Fantasy basketball waiver wire watch: Lamb, Aminu, Cook and more

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 11: Quinn Cook /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MARCH 11: Quinn Cook /

4. Quinn Cook, SG, Golden State Warriors (29.8% owned)

An injury scare Sunday against the Utah Jazz nearly derailed the “Quinn Cook, fantasy streamer” hype train, but he returned to finish with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, eight assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes. Amazingly, that was one of the Duke product’s worst performances over the past week-and-a-half.

With Curry sidelined by an ankle injury for six games, Cook slid into the Warriors starting lineup and progressively began to shoulder a bigger load. After combining for 25 points on 10-of-26 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer in his first three games as a starter, he erupted for 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting, five triples, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 40 minutes against the Sacramento Kings on March 16.

He continued that hot stretch over his next two games, combining for 48 points on 19-of-35 shooting, nine rebounds, nine assists, seven treys and two steals against the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs. Even when Curry returned against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Cook still managed to churn out 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting, eight rebounds, six assists, one trey and one steal in 32 minutes.

Curry didn’t even last three quarters in that Hawks game before going down with a Grade 2 MCL sprain that will sideline him through the rest of the regular season, which makes Cook a must-own moving forward. Durant, Thompson and Draymond Green will siphon touches away from him when they make their respective returns, but with the Warriors effectively locked into the No. 2 seed out West, it wouldn’t be a surprise if head coach Steve Kerr plays it careful with his other three stars now that Curry is likely to miss time in the playoffs, too.

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