Waiver Wire Wishlist - Fantasy Basketball (Week 11)
We had a few more big winners in Week 10 of the Fantasy Basketball season. Saddiq Bey, Josh Richardson and T.J. McConnell were big hits for us. As the playoffs are quickly approaching us, it’s time to keep pushing forward and playing the waiver wire as much as you can. We’ll continue to present you with quality waiver wire adds.
Each week, Nate with We Know Fantasy will present his must target waiver waiver suggestions. There will be at least five players listed each week with an attempt to cover all eligible positions. The rule of thumb is for players suggested to be owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues - give or take. One player will also be owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues to cater to all types of leagues. Additionally, Nate will reference both points and category strengths of all suggestions.
As previously mentioned, Bey continued to impress in Detroit. He played over 31 minutes-per-game, scoring 12.8 points while grabbing six rebounds and 1.5 steals. Marucs Morris had a down-to-earth type of week after we gloated about his impressie shooting numbers. Richardson is starting to find his groove, as we suggested he would last week, as he put in 14.3 points in 30:45 minutes-per-game over the last seven days. We’d like to see Willy Hernandez play some more minutes but he did average 8.5 rebounds and recorded one block over the last week. McConnell was arguably our most impressive performer of the week. He recorded 10.7 points but also dished 7.3 assists and 2.3 steals. He did this while grabbing 5.3 rebounds as well. Dorian Finney-Smith is getting the minutes we talked about a week ago, but did add 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34:15 minutes-per-game.
Week 10 Results
Saddiq Bey, SF, Detroit Pistons - 31:30 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 6 RPG & 1.5 SPG
Marcus Morris Sr., PF, Los Angeles Clippers - 24 MPG, 7.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG & 0.8 SPG
Josh Richardson, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks - 30:45 MPG, 14.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG & 0.8 SPG
Willy Hernandez, C, New Orleans Pelicans - 19:15 MPG, 8.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG & 1 BPG
T.J. McConnell, PG, Indiana Pacers - 32:19 MPG, 10.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 7.3 APG & 2.3 SPG
Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, Dallas Mavericks - 34:15 MPG, 5.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG & 1.3 SPG
Week 11 Suggestions
Josh Hart, SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans - Owned in 38% of Yahoo and 22.2% in ESPN leagues
Week 11 Matchups: vs. UTA, vs. CHI & vs. MIA
Josh Hart has been a player I’ve rostered all season in my big money league, for what’s that worth. Now he’s popping up in Week 11 as the top waiver wire suggestion. At this point of the season, Hart is seeing his court time increase and if you’ve learned anything from this series at this point, you know that court time equates to production. He’s a little inconsistent but is a key part to this team’s rotation. He also get’s a good amount of out-of-position rebounds at SG/SF.
Robert Williams, C, Boston Celtics - Owned in 40% of Yahoo and 20.1% of ESPN leagues
Week 11 Matchups: vs. LAC & vs. TOR
The perk of Robert Williams is that the Celtics’ front court is awful. He’ll continue to get minutes despite his game-to-game performances. Williams is currently pushing both Tristan Thompson and Daniel Theis for playing time. Williams will contribute in blocks, boards and a high shooting percentage for category players. In his past six games, Williams has totaled 15 blocks in under 18 minutes-per-contest. Now, imagine if he can get some more minutes in this Celtics’ front court.
Jalen Brunson, PG, Dallas Mavericks - Owned in 25% of Yahoo and 16.8% of ESPN leagues
Week 11 Matchups: @ORL & vs. OKC
Brunson is a fantastic add for players lacking in three-point shooting. Over his last six games, he's averaging 16.2 points and 2.2 threes while shooting 46% from three. His hot-play may be enticing at the time, but be leary of his trend and move on when it’s time. It currently isn’t the time to move on from him and who knows when that will come. For now, adding Brunson to your fantasy squad is a must in my opinion.
Malik Monk, SG, Charlotte Hornets - Owned in 30% of Yahoo and 17.1% of ESPN leagues
Week 11 Matchups: @POR & @MIN
There hasn’t been a hotter scorer in the NBA than Malink Monk as of late. In four of his last five games, Monk has gone over 20 points. Monk is averaging 20.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and four threes-per-game. He’s also doing this on impressive percentages. Obviously, we don’t know if this streak he is on is sustainable, heck, it probably is not, but with the points and three pointers he’s putting in right now, he needs to be owned.
Theo Maledon, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder - Owned in 13% of Yahoo and 5.9% of ESPN leagues
Week 11 Matchups: @DAL & @SA
Theo Maledon is a repeat from previously in the season. Now he’s back. Since his appearance in this series, he entered the leagues’ health and safety protocol which resulted in him being dropped in a lot of leagues. At just 19-years-old, Maledon is averaging 10.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 31.4 minutes-per-game in the last 13 games since his return. His usage rate is on the rise and now, he is a must add in fantasy leagues. Hopefully you were able to stash him from his first hot start in the league.
Derrick Jones Jr., SG/SF, Portland Trailblazers - Owned in 30% of Yahoo and 21.6% of ESPN leagues
Week 11 Matchups: vs. CHA, vs. GS & vs. SAC
The Trailblazers are one of a handful of teams that enter the All-Star break with three games opposed to the typical two games. Additionally, these matchups are favorable entering and existing the intermission. Jones is a wing that contributes greatly to the defensive side of fantasy leagues opposed to the offense. This doesn’t mean that he can’t contribute on the offensive end because he can. Jones has averaged double-digit points in five of his last six games.