The Los Angeles Clippers are disproportionately represented in this edition of the fantasy basketball waiver wire column. With Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on the sidelines, the boys in blue need all their bit players to step up and make a contribution. We’ve got three of them highlighted this week.
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Best Pickups Feb 2nd
Alec Burks – New York – PG/SG/SF – 32% rostered
11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 1.9 3PT/G, 38.6% FG, 82.4% FT, 1.0 tpg
Hey, I warned you last week that Alec Burks was a boom or bust player, and he lived up to that billing since that time. Three points then 10 points then 21 points was his output since I wrote about him in last week’s fantasy basketball waiver wire column. He seems like he could be heating up again, as last game his stat line was 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal, and four threes.
Eric Bledsoe – Clippers – PG/SG – 28%
9.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.4 bpg, 1.0 3PT/G, 42.0% FG, 75.9% FT, 2.2 tpg
Veteran guard Eric Bledsoe moves up to the #2 spot this week on the fantasy basketball waiver wire list. Over the past four games, he’s averaged 12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, and 1.5 spg. A pretty darn impressive, full stat line for a player hardly rostered in fantasy. And it would have been better if not for a three-point effort two games ago.
Malik Beasley – Minnesota – PG/SG – 29%
12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.2 bpg, 2.8 3PT/G, 37.0% FG, 74.3% FT, 0.7 tpg
We continue our run of combo guards with the Wolves’ Malik Beasley. In the four games Minnesota played in the past week, the sixth-year man averaged 12.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg, while hitting nine three-pointers. However, we also continue our streak of streaky players – he scored four, then 26, then 8, then 12 points in the four games. Maybe just pick him up after a bad game, then drop him after a good one?!
Amir Coffey – Clippers – SF – 44%
8.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.3 bpg, 1.4 3PT/G, 46.4% FG, 88.7% FT, 0.5 tpg
We’ll bid the guards adieu and next profile Clippers small forward Amir Coffey, who is having a breakout year this season in L.A. Take the past week (four games): 17.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, and 11 three-pointers made. A damn good stat line for a fantasy basketball waiver wire player, and with L.A.’s star players still sidelined, hopefully he’ll keep getting a chance to shine.
Luke Kennard – Clippers – SG/SF – 47%
12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.1 bpg, 2.8 3PT/G, 43.7% FG, 90.0% FT, 0.8 tpg
As mentioned, I’m going Clippers-heavy this week, as we stick in L.A. and suggest Luke Kennard as a good pickup for you. He thudded back to earth last game, only putting up two points, but before that he had a six-game run of double-digit scoring games. He’ll get you threes, points, and decent board and assist numbers. Plus, as mentioned above, the Clippers have plenty of opportunities available.
Justin Holiday – Indiana – SG/SF – 40%
11.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.4 bpg, 2.6 3PT/G, 41.7% FG, 82.9% FT, 1.0 tpg
Finally, we head to Indiana for one of the Holiday brothers, Justin. He’s scored in double-figures in eight of his last 10 games, with plenty of threes, boards, and assists. In his last game, he put up 13 points, five rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and three three-pointers. Not too shabby at all.