Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Morris, Bazemore, Roberts
Markieff Morris (Owned in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues): We’ve seen Morris get hot before but he’s been able to string along a few very solid weeks now and is a must-own in all leagues until he cools off. He’s now scored double-digits in 17 of his last 18 games and is averaging 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, a block, and a steal per game over that stretch. He’s also shooting 49.5 percent over that 18 games and has now scored 18+ in three straight.
Kent Bazemore (8 percent): Bazemore has exploded onto the scene over the Lakers’ last two games and earned the start over Ryan Kelly on Sunday. Over those two games since moving from an irrelevant bench player into the rotation, Bazemore has averaged 16 points, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 threes on 31 minutes. If he continues to play about 30 minutes per game he should provide plenty of value off the fantasy basketball waiver wire.
Brian Roberts (22 percent): Jrue Holiday remains out indefinitely which means Brian Roberts should be owned in every league until he gets back. Over his last eight games, Roberts is averaging 14.9 points, 4.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.5 threes per game on 31 minutes. If you need a solid guard who can provide some points, decent assist numbers, steals, and threes, here’s your man.
Tim Hardaway Jr. (22 percent): He may not be the most efficient shooter, and he doesn’t provide much outside of scoring, but he’s playing a ton of minutes and getting plenty of opportunities to put up points. Over his last four games, Hardaway is averaging 34 minutes, 15.3 points, 2.8 threes, and a couple of rebounds. He’s only shooting 40.7 percent from the floor but he’s posting a phenomenal 42 percent rate from downtown and can help you make up ground in longballs quickly.
Tony Wroten (11 percent): With Evan Turner gone, Wroten has seen better minutes, averaging 26 over his last two games. Over that pair of games, he’s averaging 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and a steal. Over his last nine, he’s averaging 25 minutes, 14.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and a steal while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. He’s not a must-own in all leagues but his value is improving.
DeMarre Carroll (37 percent): Carroll has been a mainstay in this column and has actually seen his availability increase of late due to a hammy injury. He came back strong from that injury on Saturday, posting 24 points, six rebounds, four threes, and two steals over 34 minutes against the Knicks. Over his last seven games, he’s averaging 14.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.7 threes while shooting over 50 percent from the floor. He’s a very good player to add to help you in multiple categories rather than just a couple.
Jordan Hill (18 percent): We’ve seen Hill tease up before but the Lakers lineup is never quite what it was the previous day. Still, he’s now played 26 or more minutes in three straight games and is averaging 10.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.3 steals while shooting a fantastic 63.6 percent from the floor. Since he contributes across so many categories, he’s definitely worth grabbing until he cools off.
Jodie Meeks (51 percent): After sitting out a couple of weeks, Meeks returned to the lineup on Wednesday without skipping a beat. In his three games since returning, Meeks is averaging 18 points, 2.0 threes, and a steal on 28.4 minutes. He won’t provide much outside of those three stats but he’s been a very reliable contributor in those categories.