Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Bazemore, Dunleavy, Carter
Wesley Johnson (Owned 39 percent of Yahoo leagues): Johnson has had his bouts with inconsistency but he usually sees over 30 minutes per game and can help in numerous categories. Over his last four games, Wes is averaging 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 steal, and two threes on 34 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from downtown. This is the high end of his production, although he’s posted his share of 20+ point games, but still helps in multiple categories even when it’s all averaged out.
Kent Bazemore (29 percent): In five games since coming to the Lakers, Bazemore is averaging 15.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 steals, and two threes on 32 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 61 percent from the charity stripe so you’ll have to swallow that one but Bazemore is starting to look like a must-have late-season waiver grab with the playoffs quickly approaching.
Mike Dunleavy (38 percent): Dunleavy is playing a ton of minutes, 38 per game over his last five, which has allowed him to be a huge help in the fantasy world. Over that stretch, he’s averaging 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, a steal, and 2.8 threes per game. His 42.6 percent shooting is rough but he’s been a demon from downtown, shooting 50 percent from three-point range over those five games. As long as he keeps seeing big minutes, he’ll keep producing.
DeMarre Carroll (46 percent): Carroll has been a mainstay on the fantasy basketball waiver wire target list and, thanks to some injury issues, remains unowned in the majority of Yahoo leagues. Of course, he’s back and playing 35+ minutes per game over his last four, averaging 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 2.8 threes while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 50 percent from deep. He’s been hugely reliable for me in all of my leagues and is a must-own heading into the playoffs.
Vince Carter (48 percent): Carter has been surprisingly productive much of the season and is red hot right now. Over his last five games, Vinsanity is averaging 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.6 threes, and a steal on just 26.4 minutes. He’s also shooting a strong 48 percent from the floor and 51 percent from three-point range. The Mavs are giving him a lot of added opportunities and he should be owned everywhere until he cools down.
Markieff Morris (59 percent): Morris has had his hot stretches this season but he has been consistently productive since the middle of January now and should be owned universally. Over his last six games, he’s averaging 30 minutes per game off the bench and has posted 19.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and a block while shooting an excellent 55.7 percent from the floor. If he’s still available in your league, grab him and ride this one out down the stretch.