NBA Fantasy: 6 waiver wire targets ahead of Week 12

Kelly Olynyk of Utah Averaged 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 56% from the field.

Week 12 brings a unique schedule. 13 teams will play four matches each. Two teams play only once each. With that in mind, let's look at some of the best discount wire options still available in most Yahoo leagues.


Duncan Robinson, Miami Heat (52% available)

Robinson has last season's disappointing campaign firmly in the rearview mirror. He once again became an important member of the Heat rotation, logging 29 minutes per game. Injuries played a part in his much-needed heat, but he didn't let the opportunity go to waste. He is shooting 47.4% from the field, including 43.4% from behind the arc.

Because Robinson is so efficient, he averages 3.1 3-pointers per game. Also notable is his 3.1 assists per game. The Heat will play four games over the next two weeks, which could put Robinson on the waiver wire.


Trace Jackson-Davis, Golden State Warriors (60% available)

While it hasn't been a complete youth movement for the Warriors, they are giving more minutes to their young players. Jonathan Kuminga is the starting five and first-round pick Brandin Botzimski has averaged 29 minutes over their last 16 games. Both players have proven valuable and can be in key roles.

Another newcomer who has made an impact recently is Jackson-Davis. He is averaging 10.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks over his last nine games (two starts). Draymond Green (suspension) is out and Kevon Looney has seen his playing time decrease, so Jackson-Davis could be in a more prominent role.

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Kelly Olynyk, Utah Jazz (63% available)

After logging 29 minutes per game last season, Olynyk is averaging just 22 minutes per game this season. He saw his scoring numbers dip, but overall, he remained fantasy relevant with averages of 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 0.9 steals. He has become more efficient in his new role, shooting 56.0% from the field and 40.3% from behind the arc.

At some point, the Jazz should consider trading Olynyk and giving Walker Kesler more playing time. Olynyk isn't part of their long-term plans, and they won't make the playoffs this season. While that could hurt Olynyk in the long run, his current role makes him a likely addition to the Jazz to play four games over the next two weeks.


Nick Richards, Charlotte Hornets (65% available)

The Hornets haven't officially ruled out long-term Mark Williams and haven't provided any updates on his status, but Williams has missed each of their last 12 games. Given the lack of updates, it doesn't look encouraging for him to return to the site anytime soon.

With Williams out, Richards moved into the starting lineup. In those 12 games, Richards averaged 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 68.1% from the field. The Hornets will play four times in Week 12, making Richards a priority for teams in need of a big man.


Larry Nance Jr., New Orleans Pelicans (79% available)

Injuries persist nance. He never played more than 67 games in a season in his career. It was another injury-plagued campaign that limited him to 18 games. When he was healthy early in the season, he averaged just 16 minutes in the Pelicans' first 10 games.

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Since returning from his most recent stint on the sideline, Nance has logged at least 20 minutes in four straight games. In that span, he averaged 8.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Playing three games in each of the next four weeks, the Pelicans don't have the most favorable schedules, but those looking for some rebounds in deeper leagues could do worse than discounting Nance.


Jalen Smith, Indiana Pacers (89% available)

As we delve even deeper into league formats, Smith falls on our radar. Despite being limited to 19 minutes per game last season, Smith averaged 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers. He saw his playing time drop to 16 minutes per game this season, but that didn't stop him from contributing 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 3-pointers. Notably, he is shooting 66.4% from the field, which may be unsustainable since he has never finished a season shooting higher than 50.3% during his career.

The reason to consider taking Smith is that he has started each of the last five games. During that span, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers in 20 minutes per game. The Pacers play at the fastest pace in the league and will land four touchdowns in each of the next four weeks, so Smith's new role is appealing to him.

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