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Deep Waivers: J-Rich Revenge

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

Note: Yahoo roster rates (%) are accurate as of the time of publish and are subject to change.


Josh Richardson, Miami Heat (39%)


I know Richardson’s name is unbearable to mention in certain parts of the fantasy community, and I completely understand that perspective. But Richardson’s defense was always going to keep him on the floor through his struggles on the offensive end, and now he’s beginning to reward Erik Spoelstra’s continued faith in him by producing on that side of the ball.


With eligibility at three (!) positions and averages of 16.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 2.5 triples on 27-of-48 (56.3%) over his last four games, it’s time to pick Richardson up if he’s been dropped in your league.


Larry Nance Jr., Los Angeles Lakers (47%)


Missing time with a broken hand didn’t stop Nance from sliding right back into LA’s starting lineup, and although his return has coincided with a current four-game losing streak, the athletic big fella has averaged 7.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks on 13-of-25 (52%) shooting during that stretch. Although he’s in a crowded frontcourt rotation alongside Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma, Nance should consistently see 25-30 minutes dependent upon the matchup due to the fact that he brings a certain set of intangibles to the table.


Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves (39%)


Tom Thibodeau is a coach who loves players he can trust, and when the Timberwolves signed Taj Gibson last summer—a move that surprised some—it was the beginning of the end for Dieng in the starting five alongside Karl-Anthony Towns.


Anyone who has held on this long has to be feeling at least decent about the fact that the big man has come to life over the last four games, but it’s important to note that Nemanja Bjelica (foot) has missed the last six contests and Dieng has only managed to crack 25 minutes once during that time. Thibodeau rides his starters harder than Mike D’Antoni rode Linsanity, but Dieng’s averages of 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals during the aforementioned stretch has him back on the radar in formats where he was given up on due to consistent frustration.


Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets (30%)


Faried has been a walking double-double since being taken out of the freezer with averages of 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds over his last five games, but the issue with The Manimal is the same as it’s always been when he’s seeing minutes. The points and rebounds are nice, but he offers nothing else in the box score. Faried is a rebounds specialist whose fantasy floor and ceiling are the same.


Tyler Ulis, Phoenix Suns (10%)

I guarantee that Ulis will be rostered in more formats by the time you read this sentence than what’s referenced above. That's because Tuesday’s impressive win versus the Sixers—in which Ulis posted season-high marks in minutes (37) and assists (12)—will make the nightly national roundup for good reason. With Ulis trending in the right direction given his averages of 11.3 points, 2.3 boards, 6.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 3-pointers in Phoenix’s last four outings, now is the time to grab Ulis off the wire.


Garrett Temple, Sacramento Kings (4%)


Temple is far from the most exciting player to have on a fantasy roster of any size, but he’s seen 30-plus minutes in three of Sacramento’s last four contests and is averaging 14.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 2.8 3-pointers on 18-of-34 (52.9%) shooting.


Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks (1%)


You’ve got to be in a league with a barren waiver wire to be floating down this far—think 20-plus teams on this one—but the veteran is making some noise in the Dallas backcourt of late with averages of 13.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal, and 2.0 3-pointers over his last four matchups.

Ethan Norof
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