Pickup of Fantasy Basketball waiver leads: Week 18

Isaiah Stewart has seen some serious minutes lately and might be worth adding to your league.

This weekly column will highlight players registered in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues which can help you determine fantastic glory.

In week 17, 19 teams will play four games while the rest will play three. TOR are the only team to play two games. 19 teams (ATL, BOS, BKN, CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, DET, HOU, LAC, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC and SAS) will play back to back together. To consult the complete programming schedule with offensive rhythm notes, click on HERE.


Vernon Carey Jr. (C – CHA): 1% registered
Carey Jr. started Friday night and played 35 minutes, contributing 21 points, one three points, six rebounds, one assist and one block. He attempted 14 shots and had a use rate of 18.3. PJ Washington, who plays a ton of small-ball center, was absent from this game, which contributed to Carey’s high minutes. That said, the Hornets are not contenders, and Borrego said he was impressed with Carey and wanted to experience different lineups. It would make sense to see what they have in young players, which could mean Carey has a ton of minutes left as the regular season ends.

Marcus Morris Sr. (PF / C – BAC): 32% enrolled
Morris was one of the top 55 players in the last three games leading up to Sunday, averaging 33.7 minutes, 23.3 points, 3.7 three points and 5.3 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard dropped those games, so Morris saw an increase in minutes, shot attempts and usage. Even when Paul George and Leonard are playing, Morris averages about 29 minutes and 11 attempted shots. He can score low in the post, but it’s his ability to shoot from the perimeter and extend the ground that makes him valuable.

Isaiah Stewart (PF / C – DET): 30% enrolled
Stewart played 24 and 32 minutes in the last two games, contributing 19 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in one game and 15 points, 21 rebounds and two blocks in the other. Detroit will give its young players more run at the end of the season, and Stewart will be a big beneficiary.

Naji Marshall (SF – NO): 9% registered
In the last two games, Marshall started once and came off the bench for the other. He played 33 minutes in both games, however, and was in the closing roster. He contributed 16 points, two three points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals in one game and 14 points, three three points, nine rebounds, four assists and one block in the other. Its usage rate was 17 and 16 in these games. The minutes could go down, as it’s still unclear how the rotations will play out, but he seems to have at least played a big role.

Trevor Ariza (SG / SF – MIA): 8% registered
An old man, but … No, I’m not even going. He is old, however. That said, he’s been one of the top 70 players in the last four games, averaging 27.6 minutes, 12.5 points, 2.8 three points, four rebounds, two assists, 1.3 steals. and 0.8 blocks. His usage rate was 17. He starts, plays decent minutes, and can deliver production at all levels.

Killian Hayes (PG / SG – DET): 20% enrolled
In the last two games, Hayes has played 27 and 25 minutes. He’s not a goalscorer and shoots 33% from the field, but he can provide defensive stats and assists. He suffered injuries in the backcourt and likely won’t play back-to-back, but the Pistons will develop their young players to end the season.

Facundo Campazzo (PG – DEN): 11% registered
Campazzo saw his minutes drop to 26 per game following Jamal Murray’s injury. However, its usage rate is only around 11, so the points will not be large. He provides three points, assists and steals. Monte Morris has just had a hamstring injury, which allows him to see a rise within minutes. PJ Dozier (2% registered) is also an option to get more playing time due to the injuries of Murray and Morris.

Daniel Gafford (C – WAS): 22% registered
Gafford has four blocks in each of the last two games. He also caught eight and seven rebounds while scoring eight and 18 points. In those games, his utilization rate was 22 and 26. He played 26 minutes in one game, but only 16 in the other. In the previous three games, he averaged 16 minutes. Alex Len is now injured, so Gafford could see playing time in the mid-20s.

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