Pickups of the Day

Ochai Agbaji shines again in win over Sacramento

by Noah Rubin
Updated On: March 21, 2023, 10:09 am ET

Many leagues wrapped up their fantasy playoffs last week. For those that are still playing, and especially those that have a few more weeks to go, finding value on the waiver wire is more important than ever. Silly season hero stories don't happen overnight, and it's important to hop on the players trending up before it's too late. Monday's six games featured plenty of unsung heroes having big nights that can play pivotal roles for fantasy managers down the stretch. Suspensions, injuries and tanking will leave plenty of players a chance to make an impact in fantasy hoops. Here are a few to add based on Monday's games.

Ochai Agbaji- 6% rostered in Yahoo leagues

Agbaji has been a consistent starter lately with Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton sidelined. He's been able to produce some solid scoring nights, but he dropped a career-high 27 points with six 3-pointers on Monday against the Kings. With no return in sight for JC and Sexton, Agbaji should be streamed everywhere. Utah still has three more games this week and four next week.

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David Roddy- 7%, Luke Kennard- 7%

Dillon Brooks picked up his 18th technical foul on Monday, which means he will be suspended for Wednesday's matchup with Houston, unless it's rescinded. Roddy got the starting nod when Brooks was suspended for his 16th technical, but Kennard has been playing well lately off the bench. Both players should play larger roles against the Rockets.

Nick Richards- 30%

There's still no return in sight for Mark Williams, which has allowed Richards to be the starting center for Charlotte. He has provided fifth round value over the past two weeks, and he contributed 14 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks on Monday.

Jaylen Nowell- 4%

Nowell played for the first time since February on Monday and delivered a 14/1/4/3/1 line off the bench. Anthony Edwards' timeline for a return is unclear, and Nowell should provide solid value until he's back.

Tari Eason- 35%

Eason got the start on Monday with Alperen Şengün sidelined. If Sengun remains sidelined on Wednesday, Eason will be worth streaming once again, after he posted a 21/12/1/4 line against the Warriors.

Simone Fontecchio- 2%

With Lauri Markkanen sidelined on Monday, Fontecchio got the start in his place and poured in four 3-pointers. If Markkanen remains sidelined against Portland on Wednesday, Fontecchio can be a solid source of triples in deeper leagues.

Kris Dunn- 25%

Dunn has continued to shine for the Jazz off the bench and signed a two-year deal with them last week. He should be rostered in most competitive leagues at this point, but if he's available in yours, he can be a game-changer down the stretch.

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Jaden Hardy- 6%

Kyrie Irving was seen in a walking boot after Monday's game. He said he aggravated the foot injury that held him out for three games, but the boot was precautionary, and he hopes to play against the Warriors on Wednesday. If he doesn't, Jaden Hardy should return to the starting lineup. It is worth noting that Hardy did roll his ankle in the fourth quarter, which kept him from closing out this game. There's certainly a chance he isn't able to suit up on Wednesday.

Noah Rubin

Noah is a recent college grad who loves all things basketball. You can find him on Twitter @NoahRubin22 for NBA insights that hopefully aren’t too biased towards his Atlanta Hawks.