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Mid-week fantasy basketball waiver wire targets

We evaluate who the best mid-week waiver wire candidates for fantasy basketball.

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson works out prior to their game against the San Antonio Spurs at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve made it to Week 19 of the NBA season and we’re post-All-Star Break, so this is your last chance to pick up some talent for your fantasy basketball roster. Depending on your league settings, we’ve also got the fantasy basketball trade deadline approaching on Feb. 28th at Noon on ESPN. We want to help you maximize the potential of your lineups. Here are some names to consider adding on the waiver wire for Week 19.

Jordan Clarkson, SG, UTA (69.1 percent owned on ESPN)

The Utah Jazz need more backcourt production, and they aren’t getting it from Mike Conley Jr. The team has been debating removing the veteran guard from the starting lineup due to his failure to live up to expectations while Clarkson has found new life since being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is averaging 20.5 points per game while logging nearly 27 minutes per contest over the course of the last 10 games. It appears like Clarkson will continue to carry a heavy offensive workload moving forward.

Dario Saric, SF/PF, PHX (41.4 percent)

Kelly Oubre Jr. is dealing with a knee injury this week and is expected to be out for an undisclosed amount of time. The Suns have limited depth at power forward, and Saric is starting in Wednesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. Cameron Johnson is behind Saric on the depth chart, but his small frame is more suited for wing play. Saric can score at all three levels and is a decent rebounder as well. While he might not be logging starter minutes for long, he’s worth q pickup because of the spike in production he’ll probably get.

Gorgui Dieng, C, MEM (32.6 percent)

Dieng proved he could be a valuable center while filling in for Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota, and now injuries have opened the door for him to become an impact player again. Brandon Clarke (quad) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) are both out, making Dieng the primary backup to Jonas Valanciunas at center. Dieng enters Wednesday having posted 14 points and 10 rebounds in back-to-back games while logging more than 20 minutes per contest. Clarke and Jackson are both expected to be out at least two weeks, and the only other player who could play some center is Jordan Bell. Dieng has the perfect situation, and you should strike while the iron’s hot.