Knowing how to successfully work the waiver wire is one of the keys to not only making playoffs, but bringing home the trophy in your fantasy league. We have reached a pivotal point thus far in the 2020 campaign where teams are beginning to look ahead, some to the playoffs and others to next season as they have decided to throw in the towel and rebuild. Among all of these decisions each year are a handful of players who are rewarded extra opportunity to produce. Whether their opportunity comes from the starter in front of them going down with an injury or they receive extra playing time due to their team’s decision to rebuild, it’s important to identify those players and roster them while you can.
In this article, I am going to give you a few guys who I believe can provide a major boost to your team throughout the week as well as the remainder of the season.
Shabazz Napier, PG – Washington Wizards
Despite being traded twice in two days at the deadline last month, the six-year point guard has played well in his role with the Wizards. With injuries to Ish Smith (hamstring) and Jerome Robinson (achilles), Napier is the de-facto starting point guard until further notice. Across his last eight games, he has put up averages of 13.6 points and 4.6 assists, including a 27-point outburst against the Heat on Sunday night. The Wizards put up the sixth-most points per game this season and play at one of the fastest paces in the league so Napier should have every opportunity to produce and will continue to be a solid source of three’s and assists.
Bruce Brown Jr., SG – Detroit Pistons
The second-year shooting guard returned on Saturday after missing four games due to an injured knee. On Sunday, he received a team-high 37 minutes as he supplied 16 points, six assists and four rebounds as he and Christian Wood were the only two players to crack double-digits in the scoring column. Brown’s fantasy value is mainly tied to the current state of the Pistons, as they are currently in the middle of a rebuild after sending Andre Drummond to Cleveland at the deadline last month. Bruce Brown Jr. figures to receive as many minutes as he can handle and will be a solid source of points, assists and defensive stats as long as he can remain healthy.
Duncan Robinson, SF – Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson has been an absolute flamethrower in recent days for the Heat, drilling 24 shots from beyond the arc on 37 attempts over his last three games and is on pace for 308 three’s in the 2020 campaign. If you are in need of 3pt help on your fantasy roster, please look no further than the undrafted Michigan product. It is worth noting that Robinson’s value is limited to his three-point shooting. In the rare occurrence where he struggles with his shot, he offers little else from a fantasy perspective.
Trey Lyles, PF – San Antonio Spurs
Trey Lyles has been a pleasant surprise for the Spurs as LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) remains out. Over his last four games, he has put up averages of 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.0 block while seeing more than 30 minutes a night. With the Spurs fighting for the eighth-seed out West, Lyles should continue seeing heavy minutes and has the green light to hoist as many shots as needed.
Naz Reid, C – Minnesota Timberwolves
With Karl-Anthony Towns continuing to miss time with a wrist issue, Naz Reid has done a great job holding down the center spot for the T-Wolves. Since the calendar has flipped to March, the big-man is averaging 12.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks while recording two double-doubles. An underrated part of his game has been his ability to knock down the three-ball as he is averaging one make from downtown in March. Reid should continue starting at center for the Timberwolves and looks to be improving by the game. If you are in need of points and rebounds, look no further than the rookie from LSU.
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