Waiver Wire Wishlist - Fantasy Basketball (Week 9)
We just keep churning out successful weeks here on the Waiver Wire Wishlist. I suppose outside of Patrick Williams being a disappointment and Theo Maldeon hitting the Health and Safety Protocol before the week even began, we had a pretty successful week. We’ve also officially gone past the halfway point of the NBA season. It’s getting down to crunch time. Keep streaming players and playing the waiver wire weekly!
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.
Jakob Poeltl was our top suggestion of a week ago and he went and delivered. Not only did he average just shy of 11 points-per-game over the past week, he added nine rebounds. On top of that, he averaged an impressive three blocks-per-game over the past week. Williams got the minutes we were hoping for but didn’t do much with them. Kendrick Nunn continues to get minutes as Tyler Hero and Goran Dragic are still battling with injury. He’s poured in 16.5 points-per-game over the past week. Jae’Sean Tate took advantage of a beaten up Rockets’ squad and averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Juan Toscano-Anderson was probably our furthest “out there” suggestion. He wasn’t terrible but he also wasn’t impressive. As previously mentioned, Maledon hit the Health and Safety Protocol before the week started.
Week 8 Results
Jakob Poeltl, C, San Antonio Spurs - 26 MPG, 10.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1 SPG & 3 BPG
Patrick Williams, SF, Chicago Bulls - 35 MPG, 6.7 PPG, 5 RPG & 1 BPG
Kendrick Nunn, SG, Miami Heat - 34:45 MPG, 16.5 PPG, 2.3 APG & 2 SPG
Jae’Sean Tate, SG/SF, Houston Rockets - 30 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG & 0.5 SPG
Juan Toscano-Anderson, SF, Golden State Warriors - 21:25 MPG, 6.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG & 0.6 BPG
Theo Maledon, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder - Health & Safety Protocol
Week 9 Suggestions
Kendrick Nunn, SG, Miami Heat - Owned in 42% of Yahoo and 38.9% of ESPN leagues
Week 9 Matchups: @LAC, @GS, @SAC & @LAL
Nunn obviously was in our article a week ago, but he needs to be turned into our top suggestion for Week 9. There was a three game stretch between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3 where Nunn did not play due to a coach’s decision. However, since his return back into the Heat lineup, he’s averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 threes and 2.5 assists in 34.3 minutes-per-game. Adding Nunn is of course a short term answer however, as when the entire Heat roster gets healthy, he’ll be an afterthought. However, the entire Heat roster has yet to get healthy all at the same time and I expect that trend to continue throughout the second half of the season.
Jae’Sean Tate, SF, Houston Rockets - Owned in 17% of Yahoo and 12.7% of ESPN leagues
Week 9 Matchups: @WAS, @PHI, vs. DAL & vs. IND
Like Nunn, Tate is a repeat from a week ago but needs to be included again. I’m glad we were able to get ahead of the game and suggest Tate last week, but what he’s doing in this Rockets’ lineup can’t be forgotten. This Rockets’ team is all over the place with injuries and limiting players’ minutes. Victor Oladipo is sidelined with a list of injuries and John Wall continues to be closely monitored, just to name a few. However, over the course of the season, Tate has been one of the constants in this team. Nothing he does is going to blow you away, but he is averaging 12 points and five rebounds over his last eight games on extremely high shooting percentages. In categories leagues, this guy is a must add.
Frank Kaminsky, C, Phoenix Suns - Owned in 10% of Yahoo and 10% of ESN leagues
Week 9 Matchups: vs. BKN, @NO & @MEM
Frank Maninsky has started five straight games for the Suns alongside Deandre Ayton. The major reasoning, and maybe the only reasoning, for having Kaminsky featured here is that he gets you out-of-position assists and threes for those in category leagues. Over the five games he has started, he is averaging 9.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 threes-per-game. He’s also shooting 51.4-percent over that same span as well.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Orlando Magic - Owned in 21% of Yahoo and 4.9% of ESPN leagues
Week 9 Matchups: vs. NY, vs. GS & vs. DET
Michael Carter-Williams - yes, he still exists - is now the starting point guard for the Orlando Magic. This of course, if pretty much by default as Cole Anthony and Frank Mason are still sidelined with injuries. Carter-Williams returned from his own injury on Feb. 12 and put up 21 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Also, as a 6-foot-6 point guard, he’s good for out-of-position rebounds as well.
Taurean Prince, SF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers - Owned in 10% of Yahoo and 8.5% of ESPN leagues
Week 9 Matchups: @GS, vs. SA & vs. OKC
Larry Nance Jr. is set to miss over a month with a recent finger injury, making way for Prince to benefit with a boost in minutes for the Cavaliers. Since Nance’s absence, Prince has played just shy of eight more minutes-per-game than when Nance was healthy. He’s not here to blow you away or win you a championship, but he’s good enough, especially in deeper leagues, to get you some points or contribute to your categories with the extensive list of injuries we’re seeing across the NBA
Grayson Allen, SG, Memphis Grizzlies - Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 4.5% of ESPN leagues
Week 9 Matchups: vs. NO, vs. OKC, vs. DET & vs. PHO
Allen has now played four games since his four-game absence due to injury. He’s played over 20 minutes in each of the games he’s played since his return and even entered the Grizzlies’ starting lineup for the first time since December. He even hit six three-points in that start on Friday (Feb. 12) against the Lakers. He had 23 points that night. In the four games he’s been back he’s averaging 15.3 points and has hit multiple threes in each game.