It has been a busy weekend yet again. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving back there in the U.S. Here at home, we had quite the eventful start to the weekend. Celebrated my ‘Dirk Nowitzki’ birthday and watched the Southeast Asian Games open here in my native homeland, the Philippines. Yes, we are sports fanatics out here, so anything that involves competition and games especially basketball, we are in it to wing it.
Okay, so much for that intro, we are here to talk about our most favorite league in the whole wide world, the NBA. Week 6 is about to close and I hope you guys are winning your match-ups. A bit of bad news again on the injury front as rookie sensation Ja Morant goes down with a back injury. The injuries are never ending and quickly establishing itself as a norm. But don’t fret, we are here to help you win through it. Please check the weekly streaming articles of our streaming expert, Rhett Bauer, to help you manage your lineups and win your leagues. Also feel free to tweet any of The Fantasy Unicorns for any questions about your fantasy leagues.
Next week the NBA goes back to its normal scheduling. No more full slates and no more hard decisions of sitting out useful players. We have 5 quality game days next week, so streaming will be key.
If your not used to it yet, injuries are here to stay as well as load management. If a player goes down, be sure to give his replacement a big consideration as a pickup on the waivers. Some replacements may flop on their first few games but just give them time to acclimatize with their new roles. They will eventually come through for you.
TYUS JONES – MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES PG
Strengths: Assists & Steals
Availability: 93% of Yahoo Leagues
Tyus makes his second appearance here in Waiver Wire Wisdom. As mentioned earlier, as Ja Morant was starting to finally get his groove, he goes down with a back injury. Tyus, for the most part of the season, save for his first game, has not been quite the quality back-up he was touted to be. But with Morant looking at a minimum of two week absence, he will be a must roster guy until Ja comes back. You will expect a boost in Tyus’ per game averages of 5.9 points, 1.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.8 steals. He was a great steals specialist in his stint with the Wolves, so expect his steals to pick up.
MO BAMBA – ORLANDO MAGIC C
Strengths: Boards, Blocks Threes?!?
Availability: 76% of Yahoo Leagues
Mo Bamba has been a big surprise. When Vucevic went down with an ankle injury, it was a consensus among experts in the NBA circles that Khem Birch would be the best option to replace Vooch’s production. It seemed like Bamba lacked maturity in his game and will forever be a project but he is turning heads right now. This past week he has been averaging 10.3 points, 7.5 boards, 1 dime, 0.5 steals, 2.3 blocks and 1.8 threes on 55% and 100% shooting splits. Right now he’s looking like the better add while Vooch is out.
OMARI SPELLMAN – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS PF
Strengths: Boards, Steals, Blocks
Availability: 96% of Yahoo Leagues
This past week, guess who is the 41st-ranked player? Yeah it’s a shock but Omari Spellman has been this good this week. For this week he averaged, 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.7 dimes, 1.3 steals and 2 blocks. The 2nd year banger also banged in 2 triples for good measure on 44% and 100% shooting splits from the field and the line. Coach Kerr has been praising Spellman recently but you have to thread here very carefully as Looney looms to be back soon. That could ruin this hot streak that Spellman has right now. But for the meantime, if you need a boost in bigman stats, he is our guy for his all-around contribution.
GARRETT TEMPLE – BROOKLYN NETS SG/SF
Strengths: Threes, Points, Steals
Availability: 90% of Yahoo Leagues
Honestly, I have never been a big fan of Garrett Temple’s game. But in the last 7 games, he has played in more than 30 minutes of each game. Coach Atkinson usually never plays someone more than 26 minutes, so he must have liked Temple’s tenacity on both sides of the court. In two weeks, he has been averaging 12.1 points, 3.5 boards, 2.8 dimes, 1 swipe, 0.9 swats and 3 treys a game. That’s Top-55 numbers and he just has to be picked up in more leagues until he cools off.
JAKOB POELTL – SAN ANTONIO SPURS C
Strengths: FG%, Boards, Blocks
Availability: 88% of Yahoo Leagues
The San Antonio Spurs has been really bad this season. So bad that even HOF Coach Gregg Popovich had been clueless of what his team is playing for this season. They have been hot at the start of the season but now has fallen apart, losing 10 of 11 games recently. The only bright spot for the Spurs this past week was the play of the Austrian. Jakob has averaged 6.3 points, 8 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.3 swipes and 2.8 swats with close to 70% shooting from the field. The resurgent play of Jakob started when he was inserted into the starting lineup together with Derrick White. So hopefully he sticks in there. He is the 55th ranked player in only 22.5 minutes per game this past week.
JORDAN MCRAE – WASHINGTON WIZARDS G
Strengths: Points, Assists, Threes
Availability: 96% of Yahoo Leagues
He is quite the unknown commodity in this list but has been putting quite a good string of games lately. The Wizards have been involved in a lot of blowouts in recent games and Jordan has been quite a garbage time specialist. Don’t get me wrong but even if McRae’s damage has been made mostly in garbage time, his production is still production and is useful in fantasy. In the past week, Jordan has been the 80th best player in fantasy churning up a useful averages of 14.3 points, 3.3 boards, 3.5 dimes, 1 steal and 2 trey bombs with 51% and 100% shooting from the field and from the line. He is a useful streaming option that you won’t hesitate to drop when a hot free agent pops up.