2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire

by Brian Dailisan
2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week Waiver Wire

Hey there, Hoops Heads! Get ready for the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire breakdown.

On the hunt for this week's fantasy basketball diamonds? Look no further. We've lined up a crucial list of free agents ready to elevate your Week 5 game.

This week, we're focusing on the underrated talents, those sneaky players owned in less than 40% of Yahoo leagues, and even a few who might have dodged your competitors' attention.

Each week, I bring you a fresh set of names, revisiting only those still lurking in the waiver wire shadows for easy pickings.

So, are you set to make some strategic grabs with the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire? Let's jump in and identify the players who could swing the scales in your favor. It's game time – let's snag those Week 5 fantasy victories!

2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Dyson Daniels, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans (40% rostered)

Dyson Daniels is on a roll, averaging an impressive 11.2 points, 1.2 threes, 6.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 2.0 steals over his last six games. He's also nailing 46.4% from the field and 88.9% from the free-throw line, all while logging a hefty 33.8 minutes per game. These stats have landed him in the top 70 in nine-category leagues.

Since stepping up as a starter for the injury-hit New Orleans Pelicans, Daniels has been seizing every opportunity. Looking ahead to Week 5, the Pelicans have a packed schedule with four games, including a three-game run over four days, perfect for streaming. They're bracing for tough back-to-back games against the Sacramento Kings on Monday and Wednesday. Then, they'll clash with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday before rounding off the week against the struggling Utah Jazz on Saturday.

With C.J. McCollum sidelined due to a collapsed lung, Daniels emerges as a solid pick for those needing a boost in assists, steals, and rebounds. He's still largely available and could be a valuable addition for Week 5. My strategy? Hold onto Daniels at least until McCollum is back in action.

Keyonte George, PG/SG, Utah Jazz (36% rostered)

Keyonte George has been making waves in his last three games, averaging an impressive 12.3 points, 2.0 threes, 3.3 rebounds, and a whopping 8.0 assists per game. His defensive numbers are a bit light, with just 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks, and his field goal percentage is on the lower side at 34.4%, placing him around the top 140 in nine-category leagues for this period.

Looking ahead to Week 5, the Utah Jazz have three games on their schedule, including back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday, offering a strategic streaming opportunity. They're set to face relatively easier opponents in the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers during this stretch. George has been earning significant minutes, averaging 28.3 per game, indicating the coaching staff's confidence in this rookie.

If your team needs a boost in assists and a bit of three-point shooting, Keyonte George is worth considering. Don't hesitate to pick him up; the 16th pick of the 2023 NBA Draft is brimming with potential. It's clear why he's been entrusted with such an opportunity so early in his career.

Jordan Hawkins, SG, New Orleans Pelicans (35% rostered)

Jordan Hawkins is lighting it up from beyond the arc and chipping in with scoring for fantasy managers. Despite his inconsistent performances, he's managed to average a solid 16.6 points, 3.3 threes, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists over his last seven games. However, his lack of defensive stats and subpar field goal percentage relegate him outside the top 150 in nine-category leagues. For those unconcerned with FG%, he's knocking on the door of the top 100.

Week 5 presents a golden opportunity for the New Orleans Pelicans, who play four games, including a stretch of three games in four nights from Wednesday to Saturday. They're up against some formidable teams like the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers, but they also face the struggling Utah Jazz.

Yes, Jordan Hawkins can be a bit inconsistent and may impact your FG%, but if you're seeking points and threes, he's worth considering in Week 5. With Trey Murphy III and C.J. McCollum still sidelined and Zion Williamson's health in question, expect Hawkins to log significant minutes and contribute in scoring and from beyond the arc. Dyson Daniels might be a preferable option, but if he's taken, Jordan Hawkins is a solid alternative to bolster your Points and Threes categories.

Bilal Coulibaly, SF, Washington Wizards (26% rostered)

Bilal Coulibaly's minutes have soared recently, reaching a hefty 31.5 per game over his last four outings. His performance across the board has been noteworthy, averaging 11.5 points, 1.8 threes, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks. Despite struggling from the free-throw line with a 42.9% shooting rate, he's still cracked the top 65 in nine-category leagues.

Even though he's coming off the bench, his versatile contributions have earned him a well-deserved high ranking. Looking at Week 5, the Washington Wizards are in a favorable position with the third-best schedule, featuring four games. This includes a lucrative three-game streak from Wednesday to Saturday, ideal for streaming. During this run, they're set to encounter more manageable teams like the Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks.

If your team is in need of threes, steals, or some additional rebounds, give Bilal Coulibaly a look in Week 5. You might just uncover a waiver wire jewel that turns into a season-long asset.

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