While he’s starting, Tony Bradley is an intriguing option. (Darron Cummings/AP)
Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball. We’re about three-fifths of the way through the season, so keep on truckin’ and use that wire, peeps!
This week, Giannis Antetokounmpo pissed Philly off by sitting down on the court after going on a major run to help the Bucks down the 76ers; Paul George‘s frustrations over non-calls is boiling over; and Stephen Curry took home the Jackie Robinson Sports Award for his off court endeavours.
And now, let’s get to this week’s…
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Picks
Tony Bradley, C, Philadelphia 76ers (ESPN: 1.1 per cent; CBS: 4 per cent): With Joel Embiid out for at least two weeks with a knee injury, Bradley has moved into the starting lineup for the Sixers. Bradley, a first round pick by the Lakers in 2017, hasn’t really been on the Fantasy radar up to this point, but what he’s done recently in limited minutes has us intrigued. On Wednesday, he flirted with a double-double while adding two assists and a steal in just 16 minutes, and last week, he went off for 14 points, five boards and three blocks in 22 minutes. Bradley was a forgotten man last month, but is now seeing almost enough PT to be worth a look in deeper formats. He’s never gotten a chance to start this often, and with a regular dose of 20+ minutes, he could be a nice addition. And if Bradley winds up getting dealt at the trade deadline, he could find himself in a more Fantasy-friendly situation. Even with Embiid out, Bradley still has to fend off Dwight Howard for minutes, so it’s not ideal. But even though he’s not the most athletic player on the court, Bradley has great rebounding potential and periodically flashes some defensive skill (see video below).
Kenyon Martin Jr., SF, Houston Rockets (ESPN: 21.1 per cent; CBS: 49 per cent): Wow, Martin has really been a revelation since coming up from the G-League, giving distraught Rockets’ fans some hope for the future. On Wednesday, the rookie just missed his second double-double in four games, and he’s been jacking it up from downtown far more often this month. Taken 52nd overall in last year’s draft, Martin has arrived as a legitimate Fantasy asset, so if he’s still available in your league, do something about it. Now!
- Back in late-December it sounded like Russell Westbrook was going to be rested in back-to-back situations, but by mid-February, the training wheels came off. And clearly, it’s no longer a factor as he not only played on Wednesday and Thursday, but had triple-doubles in each game, giving him 13 for the season. Westbrook’s assist count is way up this month and he’s doing a much better job on the defensive glass this season.
- Milwaukee has acquired veteran power forward P.J. Tucker from Houston as the Bucks ramp up for a championship push. He doesn’t score much, reaching double digits just once in the last five games, but he’d been playing heavy minutes early on in March before the team stated he wouldn’t play anymore as a trade partner was sought. Don’t expect Tucker to have much Fantasy impact in Milwaukee, but the big winner here is Houston PF Jae’Sean Tate, who looks like he’ll have nice value down the stretch.
- After a couple of somewhat quieter than usual games, Donovan Mitchell went off for a season-high tying 42 points on Thursday, adding six assists and a pair of steals. His field goal count has risen as the season has progressed to the point he’s averaging a career best 25.1 points this season. Now if only Mitchell’s FT percentage would get back to where it was last season, he’d really take off to another level.
- Heading to Houston in the Tucker deal is veteran point guard D.J. Augustin. It’s been a few years since he’s been a Fantasy factor, but he had a decent debut with the Rockets, scoring seven points with three assists, three boards and a steal. Augustin’s FG count is down a smidge this month, and he’s struggling through the worst shooting season of his career. He might be worth a look in a very deep league if he consistently gets 20+ MPG.
- It’s been a few years since we gave Richaun Holmes some love, but it’s hard not to be impressed with the roll he’s been on lately. On Friday, he filled the stat sheet with a season-best 25 points plus 11 boards, three blocks, two steals, two assists and even a rare trey. Holmes is on fire with five double-doubles in six games and 15 on the season. He’s even getting to the line more often this month, which is great to see because that’s the one area in which he’s not putting up career-best numbers.
- Nikola Jokic keeps rolling along as Denver continues to rack up the wins. On Friday, he came within an assist of a second straight triple-double and in a good sign, he got to the line six times, building on a trend of doing a slightly better job of drawing fouls in March. Joker also canned another two three-pointers Friday, upping his season average to a career-tying 1.5. Man, he has to be in the MVP conversation with his play this season.
RotoRob Tune of the Day
Average White Band churned out some memorable soul/disco hits in the mid- to late-’70s, and some fine B-sides as well, including “Person to Person,” which was the flipside to the 1975 top 10 U.S. single “Cut the Cake.”