Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Jaylin Williams, Seth Curry, Kenyon Martin Jr. (2022)
It’s Thursday. You know what that means.
It’s time for another look at the waiver wire to find players that you can add for short-term and long-term success.
We’ll look at players that you should consider picking up who are rostered in four different rostership tiers:
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 of games being played for next week.
ATL, BOS, BKN, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS
CHI, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MIA, MIL, ORL, PHX, SAS
Rostered in 50-60% of leagues:
While Bol Bol is getting all the press – rightfully so – as a big who is playing like a guard, we can’t ignore that Suggs made his return to the Orlando lineup after missing five games. He wasn’t, well, great, and he hasn’t been for most of his short career, but it’s far too soon to write him off. The Magic are a fun team. Not good, but fun. With Cole Anthony on the shelf without a near return and Terrence Ross getting hurt, Suggs should have all the run he can handle and should see 30 minutes nightly.
When Jackson starts, he’s a stud. As it is, he’s a per-minute stud, but we obviously want him to get as much time as possible. Well, this week, Myles Turner essentially asked for a trade to the Lakers without directly asking for a trade to the Lakers. It’s likely that he finally gets moved, which will unlock IJax for starter minutes and a top-50 fantasy outlook.
Rostered in 30-49% of leagues:
Williams is one of the more exciting young guys that the Thunder have, and they have a ton of them. He balled out Saturday in his return to the court, posting 13 points, three boards, three assists, and four steals. He wasn’t quite as effective his last time out, but it was good seeing him get more than 20 minutes still with Josh Giddey back in the lineup. He could work his way to 25-plus minutes per night, and with the way the Thunder rest their guys in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, Williams will find himself rostered in 50-60 percent of leagues before long.
The injury to De’Aaron Fox isn’t as serious as it could be, but the knee bruise is the injury that Fred VanVleet had last season that really impacted him in the second half of the year and through the offseason. It may not impact Fox the same way, but Mitchell is the guy to have – not counting Kevin Huerter, who is a must-roster player. Mitchell has a lot of growth offensively still, but he can be a lockdown defender, who can give you much-needed steals.
Rostered in 15-29% of leagues:
Commissioner Adam Silver is going to meet with Kyrie Irving next week, it seems, and outside of a suspension, his words are just lip service. I could see Irving having a suspension or being dealt from Brooklyn in short order. If so, that frees up playing time for Curry. Curry is a high-floor player who can play around 27 minutes per night and score in bunches for you.
Joshua Primo is gone from San Antonio, and Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson have been out of action. Why is Richardson’s rostership so low? He’s a deeper league guy in general, but when the injuries are present for the San Antonio wings, he’s a must-roster player.
Rostered in 0-14% of leagues:
Kenyon Martin Jr. (SF/PF – HOU)
We saw the highs and lows of rostering Martin in the past week alone, as he scored 23 points on one night on 9-of-17 shooting in 29 minutes and then two points in his next game on 1-of-2 shooting in 20 minutes. He’s an inconsistent player but he can be a good plug-and-play option in deeper leagues.
Dean Wade (SF/PF – CLE)
The Cavaliers are one of the best teams in the league, thanks in part to their Twin Towers and dynamic duo (alliteration FTW!). But Wade is quietly having a good season, as he’s filling the role that Lauri Markkanen had last year for Cleveland. Wade’s played 30-plus minutes in three of his last four games, and he comes in as the No. 142 player in nine-cat leagues this season. He’s a deep-league guy, but one that should be added to your watchlist at the very minimum.
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