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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Week 21 (2021-22)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Mar 20, 2022
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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 21.

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. We’ll be keeping playoffs in mind with this week’s crop of players.

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: 

BKN, CHA, CHI, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, MIA, MIN, NOR, NYK, PHI. POR, UTA, WAS

Three games:

ATL, BOS, CLE, DEN, IND, LAL, MEM, MIL, OKC, ORL, PHX, TOR

Rostered in 50-60% of leagues:

De’Andre Hunter (SF/PF – ATL): 52%
Atlanta losing John Collins is just another L in a lost season for them.

One player who has benefitted from Collins’ absence is Hunter, who has put up 10th-round value over the last two weeks.

He’s hit double-digits in points in all but one game since February 26, and in three of his last four games, he’s hit at least three three-pointers. 

Hunter should continue to carry his momentum forward down the final stretch.

Marvin Bagley (PF/C – DET): 57%
Bagley is better suited for points leagues, but he’s posting 10th-round value over the last couple of weeks.

Since March 4 – seven games – Bagley has scored in double-digits in seven of eight games and has a double-double in three of those.

In the last month, he’s averaging 7.6 boards per game, and the Pistons are playing him big minutes. Of course, as we saw in his two-point effort in 14 minutes Saturday, we’ll still get some disappointments from him, but he should be rostered in all 12-team leagues by now. 

Rostered in 30-49% of leagues:

Herb Jones (SF/PF – NOP): 49%
If Jones doesn’t make first-team All-Rookie team, then there is a conspiracy out there, I do declare.

Jones broke out for a big 22-point performance recently, but it’s the steals that fantasy managers should want from him. 

He has at least one steal in 10 of his last 11 games, making him an under-rostered fantasy player.

Drew Eubanks (PF/C – POR): 40%
The Trail Blazers are doing their part to tank as hard as they can, but it’s allowing some afterthoughts to have fantasy value, thanks to their volume. The latest is Eubanks.

Eubanks has played at least 30 minutes in three of his last four games, and in those games, he has two double-doubles and has scored at least 16 points three times.

He’s providing points, rebounds, and assists to managers, and with the state of the Blazers, he should be rostered in 12-team leagues.

Rostered in 15-29% of leagues:

Moe Wagner (PF/C – ORL): 22%
Wagner earned his first start of the season Thursday and came through for the Magic and fantasy managers alike with his 16/5/3 line.

With Wendell Carter Jr. hurting and the Magic wanting to tank yet again, Wagner should have some streaming value going forward. 

He’s not good, but you don’t need to be good to carry value in deeper leagues. In six of his last seven games, he’s recording double-digits in points – the majority of those in a limited role off the bench.

Goga Bitadze (C – IND): 19%
Bitadze season is back, folks. He’s the least talented of the slew of Indian big men, but right now, he’s the healthiest one.

Opportunity = production.

With Jalen Smith and Isaiah Jackson both getting hurt, Bitadze should continue to get big minutes for Indiana. The production is there for him, but the fouls are always a concern.

Rostered in 0-14% of leagues:

Nic Claxton (C – BKN): 14%
I will never stop loving Claxton, and I’ll always highlight him when the opportunity presents itself.

Lately, Claxton has made of the most of his latest opportunity, posting mid-round value with minutes in the low 20s. 

Even with the limited run, Claxton has proved to be effective, averaging 10.5 points, 7.3 boards, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 STOCKs over his last five games.

Kris Dunn (PG/SG – POR): 4%
Dunn is on a 10-day contract, but with how things are going in Portland, would it surprise anyone if they just sign him to a rest-of-season deal?

In his tiny sample, he’s posting 10th-round value in Portland with seven points, 3.3 boards, 4.7 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

The end of the season always presents out-of-nowhere value, and Dunn could be one of those players this year.

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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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