Yahoo Fantasy analyst Dan Titus offers a trio of waiver options after the first 5 weeks of the NBA season
DAN TITUS: Week five is in the books. And I have three players that I’m going to be recommending ahead of week six that are less than 50% rostered in Yahoo leagues. I’m Yahoo Fantasy basketball analyst Dan Titus. Let’s get into it.
Killian Hayes of the Detroit Pistons is only 40% rostered in Yahoo leagues. Cade Cunningham is currently mulling over his decision to get surgery or not on his stress fracture in his leg, which is very concerning news for fantasy managers. But for Killian Hayes managers, he’s stepping into 30 plus minutes and will continue to be a solid source of assists and steals this season.
Now, Killian Hayes might hurt your field goal percentage and your turnovers. But I am encouraged by his play over the last six games. He’s shooting 43% from beyond the arc and hitting 1.7 3-pointers made and cutting down on those turnovers.
Now, the Pistons play four games in week six, but I think he has the potential to have staying power far beyond that. Should Cade Cunningham decide to get surgery, I’d add him in all points and head to head leagues right now.
The next player is Shake Milton, who is also 40% rostered in Yahoo leagues. News just broke that Joel Embiid is going to be missing the next two contests for the Sixers. They have four games this week. And they’re already down James Harden and Tyrese Maxey for the next month.
Now, Shake Milton is averaging 21 and 1/2 points with 4 and 1/2 rebounds and 4 assists over his last two outings. I’m expecting him and De’Anthony Melton to really be the main benefactors of those three stars being out of the lineup. So make sure you grab Shake Milton in all points and head to head 12-team leagues.
The final player that I’m picking up is Bruce Brown of the Denver Nuggets. He’s currently 48% rostered in Yahoo leagues. But right now, Nikola Jokic is still out in health and safety protocols. And Brown has really stepped up as the playmaker for this Denver Nuggets offense. He’s put up at least 7 assists in his last two games.
And over the course of the last five, he’s averaging 14 and 1/2 points with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. So I think there’s a lot of upside here with Brown. But he’s been a fixture, even with Jokic in the lineup. He gets you shots and 3-pointers as well as those crucial counting stats. He needs to be added in all 12-team formats right now.