Booms, Busts, Battlestar Galactica: NBA Week 7
If you're looking at your fantasy team and the waiver wire like you're The Weeknd walking through a mirror room at Super Bowl LIV, we got the remedy for you.
Your team may have been more like the Chiefs than the Buccaneers this past week, but we have a list of waiver picks and underperforming studs you may want to look at to solve your fantasy roster needs.
Here are your booms and busts for the last week of NBA action.
Tyrese Haliburton Guard Sacramento Kings
And they said the jumper wouldn't translate. Tyrese Haliburton's unorthodox shooting form is doing just fine in the NBA, as well as his other skills. The rookie averaged 3.3 made threes, 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists with just one turnover per game the last week with a .535/.542/1.000 slash line.
Haliburton has been the steal of the draft so far and it looks like the Kings have found a bright guard to lead them into the future.
Justin Holiday Guard/Forward Indiana Pacers
Justin Holiday was FEELING IT from beyond the arc 👌 22 PTS - 7 3PM - 6 REB - 41.2 FPTS https://t.co/7Vqqj7XCYC— NBA Fantasy (@NBA Fantasy) 1612580490.0
The middle child often gets lost no matter how well they are doing, but the middle Holiday brother shouldn't be overlooked in fantasy basketball after this past week. Justin, younger brother Jrue Holiday and older brother of teammate Aaron Holiday, is hitting .500 percent of his shots averaging 3.5 threes, 14 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals in the last four games.
Like J. Cole, Justin is taking the "middle child" title and succeeding with it.
Norman Powell Guard/Forward Toronto Raptors
Steals are a premium category in 9-cat fantasy basketball and anyone on the waiver wire that can give that to you should be on your team. Throw in a per-game average of 20.3 points, 2.7 three-pointers and 48.8 percent shooting from the field and you have a must-roster player. That's what Norman Powell gave the 71 percent of Yahoo managers who have him last week.
If he is available in your league, snatch him up.
Thaddeus Young Power Forward Chicago Bulls
Yes, Thaddeus Young is still in the NBA and he's still balling out.
With Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr., out, the Bulls have leaned on Young for his overall game and he's rewarded them with 14.5 points on 65.9 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.3 steals and one block a game over the last four contests.
His contributions in six categories and long absences from some key rotation players should put Young in a position to have similar numbers in the next few weeks.
Marvin Bagley III Forward/Center Sacramento Kings
While the Kings may have found a stud in Tyrese Haliburton, Marvin Bagley III isn't living up to his 2nd overall selection. The former Duke Blue Devil is seeing a dip in his minutes and it resulted in an average of 7.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 5.5 rebounds in the last four games.
He has shown flashes of productivity, but the "bust" bells might be ringing louder for Bagley.
Blake Griffin Forward/Center Detroit Pistons
Anyone holding out hope that Blake Griffin will be even a shadow of his former self can give up. In the two games he played last week, the former All-Star averaged 10 points on 27.3 percent shooting from the field and three rebounds per game.
Blake Griffin wasn’t happy about the Pistons being down 23 at the half 😡 https://t.co/ojCsnpPmiv— CBS Sports HQ (@CBS Sports HQ) 1612328158.0
Anyone holding onto him in their fantasy lineups should free themselves of his meager services.
Russell Westbrook Guard Washington Wizards
Westbrook's time with the Wizards has been anything but productive, and fantasy managers are kicking themselves for contributing to his 21.4 ADP on Yahoo. In three games last week, the former MVP averaged 14 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists, making 0.3 threes and turning the ball over five times in that span of time.
The highest paid players of 2021: LeBron James - $95.4M Stephen Curry - $74.4M Kevin Durant - $65.2M Russell Westb… https://t.co/XZ0mQxVQpz— NBA Central (@NBA Central) 1612192363.0
With Washington short on talent, he will have plenty of chances to impact the game, but his already shaky efficiency doesn't appear to be improving any time soon.
R.J. Barrett Guard/Forward New York Knicks
The Maple Mamba was more "Maple" than "Mamba" last week, averaging 13 points on 13 shots a game with only 0.8 made threes. He has also only registered one steal in the last four games and turned the ball over 10 times.
Barrett can only go up from this and managers will need to be patient with the second-year player, but it isn't fun to hold onto him in this kind of slump.