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Deep Waivers: Feb. 9, 2016

by Ethan Norof
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Note: All players must have an ownership rate that does not exceed 25 percent on Yahoo!

 

We already talked about Wesley Johnson in The Specialists this week, and it’s pretty ridiculous he’s still only on 14% of Yahoo rosters.

 

Raul Neto, PG Utah Jazz (1%)

 

Raul Neto certainly isn’t the sexiest name on the waiver wire, but there’s no denying his growing role for a team that needs him to find success in the opportunity. Despite Alec Burks (leg) targeting a return following the All-Star break, Neto has undoubtedly improved as the season has progressed, earning a stable role in Quin Snyder’s rotation.

 

Averaging 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples over his last four games, Neto is also shooting a very solid 48.6% from the floor. To be clear: The 23-year-old rookie isn’t someone you need to grab immediately, but you should be monitoring his production from the waiver wire if you’ve got a guard you need to release.

 

Gerald Henderson, G/F Portland Trail Blazers (9%)

 

The Blazers are showcasing Gerald Henderson for a trade as the veteran swingman gets healthy, and Hendo is now playing with the familiar bounce that he had prior to offseason hip surgery.  Entering Tuesday’s contest vs. Memphis, Henderson had averaged 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and a triple on 54.5% shooting.

 

Although he’s likely nothing more than a (very) short-term add for a fantasy team that has a rotating roster spot, there is a chance Henderson isn’t moved and he winds up playing a steady role with Portland as the Blazers make a surprise playoff push. You could pick up a much crustier player.

 

Tyler Zeller, F/C Boston Celtics (6%)

 

The biggest hurdle to Tyler Zeller carving out sustainable fantasy value is an unclear role, but he’s officially thrown his hat into the ring for more playing time. Despite Jared Sullinger’s recent surge in productivity, Zeller has taken advantage of getting new life in the rotation, averaging 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over his last four games.

 

Kelly Olynyk is again on the outside looking in, and though Brad Stevens likes to shuffle through his frontcourt options like a Las Vegas dealer through several decks of cards, Zeller offers some short-term upside for those in need of a boost in the big man department.  

 

Jerryd Bayless, G Milwaukee Bucks (13%)

 

After a brief stint where it looked like Michael Carter-Williams was finding his comfort zone in Milwaukee’s starting five, MCW has begun to struggle once again. Checking in with just 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals over his last six games, Carter-Williams has seen fewer than 30 minutes in four of his last five games.

 

Jerryd Bayless has very clearly earned Jason Kidd’s trust, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the MCW trade rumors began to heat up given Milwaukee’s need for shooting. If Carter-Williams were to be moved to a new destination, Bayless would immediately become a must-add. For now, he’s just a speculative grab in deeper formats. 

Ethan Norof
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