Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Kyle Anderson is a big pickup after the Timberwolves were hit by an injury bug

By | March 8, 2024

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With just over a month left in the NBA regular season, fantasy leagues are also coming to an end. Postseason competitions have already started or are about to start. With that in mind, this week’s waiver article highlights eight players who could be added to leagues of all sizes and formats.

About half of the following players are recommended as long-term additions, while the other half are best suited for streaming purposes. Additionally, a list of 10 recently recommended players who remain available in at least 50% of leagues is included at the end.

Max Strus, Cleveland Cavaliers (49% on list)

Strus (knee) will miss his third straight game against the Timberwolves on Friday, and fantasy managers are getting restless – evidenced by the fact that he has been dropped in 7% of league games over the past day. With his career-high averages of 12.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks in 32.2 minutes, he is also among the most reliable 3-point shooters (2 ,4 3PG). If Strus is available, please pick him up as soon as possible. As soon as he returns from injury, he is quickly arrested.

Royce O’Neale, Phoenix Suns (35% selected)

O’Neale has fit in well with his new team, with well-rounded averages of 13.0 points, 6.8 boards, 4.8 assists, 3.3 3s, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks over the last six games. Devin Booker (ankle) has missed the last three games and could be ready to rejoin the rotation for Saturday’s game against the Celtics. However, O’Neale could still be worth adding even if the Suns are at full strength.

Kyle Anderson, Minnesota Timberwolves (35% selected)

Anderson is perhaps the most obvious addition to this week’s list. With Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) out indefinitely, Anderson offers a lot of upside. Anderson won’t be the only Timberwolf to benefit; Naz Reid and Jaden McDaniels will compete with Anderson for the minutes left in Towns’ absence. However, Anderson has long been a versatile contributor who can fill the stat sheet in multiple categories when given decent minutes. Therefore, if Anderson is available, I recommend adding him immediately.

Duop Reath, Portland Trail Blazers (32% on list)

Deandre Ayton (hand) will likely miss his fifth straight game against the Rockets on Friday. Meanwhile, Reath has been highly effective during Ayton’s recent absence. Over the last four games, Reath is averaging 18.0 points, 4.8 boards, 2.0 3s, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 29.2 minutes. With four games scheduled for the coming week, Reath will be a strong signing if Ayton remains sidelined. At the very least, put Reath on your watchlist and keep an eye on Ayton’s injury status this weekend.

Caleb Martin, Miami Heat (27% selected)

Over the last six games, Martin is averaging 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 3s, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 29.8 minutes. Miami just learned that Josh Richardson (shoulder) will be out for the remainder of the season, and that Tyler Herro (foot) and Kevin Love (heel) will miss their seventh and fifth straight games, respectively, on Friday. As far as Martin is concerned, keeping an eye on Love’s status is crucial. Martin gets most of his minutes at the forward positions, especially when he is a small power forward. If Love remains sidelined all weekend and there are no encouraging signs he’ll be back next week, Martin is a meaningful streaming option.

Vasilije Micic, Charlotte Hornets (21% on the list)

With Tre Mann (groin) listed as questionable ahead of Friday’s game against the Wizards, the injury report for the Hornets is only going to get longer. Considering Cody Martin (ankle) and Seth Curry (ankle) will both be sidelined for all of next week and no concrete return date in sight for LaMelo Ball, Micic is an intriguing streaming option even if Mann’s injury is short-lived . An. Over the last three games, Micic is averaging 15.3 points, 5.7 dimes, 2.3 boards and 2.0 steals in 30.9 minutes – numbers that make him attractive across all formats.

Lonnie Walker IV, Brooklyn Nets (13% selected)

Small sample size warning! Walker has recorded 40 points, nine treys and eight boards in 59 minutes over the past two games. If the Nets don’t get a few players back from injury next week, Walker will be a good deep-league streaming option in the points leagues. If one or both of Cameron Johnson (ankle) and Cam Thomas (ankle) remain sidelined, there should be plenty of shots for Walker, who is rarely shy about letting it fly.

Jake LaRavia, Memphis Grizzlies (10% selected)

LaRavia has been quite involved as of late, averaging 12.5 points, 6.2 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.2 3s, 0.8 blocks and 0.7 steals in 24.5 minutes over the last six games. While his less-than-stellar field goal percentage limits his value in category competition, it appears the second-year forward will continue to earn decent minutes this season. As a result, he’s worth a speculative addition in deeper points leagues; or at least put it on your watchlist heading into the crazy season.

Recent recommendations are still included in less than 50% of competitions: Marvin Bagley, Nick Richards, Caris LeVert, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Brandin Podziemski, Tre Mann, Kyle Lowry, Grant Williams, Rui Hachimura, Santi Aldama

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