2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire

by Brian Dailisan
2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week Waiver Wire

Welcome to the aftermath of the NBA trade deadline, a pivotal time that reshapes the fantasy landscape in Week 17. As the dust settles, the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire is your indispensable guide for navigating through the chaos. Ready to uncover those stealthy assets poised to strengthen your squad?

Gear up, Fantasy Ballers! Our selection is brimming with potential stars who are about to turn the tide in your favor. With an eye for talent, we're here to ensure you make those pivotal adds that could redefine your season.

Each week, I'm on the hunt, combing through the waiver wire to bring you those elusive players owned in less than 40% of leagues yet have the potential to make a significant impact.

Prepare to revamp your roster in Week 17; our insights are here to infuse new life into your fantasy journey. Let's spotlight those who'll help you dominate the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire.

2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire

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G.G. Jackson II, PF, Memphis Grizzlies (29% owned)

G.G. Jackson, the 19-year-old rookie sensation from South Carolina College, has just upgraded his two-way contract to a four-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. This former 2nd round, 45th overall pick, has earned his stripes. Over his last four games, Jackson has been on fire, averaging 19.3 points, 2.8 threes, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.5 steals, all in a hefty 29.0 minutes per game. Despite his shooting sitting at 43.9% from the field and 61.5% from the free-throw line, his contributions have landed him in the 11th-round value in nine-category leagues.

With the Grizzlies missing key players like Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Marcus Smart, and Brandon Clarke to injuries, they're banking on their young talent to step up. Jackson is at the forefront of this push. Looking to Week 17, the Grizzlies are a great source for streamers, playing three games before the All-Star break. Yet, tread lightly with the packed Wednesday slate and only one game in the latter half of the week.

Holding onto G.G. Jackson beyond Week 17 could be a wise move. Despite his less-than-stellar shooting percentages, his ample playing time promises a significant boost in points, threes, and rebounds. Jackson's potential is undeniable, a key reason the Grizzlies have locked him in for the long haul.

Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Toronto Raptors (27% owned)

Kelly Olynyk, the 32-year-old Canadian, made a splash in his Toronto Raptors debut, delivering on all fronts. Off the bench, he notched 11 points, sank a three, grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists, snagged three steals, and blocked a shot in just 22 minutes.

Olynyk's track record shows he shines with 20+ minutes on the court, making his move to the Raptors a perfect chance to revive his career. Toronto's lack of depth in the big man department, with Jakob Poeltl as the main center, positions Olynyk to soak up backup minutes and even step in at forward. Should Poeltl face any setbacks, Olynyk becomes an essential pickup.

Now's the time to secure Kelly Olynyk in standard leagues. Kudos to those who kept faith in him through his rollercoaster stint with the Utah Jazz earlier this year. You've landed a waiver wire treasure, as Olynyk offers valuable contributions in points, threes, rebounds, assists, and solid percentages, especially with the expanded role he's likely to see with the Raptors.

Amen Thompson, SG/SF, Houston Rockets (36% owned)

Amen Thompson is on a roll in his last three games, delivering standout stats with an average of 11.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.0 block per game. His field goal percentage is impressive at 59.3% across 32.7 minutes. However, his fantasy value hovers around the 16th round, hampered by zero three-pointers, a dismal 25.0% free throw rate, and a high turnover average of 3.7 per game.

With Fred VanVleet out for at least four games with a left adductor strain, Thompson steps up as a starter for the Houston Rockets. He's set to boost rebounds, assists, and steals, but watch out! His impact on points, threes, free throw percentage, and turnovers could hurt some fantasy lineups. He fits well into specific builds, like double punt points and FT%, or a punt threes approach.

Consider picking up Amen Thompson now and keeping him until Fred VanVleet returns. Once VanVleet is back, Thompson's role could shrink, possibly making him a streamer again.

Tre Mann, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets (7% owned)

Tre Mann hit the ground running in his first outing with the Charlotte Hornets, taking the guard spot by storm. High hopes accompanied the 23-year-old, third-year guard from Florida following his trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his Hornets debut, Mann nearly notched a double-double, racking up nine points, a three-pointer, four rebounds, nine assists, and two steals in 27 minutes as a starter.

With LaMelo Ball's return still up in the air, Mann is seizing his chance. The Hornets' recent moves—trading Gordon Hayward and releasing guards James Bouknight, Ish Smith, and Frank Ntilikina—have cleared the way for Mann. Also making waves is Vasilije Micic, who has shown promise in his initial game for the Hornets and deserves attention.

Yet, the spotlight belongs to Tre Mann for now, given his proven ability to deliver when given the chance, as seen during his tenure with the Thunder. Known for adding points, threes, and assists without compromising field goal percentage—a rarity among point guards—Mann's shooting was off in his last game, but improvement seems inevitable.

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