The season has officially begun and if you’re like me, than that means your fantasy season has started as well. With that being said, there’s a good chance that many Miami Heat players went overlooked in your initial draft and that there are a few gems floating around on your waiver wire.
I’m going to walk you through the Heat depth chart and make it clear whether or not some players make sense for your team.
Note: My suggestions are for standard head to head leagues.
Goran Dragic will make fantasy basketball players very happy this season. He has a green light to do what he wants offensively and should contribute in FG%, three pointers, assists, rebounds and sometimes even steals. He’s a very well rounded fantasy option, and unless he gets traded he should be consistent all season. I mean, he had an average game last night and still posted a stat line of 16 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds.
TJ is a sneaky waiver pickup if he’s still hanging around on your wire. With Miami having invested so much money in his growth you can almost guarantee that he’ll see close to 25 minutes a night and unless he’s hurt he should get you some solid stats and contribute in all categories.
Whiteside is a clear cut number one fantasy option this season if he didn’t go in your first round, he probably was the first pick of your second and rightfully so. Whiteside is a fantasy beast and should be an elite contributor in blocks, rebounds, points and FG%.
There’s fantasy potential for Willie Reed, at least based off of his performance last night. I’d keep my eye on Reed as the season progresses, he has the potential to earn a bigger role and if Whiteside goes down for any time at all he’s a great streaming option.
Winslow is going to play a huge amount of minutes this season and as a result he should be on all fantasy rosters. Pick him up if he’s available.
Johnson played 25 minutes last night, and put up a solid statline. However, I’ll need to see how his role progresses. Right now he’s a borderline fantasy option.
Babbitt was a great streaming option at the end of the 2016 season with all the injuries in New Orleans. He also was in the starting lineup last night, but he didn’t show enough to warrant an add in standard leagues. With that being said, keep an eye on him.
I love Udonis, but he’s not a fantasy basketball candidate anymore.
Until he cracks the rotation, Williams isn’t worth a look in fantasy.
New look Waiters should be decent enough to warrant a spot on rosters unless he loses the starting role.
Richardson has a ton of potential, if you have an IR spot he’s worth stashing.
Ellington shouldn’t be fantasy relevant, but until he gets back from his injury we won’t know for sure.
McGruder is worth keeping an eye on, and had a few really nice moments in the opener, however he’s not worth an add just yet, unless you’re in a significantly deep league (like 16 team deep).
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