This fantasy basketball season has been littered with big-name injuries (and a few surprise suspensions), which has surely opened the door for a lot of players to see an uptick in minutes and production.
While injury is one avenue to increased fantasy production, it is not the only one, as a number of players have been heating up for their respective teams lately. And in one instance, a former out-of-work NBA All-Star has recently returned to the league, in hopes of finishing his career on a high note.
Here are five waiver wire pickups (one at each position) to consider for Week 5, all owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball leagues.
1. Coby White, PG, Chicago Bulls
The former North Carolina Tar Heel may still be more recognizable for his hair than his game, but that is quickly changing. Coby White had a monster week, kicking things off against the New York Knicks with seven made 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on the way to a career-high 27 points. White poured in another six threes against the Milwaukee Bucks, finishing that game with 26 points. While White should continue to come off the bench, he is seeing close to 30 minutes per game now, and can be a valuable asset in points, 3-pointers and steals (five swipes in his last three games). White is currently available in 53 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
2. Langston Galloway, SG, Detroit Pistons
Langston Galloway has had spurts of success before, most notably during his days with the Knicks. He is in the midst of a heater right now playing for the Detroit Pistons, coming off a week where he averaged 20.3 points per game (PPG), capped off by a career-high 32 points against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. It's unclear what has gotten into Galloway, but his 3-point shooting has been the biggest factor, as he is averaging a career-high 2.3 makes per game from the beyond the arc at a sparkling 46.2 percent clip. Galloway is similar to White, in that he will offer points and threes off the bench as long as he stays hot and is seeing minutes. Owned in just 13 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy basketball leagues, he is a viable pickup, although the Pistons do not play their first game until Wednesday this week.
3. Troy Brown, SF, Washington Wizards
The 15th pick from the 2018 NBA Draft, Troy Brown was hyped entering the season for his potential, but initially sat out with a calf injury. He has been brought along slowly since his return, averaging just 22.4 minutes per game, but has shown some glimpses of his multi-category upside, and is coming off a solid outing against the Minnesota Timberwolves, in which he notched 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Brown won't blow you away with his production anytime soon, but the minutes should continue to creep up, with the possibility of him entering the starting lineup at some point as well. He is owned in just 11 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
4. Carmelo Anthony, PF, Portland Trailblazers
It took long enough, but the Portland Trailblazers finally ended Carmelo Anthony's unofficial retirement by signing the veteran forward to a non-guaranteed contract. The team currently has a big need at power forward, and the Blazers have been starting fellow former Knick Mario Hezonja since Zach Collins went down earlier in the season with a shoulder injury. It all adds up to Melo having a legit shot at starting for the Blazers, and playing up to 30 minutes per game if his conditioning allows for it. This could all go very poorly, but for owners desperate for some production off waivers, Melo is at least worth a flier to see how his latest chance at NBA redemption pans out. He is up to 34 percent owned in Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball leagues.
5. Damian Jones, C, Atlanta Hawks
The fallout from John Collins' 25-game suspension created a nice opportunity for Jabari Parker, and now it looks like another Atlanta Hawks big stands to benefit from the increased playing time. Damian Jones, formerly of the Golden State Warriors, is now starting at center for the Hawks, and while the minutes haven't been great, the production has been solid. Through his first three games this week, Jones has averaged 11 points, 4.6 rebounds, one steal and two blocks per game. He provides a lot of energy for the Hawks' first unit, and seems to be the preferred option over Alex Len, at least for the time being. With Collins out up until just before Christmas, Jones will have the opportunity to thrive for multiple weeks. He is currently available in 96 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.
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