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We're in the final stretch of the NBA season right now, and this is the perfect time for diligent fantasy owners to capitalize on their league mate's inactivity. So let's take a look at four NBA waiver wire pickups who could win you your fantasy championship.
4. Caris LeVert (SG/SF – Brooklyn Nets)
After suffering a devastating ankle injury in November, most assumed LeVert's season was over. However, LeVert returned to the court in early February. While his play has been up-and-down since returning, he's shown an ability to impact the game in all major categories, averaging 3.0 RPG, 5.7 APG and 2.0 SPG. If LeVert regains his shooting stroke down the stretch, he's an excellent pickup.
3. Jahlil Okafor (C – New Orleans Pelicans)
Jahlil Okafor was experiencing a career-resurgence before an ankle injury slowed his progress. As a result, Okafor was dropped in approximately 27.2 percent of leagues, which means he's currently owned in just 26.0 percent of leagues.
The New Orleans Pelicans are carefully managing Anthony Davis' minutes going forward, so Okafor has a decent chance of regaining big minutes once he's healthy. Okafor averaged 14.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG and 1.5 BPG as a starter, while shooting 62.4 percent from the field. If someone dropped Okafor in your league, snatch him up as soon as possible.
2. Bobby Portis (PF – Washington Wizards)
With the recent Markieff Morris trade, Bobby Portis is firmly entrenched as the Washington Wizards' starter at PF. In his four games with the Wizards, Portis is averaging 19.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG while shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from beyond the arc. Portis will likely regress to the mean, but he's only owned in 40.4 percent of leagues, making him a great target.
1. Jonathan Isaac (PF/SF – Orlando Magic)
Jonathan Isaac is finally flashing the potential that made him the No. 6 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. Over his last five games, the second-year pro is averaging 15.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.8 BPG and 1.0 SPG while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from 3-point range. If Isaac keeps up this pace, he's a potential league winner. Isaac is only owned in 24.8 percent of leagues.
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