Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 15 (2021)
This weekly column will highlight players rostered in under 50 percent of Yahoo leagues who may help you ascertain fantasy glory.
In Week 15, DET plays five games, 20 teams will play four games while the rest will play three. 20 teams (ATL, BOS, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIL, NOP, OKC, PHI, PHX, POR, TOR, UTA, and WAS) will play a back-to-back set. For a look at the full schedule grid with offensive pace ratings, click HERE.
Hamidou Diallo (SG/SF – DET): 43% rostered
Diallo has played 25, 26, and 27 minutes in the last three games. He’s scored in double-digits in each of those games and garnered a usage rate of 26.3, 18.8, and 24.3. That’s without starting, which should begin happening sooner than later and could provide an increase in playing time. Diallo will provide points, rebounds, and steals, which chipping in some assists. The shooting efficiency has been decent as well, at 47%.
Jaden McDaniels (PF – MIN): 39% rostered
McDaniels has started eight of the last nine games and been a top 75 player. He’s averaged 30.4 minutes, 11.4 points, two three-pointers, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks while shooting 51% from the field. The shooting efficiency will come down, as he’s at 44% for the season, but he’s locked into the starting power forward role and will get a ton of minutes on a nightly basis.
Chuma Okeke (PF – ORL): 48% rostered
Okeke has started the last five games and averaged 32.4 minutes. He’s been a top 60 player, providing 15.6 points, 1.6 three-pointers, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 50% from the field. How is he not rostered in more than 50% of leagues? I guess most have transitioned to baseball. Anyways, with Operation Tank in full force down in the Magic Kingdom, Okeke is going to get as much run as he can handle.
Rudy Gay (SF/PF – SA): 18%rostered
Gay has been a top 60 player over the last four games. He did play in a double-overtime game, so he got some extra minutes. Now, he only averages around 21 minutes per game but, when he’s on the court, he garners a usage rate of close to 24. He provides points, three-pointers, rebounds, and a sprinkling of defensive stats. The shooting efficiency is always a concern, though, as he’s shooting 41% from the field on the season.
Jae’Sean Tate (SG/SF/PF – HOU): 45% rostered
Since entering the starting lineup, Tate has been a top 80 player. He averages 29.9 minutes, 11.3 points, 0.8 three-pointers, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.7 blocks while shooting 51% from the field. He won’t win a week for you, but he contributes a little something in every category. That kind of player always has a place on a fantasy squad.
Patrick Williams (SF/PF – CHI): 15% rostered
Williams has been meh all season despite starting all 46 games. With that said, he does contribute a little something in every category and, over the last three games, he’s played 33, 32, and 33 minutes. He’s also scored double figures in two of those games and been a top 70 player over that stretch. He is a rookie, so it’s within the range of outcomes that he figures things out and moves up the developmental rung down the stretch.
Taj Gibson (PF/C – NY): 4% rostered
Since Mitchell Robinson went down due to injury, Gibson has played 18, 24, 28, and 21 minutes. If you need rebounds and defensive stats, he can be viable. In two games, he’s provided two steals and two blocks. In the third game, he blocked three shots. Tom Thibodeau loves Gibson, so he’s going to be given opportunities to contribute.
Tomas Satoransky (PG/SG – CHI): 24% rostered
Since Satoransky became a starter, he’s averaged 28 minutes, 10.1 points, one three-pointer, three rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 0.8 steals while shooting 50% from the field and 89% from the line. He also takes care of the ball, averaging 2.1 turnovers per game. Hmmm, people don’t need assists with contributions in most of the categories? He’s not sexy with the points and will never be on Sportscenter, but those stats play. He’s been just outside the top 100 as a starter.