NBA Week 11: Waiver Moves (Friday Edition)
January 6, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to Waiver Moves, where we will take a look at the waiver wire in your fantasy basketball league and make recommendations based on NBA risers and fallers. When looking at adds, we will be focusing on players who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues. All ownership percentages come from Yahoo! and are current as of Friday, January 6th.
Tony Parker (PG) – San Antonio Spurs
Parker’s ownership percentage jumped up over 10% since Tuesday, but he’s still available in over half of Yahoo leagues. He appears to have found the fountain of youth over the past few weeks as he’s been playing really well. In his past six games, Parker is averaging 18.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. He may run out of steam as the season wears on, but he’s returning solid value for fantasy owners right now.
Michael Carter-Williams (PG) – Chicago Bulls
Carter-Williams continues to play well in place of the recently benched Rajon Rondo. Rondo has not made it off the bench in three straight games and has started to hear his name in some trade rumors. Carter-Williams has topped 25 minutes played in four straight games, averaging 9.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists over that span.
Matt Barnes (SG/SF) – Sacramento Kings
Barnes has slid into the starting lineup with Rudy Gay still dealing with a hip issue. The veteran guard/forward has been turning in some productive outings for Sacramento, topping double digits in points in four of his last six games while also reaching 28 minutes played in all but one of those contests. Barnes is worth a roster spot while Gay is sidelined.
Wayne Ellington (SG/SF) – Miami Heat
Miami has dealt with multiple injuries this season, which has opened up extra minutes for the few healthy players they have left. Ellington has been one of those players who has benefitted from the extra run, averaging 32.0 minutes, 14.3 points, and 2.8 three-pointers per game over his past four outings. He doesn’t provide much outside of points scored and three-pointers, but he’s worth consideration if you need help in those categories.
Tim Hardaway, Jr. (SG/SF) – Atlanta Hawks
With Kyle Korver now playing for the Cavaliers, expect Hardaway to see some additional court time for the Hawks. While he’s more of an option in deeper leagues, the opportunity to produce is sitting in front of Hardaway now. The versatile Hardaway has averaged 18.3 points per game over his past three contests.
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James Johnson (SF/PF) – Miami Heat
With recent news that Justise Winslow will be out the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, Johnson all of a sudden has a good deal of long-term value. He should be a priority waiver add in any league where you need help at the forward position.
Lucas Noguiera (C) – Toronto Raptors
Noguiera has been overlooked in most fantasy leagues, even though he’s a top-100 player on Yahoo thanks to some solid across the board production. He’s been especially helpful in the blocks category as he’s averaging 1.8 per game this year. He’s worth an add in deeper leagues if you need help at the center position.
Jusuf Nurkic (C) – Denver Nuggets
Nurkic is slightly over our ownership threshold, but he is worth mentioning in this space. The young big man was a popular player in drafts this preseason, but then he picked up four straight DNP-CDs in late December, which caused many owners to release him. He’s worked his way back into the fold, averaging 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds over his past four games and is a decent bench stash if you have room.
Kenneth Faried (PF/C) – Denver Nuggets
Faried is dealing with a back injury which has held him out of three straight games. Even when healthy, Faried is only playing 22 minutes per game and has struggled to make much of an impact for Denver. He is not a must-hold option going forward.
Dwight Powell (PF/C) – Dallas Mavericks
Powell put together a solid stretch of basketball in December, but he’s seen his playing time cut drastically with the return of Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks have been giving Dirk some time at center and slid Harrison Barnes to the four, which has left Powell as the odd man out. He can be cut loose if there’s a better option out there.