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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 13 (2021-22)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Jan 16, 2022
De'Andre Hunter

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 14.

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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Four games:

ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, GSW, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS 

Three games: 

CLE, DEN, MIN, PHX

Two games:

HOU, NOR, SAC

Rostered in 50-60% of leagues:

De’Andre Hunter (SF/PF – ATL) 51%

Cam Reddish is out of Atlanta, and we may see more Hawks on their way out soon, too. But one who made his way back was Hunter, who returned to action this week after missing two months after wrist surgery. 

Hunter looked to be in midseason form for his return, scoring 35 combined points in his first two games back.

The Hawks could move on from John Collins – it’s likely, actually – which would make Hunter a must-start option.

Herb Jones (SF/PF – NOP) 54%

I’m at a loss for what Jones needs to do to be rostered in more leagues.

Truly, at a loss.

He’s the 32nd player in fantasy over the last month and the 27th player over the last two weeks. Over the last month, he’s averaging 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.9 stocks, and is playing regularly in the 30-plus minute range. 

He’s not going anywhere, so remedy the fact that he’s available in so many leagues.

Rostered in 30-49% of leagues:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (PG/SG/SF – WAS) 40%

KCP has been inconsistent all season, but we know that he can absolutely get buckets when he’s hot.

Going into Saturday’s game, he scored in double-digits in five straight games. With Bradley Beal in the NBA health and safety protocols, he’s a great streaming option this week with Washington having four games scheduled.

Cam Reddish (SG/SF – NYK) 33%

I’m a Reddish fan. I know the fantasy community is torn on him, but with a bigger role, I believe that he can be an impact scorer for his real-life team and for fantasy managers alike.

If you want big minutes, Coach Thibs is the place to turn. 

Yes, Reddish is going to be out for a little bit with an ankle injury, but when he returns, he’ll slot in nicely into the starting five as the second or third option for the Knicks. I see top 75 value going forward, and that’s being conservative. 

Rostered in 15-29% of leagues:

Max Strus (SG/SF – MIA) 24%

We could talk about Strus hitting 18 threes in his last four games. We could talk about him being the new Duncan Robinson, but better.

But what’s most important here is that Strus was starting alongside Jimmy Butler Friday night. For the longest time, Strus held value due to Butler missing games, but if he maintains that starter’s gig, Strus’ rostership should soar above 45 percent here in short order.

He’s a hold if you have him and you should look to get him if you need three-point help.

Rostered in 0-14% of leagues:

Ayo Dosunmu (PG – CHI) 2%

The Bulls may have lost Saturday night, and they were without their star, Zach LaVine. But they had a star-like performance from Dosunmu.

The rookie posted a 21/4/10 line with three treys and shot 90 percent from the field.

Have a night, young fella.

With LaVine set to miss some time, Dosunmu is a must-grab player from the wire.

Bones Hyland (PG/SG – DEN) 4%

Speaking of big nights on Saturday, Bones went off for 27 points against the Lakers, shooting 8-15 from the field with six made three-pointers.

Bones also had 10 boards on the night in the biggest performance of his career.

We saw spurts earlier this season of what Bones can offer, and it’s his second straight high-scoring game.

You have to have someone you can drop to take a flyer on the rookie.

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