Welcome to the Week 5 NBA Waiver Wire Targets article.
The NBA season is in full swing and you should already have a decent idea of whether your fantasy team will be competitive or not. If not, there is always still hope; many teams have turned their fortunes around on the waiver wire.
By this point, you will have a pretty solid idea of who is and who isn’t worthy of a spot on your roster. The quicker you find the waiver wire gems and drop your team’s duds, the more of an advantage you will have. Remember that many players will change value as the season goes on.
NBA teams can be fickle, and while a player may hold value for a time period, it’s always best to own a guy with consistent value. However, streaming some players who are filling in for injuries or may not be permanent starters can help you overcome some tough weekly match ups.
All the players listed in this article will be available in the majority of leagues, depending on how many teams you play against. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the waiver wire options that could be available for you this week.
Waiver Wire Targets
Mario Chalmers, PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies
Mario Chalmers had his fantasy relevance saved with his trade to the Memphis Grizzlies, despite still playing a bench role for his new team. The Grizzlies had a little shakeup that has paid big dividends so far, after the team started the season 0-6, and Chalmers has been a big part of that.
Chalmers impressed early on with the Grizzlies, averaging over 18 points for the first three games. While still not a starter, he is receiving very valuable minutes off the bench, and has become the second unit’s primary scorer.
Chalmers is owned in only 19-percent of leagues, but has the potential to be a great source of threes and points for you team. He has also had two games with over four steals since joining the Grizzlies, which would be a great addition to many rosters.
T.J. Warren, SF, Phoenix Suns
Finding solid wing players on the waiver wire can be tricky, but T.J. Warren deserves consideration in a lot of leagues. Warren has had 2 games affected by illness, but of the past 7 that he has been healthy for, he has averaged 15 points per game. He doesn’t offer much in other categories, except for the occasional solid rebounding performance
The NC State product has ascended to the first player off the bench for the Suns, and probably holds more value than PJ Tucker at this point. He is very boom or bust, but could find more consistency as he settles into his role and matures as a player.
For those in deeper leagues with shallow SF pools, T.J. Warren deserves a look. He is owned in barely 5 percent of leagues, so he is widely available for the time being.
Jeff Green, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jeff Green is another beneficiary of the Grizzlies resurgence, landing a starting position over the past week. Green has responded, and should be picked up in almost all formats and size leagues.
Over the last seven games, he is averaging over 15 points per contest, and can add some solid 3-point value as well. He is also averaging close to 6 rebounds per game. Essentially, Green has the ability to contribute all over the board with his new role, although he doesn’t have much defensive upside.
Green is only owned in 30 percent of leagues but it has been increasing fairly rapidly. If he is available in your league, he is worth picking up in all formats.
Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Portland Trailblazers
Mason Plumlee has been on fire for the last four games, and has seen his fantasy stock shooting up as well. He has scored 4 straight double-doubles, averaging 15.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. He’s been doing all this in a little over 30 minutes per night.
Plumlee definitely has the talent, and the Trailblazers could definitely use his production, but he is benefitting mostly from the recent injury to Meyers Leonard. The Injury doesn’t look long-term, so this could potentially cause a problem for Plumlee down the road.
Either way, Plumlee’s performances should have earned him some more minutes, and he is definitely worth the addition. Even in the short term, his numbers are too good to ignore.
Zaza Pachulia, C, Dallas Mavericks
Zaza Pachulia has quietly been putting up solid numbers for the Mavericks this season, and it has translated into fantasy value in most leagues. Averaging close to a double-double, Pachulia has the potential to be a real contributor to a team right away.
The most encouraging stat for Pachulia is the minutes, which are currently at 27.3 per night. While he sees more or less depending on the opponent and the rest of his team’s health, he should stay right around that number for most of the season.
After Plumlee and Pachulia, the pool of centers drops off heavily. With Pachulia owned in 55.6% of leagues, he is a good target for any team with a need at the center position.
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