NBA Fantasy: Shake Milton, Norman Powell among top free-agent finds

March is here and it feels unreal that we have already begun the last full month of the regular season. This is an important time as many fantasy players are attempting to sneak into the playoffs while some are simply trying to remain on top. With a plethora of injuries to key players, such as Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, it is crucial that you are familiar with some high-value players that are most likely available on the waiver wire. Whether you are in a predicament with an injury to a key player or you simply have an open roster spot and are looking for some upside heading into the fantasy playoffs, I believe these 5 players can give you what you need and maximize your team. I am only mentioning players who are owned in less than 50 percent of leagues.

1: Shake Milton, PG – Philadelphia 76ers

With injuries to Joel Embiid (shoulder) and Ben Simmons (back), Milton burst onto the fantasy radar this past week by putting up 20.4 points and 4.4 three’s per game across his last five. After his 39 point explosion during Sunday afternoon’s nationally televised game against the Clippers, the second-year guard is almost a lock to be the most added player off the waiver wire this week. Looking ahead, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have yet to receive clarity on a potential return to the court, so the 76ers will be sure to lean on Milton’s sharpshooting ability as they continue to fight for seeding in the East.

2: Norman Powell, SF – Toronto Raptors

After a nine-game absence due to a fractured finger, the Raptors wasted no time easing Powell back into the lineup as he has seen 36 and 40 minutes respectively in two games since returning to the lineup. Much of this is due to the fact that Fred VanVleet is battling a shoulder injury, but Powell has looked great and has shown no signs of rust. The five-year pro has put up 23 points on 47.5 percent shooting from the field in his last two games and will look to play a key role for the Raptors down the stretch as long as he can remain healthy.

3: Jae Crowder, PF – Miami Heat

Getting sent to Miami at the trade deadline earlier this month has done wonders for Crowder’s fantasy value. Since being acquired by the Heat, the seven-year pro has put up averages of 13.7 points while knocking down three three-pointers a night in his increased role. Going forward, he will look to continue being a solid source of three’s and is sure to be a key figure in Miami’s rotation going forward as they are fighting for home-court advantage in the playoffs.

4: Juan Hernangomez, PF – Minnesota Timberwolves

With Karl-Anthony Towns still without a firm timetable for recovery, Hernangomez has gobbled up plenty of minutes at the power forward position and has played well. Since being acquired by Minnesota at the trade-deadline, the four-year big-man has averaged 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds, and over two three’s a night while picking up a double-double in his last two. Hernangomez should continue receiving tons of playing time and figures to retain value for as long as KAT remains sidelined.

5: Seth Curry, SG – Dallas Mavericks

Curry has been red hot throughout the month of February but has taken it to a new level over his last two games, averaging 32 points on 75 percent shooting. He has also knocked down 11 three’s in that span as the six-year pro is enjoying one of the hottest shooting streaks of his career. He has shown the ability to produce with or without Luka Doncic in the lineup and is always a strong source of three-pointers. Take advantage while you can.

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