: Brandon Ingram, SF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram since the All-Star break:
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 5, 2022
After the acquisition of CJ McCollum at the deadline, the Pelicans have been on a tear, winning five of their last seven, including a four-game win streak still in progress. Brandon Ingram has been the catalyst for the Pelicans, averaging over 27 points a game during the win streak. His last two games were masterclasses in offensive efficiency. 33 points on 15-19 from the field on Wednesday.
He followed that up with 29 on 11-16 shooting on Friday. He only attempted six three-point shots in that span. His ability to get any mid-range shot he wants, while also working in the paint, is a testament to his game. He can do it all, and is a criminally underrated star in the league today.
Dud: New York Knicks
The Knicks are 1-9 in the last ten games they’ve had a DOUBLE-DIGIT lead in. (via @TommyBeer)
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 5, 2022
I've never had the need to place a whole team in the dud section before, but the Knicks continue to embarrass and I can no longer ignore it. Outside of RJ Barrett, who is blossoming into a star before our eyes, this entire team is a joke. Julius Randle continues to regress after his insane 2020 season. Evan Fournier and Alec Burks remain pinnacles of inconsistency. Kemba Walker isn't even playing anymore!
The Knicks have lost 11 of their last 12, including seven in a row. For a team that came into the season with playoff aspirations, this is pathetic.
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 21 Waiver Wire
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Jae Crowder, PF, Phoenix Suns (20.7% Rostered ESPN)
JAE CROWDER SAID HOLD MY BEER pic.twitter.com/mRi0X3Hvga
— PHNX Sports (@PHNX_Sports) March 5, 2022
Another week, another member of the Suns makes the cut. Crowder had another solid performance in the Suns' comeback win on Friday, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds, with a clutch three at the end of the game.
Crowder has scored in double digits in five straight games. He is becoming a reliable contributor for Phoenix. His quality numbers in the points and rebounds categories offer good value for fantasy owners.
Terance Mann, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers (22.5% Rostered)
terance mann vs the lakers last night:
clippers have won 4 of their last 5. terance, 17-7-3 on 56% from the floor 36% from 3 over that stretch. pic.twitter.com/aAgFfS0Fhs
— Jamal Cristopher (@JamCristopher) February 26, 2022
A pleasant surprise on what should be a subpar Clippers team, Mann has taken on a significant role and excelled. With several key players out due to injuries, Mann is one of the main options for the Clippers.
He is a stat sheet stuffer, collecting healthy amounts of points, rebounds, assists, and steals. He is a do it all type of player, very valuable for fantasy. Scoop him up while you can.
Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Detroit Pistons (39.3% Rostered)
🧵 I know that Marvin Bagley III isn't the most aesthetically pleasing player to watch, but I think it's still fun seeing him punish mismatches & use his run+jump ability to finish plays.
Happy he's getting a second chance in Detroit. Most teams wouldn't let him take 16 shots. pic.twitter.com/CZ0NEEDNbr
— Wilko (@wilkomcv) March 5, 2022
A player who has gotten a fresh start, Bagley is becoming a productive player in Detroit. He has scored at least 14 points in three consecutive games and is collecting his usual share of rebounds. If he can step up his defensive numbers and get more steals and blocks, he would be a fantasy star. Even without the defensive numbers, he is a worthy pickup for your rosters.
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