Top 5 Forwards Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups
Under The Radar Forwards That Fantasy Basketball Team Owners Should Keep An Eye On
The NBA season has officially gotten started, and there have already been many exciting story lines so far. One of the top story lines in the early part of the NBA season is the offensive surge around the league. Teams are scoring at a higher rate than ever before, thanks to the pace and space league wide philosophy. This is an exciting development for fantasy basketball owners, as each team now has multiple high upside options. With that being said, here is a look at some waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your team.
Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks
Finney-Smith is an athletic wing player who has shown a lot of potential in his first two years in Dallas. However, Finney-Smith’s jumper has been a major liability during his first two years in the league, as he shot under 40 percent along with a low three point percentage during his first two years in the league. However, Finney-Smith appears ready to become a solid NBA contributor in his 3rd year. Finney-Smith has started the year strong, shooting over 50 percent from the field, along with 41 percent from three point range. While Finney-Smith’s percentages may come down over the next few weeks, he could be a great addition to your fantasy team if he has a legitimate NBA jump shot now.
Wendell Carter, Jr. Chicago Bulls
The 7th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, Carter Jr has been impressive throughout his early career, starting with his debut at Summer League. Carter has showcased a smooth jumper early this season that extends out to three point range. There were questions about Carter’s defense, but he has been an adequate defender so far, and his two blocks per game can help your fantasy team. Carter Jr figures to get better as he gets adjusted to the NBA game, but he’s off to a good start, as he is averaging 11 points a game.
Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are off to a 9-1 start to their season, and they look like real contenders to make The NBA Finals this year. Part of that is the play of Siakam, who appears ready for a breakout season. Siakam is shooting 60 percent from the field, due to better shot selection and the overhaul of The Raptors’ offense, which has made it easier for Siakam to get the ball in his spots. Siakam is consistently attacking the rim.
James Ennis III, Houston Rockets
Houston signed Ennis to help shore up their defense this year after they lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute during the off season. While Ennis is known as a defensive specialist, he is shooting over 43 percent from three point range to start the season.
Mike Muscala, Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers need shooting in order to space the floor for their star slashers, and Muscala provides that. He should receive plenty of playing time as long as he hits enough threes to open up driving lanes for Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.