2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 23 Waiver Wire

by Brian Dailisan

Hello Fantasy Basketball Junkies! Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 23 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 23 Waiver Wire

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Trendon Watford, PF/C, Portland Trail Blazers (39% owned)

Ladies and gentlemen, buckle up and join the Trendon Watford hype train! Over the past five games, this baller has been on fire, dropping a smooth 13.6 PPG, splashing 1.0 3PG, grabbing 6.4 RPG, serving up 4.0 APG, and swiping 1.6 SPG. Oh, and just in case you're wondering, he's shooting a sizzling 50% from the field on 10.8 FGA. Talk about efficiency!

Now, let's dive into minutes. Watford's been gobbling them up like Thanksgiving dinner, clocking in at 33.2 MPG, all while keeping his turnovers low at a mere 1.8 per game. During this hot streak, he's soared like an eagle, ranking as the 38th-best player in nine-category leagues. Pretty impressive, right?

Fast forward to Week 23, where the Portland Trail Blazers have a packed schedule with four games on the docket. They'll start the week battling the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, followed by back-to-back showdowns against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday and Friday. Finally, they'll face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Whew, talk about non-stop action!

Given that Jerami Grant is likely sidelined for the rest of the season and the Blazers seem ready to wave the white flag, it's prime time for Trendon Watford to step up to the challenge. This translates to more opportunities for our rising star as the season reaches its climax. Watford is poised to become a game-changer for fantasy managers vying for playoff supremacy. In need of points, threes, rebounds, assists, and steals? Look no further, my fellow hoop enthusiasts!

So, snatch up Watford in Week 23 and ride this tsunami of talent to victory. The championship belt is well within your grasp!

Shaedon Sharpe, SG/SF/PF, Portland Trail Blazers (40% owned)

In the last couple of games, Shaedon Sharpe stepped up as a starter for the Portland Trail Blazers, and boy, did he live up to his name! He's been averaging a slick 24.0 PPG, 4.0 3PG, 6.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, and 2.0 SPG. Now, those steals might seem like a fluke, given his rather average per-36 steals rate of 0.8 SP36. However, it appears the Blazers are ready to unleash this rising star in full force.

As we head into Week 23, the Portland Trail Blazers have a busy slate with four games on tap. They'll kick off the week battling the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. Next, they'll square off against the Sacramento Kings in back-to-back bouts on Wednesday and Friday. Finally, they'll wrap up the week by taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

On the brink of elimination, the Portland Trail Blazers may resort to tanking. This could lead to starters like Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons being shut down, opening the door for young sensation Shaedon Sharpe to shine as the season progresses.

So, don't hesitate to snatch up Shaedon Sharpe in Week 23. Much like Trendon Watford, he could be a hidden gem during the fantasy playoffs. He'll provide a welcome boost to fantasy managers in need of points and threes. Go ahead, ride the Sharpe wave to victory!

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Josh Richardson, SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans (15% owned)

In search of an early streamer for next week? You might want to set your sights on Josh Richardson. The New Orleans Pelicans boast the most favorable schedule in Week 23, featuring four games – and what's even better, three of them fall within the first four days of the week.

Kicking off Week 23 with a bang, the Pelicans will square off against the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors in a thrilling back-to-back showdown on Monday and Tuesday. Following that, they'll duke it out with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday before wrapping up the week in a high-stakes encounter against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. The cherry on top of the Pelicans' Week 23 schedule is that all four games land on the less hectic days, leaving them as the only team playing more than two games during those four calmer periods. Talk about a scheduling jackpot!

Sure, Josh Richardson's minutes and production have been a bit of a rollercoaster lately, but he's worth a gamble in Week 23, especially for those in deeper leagues. He could still deliver low-end points, threes, and steals that may prove crucial in your playoff run. Assuming both Trey Murphy III and Herb Jones have already been snagged off the wire, don't hesitate to grab Josh Richardson early in Week 23 and capitalize on the Pelicans' sweet streaming schedule.

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