Hello Fantasy Basketball Junkies! Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 21 Waiver Wire.
It is playoffs time, and it's more important than ever to seize every opportunity to gain an advantage. This means scouring the waiver wire for potential game-changers who can give your team a boost.
In this edition, we'll be focusing on the cream of the crop - the top players available in less than 40% of Yahoo leagues. While you may recognize some of these names, there are plenty of hidden gems to consider adding to your fantasy squad.
We'll delve deep into the waiver wire to find the most promising and underappreciated players. So, get ready to add some game-changing players to your squad, and let's dive right in!
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 21 Waiver Wire
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Austin Reaves, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (34% owned)
It's time to add Austin Reaves to your radar, as he has played outstanding basketball in the past six games. During this span, he has been putting up an average of 15.5 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 2.2 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game, shooting an impressive 54.7% from the field and 86.7% from the free-throw line. He has also been quite efficient, committing only 1.7 turnovers per game, making him the 79th-ranked player in nine-category leagues.
As we head into week 21, the Los Angeles Lakers have a favorable schedule of four games. They also have a three-game stretch in four nights, which is useful for streaming. The Lakers will kick off the week with a back-to-back against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. After that, they will face off against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, followed by the Orlando Magic on Sunday to round out the week.
Since the absence of Lebron James, Austin Reaves has stepped up and showcased his offensive prowess. He is an excellent addition to your team in week 21, primarily because of the favorable schedule of the Lakers. He will boost teams that need points and three-pointers without negatively impacting your field goal percentage. So, be sure to grab him before your competitors catch on!
AUSTIN REAVES TONIGHT
THE MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE 🔥 #LAKESHOW pic.twitter.com/Xpm2zDZToT
— Lakers Lead (@LakersLead) March 11, 2023
Charles Bassey, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs (12% owned)
If you need a solid streamer for week 21, look no further than Charles Bassey of the San Antonio Spurs. Since the trade deadline, he has been a valuable asset to the team, playing as the primary backup center. In the past nine games, he has averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game, shooting an outstanding 62.1% from the field.
The San Antonio Spurs have an incredible schedule in week 21, featuring four games and a three-game stretch in four nights that you can use to your advantage. They will start the week with a back-to-back against the Orlando Magic and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. They will face off against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday to cap off the week.
For those in deeper leagues, Charles Bassey is an excellent streaming option for week 21. He will provide a much-needed boost in field goal percentage, rebounds, and blocks. Additionally, there's a chance that Zach Collins will be rested for one of the back-to-back games, making Bassey a must-play in that scenario. So, if you're looking for a quality streamer for week 21, consider adding Charles Bassey to your team!
3/4/23 Bench Mob Player of the Day- Charles Bassey
14 points (7/8 shooting), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal pic.twitter.com/mFKo1Zo5zT
— Finn (@thebenchmobblog) March 5, 2023
Josh Okogie, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns (27% owned)
Unfortunately, Kevin Durant's recent ankle injury has devastated many Phoenix Suns fans, but this may present a prime opportunity to capitalize for fantasy managers. Enter Josh Okogie, who has shown great promise in the past when filling in for Durant. He's back in the spotlight again and ready to prove himself.
Looking at the Suns' schedule, it's clear that they have a good week ahead with four games on the docket, including a three-game stretch in just four nights - a perfect opportunity for streaming. On Monday and Tuesday, they will be up against the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in a back-to-back. Thursday brings a match-up with the Orlando Magic, and the week wraps up with a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
If you're looking to stream early on in Week 21, Josh Okogie is someone to consider. He may not be the best option in standard leagues. However, he could provide valuable stats like threes, rebounds, and steals in deeper leagues. Keep an eye on him, and consider adding him to your lineup for this week's games.
With the Suns' best young wings gone in the Kevin Durant trade, they needed someone to step up. Josh Okogie has done just that. Read why here ⬇️
(✍️: @joey_doubleyou)https://t.co/JOOSWdAP1d pic.twitter.com/fLqCu1ko4F
— theScore (@theScore) March 9, 2023
Here are some players who might also be relevant in the upcoming week:
- Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Orlando Magic (27% owned)
- Troy Brown Jr., SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers (11% owned)
- Trey Lyles, PF/C, Sacramento Kings (10% owned)
- Isaiah Livers, SG/SF, Detroit Pistons (7% owned)
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