Fantasy Basketball: Week 12 Waiver Wire
In today's edition of Waiver Wire analysis, we discuss a former college champ, a couple of recent lottery picks, and even a Sacramento King. The waiver wire is hot with overlooked yet serviceable fantasy options, so be sure to stay peeled to the weekly update.
Omari Spellman, Golden State Warriors
The fact that Spellman remains available in 61 percent of fantasy leagues is downright ridiculous. With averages of 13/5/2 over his last week of play, the Dubs' center has proved to be both versatile and consistent when provided with steady minutes. As a promising young big man on a team focused on the future, Spellman's floor time should only increase as the season progresses, and therefore he is an excellent under the radar addition for fantasy owners.
Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks
It's easy to watch Reddish's disengaged offensive style and proclaim the Duke product as a likely draft bust, yet I remain a strong supporter of CamFam. Reddish remained a top-10 draft pick despite a disappointing freshman season in Durham due to an NBA body and skillset that screamed future star. The lengthy sharpshooter demonstrated his immense potential Sunday night in a loss to Brooklyn, in which he surpassed 20 points for the second time this season. Reddish is undoubtedly difficult to trust within fantasy lineups before demonstrating the ability to score with consistency, yet his talent alone is worthy of a flier for forward hungry owners.
RJ Barrett, New York Knicks
Barrett's rookie season in the Big Apple has been a mixed bag, flashes of greatness hidden between generally forgettable performances. The young Knick does appear to have turned a corner in recent days, surpassing 15 points in four of his last five games. Relying on rookies in fantasy basketball is always difficult, yet as the focus of an offense lacking proven shot creators, Barrett is worth adding in the 21 percent of leagues where he remains available.
Trevor Ariza, Sacramento Kings
Following a stint in which he served as an ideal secondary scoring option to James Harden and Chris Paul for the Houston Rockets, Ariza has entered basketball obscurity during late career stints in Phoenix, D.C, and now Sacramento. Ariza's specialty has always been his perimeter shooting, and the Kings have begun to utilize the journeyman's perimeter abilities in the absence of Marvin Bagley. Over his last week of play, Ariza has emerged as a steady fantasy option with averages of 14/7/2 while logging 31 minutes per game. Betting on continued production from Ariza throughout the remainder of the season is likely a losing proposition, yet it appears the thirty-four-year-old may still have a few weeks of solid basketball left in the tank.
Staying updated on the waiver wire is essential in maximizing your chances at a fantasy league title, so watch for these four guys as potential game-changers over the coming weeks. Open your league's free-agent pool immediately, and be sure to check back in next week for updates on the waiver wire.