Brent Carlson, writer at Basketball.Razzball.com and host of the Razzball Fantasy Basketball Podcast, brings you his top waiver adds for week 3 of the 2018-19 fantasy basketball season. Please Like, Subscribe, and Share to help the channel grow.
Remember, this is mainly for 12 team leagues, but some of these guys could be available in deeper leagues.
5. Miles Bridges – Charlotte Hornets
Bridges was a hot end of the draft and early free agent pick-up because of his awesome summer league and preseason. But in the first 2 weeks of the season he barely saw the court and it looked like the Hornets were going to bring him along slowly. Then 2 games ago bridges got a chance in garbage time and put up 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 26 minutes. The very next game he got 30 minutes of actual time in a close game and put up 14 points and 3 threes on of 5 of 9 shooting. While those aren’t league-winning numbers, it shows a really positive trend for a guy who was probably dropped in your league but showed his potential just a few short weeks ago in the preseason. The Hornets are struggling to be better than mediocre and they aren’t going to hold Bridges back much longer. Add him now and I bet you get that satisfying “you beat me to it” message. Don’t burn this Bridges.
4. Monte Morris – Denver Nuggets
When Will Barton went down with a hip injury that will cost him over a month of recovery time, everyone wondered who would step up and fill the void. Torrey Craig and Trey Lyles were the popular choices, but their failure to take advantage has been Monte Morris’ gain. It sounds cliché, but Morris was the talk of training camp and one of the best guards in the Summer League. In his last 2 games, Morris is averaging: 28 minutes, 15 points, 1 three, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 0 turnovers. It’s a small sample size but once he does it again then someone is going to grab him. Wouldn’t you rather he be on your team when it happens? He also has 4 games this week, so what are you waiting for? Make a deal with this Monte.
3. Shay Gilgeous-Alexander – Los Angeles Clippers
SGA is another guy you would be grabbing a little ahead of his time, but the stats are quickly starting to catch up to the hype. He has already pushed Patrick Beverley to the fantasy scrap heap and he is also getting minutes at the 2 and the 3 spots. He is a point guard who can guard multiple positions and allow the Clippers to switch everything which is so important in today’s NBA. The shooting is still coming along, but the rebounds, assists and steals are pushing into elite territory for a point guard. His best games will have Ben Simmons type lines with less blocks but more 3s. and his bad games should still give you steals, rebounds and assists. SGA is a safe guy to have at the end of your bench who could make you look like a genius in a month or 2. SGA all the way.
2. Elie Okobo – Phoenix Suns
Despite only having 1 good game this season, Okobo comes in at number 2 because of the opportunity he has in front of him. The Phoenix Suns play at a super fast pace and the point guard is the engine. The Suns do not really want to play their star Devin Booker at the 1 and they have yet to trade for a starting caliber point guard. Isaiah Cannon got the job at the start of the season and played just ok. Then in their last game Cannon went down with an ankle injury and Okobo got the call and boy did he answer it. He finished the game with 31 minutes, 3 threes, 18 points on 5 of 9 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. We don’t know the severity of cannon’s ankle injury right now, but the Suns are rebuilding and would be smart to just let Okobo run the team to see what he can do. Teams don’t always do the smart thing, however, so grabbing Okobo is a gamble, but one that could pay off nicely. I say, go go for Okobo.
1. Zach Collins – Portland Trailblazers
I will start by saying that Collins may have already been grabbed in your league. Yes, I get that, and if he was, then pretend that Okobo is number 1 and you never saw this part of the video. That being said, Collins is still available in 60% of yahoo leagues and you need to make sure that your league is not 1 of them. Collins had a rough rookie after becoming the first Gonzaga player to be a 1 and done. This season, however, is a different story. Collins started the year by blocking 6 shots in the first game while scoring 6 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. This is the first 666 game I’ve seen but don’t let that scare you. He has multiple blocked shots, double digit scoring and has hit a three in 3 out of 5 games so far. That is really good from your center position. His ability to stretch the floor has him playing next Jusuf Nurkic during games which is allowing Collins to get more minutes. Warning, there will be some duds here and there, but the upside is just too good to pass up right now. It’s time for a Zach attack.