Waiver Wire Wisdom: Week 14

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Fantasy Basketball Waivers can be a personal thing. The choices and strategies you make can vary greatly from one team to the next and one league from the next. These strategies are fluid and can obviously change as the season progresses.

Maybe your team needs to take a swing for the fences to push into the playoff race. Or maybe your team is on top and you have some wiggle room to take some gambles. You could be firmly in the mix and you need to a boost in 1 or 2 categories. You could have room in your dynasty squad and are looking to add an upside rookie that will pay off down the road. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Here we’ll offer up some different waiver options to consider based on some of these varying criteria. All of the players here are available in over half of Yahoo leagues.

Keep in mind that these waivers are considered potentially more long-term fixtures on your team, as opposed to the disposable streamers that heavily factor in games played to help you win your matchup for that week.

Boring Old Guys

These are the guys that make you yawn as you’re adding them to your team. They may be coming off of the bench but have cemented some sort of consistent role on their respective team. They won’t add much fun factor, but their sneaky production can make a difference.

PJ Tucker – HOUSTON ROCKETS SF/PF

Strengths: 3’s, Boards, Steals

Availability: 64% of Yahoo Leagues

Tucker is definitely a vet’s vet, and recently showed his worth in the playoffs last season, beasting out in the series against Utah and Golden State. He only added to his legend, playing after 3 route canals. With this Rockets team severly lacking depth, they’ve been running Tucker out there as their old man/tough guy/dirty work starter and he’s responded with boards, 3’s, and steals. His last 2 have been especially productive and with no immediate threat to his playing time, Tucker could carve out some nice numbers.

Also Consider

Richaun Holmes (82% Availability) – he’s currently on fire (#14 over the last week) with insane FG% and stocks. A lot of his value depends on how Ayton is playing, but he has been ramping it up as of late.

DeMarre Carroll (61% Availability) – If you need some quality bench scoring and 3’s on nice percentages, Carroll has been playing well enough to be ranked #52 over the last 2 weeks.

Jeremy Lin (79% Availability) – While a trade is likely, which would most likely reduce his production, Lin has been playing very well of late, picking up the slack for injured Bazemore and Prince. He’s solid for points, assists, and percentages.

Youth Movement

Make way for the young guys. These players will be a lot more fun to roster, but can bring some more ups and downs. If you can stomach the ride, the potential upside is a solid way to go.

De’Anthony Melton – PHOENIX SUNS PG

Strengths: Steals, Blocks, Assists

Availability: 92% of Yahoo Leagues

Melton has turned it up over the last few weeks and looks like he should be pretty solid the rest of the way. He’s one of those players that can really rack up the stocks in bunches (2.3 steals and 1 block over the last 2 weeks). His assist production has also increased lately, especially with Booker out. While he’s not a scorer on this team, the opportunity is there with an injured Booker and struggling Ayton. He’s still mainly a stocks and assists contributor, but don’t be surprised if the points start creeping towards double digits.

Also Consider

Rodions Kurucs (93% Availability) – Things weren’t looking great for Kurucs recently, but he came back over the last 2 to maintain relevance. He may have found himself entrenched as a starter from here on out.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (68% Availability) – SGA has been pretty up and down this season, but that’s to be expected of a 20-year-old rookie. He has quickly wrestled the starting gig away from Pat Beverly and has put up a few gems. His last game produced 4 blocks and 3 steals, which is fantasy gold.

End of Roster Filler

Admittedly, many of the players that fit in this category could do double duty in the Streamers article, as they tend to be the guys you move in and out of the ned of your bench. Weekly schedule aside, these players could hold solid low-end value, or even sneak into more relevance.They could also crash and burn. Take swings with these guys, depending on your needs, maybe you’ll get lucky, and if not, you can easily move on.

Bryn Forbes – SAN ANTONIO SPURS PG

Strengths: Points, 3’s

Availability: 66% of Yahoo Leagues

I was initially way higher on the prospects of fellow young guard Derrick White. White originally faltered, but is red hot now. If you listened to my advice last week, you grabbed him. If you missed White, Forbes is a solid consolation prize. He’s been producing solidly in points and 3’s, even if doesn’t do a lot more. He’s managed this even with the rejuvenation of White. If you need the boost in these cats, you could do worse for the end of your bench as a 3rd or 4th pg.

Also Consider

Daniel Theis (96% Availability)- Theis can post some nice lines when there’s a blowout or injury. He’s managed a #53 ranking over the last 3 games, though that obviously won’t last. Still, he produces well in boards, blocks and percentages, and for deeper leagues, he’s not a bad guy to roster.

Daniel House (95% Availability) – The scoring has dropped, but the minutes are still in the mid 20’s. I expect Houston to need more out of House as the season progresses.

Sam Dekker (99% Availability) – With Wall, Morris, and Dwight out, there is usage to go around. In the last 2 games se’s scored in double figures. Dekker could be a low-end source for points and 3’s in deeper leagues.

Dynasty

These players will be your rookies, 2nd year players, and even G-League standouts that may not have right being on your redraft squad, but depending on the depth of your dynasty league, you may want to go pickup. Some will obviously take longer, but I’m hedgeing my best on these guys being productive at some point over the next few seasons.

Robert Williams – BOSTON CELTICS C

Stengths: Boards, Blocks, FG%

Availability: 99% of Yahoo Leagues

Like fellow rookie, Mitchell Robinson, Williams enered the league as a potential DeAndre Jordan clone. With that upside also came some questions of character and maturity. Lately there hasn’t been any talk of missed practices or flights, which is good. With an aging Horford ahead of him, the future has plenty of potential. When given minutes he’s shown he can put up stats in a hurry. He’s already had 2 five block games.

Also Consider

Furkan Korkmaz (99% Availability) – Korkmaz is running hot right now, filling in for JJ Reddick, but its temporary. He’s still contributing when not starting, but it’s more for deeper leagues and dynasty.

Omari Spellman (99% Availability) – Nice stretch 5 that could gain minutes after the Hawks make some moves.

Jonah Bolden (99% Availability) – Posted 11/9/3 with 2 blocks in his 2nd start. He can hit 3’s and is one to keep tabs on.