Waiver Wired: Top NBA Pickups

Waiver Wired: Top NBA Pickups
Ryan Knaus discusses some of the most intriguing waiver wire pickups, including young guys on the Bulls, Nets, Lakers and Suns.
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Marc Gasol finished Sunday's 105-98 win against the Nuggets with 23 points, six assists, five rebounds and a blocked shot.

Gasol dropped in a trio of 3-pointers in the road win, becoming just the fourth center this season to post 80 or more successful 3-pointers made this season. He is such a valuable contributor for fantasy owners in most formats, but especially so in rotisserie formats for his work from behind the arc.
Feb 26 - 7:51 PM

In his second game with the Wizards, Bojan Bogdanovic made 5-of-10 shots with three 3-pointers to score 15 points in 33 minutes.

Bogdanovic added one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block tonight, but supporting stats have never been his strong suit -- he has four blocks all season. He's a good shooter but doesn't really have guys capable of creating open looks for him in the second unit. The minutes were up a bit tonight with Markieff Morris in foul trouble, and fantasy owners can ignore Bojan unless you need points and 3-pointers in a deeper league.
Feb 26 - 7:51 PM

Marcin Gortat finished Sunday's home loss with six points on 3-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes.

Rudy Gobert will have that effect on opposing centers -- Utah is limiting opposing Cs to the fewest rebounds and assists, third-fewest points, fifth-fewest blocks, and sixth-fewest steals. That's worth remembering the next time a player is facing Utah in DFS, but Gortat's owners can expect a bounce-back effort on Wednesday vs. the Warriors.
Feb 26 - 7:50 PM

Jason Smith fell out of the Wizards' rotation on Sunday.

Head coach Scott Brooks has praised Smith and spoken about finding minutes for him, but it just isn't happening with Ian Mahinmi back in the lineup. There's no reason to think Smith will re-emerge as an asset in any leagues this season.
Feb 26 - 7:49 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood pitched in 11 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 27 minutes of action on Sunday.

It's not a bad return for Hood's owners, especially since he scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting on Friday. The starting job is his to lose and he's shown the ability to produce late-round value when healthy, so it can't hurt to check if he's floating on your waiver wire.
Feb 26 - 7:49 PM

Gordon Hayward lit up the Wizards for a game-high 30 points on Sunday, making 11-of-22 field goals with four 3-pointers, nine rebounds and two assists.

Hayward went just 4-of-8 at the line tonight, unusual for him, but his owners will happily overlook that small defect. He's exceeding expectations this season, averaging career-high numbers in multiple categories, and fantasy owners are reaping top-20 value over the past month.
Feb 26 - 7:48 PM

Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with seven assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and two turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench.

Brogdon helped spark a third-quarter run by the Bucks which put them in the lead, and all 15 of his points came during the second half of action. Brogdon continues to severely outplay starter Matthew Dellavedova, who missed all six of his shot attempts and finished the game with just two boards, three dimes, one steal and one turnover in 24 minutes, but with Jason Kidd at the helm, it's anyone's guess if Brogdon will ever make his way back into the starting five. He's still worth owning, though.
Feb 26 - 7:48 PM

Derrick Favors blocked four shots in 24 minutes vs. the Wizards, adding 10 points and seven rebounds in a 102-92 road victory.

Favors is looking good after getting time off during the All-Star break -- in his past two games he's averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks, while shooting 14-of-23 from the field. His owners' patience is finally starting to pay off, and as long as he stays healthy he should build momentum through the fantasy playoffs.
Feb 26 - 7:48 PM
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