Fantasy Basketball Pickups Following NBA Opening Night

By David Hayes
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The 2019 NBA regular season is officially underway, and that means that fantasy basketball season is also back in full force. Now that we've had a chance to see most teams take the court, here's a look at four early fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups for Week 1.

1. PJ Washington, PF, Charlotte Hornets

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PJ Washington was outstanding in his NBA debut for the Charlotte Hornets in their season opener against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. In a game that saw the Hornets blow a 16-point lead, only to battle back from down 10 in the fourth quarter and win, 126-125, Washington led Charlotte in scoring with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting and 7-of-11 from deep in a team-high 38 minutes of action. Washington is owned in only 15.8 percent of ESPN Fantasy Basketball leagues.

2. Fred VanVleet, PG, Toronto Raptors

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Fred VanVleet appeared to carry over some of his NBA Finals' magic into the Toronto Raptors' season opener Tuesday night, matching Pascal Siakam's team-high 34 points. VanVleet, however, outshined Siakam from an efficiency standpoint, going 12-for-18 from the floor and 5-for-7 from beyond the arc, tacking on seven assists and five boards in 44 minutes of action. He's owned in 51 percent of ESPN Fantasy Basketball leagues.

3. Danny Green, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers

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Danny Green made franchise history with a record-setting performance in his Los Angeles Lakers' debut Tuesday night. Green's team-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 7-of-9 from deep were the most by any Laker in their debut, placing his name ahead of the likes of LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which is a great one-game pace, to say the least. He's extremely unlikely to sustain that level of production, but Green is owned in 44.8 percent of ESPN Fantasy Basketball leagues and could be a great source of 3-pointers going forward.

4. Tyler Herro, SG, Miami Heat

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The second rookie on this list and, like Washington, a former Kentucky Wildcat, Tyler Herro is another first-year talent that should see heavy usage this season. While he didn't show the same shooting accuracy that made him a star at Kentucky in his NBA debut, shooting 6-of-14, his fantasy owners have to be excited about his 34 minutes of action that produced 14 points, eight boards and two steals Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Herro is currently owned in 43.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Basketball leagues.


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Stuart Easton is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Stuart Easton also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username stueast13. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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