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Time to add Austin Rivers before he cools off

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers

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There weren’t too many developments Wednesday, so our list of pickups includes a couple of guys rostered in less than 20% of Yahoo leagues as well as a reminder to add some guys whose roster percentages are sure to start climbing rapidly in the coming days and weeks.

Austin Rivers (5%): Rivers has shot the ball as if the basket is an ocean over his last four games (three starts), knocking down 73.5% of his total field goal attempts and 70% of his three-pointers. In that blistering stretch, he’s averaged 17.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 3.5 triples. He’s ranked 17th in per-game fantasy value over the last week, yet his roster percentage remains at a paltry 5%. We can’t reconcile this travesty, but anyone reading this should consider adding Rivers. He’ll remain a quality streamer for as long as Jordan McLaughlin and/or Kyle Anderson are out.

Aaron Nesmith (18%): He’s ranked inside the top-40 fantasy players over the last week, yet just like Rivers, he’s flying way under the radar. Across his last three, Nesmith boasts averages of 17.3 points, 6.7 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 triples while shooting 63.6% from the floor. Nesmith has supplanted Jalen Smith in Indiana’s starting five, and that appears to be the norm rather than a trend.

James Wiseman (19%): Can we really trust Wiseman? Sure, his career-high 30 points were great against Brooklyn but they came in a 30-point loss. Garbage time is garbage time, and in the realm of fantasy hoops, we’ll take all we can get. Wiseman has logged back-to-back games with at least 20 minutes, and the Warriors have lost by at least 30 in each of those contests. Wiseman is worth a speculative pickup on the chance that Steve Kerr finally decides to give him meaningful minutes consistently. The upside is there, and we’re hopeful that it finally intersects with opportunity.

Immanuel Quickley (17%): Quentin Grimes sat out Wednesday, and IQ filled in admirably with 20 points, two rebounds, an assist and six triples across 34 minutes in the starting lineup. It was a nice follow-up to the 22/4/2/2/1 he logged off the bench Monday, and Quickley will be a viable streamer if Grimes is forced to miss time moving forward.

And please remember to add Thomas Bryant (59%). I can’t stress this enough, people! Anthony Davis is going to be out for a while, and Tommy B has been ballin’ in his absence. Over his last four games, Bryant has averaged 17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 triples. Yep, he’s fantasy gold off the waiver wire, and your time to add him is running out.

Others worth a look: Markelle Fultz (59%), A.J. Griffin (20%), Moritz Wagner (52%), Dennis Schröder (14%), Victor Oladipo (26%)