The key to winning your fantasy basketball league is not how well you draft, but the players you add off waivers. This is extremely important because securing hidden talent could replace those late-round selections that aren’t having the best season. Here at NFS, we provide the best picks for players you should grab off waivers now before it is too late. As always, both opportunity and performance are taken into consideration for these players. Learn to think like a NERD! Check out the NBA Player Consistency Rankings to see how consistent, good or bad, players are, determined by stats, not hunches or anecdotal evidence!
Josh Christopher, SG, Houston Rockets
After being a highly-recruited high school prospect, Josh Christopher’s single-season at Arizona State University wasn’t as exciting as expected. But COVID-19 has opened up an opportunity to earn more minutes for the Houston Rockets. In his last 10 games, Christopher has averaged nearly 10 points, two assists, and almost a steal per game. What’s most impressive are his percentages. He’s hit 58 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc. He’s only played about 20 minutes a game, but that will likely increase as he continues to be an efficient scorer.
Gary Harris, SG, Orlando Magic
After being dumped for Aaron Gordon, Gary Harris has proven more why it was a regret for the Denver Nuggets to sign him to a massive extension. Harris has managed to regain some ground by playing a ton of minutes for the Orlando Magic. In his last 10 games, Harris has averaged 14 points, three rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. He’s also shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three. With playing over 32 minutes a game, Harris will have plenty of opportunities to improve and become a possible trade target in the future.
Gabe Vincent, PG, Miami Heat
With the Miami Heat continuing to deal with a ton of COVID-19 issues, Gabe Vincent has had to step up in a massive way to keep them in the playoff picture. In his last 10 games, Vincent has averaged 12 points, four assists, and 1.1 steals per game. His percentages are down due to volume. But it is clear Erik Spoelstra holds a lot of trust to fill the bridge until the starters get healthy. He should be an easy target on the waiver wire with a short-term upside.
Malik Beasley, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
After a 20 point campaign last season, Malik Beasley started to be involved less because of the rising of Anthony Edwards. He’s been pushed to a bench role but has still managed to average 13 points and four rebounds in his last 10 games. COVID-19 issues to players, including Patrick Beverley, should give Beasley more involvement in the offense. But Beasley still seems to be out of the major offensive involvement has had last season unless he ends up getting traded again. He’s another solid short-term option on waivers.
Kenyon Martin Jr., SF, Houston Rockets
After Daniel House was cut from the Houston Rockets, Kenyon Martin Jr. has been given his minutes to improve his game. He was a surprise rookie last season after going undrafted. In his last 10 games, Martin Jr has averaged 10 points and four rebounds per game. He’s also shot nearly 60 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. He has a ton of upside as the Rockets continue to rebuild and is a long-term option on the waiver wire.
Cameron Johnson, SF, Phoenix Suns
After being a surprise lottery pick, Cameron Johnson has performed well through his first three seasons for the Phoenix Suns. He’s also shown slow but constant improvement. In his last 10 games, Johnson has averaged 14 points and five rebounds per game. He’s continued to improve his outside shooting, hitting around 44 percent in those same games. He’s held a consistent role and it should only increase if COVID were to become a problem in the Suns organization.
Deni Avdija, SF, Washington Wizards
After being a top pick in last year’s draft, Deni Avdija has failed to hit expectations for the Washington Wizards. But COVID has opened up small opportunities for him to play more minutes. In his last 10 games, Avdija has averaged 9 points, five rebounds, and a steal per game. He’s also been shooting 50 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. It is not much, but at only 20 years old, Avdija still has a ton of room to grow in the NBA.
Tristan Thompson, C/PF, Sacramento Kings
After failing to reach expectations as a top-five selection, Tristian Thompson’s role in Cleveland was critical in their dynasty despite a simplistic role. His role has been different in Sacramento. However, COVID-related issues have forced him to play more minutes. In his last 10 games, Thompson has averaged 10 points and seven rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field. He’s a short-term option until Richaun Holmes and others return from COVID protocols.