We kept our waiver wire draft going for week 11. Like last time, we picked the top 40 players available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues. We evaluated players based on their rest-of-season outlooks in 9-category leagues.
Our waiver wire draft is meant to be a little more fun and instinctual than our rest-of-season rankings (available here, here, and here, soon to be compiled together), leading to a healthy balance of players offering steady production versus those offering upside.
You may also be familiar with our Weekly Streaming Articles, and while there will certainly be crossover between these lists, we take a look at the players below in longer terms.
Our waiver wire rankings will be updated weekly based on player performance and ownership trends.
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* Ownership percentages fluctuate, so certain players could change or edge above 50% after we publish our rankings.
- Tyler Johnson, #2: Despite moving back to the bench, Johnson is looking at a nice opportunity with Dragic out until the All-Star break. He’s scored double digits in 3 out of his last 4 games and has hit at least one trey in each those.
- Kevin Huerter, #4: needs to be added on every 12
manor deeper League. If you have enough room in a 10 man League, then do it. Averaging 2.8 3 pointers and has been ranked 101 on the player radar the last two weeks. Taurean Prince has been out, but Huerter will still get minutes when he comes back. He has an opportunity to carve out 27+ minutes ROS
- Jae Crowder, #5: Crowder isn’t a starter for Utah, but the team tends to do better when he’s on the court, which helps feed the trade Favors movement. Over the last 4 games, Jae has been putting up a solid 14.3 points and 6.5 boards, but more importantly, 3.5 3’s per game. That’s good enough for a #58 ranking over that period.
- Caris LeVert, #8: The fact that LeVert did not require surgery on his ankle, plus the report last week that he was ‘back in the gym’, leads me to believe that the Nets are not deceiving us when they say LeVert will be back this season without limitation. If a top-50 caliber player is floating on your waiver wire, and you have the means to stash him via IR, a deep bench, or you’re simply good enough to carry some dead weight, then there’s no reason to not grab this lottery ticket.
- P.J. Tucker, #9: CP3 will miss some time because of his injury. The Rockets are forced to play Tucker heavy minutes moving forward. He’s worth owning for his 3-pointers, steals
andboards. Tucker has made at least 2 treys in his past 6 games.
- Fred VanVleet, #11: I see it as a common weekly occurrence that I pick FVV as I’m probably the highest on him out of all the Fantasy Unicorns. All he needs is
consistentopportunity at a larger role and he can be a starter-level PG who will make a home in the Top 100.
- Cody Zeller, #12: This guy contributes across the board. For the season, he’s averaging 9.4 PTS, 6 REBS, 0.8 STLS
and0.8 BLKS. His decent FT% and F/C position eligibility makeshim a valuable add.
- Terrence Ross, #13: Bad pick by me, he shot 1-11 last night as we were doing the draft. I should have taken Smart here, who went one spot later. The wheels have fallen off over the last two weeks for Ross. I loved what he was providing before December, so maybe he can turn it around.
- Marcus Smart, #14: If you can afford the FG% hit on your team then grab him where he is available. GM’s in your league is starting to understand that steals is not easy to get on the wire. He’s averaging 3 steals and 4.3
assiststhe last 2 weeks. Time to pounce.
- Rodions Kurucs, #15: I mentioned Hot Rod in last week’s Waivers article, but I underestimated both what his role could become in December, as well as his overall readiness to produce. This kid can straight out ball, and provides some much needed 3
pointshooting at the wing. Go grab him and see how things pan out. The return of Crabbe, and eventually LeVert will probably mute his value, though he could see continued relevance at the expense of RHJ. For dynasty leagues, just go get him now if he’s available.
- De’Anthony Melton, #17: Gm’s have soured a bit, but he played well tonight next to Booker. Melton’s +/- was at 4+ tonight. His game provided 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 Steals. He Only received 19 mins, which Phoenix will continue to tinker with rotation. Oubre finished the rest of game, but Melton will flash more opportunity from time to time. Hold and see how the rotation shakes out.
- Reggie Bullock, #19: Bullock has been red-hot since returning from his injury. He’s that hot I’d like to name him “3G” Bullock. Check out his 3PTM in his last 4 games: 4-5-7-3. Over that span, he’s played at least 30 minutes and is showing no signs of slowing down.
- Richaun Holmes, #22: This guy is a solid per-minute contributor. If he can steal additional minutes away from Ayton, his value may rise further.
- Bryn Forbes, #25: Another guy I was admittedly wrong about. While he’s not going to be a game changer, he seems to have cemented his role as the starter on the Spurs, over Derrick White, who I originally had much higher. White hasn’t figured it out, but Forbes has been playing good enough to be helpful in percentages and 3’s. It’s also worth noting that on Friday night he delivered 7 assists, which has been one of his weak points. He’s ranked #82 in standard leagues over the last 2 weeks. There obviously isn’t a ton of upside, but he is definitely worth considering.
- Kelly Olynyk, #29: I like multi-cat bigs so after getting Zeller and Holmes earlier, snagging Olynyk makes sense. That F/C position eligibility is hard to resist too.
- Nerlens Noel, #31: Crazy fantasy stats in limited minutes is Noel’s game and I’m all about it as an end-of-bench player. Go look at his per-36 minute numbers and salivate over what havoc he could wreak if Steven Adams ever has to miss a few games.
- Allen Crabbe, #32: For my last two picks, I went for some stash appeal. I see his hot streak quite similar to “3G”
Bullock’s. Prior to being sidelined, here’s Crabbe’s 3PTM in his previous 4 games: 7-3-5-4
- Tyus Jones, #38: Took him because of the injuries to Jeff Teague and now Derrick Rose. Let’s see what happens!
- Rajon Rondo, #39: He was still injured
priorour draft. He returned eventually and picked up where he left off: 8 PTS, 4 REBS, 9 ASTS. That’s not too shabby for a guy who’s been out for a little over a month.
- Mo Bamba, #40: This was a tricky one best served for the end of this list, for now. We all know Vooch is the only
road blockin Bamba’s path to fantasy glory. Whether Orlando will keep competing for the 8-seed or embrace their youngsters is yet to be seen. That makes him risky in Redraft.