Fantasy Basketball Waiver Thread – Top Picks for Assists

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 approximately a quarter 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.

peak guard

Davion Mitchell, Sacramento Kings (enrolled in 18.3% of ESPN leagues): Gaining ground as one of the most added players of the past week, Mitchell jumped statistically following injuries to Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox. With at least 22 points and seven cents in three straight outings, Mitchell has the league-winning advantage for the final weeks of the season.

Kevin Porter Jr., Houston Rockets (70.3%): If “KPJ” is still floating around in free agency in your format, it’s time to get the all-around running playmaker. Although its score has dropped recently, a stellar assist rate supports an immense fantastic impact for the USC product.

Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls (26.0%): Sometimes we need to look at the sum of the statistical contributions and not get stuck on low scoring results. As with Porter, you’ll have to accept a modest score from Caruso to get his solid assist, rebound, and defense rates.

shooting guard

Bruce Brown, Brooklyn Nets (32.6%): As the resident “glue guy” for the Nets, Brown does a bit of everything. Think of it as the hilt version of a Swiss army knife; a unique mix of flights, blocks, planks and dimes.

Donte DiVincenzo, Sacramento Kings (37.9%): Posting at least eight rebounds or eight cents in three of his last four games, DiVincenzo lives up to the Villanova name with versatile contributions as Sacramento’s sixth man.

Alec Burks, New York Knicks (21.3%): Having Tom Thibodeau’s trust can prove invaluable for fantasy purposes; Burks regularly tops 30 minutes as a key backcourt contributor for the Knicks. This role supports strong shooting and scoring results, although it’s probably best to list Immanuel Quickley (16.1%) given he’s recently been given the ability to close games.

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Alec Burks gets the basket and the foul

small forward

Will Barton, Denver Nuggets (58.2%): As a key complementary creator alongside Nikola Jokic, Barton benefits from the team not having much depth in the backcourt. Some strong recent lines suggest Barton could be warming up just in time for the decisive final weeks of the fantasy campaign.

Terance Mann, Los Angeles Clippers (21.9%): While his role and minutes may fluctuate on a Clippers roster that’s somehow still deep even after a wave of perimeter injuries, Mann has increased his passing and point production enough to earn confidence through the occasional dip. .

Power forward

Marvin Bagley III, Detroit Pistons (53.3%): His value depends somewhat on how often the team faces Jerami Grant over the span, but Bagley has proven to be a go-to option whenever Grant is resting. With two huge scoring games under his belt over the past week, Bagley is heating up.

Robert Covington, LA Clippers (59.9%): Seven blocks in his last three games reveal just how much Covington can prove his worth even when his shot doesn’t drop. Averaging just enough burn to support his elite defensive rates, Covington is an ideal addition for those who need defensive pop in both category and roto formats.

Lauri Markkanen, Cleveland Cavaliers (54.9%): He doesn’t add much defensively, but there’s enough shot and goal volume here to merit Markkanen’s interest. This is especially true given he is playing long minutes for a side looking for wins, as such cost certainty is becoming rare in recent weeks.


Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons (62.1%): “Beef Stew” was empowered to start throwing 3-point corners, and the results include him sinking a career-high two from deep Sunday afternoon in a loss to the Knicks. Great rebound rates determine much of its value, but respectable rim protection is also key to its profile.

Steven Adams, Memphis Grizzlies (54.5%): The Grizzlies are getting some great games from Adams recently, as he’s increased his rim protection rates and remains one of the best rebounders in the league.

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