Fantasy Basketball Waiver Pickups Week 8
Lucas Biery lists the top players to stream or add to your roster long-term for fantasy basketball this week.
Top Pickups for Fantasy Basketball Week 8
Top Fantasy Basketball Point Guard Waiver Options:
Tyus Jones, Memphis Grizzlies
The main beneficiary of the unfortunate Ja Morant injury, Jones has perked up of late, receiving 34 minutes per game over his last three games, and has been a quality contributor for steals and assists. A solid pickup in all formats outside of 10 teamers.
Dennis Smith Jr., Portland Trail Blazers
Injuries to Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons have propped open opportunities for the former lottery pick, Smith is a repeat from last weeks’ column, as he will continue to score the ball, but it will come with a heavy dose of TO’s, so beware.
Top Fantasy Basketball Shooting Guard Waiver Options:
Terence Davis, Sacramento Kings
A very crowded Kings backcourt hasn’t stopped Davis from getting major playing time of late, as Sactown has been playing micro small-ball units and Davis has been going off! This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this, as Davis has had strong stretches of play with the Toronto Raptors, a strong developmental team. Davis is a strong add in 14 teamers, and a streamer in the interim for 12 teamers.
Patrick Beverley, Minnesota Timberwolves–An absolute bulldog who runs hot (albeit rarely) and cold, Beverley fills up the statsheet in a variety of ways with his defensive capabilities, as well as some assists and rebounds. A good pickup in 12 team leagues, as he’s available in 75% of Yahoo leagues.
Top Fantasy Basketball Small Forward Waiver Options:
Cody Martin, Charlotte Hornets
With the Hornets dealing with COVID issues, Martin is a great pickup to stream as he will a primary ball-handler candidate for the Hornets, a juicy opportunity for Martin’s fantasy prowess, as he’s a must-add.
Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets
Gordon has rewound the clock this year with the rebuilding Rockets, averaging 18 points-per-game over his past seven games on 52% shooting from the field. Available in 64% of Yahoo leagues, this is a solid pickup for a scoring boost.
Top Fantasy Basketball Power Forward Waiver Options:
Danilo Gallinari, Atlanta Hawks
Over the years, Gallo has provide tons of fantasy value, and he should have a chance to do it again, as Atlanta is missing some scoring options and The Rooster can fill that void. A good pickup for those needing three-pointers and a FT percentage boost.
Herbert Jones, New Orleans Pelicans
A dull suggestion based on name value, Jones is an interesting sleeper pickup based on the heavy dose of minutes he has received, as Jones has been playing 30 minutes per game over the Pelicans’ last 10 games. Jones should be able to add just a little bit in each category, but isn’t a standout anywhere, and his heavy minutes are the reason to be interested.
Top Fantasy Basketball Center Waiver Options:
Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors
Inconsistent playing time has been the issue for Boucher, but with a slew of injuries hitting the Raptors, Boucher will have a chance to be splash his three-pointers and block a few shots as he is seeing more run of late. Upside is high with Boucher’s three-point shooting skills and blocks.
Tristan Thompson, Sacramento Kings
A desperation streamer at best while Richaun Holmes recovers from an eye injury, Thompson can provide potential for a double-double while Holmes is out.