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Welcome to the Week 15 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Targets article.  This week’s theme features a group of players finding new roles late in the season, a great situation for late waiver wire pickups.

While their playoff hopes may have slipped away, the Suns have become an interesting situation to monitor from a fantasy angle.  While their only major injury was Eric Bledsoe, it seems like it will take a contribution from many different players to make up for his offensive output.

Tyronn Lue has assumed the Head Coaching position in Cleveland, and has already said he wants his team in better shape so they can run a faster offense.  If Lue’s plans come to fruition, there could be more shots per game for the Cavaliers, meaning some more effective fantasy options from that team.

The injury wave keeps claiming NBA players, though many are only out with day-to-day injuries.  Still, it would be a good idea to monitor who will be out because even game-time replacements can yield profits in most leagues.

Perhaps we are getting too lenient, but we have included one more player who barely breaks the 50 percent owned rule.  Nonetheless, the rest should all be available in the majority of standard leagues.

Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Targets

Marcus Smart, PG/SG, Boston Celtics (41.6 Percent Owned)

Marcus Smart makes a lot of sense in fantasy leagues because his combo guard skills translate to decent stats in a variety of categories.  Isaiah Thomas is stealing the show for the Celtics this season, but Smart is able to score, assist, rebound and play defense all at levels that should be able to help your team.  He is getting picked up at a high rate in most leagues, and this might be the last week he is available in your league.

Over Smart’s last eight games he is averaging a little over eleven points.  Throw in just over five rebounds and four assists, with two steals on the side, and you have a recipe for solid fantasy output.  Smart even has one triple-double during that eight game streak.  Snatch him up off the waiver wire quickly, because he is going fast.

Terrence Ross, SG, Toronto Raptors (10.4 Percent)

Terrence Ross can light up a scoreboard on any given night.  His inconsistency has limited his fantasy outlook, because he is a streaky shooter.  However, he has strung together a few impressive games, and is working to earn fantasy owner’s trust.  Don’t be surprised to see Ross have a night where he scores 30 points, or even more.  He has that kind of explosive play, and can heat up in a moment’s notice.

Ross is averaging twelve points over his last eight games, which is solid enough.  His lure is his big scoring ability, and while he hasn’t lit up yet, he’s definitely overdue.  While his assist, rebound and defensive stats are not eye-catching, he is shooting 45 percent from deep during that same eight game streak.

Archie Goodwin, SG, Phoenix Suns (25.5 Percent)

The first Sun featured on the list, Archie Goodwin has really performed over the last few weeks.  If there is any silver lining to the Bledsoe injury, it could be the litany of young players stepping up and playing valuable minutes for Phoenix.  Brandon Knight is missing some time now as well and Goodwin has slotted in the lineup as the primary ball-handler on the Suns.

The last four games have seen Goodwin really step up, and he is netting over 20 points per game during that time.  He is also averaging close to two steals per game.  Four assists and three rebounds round out solid numbers for Goodwin, and his high level of production in that time should allow him to remain on the court when Brandon Knight returns.

I’m not the only one who thinks he is a must pickup right now either.

Derrick Williams, PF, New York Knicks (14.4 Percent)

Skill set alone makes Derrick Williams fantasy basketball gold.  However, the former second overall pick has shown a propensity for inconsistency in his first few seasons around the league.  His athleticism is unreal, and he can sink shots from deep when given the looks.  Maybe the system in New York suits Williams best, or maybe it’s something in the water, but he has finally found a solid role with the Knicks.

Williams is seeing over 20 minutes in nine of his last ten games, and is turning those minutes into fantasy production.  He averaged over 14 points during those ten games, but did see a 31 point night as well.  His seven rebounds make him a decent double-double candidate, as we saw in two of his last three games.  Grab Williams while you can because it doesn’t seem that his production will take a huge dip anytime soon.

Tyson Chandler, C, Phoenix Suns (53.9 Percent)

The Suns have every right to start letting their younger guys play, if only to see what they might have.  Tyson Chandler is far removed from being one of the younger guys, but he seems to still hold fantasy relevance.  The Suns prefer deploying Alex Len against smaller lineups, but even coming from the bench Chandler can help out.  His play style now is not much different than for most of his career, as he can grab tons of rebounds and provide valuable defensive stats as well.

Chandler only averages seven points over his last seven games, but you aren’t picking him up because he can score points.  The main attraction with Chandler is his rebounding, and during that same time, he is averaging close to 13 rebounds per game.  That includes two games, back-to-back, which featured Chandler bringing down 20 and 27 rebounds respectively.  Don’t hesitate because numbers like that don’t sit on the waiver wire for long.

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