Week 20 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Middleton, Barnes, Burks

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Khris Middleton

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Khris Middleton (Owned in 36 percent of Yahoo leagues): Middleton is a tweener, a guy who appears to be a great waiver wire get but then goes on inconsistent stretches. I think Middleton has the talent to be owned in any league deep enough to bench him if he gets cold but he’s worth owning everywhere while he’s hot and playing big minutes. Over his last six games, Middleton is averaging 16.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.7 threes, and 1.5 steals over 30 minutes per game. He’s also shooting a strong 53 percent from the floor and 50 percent from downtown.

Matt Barnes (42 percent): Barnes has been in the starting lineup since the middle of January and has really gotten it going of late. Over his last eight games, Barnes is averaging 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 threes, 2.6 assists, and 1.3 steals. He’s also shooting 57 percent from the floor and 47 percent from three-point range, and has been perfect from the charity stripe over that stretch. He’s worth owning everywhere until he cools down.

Alec Burks (32 percent): Burks has now scored double-digits in 14 straight games, averaging 17 points over that stretch. Over his last three, he’s averaging 18.7 points, 2.7 assists, 2.0 threes, and 1.3 steals while shooting 62 percent from the floor and 67 percent from downtown. If you need help in scoring, threes, or steals, Burks is available in nearly 70 percent of leagues.

D.J. Augustin (46 percent): Augustin fell out of favor for a bit in Chicago but has now played over 30 minutes in three straight games, including 37 in Sunday’s meeting with the Heat. Over his last five, Augustin is averaging 20.2 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.4 threes while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 46 percent from deep. We’d like to see more assists but he’s a must-grab if you need to improve your scoring numbers.

Corey Brewer (30 percent): Brewer is playing huge minutes lately, including 44 minutes on Sunday against the Raptors. That has led to a decent spike in production and he’s averaging 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and shooting over 50 percent from the floor over his last 10 games. If you need some cheap steals with decent scoring numbers, he’s your guy. He has at least two steals in seven of those 10 and five or more in two of them.

John Henson (43 percent): Although his minutes are inconsistent, Henson makes the most of them. Over his last two, he’s posted a combined 24 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and two assists while shooting over 70 percent from the floor. He’s a must-own in deeper leagues and a cheap source of rebounds and blocks elsewhere.

Mo Williams (15 percent): If you’re looking for some cheap assists, Williams can give you some decent value off the wire. Over his last six, Williams is averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 threes over 27 minutes per game. He played 33 minutes and posted 11 assists against the Rockets on Sunday which could mean increased court time this week.

Chris Douglas-Roberts (3 percent): CDR is worth owning until Gerald Henderson returns, a date that remains uncertain. Douglas-Roberts has posted at least 12 points in four straight games and is averaging 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 2.7 threes over 30 minutes per game over his three starts. He’s also shooting a strong 52 percent from the court and 61.5 percent from deep. There’s at least a few more games of value here, especially if you’re needy for steals and threes.

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.