Basketball Pickups: Add Jaime Jaquez Jr.


Sunday’s matinee between the Celtics and Heat was a rematch of the last two Eastern Conference Finals, and from a drama standpoint, the game lived up to the hype. Unfortunately for Miami, its four-point defeat came with an additional cost. Already playing without Jimmy Butler, who’s away from the team due to the death of a family member, the Heat watched Josh Richardson (shoulder) and Terry Rozier (leg) go down with injuries during Sunday’s game. Those absences have opened the door for multiple wings who were essentially deep-league options.

Rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. (39% rostered, Yahoo) replaced Butler in the starting lineup, and with the Heat’s star wing lacking a timeline for return, he’s worth streaming in standard leagues. Jaquez didn’t have a good game, finishing with six points, three rebounds, one assist, and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes, but the circumstances keep him on the fantasy radar. Also worth rostering are Caleb Martin (20%) and Duncan Robinson (22%), who scored 15 points apiece against the Celtics.

Martin offers more for managers needing rebounds and assists, while Robinson remains primarily a points and 3-pointers option. The former supplemented his 15 points on Sunday with eight rebounds, one assist, and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. As for Robinson, he also scored 15 while accounting for two rebounds, one assist, and three 3-pointers. And he avoided a potential injury after getting entangled with Jaylen Brown during the fourth quarter.

The only negative for these Heat players is the schedule, as they only play three games during Week 17. However, two of those games will be played before the All-Star break, making Jaquez, Martin, and Robinson viable options in leagues that update lineups daily. Sunday’s schedule consisted of just two games, but we can still look at some worthwhile pickups for Monday’s slate.

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