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 at each position widely available in free agency in the 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.
TJ McConnellIndiana Pacers (registered in 19.9% of ESPN leagues): Found 11th on Player Rater among point guards over the past week and fresh off a triple-double against the Suns, McConnell is a worthy addition to any fantasy roster as long as Tyrese Haliburton stay away.
Killian HayesDetroit Pistons (29.3%): Still thriving as a distributor even if his shot doesn’t drop, Hayes really doesn’t have much competition for minutes atop a meager Detroit depth chart.
Luguentz thereOklahoma City Thunder (28.8%): both there and Jalen Williams emerged as useful two-way actors in both real and imagined terms. Dort has been especially helpful thanks to averaging 15 points and five boards over his last eight games.
Donte Di VincenzoGolden State Warriors (6.4%): Strong steal and rebound rates help DiVincenzo earn regular minutes in the Warriors rotation.
Seth’s CurryBrooklyn Nets (20.2%): Back on the field and providing consistent scoring and shooting results, Curry is a specialist for those in the deeper leagues.
Kyle AndersonMinnesota Timberwolves (23.2%): This methodical playmaker has been central to the team’s offensive efforts lately, regularly flirting with triple-double results as a two-way player for the Timberwolves.
Norman PowellLA Clippers (27.1%): Hot from the floor in recent games, this scoring guard is averaging an impressive 21.3 points in 28 MPG over his last eight appearances and should continue to play an important role in the weeks to come.
Bruce BrownDenver Nuggets (27.7%): One of the best guys in the league, Brown scores effectively as a cutter and does enough on defense to deserve more attention from roto league managers.
Josh RichardsonSan Antonio Spurs (7.5%): There will be some quiet lines from Richardson in a role that can include fluctuation within minutes, but he’s also capable of filling the box scoreline as a two-way force for Spurs.
De’Andre HunterAtlanta Hawks (19.4%): A shallow forward depth chart in Atlanta means big minutes for Hunter, who has been a consistent source of goals for a few weeks now.
Cameron JohnsonPhoenix Suns (17.7%): The Suns sniper is back in the fold and ready to space the floor for a Phoenix team that needs its perimeter touch. Mostly a scoring and shooting value specialist, Johnson could really take off once the team’s star backcourt returns.
Walker KeslerUtah Jazz (14.3%): Even on Kelly OlynikOn the eventual return of the rotation, Kessler lands enough shots to merit continued interest. As a starter, he’s an elite source of rebounds and one of the best rim protectors in the league.
Al HorfordBoston Celtics (48.1%): This savvy vet has been doing a bit of everything lately, as managers may want to look beyond his modest scoring clip and appreciate the positive contributions in several categories.