Fantasy Basketball: Week 16 Waiver Wire
Trades have been made, there are new faces in different places, and the NBA waiver wire is hot as ever. On this week's wire analysis we breakdown the fantasy viability of a former bust, an overlooked swingman, and probably a huge European guy because it's not really a Waiver Wire without one.
Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves
For the 19 percent of fantasy owners who had Beasley on their roster prior to him being traded from a crowded Denver frontcourt to a wide-open Minnesota rotation, expect a meteoric rise in production. The former Seminole spent his first night in neon green showcasing his offensive versatility, knocking down seven triples as well as displaying advanced playmaking and rebounding skill from the wing position. Beasley may not produce at an All-Star level consistently enough to be considered a starting-caliber fantasy option, yet it feels like both the talent and opportunity are there for a strong finish to the year.
Marquese Chriss, Golden State Warriors
A former draft bust putting up what are likely empty numbers on a team devoid of established scorers should be much more appealing to fantasy owners than it is to League executives. While Chriss may never fulfill the lofty expectations of his lottery selection, and his recent tear is primarily indicative of a weak roster, points are points. Over his last week of play, the Warriors big has put together averages of 15/7 while blocking two shots per game. To conclude, Chriss' numbers have very little impact on his team's success, but they could have a massive impact on yours.
Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks
It's not easy to make a name for yourself suiting up next to Trae Young every night, but Huerter's sophomore season in the ATL has been criminally underrated. Red Velvet, as he has asked to be called, has seen a recent increase in both floor time and offensive responsibility and has rewarded Atlanta with a string of promising performances. Huerter's limitless range and plus size should continue to make him a priority within Atlanta's rotation, and therefore fantasy owners should continue to expect steady numbers from the red-headed former Terp.
Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers
First of all, yes he's a shooting guard, and yes I promised a "huge European" but 6'7'' is technically huge to the average person, and therefore I delivered. Betting on a Sixer not named Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid to provide consistent fantasy production is in theory extremely illogical, Philly's starting lineup includes five players capable of scoring at least 20 on any given night, and therefore counting on a single player on a nightly basis is bound to eventually disappoint. I'm not about to tell you that a Turkish role player named Furkan Korkmaz is somehow transcendent of Philly's immense depth and can emerge as a fantasy star despite being owned in just 17 percent of leagues, but this dude is hooping right now. With 65 combined points over his last two games, Korkmaz is worth adding with the intention of milking his elite production until it inevitably ends.