We're back with another week of Fantasy Basketball waiver wire pickups!
If you missed last week's article highlighted by success stories of Enes Kanter and Cedi Osman, add those players now if they're still available and check out the rest of the list here.
For this upcoming week, we navigate more COVID-19 health and safety protocols with some replacements for players like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, as well as some long-term options that are readily available in most leagues.
All positions and owned percentages are based on ESPN Fantasy Basketball.
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 6
Delon Wright, SG/PG - Detroit Pistons
Owned in: 58.1% of leagues
Wright was drafted in a lot of leagues but owners (rightfully) gave up on him after a slow start to the season revoked his spot in the starting lineup through seven games. With rookie top-10 pick Killian Hayes out indefinitely and veteran guard Derrick Rose in and out of the lineup, Wright has found himself back as an every day starter and as of late, things are starting to click.
Over his last three games, Wright is averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 55.9% from the field and 53.8% from 3-point land (with 2.3 made 3s per game). It's hard to believe he'll maintain that level of production but his playing time - 33.4 minutes per game over that stretch - will give him plenty of an opportunity to revitalize his fantasy value. Give him a shot if he's available in your league.
Lou Williams, SG - LA Clippers
Owned in: 51.3% of leagues
According to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George did not travel with the Clippers for the start of their six-game road trip due to health and safety protocols. That's a combined 49.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 11.1 assists, 3.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 68.8 minutes played per game that head coach Ty Lue will have to make up for.
While there are a handful of options that are worth taking a shot on, there's none better than Williams. Lou Will is another player that was drafted in most leagues but got dropped because of a lesser role than years past. Available in nearly half of leagues, Williams is set to become LA's go-to scoring option until their dynamic duo can return. The prolific Sixth Man should step into a starting role playing major minutes, so add him immediately.
Other options to weigh due to this Kawhi/PG situation: Nicolas Batum (who was on my list of waiver wire pickups in Week 4), Luke Kennard, Marcus Morris Sr. and...
Ivica Zubac, C - LA Clippers
Owned in: 43.7% of leagues
Zubac is another intriguing option, especially if your team lacks in any of the bigs' categories: rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage or double-doubles. He had lost his starting role at the start of the season when coach Lue elected to go with Batum and Serge Ibaka, but Zubac should see some extra run with Leonard and George out.
He has played better as of late with two double-doubles in the Clippers' last three games, averaging 9.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 80.0% from the field over that span. This could be a big addition for this week if your frontcourt needs help.
Jeremy Lamb, SG/SF - Indiana Pacers
Owned in: 35.9% of leagues
This is my favourite add of the week because it's a long-term option.
Lamb has finally returned from his torn ACL last season and it could not have come at a better time with recently acquired Caris LeVert's medical condition leaving him out indefinitely.
His first four games gave plenty to be excited about, averaging 16.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting an efficient 53.5% from the field, 41.2% from 3 and 93.3% from the free throw line. Averaging 25 minutes per game in his first week back since last February, it's safe to assume his playing time will increase a bit, too. He will be the Pacers' primary scoring option off the bench and should add enough in rebounds, steals and 3-pointers made to make him more than just a one-tool player.
Jump on Lamb now before someone else in your league does.
Watch list players
Eric Gordon, SG - Houston Rockets
Owned in: 47.9% of leagues
Gordon has been on a scoring tear over the last four games, averaging 24.0 points and 3.3 made 3s while shooting 49.3% from the field and 44.8% from 3. The reason he lands on the "watch list" side of this piece is because both John Wall and Victor Oladipo are back and it will be interesting to see how Gordon's role is affected. He's worth watching, but only if your team needs a boost in scoring or 3PM.
Norman Powell, SG/SF - Toronto Raptors
Owned in: 18.9% of leagues
Powell has also been red-hot over his last three games, doing more than just scoring, too. Averaging 22.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, Powell has been successful in filling in as a starter for the injured Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam. The catch? Powell always raises his level of play as a starter, whereas his production off of the bench hasn't been great. With Lowry already back in the lineup and Siakam returning soon, Powell would revert to his role as a Sixth Man where he may not be as involved. Keep an eye on him just incase this hot streak continues after a role change.
Isaiah Roby, PF/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Owned in: 9.6% of leagues
Roby is an interesting play for deeper 12-team leagues. He's played well enough to take over a starting frontcourt spot in OKC and over the six games he has started, Roby is averaging 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals with one double-double. He's worth watching as a viable streaming option if you're in need of big men help.
Jarred Vanderbilt, PF - Minnesota Timberwolves
Owned in: 7.1% of leagues
Vanderbilt is another deep cut for 12-team leagues. The Timberwolves have been horrific defensively and head coach Ryan Saunders has inserted Vanderbilt into the starting lineup to try and fix some of those issues. In his five games as a starter, Vanderbilt is averaging 10.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 57.9% from the field. While Naz Reid has been the popular Timberwolves frontcourt pickup in fantasy, his production has a deadline when Karl-Anthony Towns recovers from COVID-19. Vanderbilt should remain in the starting lineup alongside Towns and is worth watching over the coming weeks.
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