NBA Week 9: Waiver Moves
December 13, 2017 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to the Week 9 edition of 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 around 50% of Yahoo! leagues (with a few exceptions). All ownership percentages come from Yahoo! and are current as of December 13.
Frank Ntilikina (PG) – New York Knicks
Ntilikina is more of a deeper option here, but he’s worth a stash if you have room on your roster in deep leagues. The rookie point guard is starting to see his minutes trend upwards for the Knicks as he’s topped 20 in six of his past seven games. The 6’5″ guard was the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft, has loads of potential, and should continue to get better and better as the season goes one.
E’Twaun Moore (PG/SG/SF) – New Orleans Pelicans
Oh, hey there E’Twaun! Moore has been on some kind of hot streak lately. A week after setting a career high in points with 27, he went ahead and outdid himself with a 36-point outburst on Monday evening. The seventh-year guard should continue to operate as one of the Pelicans’ top offensive threats while Anthony Davis is sidelined by a thigh issue.
Milos Teodosic (PG/SG) – Los Angeles Clippers
Many had high hopes for Teodosic heading into the season as he was tabbed to take over starting duties for the departed Chris Paul. He lasted all of two games before a foot injury knocked him out of action for about six weeks. He is expected to be worked back slowly but he’s worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues if you need help at the point guard position.
Alec Burks (PG/SG) – Utah Jazz
Burks has been on fire for the Jazz over the past six games, averaging 27.3 minutes, 21.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game over that span while shooting a blistering 56.8% from the field. Burks is benefitting from the absence of Rodney Hood, who is out with an ankle issue. Burks is worth playing for as long as Hood is out and could earn a sizable share of playing time for the Jazz even after Hood returns.
Caris LeVert (SG/SF) – Brooklyn Nets
LeVert’s ownership has jumped up after another strong week on the court. The second-year swingman has been playing extremely well over the past few weeks. LeVert, over his past 10 games, is averaging 27.9 minutes, 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per contest. LeVert has been playing some backup point guard for the Nets, which has helped contribute to his uptick in assists lately.
Jeremy Lamb (SG/SF) – Charlotte Hornets
Lamb should remain the Hornets’ starting two guard for as long as Nicolas Batum is out with an elbow issue, which gives him plenty of opportunity to be fantasy relevant going forward. Lamb played 33 minutes on Monday with Batum out. He didn’t shoot well, hitting just 6-of-17 field goals, but the usage in that game is encouraging for his value in the near future.
Jonathon Simmons (SG/SF) – Orlando Magic
Simmons should be a hot waiver pickup after pouring in 50 points over his past two outings. Simmons has been a pleasant surprise this season, averaging 15.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. The former San Antonio reserve should remain a major part of the Orlando offense while Evan Fournier (ankle) and Aaron Gordon (concussion) are out of action.
Bobby Portis (PF/C) – Chicago Bulls
Portis’ season got off to a rocky start, with him getting suspended eight games for breaking teammate Nikola Mirotic’s face in a fight during practice. The young big man has rebounded since averaging 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He’s still only averaging 21.4 minutes per game, but he has nightly double-double potential if the going nowhere Bulls start to give him a little more time on the court.
Richaun Holmes (PF/C) – Philadelphia 76ers
Holmes exploded for 15 points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes against the Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Holmes has shown the ability to rebound at a high level in the past when he gets the playing time, which has been the case of late with the 76ers. Over his past four games, the 24-year-old is averaging 24.8 minutes, 13.3 points, and 7.3 rebounds. He’s worth a look if you need a reserve big man.
Jahlil Okafor (C) – Brooklyn Nets
Okafor was glued to the bench in Philadephia but his recent trade to the Nets gives fantasy owners hope for his rest of season outlook. The big man is worth a speculative add considering he’s just two seasons removed from a solid, 17.5-point, 7.0-rebound rookie campaign. The Nets are saying that he will have to earn his minutes but he should emerge as the team’s starting center sooner rather than later on a Brooklyn team that is pretty thin at the position.