Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 8 (2019)
We are eight weeks into the fantasy basketball season. It seems like we’ve been grinding for a long time, yet at the same time, it feels like just yesterday when the season began. Maybe I’m a time traveler. Anyways, there are approximately 12 more weeks until the fantasy playoffs begin, so there’s plenty of time to make a run. Start looking at playoff schedules and opportunities to make trades, while continuing to scour the waiver wire. Every week, I’ll highlight some players who may be of benefit in your journey for fantasy glory.
Ownership percentages are from the Yahoo database and only those players owned in fewer than 50% of leagues will be highlighted.
Danuel House Jr. (SG/SF – HOU): 44% owned
Another week, another House call. I’m still confused as to why House is not owned in more leagues. He starts and plays over 30 minutes for a Rockets team that is numero uno in offensive pace. He gets plenty of open looks because of Russell Westbrook and James Harden and is providing over two three-pointers a game. House also provides some rebounds and defensive stats. That kind of player fits any build.
Elfrid Payton (PG – NY): 25% owned
This is a speculative pick, as Frank Ntilikina continues to start for the Knicks. After just four games to start the season, Payton injured his hamstring and subsequently missed 17 games. Since returning, he’s played two games and received 11 and 17 minutes of playing time respectively. Now, there’s uncertainty about how Coach Mike Miller will divvy out the point guard minutes, but during the last game, Payton did close the game over Ntilikina. Throughout his career, Payton has been able to provide rebounds, assists, steals, and has 16 career triple-doubles.
Moritz Wagner (PF/C – WAS): 39% owned
The field goal percentage has expectantly regressed from the lofty 60%+ he was converting at. Now, it’s in the 47-48% range, but he’s starting now and getting more playing time. Going up against starting units is a big leap from feasting on second units. Wagner is starting because Thomas Bryant will be out for at least a month, so the opportunities will be there. He’s a versatile big man who can shoot from beyond the arc and run the floor in transition. While the defensive stats aren’t voluminous, he does contribute to those categories. He only played 18 minutes last game because Coach Scott Brooks wasn’t happy with his effort. As long as he plays hard, he should see plenty of minutes for as long as Bryant is out.
Duncan Robinson (SG/SF/PF – MIA): 25% owned
Robinson has started 16 straight games and averaged 28.3 minutes per contest. He’s attempted 7.2 three-pointers over that span and been converting at a 41.7% clip. Add in 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals, and you’re looking at a top 70 player for fantasy.
Damian Jones (C – ATL): 15% owned
Big guys need love too! Jones has been starting for the Hawks and has been a decent source of blocks and rebounds. The field goal percentage is excellent as well. As with many of the big men out there, the free throw shooting is an issue, but the volume is low so the impact is mitigated.