Fantasy Bucket: Is Tyreke Evans the Pickup of the Year?

By Elvis Gutierrez

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the US, which means no NBA games today. So, good news, wives and girlfriends, it’s a rest day from 10-second interval refreshes on the phone to check if the latest waiver pickup made a 3. It also means we can actually be productive at work today—so, good news, boss!

This series is dedicated to NBA fantasy players, who’ll get a chug of five quick bottles updates on what’s going on in the fantasy basketball world. Hopefully, this would help you win your league’s championship belt. Ladies and gents, cheers to BuhayBasket’s first Fantasy Bucket!

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First Bottle (that first gulp):  Kyle “Slo-mo” Anderson is still improving every day, he had 12pts, 5rebs, 4assts, 1stl, and 1blk in a loss to the Pelicans. He’s been a sneaky add because he can do it all—though Coach Pop has some decisions to make when Kawhi comes back. I still feel like point-forward Kyle can co-exist with Kawhi when he comes back (if he ever does). We’ll see.

Second Bottle (warming up): Shabazz Napier has been ballin’ lately for the Blazers, recently dropping 13pts, 3rebs, 4assts, 2stls, and a 3-pointer in a loss to Philly. Napier can be a decent replacement if you just lost PatBev (suka emoji) in a deep league.

Third Bottle (getting chatty now): We have seen the flashes before from Wesley Johnson when he was a top-100 asset with the Lakers a few years back. He’s doing it again this year with the Clips in the absence of Gallo. He had 26pts, 6 3s, 1stl, and 1blk. Doc will have a hard time benching him when everyone’s healthy.

Fourth Bottle (the limit for us titos): Jeremy Lamb had the game of his life against the Wizards to the tune of 23pts, 7rebs, 5assts, 3blks, and 3 3s (wow). And there are reports that Nicolas Batum (who I said was my X-factor fantasy player a few weeks back on Grassroots) might have aggravated his elbow injury. Regardless, Lamb looks like a breakout player this year.

Fifth Bottle (one for the road): Most folks playing fantasy basketball have a “don’t-draft” list (I’m looking at you Chandler Parsons) and, most likely, Tyreke Evans’ name will be in there. But he’s changing that this year with Top-40 value, as he put up another huge stat line with 18pts, 9rebs, 7assts, 2 3s, 2stls, and 1blk. Could Reke come from “never again” to waiver wire pickup of the year?

Find out in the next Fantasy Bucket!

 

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[Tyreke Evans photo from NBA]

 

About the author

Elvis Gutierrez

Elvis Gutierrez is in real estate as a property specialist, but his real specialty is working the pick ‘n pop as a stretch 4 in his local basketball court. As a little kid, he had dreams and aspirations to become a professional baller, but instead, he unconsciously went into a weight gain program (aka Naiwanan Sa Kusina Diet), which put a dent to his original goal. Despite this, he is still involved in anything hoop-related with his everyday life—playing, talking and breathing basketball. He vows to be a Laker4Life through thick and thin.

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