As we hit Week 3 of the fantasy basketball season, rotations continue to evolve, as injuries and other factors force NBA coaches to make necessary adjustments. As a result, we have some new players to consider off the waiver wire as either short-term or long-term plays.
Below are five players to grab, one at each position, all owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball leagues.
1. Markelle Fultz, PG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz received a mammoth boost to his value Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets, as he was inserted into the starting lineup over D.J. Augustin. He had a quiet game, with only nine points in 25 minutes, but a permanent move to the starting five can have a significant impact on the third-year guard (and former top overall draft pick) going forward. Fultz is averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 assists per game in just 22 minutes, and could see those numbers increase if he gets closer to 30 minutes per contest as a starter. He is available in 76 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
2. Danuel House Jr., SG, Houston Rockets
With a starting gig in the Houston Rockets' small ball lineup, Danuel House Jr. has impressed so far this season, averaging 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 threes and 1.0 blocks per game. House's ability to contribute across the stat sheet kind of makes him the Rockets' new version of Trevor Ariza, and he should continue being an asset in three pointers and defensive stats, as long as he is averaging 30 minutes per game as he currently does. House is owned in 35 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
3. Eric Pascall, SF, Golden State Warriors
It's shocking to see what the Golden State Warriors lineup has become, as they will now be without Steph Curry for at least three months after the former two-time MVP broke his hand. With Klay Thompson likely out for the whole year, the team will have to search far and wide for contributors this season. Eric Pascall, a 2019 second-round pick out of Villanova, has been one of the players to step up the most this year. He is averaging 13.8 points per game, and is coming off a season-high 25 points against the Charlotte Hornets. Pascall (owned in 28 percent of Y! leagues) can chip in a little in the defensive categories too, and makes for a solid pickup in deeper leagues thanks to his increased role going forward.
4. Jabari Parker, PF, Atlanta Hawks
Despite his career has been derailed by serious knee injuries, Jabari Parker has found a new home with the Atlanta Hawks this season. While he was brought in to have a scoring role off the bench, Parker may start pushing Alex Len for more minutes with the first unit, which would bump starting power forward John Collins to center. Parker played a season-high 25 minutes against the Miami Heat on Thursday, scoring a season-high 23 points. If he can see minutes in the 25-28 range, Parker can be a solid contributor in points, rebounds and threes. He is available in 88 percent of Y! leagues.
5. Dwight Howard, C, Los Angeles Lakers
No one knew what to expect when the Los Angeles Lakers signed Dwight Howard this summer, but the veteran big man has actually acclimated quite well in his second stint with the Lake Show. In just 21.2 minutes off the bench, Howard is averaging 7.2 rebounds and an elite 2.4 blocks per game. More importantly, he was used over JaVale McGee in the Lakers' big win against the Dallas Mavericks Friday night, playing all of the fourth quarter and overtime. Howard (49 percent owned in Y! leagues) can be a great asset for blocks in just 20 minutes per game, but can become a must-own player if he is able to unseat McGee for the starting gig at center.
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