Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 14 (2021-2022)
It’s Sunday, and you know what that means.
It’s time to get ready for another week of fantasy hoops. Each week, we’ll look at players you should consider picking up who are rostered in four different tiers:
What’s more, we’ll break down how many games each team has in the upcoming week so you can maximize minutes from your streamers.
Without further delay, let’s get to it, starting with the schedule and offensive pace ratings, thanks to our friends at Razzball.
CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, IND, LAC, LAL, MIN, NOR, PHX, POR, SAS, UTA
ATL, BKN, BOS, CLE, DET, GSW, MEM, MIA, MIL, NYK, ORL, PHI, SAC, TOR
HOU, OKC, WAS
Rostered in 50-60% of leagues:
Chris Duarte (SG/SF – IND): 56%
The Pacers are a mess right now, as Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and Malcolm Brogdon are all injured. Sabonis could be back in short order, but Turner is getting a second opinion, and Brogdon can’t recover from an Achilles injury that is ailing him.
That means it’s time for Duarte to re-capture his early-season success. He’s played 31 or more minutes in four straight games, scoring 19.8 points per game while filling up the rest of the stat sheet.
I’m concerned about Brogdon for the rest of the season, so I’m grabbing Duarte wherever I can.
Rostered in 30-49% of leagues:
Dosunmu struggled in the scoring department Friday night against the Bucks, but he still played 39 minutes for Chicago. Before that game, he played 39, 38, and 40 minutes in his previous three games, totaling 54 points.
He’s a must-stream player until LaVine gets back on the court.
He’s been brought back slowly from his ankle injury, playing 22 minutes per night in his three games since returning. But with Crowder out, expect Johnson to resume playing in the high-20s and contributing points and threes for fantasy managers.
Rostered in 15-29% of leagues:
Goga Bitadze (C – IND): 29%
Bitadze has slid into the starting lineup and delivered immediate returns. He’s flirted with a double-double in two of his last three games, and he probably would have recorded one Friday night (he was at 13/9/5) before getting ejected for mixing it up with Gary Payton II.
Finally, on Saturday, he broke through the double-double barrier with 16 points and 11 boards in 35 minutes against the Suns.
With injuries to the big men in Indy, Bitadze is a great add for the Pacers’ four-game week ahead.
Bismack Biyombo (C – PHX): 17%
There have been stretches over the past few seasons where we streamed Biyombo when he was in Charlotte.
In 2022, we’ve reached that point in the fantasy season. It’s Bismack time.
Biyombo played 30 minutes on Saturday night and posted a 21/13/5 line against the short-handed Pacers.
Like Goga, Biyombo and the Suns have four games on the schedule this week, making Biyombo an intriguing streaming option.
Rostered in 0-14% of leagues:
Instead, Edwards has benefitted the most from KD’s absence.
Edwards has averaged 35.5 minutes over his last four games, and he’s doing … fine. His scoring has dipped in each of those games, but I’m a sucker for opportunity. I’m grabbing Edwards to see how this plays out.
I’m not a doctor. I just play one on TV. But even there, I know he’ll likely miss a good chunk of time.
Enter Osman, stage left.
Osman played 19 minutes in relief Saturday, scoring 10 points off the bench for Cleveland. There’s deep-league appeal as the Cavaliers continue to navigate significant injuries.
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