Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Picks

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Navigating the fantasy basketball waiver wire is a crucial aspect of managing a successful fantasy team. With constant player rotations, injuries, and varying team performances, making strategic pickups from the waiver wire can be the key to strengthening your roster. This weekly series aims to highlight players available in free agency in ESPN leagues across different positions.

Point Guard:

  1. Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls (Rostered in 28.4% of ESPN leagues): Known for his excellent defensive contributions, Caruso has seen increased playing time, especially with Zach LaVine dealing with injuries. His two-way play and recent offensive surge make him a valuable pickup. Teammate Ayo Dosunmu (5.8%) has also stepped up defensively amidst the Bulls’ backcourt injury issues.
  2. Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets (38.2%): Expected to return to action this week, Simmons, a rare playmaker and defender eligible at both point guard and power forward, could bring versatility to fantasy teams.
  3. Andrew Nembhard, Indiana Pacers (8.6%): With impressive distribution skills, Nembhard becomes an interesting fantasy option, particularly in the absence of Tyrese Haliburton.

Shooting Guard:

  1. Cam Thomas, Brooklyn Nets (60.3%): A scoring machine, Thomas has been averaging 25.3 points over the past week, primarily contributing in 3-pointers and scoring.
  2. Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks (26.8%): A high-volume shooter, Hardaway becomes crucial for fantasy purposes, especially with Kyrie Irving sidelined due to injury.

Small Forward:

  1. Vince Williams Jr., Memphis Grizzlies (31.0%): Ranked 11th among small forwards on the Player Rater in the past two weeks, Williams contributes across various categories for the depleted Grizzlies roster.
  2. Saddiq Bey, Atlanta Hawks (22.5%): Bey’s recent hot run of production, combined with potential roster changes for the Hawks, makes him a valuable pickup.
  3. Josh Hart, New York Knicks (33.2%): With Julius Randle injured, Hart is expected to take on more offensive creation and rebounding responsibilities for the Knicks.

Power Forward:

  1. Jonathan Kuminga, Golden State Warriors (35.0%): Thriving after expressing dissatisfaction with a limited role, Kuminga provides points, rebounding, and defensive stats for the Warriors.
  2. Jeremy Sochan, San Antonio Spurs (26.8%): Eligible at both point guard and power forward, Sochan contributes as a versatile player with rebounding and defensive capabilities.
  3. Jarred Vanderbilt, Los Angeles Lakers (21.7%): With increased minutes, Vanderbilt becomes a reasonable addition, offering two-way production in the Lakers’ frontcourt.

Center:

  1. Wendell Carter Jr., Orlando Magic (54.2%): Despite trade rumors, Carter’s recent production suggests sustainable value, making him a valuable asset for fantasy teams.
  2. Isaiah Hartenstein, New York Knicks (36.0%): With Julius Randle’s injury, Hartenstein is expected to assume a significant role, providing minutes, rebounding, and rim protection for the Knicks.
  3. Dereck Lively II, Dallas Mavericks (20.1%): As a rookie, Lively brings rebounding and rim protection upside, making him an interesting pickup in category-driven leagues.

Special Teams:

  • 3-pointers: Grayson Allen (38.5%) of the Phoenix Suns stands out for his exceptional shooting efficiency and volume from beyond the arc.
  • Steals: Jarred Vanderbilt ranks second in added value via steals in the past two weeks, while Jaden McDaniels (7.5%) of the Minnesota Timberwolves also excels in stealing the ball.
  • Boards: Isaiah Hartenstein’s rebounding prowess makes him one of the best in the league. Saddiq Bey also proves reliable on the defensive glass among wings.
  • Blocks: Alex Caruso’s unique defensive profile extends to shot-blocking. Nick Richards (12.5%) of the Charlotte Hornets is also noteworthy for rim protection.

Navigating the fantasy basketball waiver wire requires a strategic approach, considering the specific needs of your fantasy team and the players’ contributions across different categories. Keep an eye on potential roster changes, injuries, and player rotations to make informed decisions throughout the season.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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