We’re halfway through Week 3 of the NBA season and I hope that you’re fantasy basketball team is doing better than mine! That isn’t to say I’m doing poorly, but sending some good juju never hurt anyone before. So if you’re looking for help in a deeper format — think 12-14 team leagues — then we’re going to give you a little bit fo waiver wire advice at the point guard position. Here are a few players you can look to add if you’re streaming or need a replacement long-term.
Delon Wright, Detroit Pistons
Ownership: 54.2 percent
The Pistons just lost rookie guard Killian Hayes to a labral tear in his hip. That should keep him on the shelf for an extended period of time. With that, we should see Wright re-enter the starting lineup. My only red flag is that we’ve seen Wright benched in certain situations for disciplinary reasons before.
If he can stay out of the dog house, Wright has a fast-track to playing time. He’s averaging 12.3 points and 4.9 assists per 36 minutes this season. It’s safe to assume those numbers could move up a bit if he actually does get 30-plus minutes per game. In the one game Wright played over 30 minutes this season, he dropped 19 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists against the Cavaliers. With the Pistons shorthanded against Atlanta, Wright came off the bench and scored 18 points in 22 minutes. So we know he’s capable and can provide decent category coverage.
Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs
Ownership: 11.3 percent
Mills is quietly putting together a very good season for the Spurs. He’s averaging 14.4 points on some insane shooting splits — 50.8 percent from the floor and 57.5 percent from beyond the arc. Mills has scored in double figures in six of seven games this season and is coming off a season-high 27 points against the Clippers on Tuesday, shooting 8-of-12 from distance. The Spurs aren’t getting Derrick White back anytime soon. The rotation is pretty thing at around 8-9 players for Pop. This should mean Mills will continue to get a ton of run off the bench and has a real shot at 6th Man of the Year if he keeps shooting this way.
Payton Pritchard, Boston Celtics
Ownership: 7.9 percent
Pritchard has been the rookie darling of the NBA so far. Outside some of the top names drafted in 2020, Pritchard has been the most surprising after being taken 26th overall. The Oregon product is coming off his best game of the season — 23 points and 8 assists in a win over the Raptors.
This was mostly because of injuries to Jeff Teague and Marcus Smart. If those two have trouble staying healthy, though, Prit has a clear path to playing time as one of the only true PGs on the roster for Brad Stevens. I’d target Pritchard in keeper/dynasty formats and deeper 14-team leagues. He’s a good stash and should provide some value even if he continues to come off the bench. If he ever did start, his per 36 numbers are solid — 13.6 points, 4.9 assists, 2.1 steals and 54/42/87 shooting splits.