The Playlist: Week 23: Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Picks and Championship Lineup Advice

By | April 1, 2024

Welcome to The Playlist: my weekly column that tells you who and what to play — when it comes to music or other things in my rotation — for the week ahead in fantasy basketball.

Below you’ll see a compilation of the pickups you need to make, lineup notes (who’s in and out of rotations), followed by the key points on the schedule.

So press play and start browsing the latest fantasy basketball information to capture the fantasy basketball crown!

I’m ready – the diplomats

🏀Ending week 22

🏆 Top performers

Luka Dončić was the top scorer in points formats for Week 22, scoring 247.8 fantasy points in four games.

Victor Wembanyama took first place in nine category formats, ending the week with a dominant and efficient statistical line (minus turnovers).

🗓️Plan things you need to know

  • The best days for streaming are Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

  • Hawks has the ideal schedule and will play four games, three of which will be on the lightest slate.

  • Stream Sixers players later in the week as they play three games in four nights to close out Week 23 (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday).

  • The Nuggets are also a favorable team to target as two of their three games are on Thursday and Saturday.

🎧 WHO IS IN MY ROTATION: Players receiving waivers who are less than 50% included in Yahoo leagues.

If a fantasy manager dropped a notable player in a hurry last week, I’d prioritize picking him up over some of the deeper league additions mentioned below. Every team and league is different, so evaluate the best move to improve your roster this week.

Shallow competition streamers for week 23

Miles McBride – PG, New York Knicks (44%)

The Knicks bringing Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett to Toronto opened the door for McBride, and he took full advantage despite being one of the youngest players on the team. The third-year pro is on a tear and playing Josh Hart-like minutes. He has been superb in every format, averaging an efficient 19/3/4 line with two steals per game in the last fortnight.

Thanks to hitting four threes a night with minimal turnovers, McBride has been a top-20 player in nine-category competitions in recent weeks, so add Deuce if he’s still floating in your (waiver) pool.

Fountain of Youth – Stalley, Rick Ross and Nipsey Hussle

Marvin Bagley III – PF/C, Washington Wizards (45%)

Richaun Holmes is unsurprisingly injured and with Kyle Kuzma sitting out random games, Bagley could find himself with a significant workload during championship week.

Bagley has recorded consecutive double-doubles, reaching double figures in five straight games and had at least one share in four of his last five games. With four games to go he should not be available.

Malik Beasley – SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks (43%)

A back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Wizards and Grizzlies stands out as a strong game for Bucks role players. Beasley is porky, but has 20-point potential, accompanied by a barrage of three-pointers.

It remains a decent streaming option if you want a bucket in points or category formats.

Deep League streamers for week 23

Vasilije Micić – PG, Charlotte Hornets (29%)

With LaMelo Ball officially done for the year, Micić is a player you’ll want to select this week. He’s playing a ton of minutes and had his best month as a pro in March, posting a solid 14 points with six assists, two rebounds, one three and a steal on 49/33/89 shooting splits.

The Hornets play four games, and while three are against tough competition (Celtics, Magic and Thunder), no one threatens Micic’s role.

Reggie Jackson- PG, Denver Nuggets (13%)

The Nuggets have clinched a spot in the playoffs and are still in the hunt for the top seed in the West. However, as the reigning champions, it is of utmost importance that we are healthy for the play-offs. Jamal Murray has missed four straight games, and while he was questionable on Sunday, Nuggets HC Mike Malone deemed him “highly questionable.” So if that remains the case, I would put him in the ‘no timetable for his return’ category and thus add Reggie Jackson where possible.

The Nuggets play four games, but two are on the lighter Thursday and Saturday schedule. Without Murray in the lineup, Jackson is averaging 16 points with 5.5 assists and nearly three rebounds on 50/44/77 shooting splits. I’ll take it, and you too, later in the week.

DENiM (feat. Joey Bada$$)-IDK

Trendon Watford – PF, Brooklyn Nets (2%)

The third-year pro finished 97th in value per game in nine-category formats in Week 22 after averaging 14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 threes and 1.5 shares in 24 minutes per night.

Interim HC Kevin Ollie was quite complimentary of the LSU alum, and Watford is in a good position to showcase his versatility and rise to the challenge. The Nets are also falling further away from the Play-In race (down 5.5 games).

Everyday Hustle (feat. Rick Ross) – Future & Metro Boomin

Kyle Lowry – PG, Philadelphia 76ers (25%)

The Sixers continue to slide in the standings and are two games out of sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Needless to say, they need a strong finish to avoid a Play-In game. With Tyrese Maxey dealing with a hip injury, I expect Lowry to perform more.

He played over 32 minutes in the past two games and posted good numbers. I’d add Lowry late in the week to get a few games in with one trade since the Nuggets, like Philly, play on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Keon Ellis – SG, Sacramento Kings (33%)

The Kings are behind Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk, so Ellis will get even more opportunities in the final week of the fantasy season. He is a beast defensively and has shown signs that he is a threat from beyond the arc.

Ellis has provided 10th-round value in nine-category formats this past week, and that should improve now that the Kings have lost some key assets in the backcourt.

Other streaming options in week 22:

🚑 Players you can remove if you haven’t already

Breakdown of the schedule

Games played daily:

  • Monday: 6

  • Tuesday: 9

  • Wednesday: 9

  • Thursday: 5

  • Friday: 12

  • Saturday: 4

  • Sunday: 13.00


[It’s not too late: Join or create a Yahoo Fantasy Baseball league for the 2024 MLB season]

Teams playing three matches: CHI, DEN, SAS, UTA

Teams with back-to-backs:

  • Monday/Tuesday: None

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: Bucks, Cavaliers, Lakers, Raptors, Thunder, Timberwolves and Wizards

  • Wednesday/Thursday: Hawks

  • Thursday/Friday: Clippers, Heat, Kings, Knicks, Mavericks, Rockets and Warriors

  • Friday/Saturday: Grizzlies and Pistons

  • Saturday/Sunday: Cavaliers, Lakers, Nets and Sixers

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