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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 11 (2021-22)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Jan 3, 2022
Jarred Vanderbilt

It’s Sunday, and you know what that means. 

It’s time to get ready for another week of fantasy hoops. We are already heading into Week 11 and the first full week of 2022 fantasy hoops.

Each and every week, we’ll look at players that you should consider picking up who are rostered in four different rostership tiers:

  • 50-60%
  • 30-49%
  • 15-29%
  • 0-14%

What’s more, we’ll give you a breakdown of how many games each team has for the upcoming week so that you can maximize the minutes of your streamers.

Without further delay, let’s get to it, starting with the schedule and offensive pace ratings, thanks to our friends at Razzball.

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Two games:


Rostered in 50-60% of leagues:

Jarred Vanderbilt (PF/C – MIN) 58%

Are we cheating here? Maybe just a little bit. Vanderbilt made his return to the Minnesota lineup Friday after missing the previous four games. His absence made his rostership number dip, but we’ll see that shoot right back up here shortly.

He was on a minutes limit in his return, but he still pulled in seven rebounds in just 22 minutes. He’s one of the best rebounder in the league, and he’s a must-add player for those who need rebounding help. 

Cam Johnson (SF/PF – PHX) 53%

We’re keeping Johnson in this column again, which he occupied last week, and he may remain here until he gets over 60 percent, honestly. Here’s what I wrote about Johnson as a recommended pickup for those in need of three-point help in my category analysis piece:

Johnson rang in the new year with a 20-point performance, and he’s averaging 15.6 points off the bench for the Suns over the last two weeks.

During that stretch, he’s a top 50 player for fantasy. His minutes fluctuate a bit, but he typically lives in the mid-20s, which is enough for him to do his damage from deep.

He’s this week’s pickup of the week.

Rostered in 30-49% of leagues:

Herb Jones (SF/PF – NOP) 35%

If you remember, Jones had a nice little productive run at the beginning of December, and he’s picked it back up to close 2021 and start 2022.

Over Jones’ last three games, he’s scored 55 points, pulled in 19 boards, dished out seven assists, and recorded 11 stocks while averaging two three-pointers per game.

What’s more, he’s averaged 36 minutes in those games. Brandon Ingram is still nursing a sore Achilles, but even when he returns, Jones should maintain regular minutes as he’s been a top 100 player so far on the season.

Nic Claxton (C – BKN) 47%

LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the lineup, but it didn’t matter, as Claxton remained the starting center for the Nets on Thursday. 

Over his last three games, Claxton has 37 points, 20 boards, and 10 blocks, and he’s posted top-40 production in his last two weeks of play.

He’s been blocked for too long in Brooklyn, and he has top 60 upside if he remains the starter going forward. Scoop him up and don’t look back. 

Rostered in 15-29% of leagues:

Jalen Smith (PF – PHX) 18%

The Suns turned a lot of heads in the 2020 draft when they reached for Smith, and in this case, turning heads wasn’t a good thing.

He’s played sparingly until Deandre Ayton and JaVale McGee went into health and safety protocols.

Smith was thrusted into the starting lineup, and he scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting. You’ll take the scoring, and you’ll take the field goal percentage from someone who is going to live in the paint.

His value will take a hit when the two big men return, of course, but a few more showings like this one should earn him solid rotational minutes moving forward.

Chimezie Metu (PF – SAC) 17%

After missing a stretch of time with an eye injury, Richaun Holmes returned to the Kings a couple of weeks ago. He hasn’t quite found his groove yet, and before he gets a chance to, he’s going to miss more time as he was put in the league’s health and safety protocols. 

You’ll see that Damian Jones is the main recommended pickup below, but Metu should be scooped up, too. He doesn’t play much five, but the playing time should increase for him regardless. 

He’s returned 12th round value over the last two weeks, and he makes for a nice streaming option. 

Rostered in 0-14% of leagues:

Damian Jones (C – SAC) 2%

Jones has played well for the Kings off the bench regardless, but as we mentioned above, with Holmes due to miss a few games, he makes for a nice streaming option. He’s lived around 23 minutes per game, but he’s averaged a near double-double over his last four games in limited time.

Jones gets the most immediate boost, and he could earn more future playing time with a good showing, especially with Holmes’ struggles this year.

Jaxson Hayes (C – NOP) 6%

With Jonas Valanciunus sidelined, it was Guillermo Hernangomez who drew the start on New Year’s Day. He disappointed, however, and after a solid streaming run, he’s back to being a DFS target at most.

Hayes is familiar with the term disappointing, as that’s what his NBA career has been so far. However, he dropped a career-high 23 points off the bench Saturday against Milwaukee. He’s continued to see his minutes tick up, and this performance should at least give him increased run over Hernangomez while JV is out. Think of it as a battle for the backup center job and 15-team relevancy. 

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Michael Waterloo is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Michael, check out his archive and follow him @MichaelWaterloo.

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