NBA Waiver Wire Week 2
With nearly two full weeks of NBA action in the books, we know more about which players are going to have roles to play. Check out Lucas Biery's waiver wire article for the top fantasy basketball pickups.
Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks
A slithery, crafty scoring guard available in 62% of Yahoo leagues, Brunson is a combo, score-first guard who’s the primary ball-handler off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks behind Luka Doncic. A ton to like here for a guy who will constantly have the ball in his hands when he is in the game!
Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls
Caruso is a defensive stat collector with a prominent role for the Chicago Bulls, Caruso isn’t an offensive weapon, but he wreaks havoc on defense to gather up steals, blocks and rebounds while averaging 28 minutes per game.
Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies
The biggest performer of all players in this article, Bane is finding another level, as he is increasing his offensive role from bench guard to relied-upon weapon offensively. Bane is scoring at a higher volume than ever before, and he has been quite efficient (49% FG’s, 19.2 PPG). Must add in all formats.
Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Spurs
A volume scorer coming off the bench for the Spurs, Walker is a great plug-n-play candidate for those chasing scoring upside, as he has averaged a career-best 15 PPG. He plays 25 minutes per-game, so a firm role has been established as well!
Royce O’Neal, Utah Jazz
Comparable to a poor man’s Jae Crowder, O’Neal is a dull suggestion in terms of upside, but his role is cemented firmly for the Utah Jazz as a stretch four who plays tons of minutes.
Cody Martin, Charlotte Hornets
Benefitting from the absence of guard Terry Rozier, Martin has inserted himself into the Hornets lineup as a big guard who is very steady on defense, and more importantly provides a very high FG percentage as well as a steady stream of rebounds and assists in his 25 minutes per game. A solid streamer for now and a priority add in deeper leagues!
Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic
The younger brother of Mo Wagner, Franz is a 6’9" perimeter wing who has an all-around skilled game that could let him thrive as a shooter, defender and a do-it-all guy who collects defensive stats, as well as big minutes, for the Orlando Magic. Wagner was drafted eighth overall, showing that the Magic are highly invested in his future and cementing his playing-time. A must-add guy in all leagues!
Maxi Kleber, Dallas Mavericks
One of the most underappreciated real-life role players in The Association, Kleber is a must-add if Kristaps Porzingis misses any more playing time, with plenty of stand-alone value even if Porzingis is healthy. Kleber has a very rare blended skill-set with the ability to hit 3 pointers as well as collect some blocks and steals due to his high-level defensive capabilities and his role as a rim-protector!
Precious Achiuwa, Toronto Raptors
A skilled, high-energy athlete who plays center for the Raptors, Achiuwa has some Montrezl Harrell-esque qualities to his game visually. Achiuwa should not be left on the wire in 12 team leagues, he is available in 45% of Yahoo leagues!
Jarred Vanderbilt, Denver Nuggets
A great athlete who came along as a McDonald’s All-American in 2017 before he committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, Vanderbilt has a nose for rebounding. Vanderbilt is built to collect rebounds and protect FG percentages at a low usage rate. An interesting defensive stats guy with great rebound skills to boot.