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Waiver watch – Triple-double potential in fantasy championship round

Waiver watch - Triple-double potential in fantasy championship round

Working the waiver wire is pivotal to succeeding in fantasy basketball. With so many games, injuries and endless shifts in rotations throughout the marathon campaign, we’ll need to source stats from free agency to maximize imaginary rosters.

A willingness to entertain competition for the last few spots on your fantasy hoops roster can prove rewarding. When curating this fluid collective of statistical contributors, it helps to consider your end-of-bench players in direct competition with the talent floating in free agency.

The goal of this weekly series is to identify players at each position widely available in free agency in ESPN leagues. Some nominations are specialists capable of helping in one or two categories, while others deliver more diverse and important statistical offerings. In the breakdowns below, I’ve ordered players at each position with the priority of acquisition in mind, rather than roster percentage in ESPN men’s basketball leagues.

Point Guard

Scoot Henderson, Portland Trail Blazers (Rostered in 50.9% of ESPN Leagues): We are at the time of the season when youth movements on losing rosters become widespread. The Trail Blazers are longer leaning on veteran playmakers to drive the offense, instead empowering the likes of Henderson to grow via trial and error. After a slow start to his career, he’s finally finding some success both scoring and facilitating. Fellow rookie Keyonte George (14.1%) is filling a similar role for the Jazz down the stretch.

Miles McBride, New York Knicks (11.8%): Example 426 of the value of earning Tom Thibodeau’s trust, McBride rarely hits the bench lately. Regularly hovering around and past 40 minutes in most games over the past few weeks, McBride’s blend of shooting, scoring, and steals drives value.

Dalano Banton, Portland Trail Blazers (8.9%): While Henderson is being asked to learn how to run an offense, Banton is tasked with being a scoring microwave. This is a role he’s adapted to capably thus far; flashing a level of irrational confidence that would make Eddie House proud. It also helps that we’ve seen Banton deliver high-end rebounding and passing results in recent games.

Shooting Guard

Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic (24.5%): A dynamic defensive player since joining the pro ranks, this…

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