Heading into Week 6 of this messy NBA season, we have another edition of fantasy basketball waiver wire. Last week featured some incredible individual performances which include the first triple-double performance with blocks of this season. The culprit of that was none other than Clint Capela. He had 13 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. As each week has gone by this season, the good waiver wire pickups have become harder to find. With that said, here are some short-term replacements for your fantasy team.
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Targets: Week 6
Kendrick Nunn has been on fire for the Miami Heat recently. Over the last four games, he’s averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and four assists on 56 percent shooting from the field. Before Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro were sidelined, he fell out of the Heat rotation. This is a welcome sight for Miami. It’s clear that Nunn has regained the confidence he had during his strong rookie campaign. At this point, it is very likely that Nunn will be in the rotation even when Butler and Herro make their returns. As for fantasy owners, feel free to add him especially with Butler and Herro still sidelined.
Cole Anthony has strung together some nice performances for the Orlando Magic as of late. That includes the game-winner he had against the Timberwolves. In his last three games, he has averaged 12 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists on 52 percent shooting from the field. With Markelle Fultz out for the rest of the season, the Magic rookie will continue to get more playing time. Anthony is still available in most fantasy leagues if you want to add him to your team.
Wayne Ellington has been shooting lights out recently for the Detroit Pistons. In his last four games, he averaged 18.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists while shooting 55 percent for the field. Furthermore, he averaged 5.3 three-pointers made over those four games. Another positive for Ellington is that he has been getting a lot of playing time as a starter. Ellington is still available in fantasy leagues so feel free to add him to your team and take advantage of his hot shooting streak.
Naz Reid has had some strong performances as of late. In his last three games, he averaged 15.7 points, five rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 2.6 blocks while shooting 64 percent from the field. With Karl-Anthony Towns still sidelined due to a positive COVID test, Reid will continue to see the bulk of the playing time at the center position for the Timberwolves. Reid is still available in many fantasy leagues, owners can feel free to add him and keep him on their teams until Towns returns.
DeMarcus Cousins came off of a superb performance against the Dallas Mavericks. He put 28 points, 17 rebounds, and added five assists after a horrendous start to the season. Perhaps this is the start of Cousins’ redemption tour after suffering some gruesome injuries in the past couple of years. With Christian Wood sidelined the past couple of games due to an ankle injury, Cousins has seen 31.5 minutes on the floor. However, his playing time will likely be affected when Wood returns for the Houston Rockets.
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