NBA Fantasy: Brandon Clarke, Coby White among top free-agent finds

One thing I wish I would do more of is thrift shopping. The idea of driving to your local Salvation Army and scanning the shelves for items that people have given up on has always fascinated me. What is old and boring to someone else has the ability to be new and exciting to you! If you are lucky, every once in a while you will stumble across a designer item such as Gucci or Prada, that someone turned in without realizing the true value of it. What someone paid hundreds if not thousands of dollars for, you are able to get for a fraction of the price.

Each week, I view the waiver wire in my fantasy basketball league(s) the same way I do a thrift shop. I see ton’s of value. The NBA season moves fast and has many different story lines, each one causing a ripple in the fantasy world. There are injuries, trades and poor individual play to name a few and because of this, a player’s fantasy value can either increase or decrease throughout the season. Player’s who were seen as an after-thought in fantasy heading into the year are now serving major roles and producing at an incredible rate.

The goal of this article is to take a look at the waiver wire, and help you score that “Gucci belt in the thrift shop” type of player. One that will add value to your team and help bring home the trophy!

1: Brandon Clarke, PF – Memphis Grizzlies

The 23-year old rookie has been one of the many young bright-spots for the Grizzlies this year, averaging 12.3 points per game on an incredible 62.3 percent shooting. Even more impressive, he’s been doing it in just over 22 minutes a night. With Jaren Jackson Jr. set to miss at least two weeks with a left knee sprain, the Grizzlies are sure to lean on Clarke even more. The Gonzaga product turned in a double-double on Sunday, while starting the second half in place of the injured Jackson Jr. and figures to give a rebounding and scoring boost to anyone needing help in those departments for the next two weeks. Take a look at your waiver wire and scoop him up before it’s too late!

2: Christian Wood, PF – Detroit Pistons

Ever since the Pistons sent Andre Drummond to Cleveland, Christian Wood has been feasting on opposing teams. Whether starting or coming off the bench, he is receiving enough playing time to warrant ownership across all formats. He is averaging 19.2 points and 8.9 rebounds a night in February while also securing a double-double in four of his last six games. The fourth-year forward is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon and is looking like a possible league-winner. What are you waiting for? Add him now!

3: Malik Beasley, SG – Minnesota Timberwolves

A change of scenery has done the fourth-year guard some good, as he is putting up 22 points and four three-pointers a night since being acquired by the Timberwolves at the trade deadline. He has always shown flashes of being a prolific scorer during his time with the Nuggets but the log-jam at guard prevented him from seeing enough minutes to produce consistently. Since joining his new team, Beasley is seeing nearly 34 minutes a night has no business being on the waiver wire until further notice.

4: Coby White, PG – Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls franchise is a mess right now but if there is one thing for fans and fantasy owners to be happy about, it’s Coby White. The rookie guard has shown flashes of stardom this season, but has been stuck behind the likes of Tomas Satoranksky, Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, making it tough to produce consistently. However, with Kris Dunn set to miss at least the next 4-6 weeks due to a sprained right MCL, the stage is being set for White to be a major fantasy asset down the stretch. During the month of February, he has begun to see over 30 minutes a night while averaging 17.7 points and 4.5 assists. He most recently scored 33 points in back-to-back games and his value is trending upward. Currently owned in 30 percent of leagues, make sure to scoop him up before someone else does!

Be sure to check back every Monday to see who I believe will be the next group of league-winners currently left sitting on the waiver wire!

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