Emerging Fantasy Basketball Pickups: Dean Wade and Other Standouts from Tuesday’s Games

Emerging Fantasy Basketball Pickups: Dean Wade and Other Standouts from Tuesday's Games

The latest round of fantasy basketball pickups has spotlighted Dean Wade standout performance and other notable players from Tuesday’s NBA matchups.

With key players Donovan Mitchell and Max Strus sidelined, attention was initially drawn to Isaac Okoro and Sam Merrill of the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, following Evan Mobley’s ankle injury during Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics, Wade emerged as a significant fantasy prospect. Despite being rostered in only one percent of Yahoo leagues, Wade delivered a stellar fourth-quarter performance, shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the field, Dean Wade including five 3-pointers, and contributing 20 points to the Cavaliers’ victory.

Meanwhile, Okoro showcased his versatility with a solid performance, tallying 16 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks, and four 3-pointers. His consistent three-point shooting, coupled with defensive contributions, makes him a viable option for fantasy managers, particularly with Mitchell expected to miss additional games due to injury.

Other noteworthy pickups from Tuesday’s games include:

  • Duncan Robinson (41% rostered): Robinson’s increased playing time in the absence of Tyler Herro has elevated his fantasy value, with impressive performances in recent weeks. He recorded 18 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and four 3-pointers in Miami’s victory over Detroit.
  • Vasilije Micic (8%) and Tre Mann (33%): Micic and Mann capitalized on opportunities in the Charlotte Hornets’ starting lineup, delivering strong performances in the absence of key players. Micic scored a career-high 21 points with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Mann contributed 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
  • Miles McBride (22%): McBride stepped up in the absence of Jalen Brunson, delivering a solid performance for the New York Knicks. Despite struggling with his shot, he showcased his potential with 11 points, nine assists, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers.
  • Gradey Dick (14%): Dick has the opportunity to shine for the Toronto Raptors following season-ending injuries to key players. Although he struggled in Tuesday’s game, his increased playing time makes him a worthwhile consideration for deep-league managers.
  • Lonnie Walker IV (6%): Walker capitalized on increased playing time for the Brooklyn Nets, delivering an impressive performance with 19 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and four 3-pointers.

Fantasy basketball managers seeking to bolster their rosters should monitor these emerging pickups for potential contributions during the remainder of the season.


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