Fantasy Basketball Waiver Thread – Right Time for Johnson, Dosunmu and More
Working the waiver wire is essential for success in fantasy basketball. With so many games, injuries, and endless shifts in rotations throughout the marathon campaign, we’ll need to get free agency stats to max out fantasy rosters.
A willingness to entertain the competition for the last spots on your fantasy hoops list can prove rewarding. When curating this fluid collective of stat contributors, it’s helpful to consider your end-of-the-bench players in direct competition with the talent floating around in free agency.
The goal of this weekly series is to identify players in every position available in free agency in at least one-third of ESPN leagues. Some appointments are specialists who can help in one or two categories, while others offer more diverse and significant statistical offerings. In the breakdowns below, I’ve ranked the players at each position with acquisition priority in mind, rather than roster percentage in ESPN leagues.
Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers (enrolled in 64.5% of ESPN leagues): A quad injury will rule out Simons to open the week, but it remains an ideal window to acquire the rising scoring star. Since becoming a starter, Simons has ranked among the league leaders in 3-point production.
Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls (24.3%): Such unique passing prowess from a second-round rookie created value for Dosunmu. Until Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso are back in the fold, this product from Illinois can help fantasy teams.
Donte DiVincenzo, Sacramento Kings (37.3%): Getting more work in the rotation lately has allowed DiVincenzo’s elite steal percentage to surface. A solid rebounder for his position, there are some signs of statistical momentum underway.
Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves (36.2%): A “bucket” enjoying more opportunities with Anthony Edwards ailing, Beasley is probably only interesting when his role is high.
Malik Beasley rolls in the paint and unleashes the huge jam for the Timberwolves.
Josh Hart, Portland Trail Blazers (50.5%): Even though he’s calmed down in the scoring department after a strong start to his career at Portland, there’s plenty of rebound production and play to consider.
Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns (25.3%): Hot off the pitch and fresh from a career outing this weekend, Johnson is thriving as the team’s scoring force with Chris Paul and Devin Booker unavailable as of late. Even with Booker’s imminent return, Johnson is likely to enjoy a strong end to the season given the team needs its shooting gravity without Paul.
Terance Mann, Los Angeles Clippers (21.2%): The Clippers need a bit of everything from Mann most nights, as evidenced by their productivity as a passer, rebounder and defensive option.
Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (54.8%): With word that “MPJ” might be back from back pain in the next few weeks, it’s time to sign him up for the stretch run. It’s unclear if Porter will be ready to handle a heavy workload once he’s on the pitch, but his offensive skill advantage demands our attention.
Robert Covington, LA Clippers (61.8%): Incredible block rate drives Covington’s value at this point. It’s still good for solid fire and flight rates, but it’s the fact that it has center-type rim protection rates that makes it such a difference maker.
Lauri Markkanen, Cleveland Cavaliers (41.3%): This team’s strong defensive roster still lacks point creation, which helps Markkanen’s workload as one of the team’s top perimeter threats.
PJ Washington, Charlotte Hornet (64.5%): The team’s commitment to managing smaller rosters continues to foster great fantasy fun for Washington, which has thrived as the team’s stretching center. You won’t be won over by just one category, but there’s just enough shooting, scoring, and defensive production to merit listing in Washington in most formats.
Steven Adams, Memphis Grizzlies (48.5%): Any atypically strong assist rate fuels Adams’ value, especially on a team that highly values his ability to clean the glass and initiate transitional possession with skillful out passes.