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!
Monte Morris, PG, Denver Nuggets
With Jamal Murray still rehabbing from an ACL injury he suffered towards the end of last season, Monte Morris has fulfilled the starting point guard duties for the Denver Nuggets. He’s continued to be a consistent and elite playmaker with a solid supporting cast of scorers. In his last 10 games, Morris has averaged 15 points and four rebounds. He’s also shot 51 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc. Until Murray returns from injury, expect Morriss to be the starting point guard going forward.
Terence Davis, SG, Sacramento Kings
After going undrafted in 2019, Terence Davis has emerged as a quality scorer off the bench for the Sacramento Kings. He’s also proven to be a solid wing defender. In his last 10 games, Davis has averaged 16 points, five rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He’s only shooting around 34 percent from beyond but he’s making more than two a game. He’s now been included in some starting lineups for the Kings as well, six of his last eight games. Davis a solid last option on the waiver wire if none of the other options are available.
Luke Kennard, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
After being a lottery pick out of Duke University, Luke Kennard has been a quality sixth man for the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s had his struggles in terms of consistently scoring but he’s always a player who could drop 25 on any given night. In his last 10 games, Kennard has averaged 13 points, three rebounds, and 47 percent from beyond the arc on more than six attempts per game. He’s filled the Lou Williams role almost perfectly minus his handles as a point guard. He’s a solid complementary piece to Paul George and a solid waiver wire selection.
Desmond Bane, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
Desmond Bane has emerged as one of the better young players in the NBA after being selected at the end of the first round. After averaging less than 10 points in his rookie season, Bane has now jumped to averaging 16 points per game this season. In his last 10 games, Bane has averaged 18 points, five rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He’s also shot an effective 16 percent from three and 93 percent from the free-throw line. He’s already a front runner for the most improved player award on top of a perfect waiver wire pickup.
Dorian Finney-Smith, PF/SF, Dallas Mavericks
Working his way through the ranks, Dorian Finney-Smith has become a critical defensive anchor for the Dallas Mavericks. He’s often In his last 10 games, DFS has averaged 10 points, four rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. He’s also shot an efficient 41 percent from beyond the arc, something he struggled with in the early stages of his career. His position versatility and defensive consistency also make him a quality pick-up on the waiver wires as his importance to the team continues to grow.
Kevin Love, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Once one of the best forwards in the NBA for years, injuries have derailed Kevin Love’s career especially after Lebron James left to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now healthy, Kevin Love has become a quality role player for a Cavaliers team that is surprising most. In his last 10 games, Love has averaged 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists per game. He’s also hit around 47 percent of his three-point attempts. He’s averaging all this while only playing less than 20 minutes a game. He’s a reliable option off waivers.
Dillon Brooks, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies
After missing the start of the season due to a broken wrist, Dillon Brooks has returned after another solid season. He hasn’t missed a beat as he’s already averaging 17 points, three rebounds, three assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He could improve on his three-point shooting as it’s at a career-low 32 percent. But nonetheless, Brooks continues to be a key player for the Grizzlies as they continue to secure their playoff spot without their star player in Ja Morant. Brooks should be an easy fantasy pick-up after missing games.
Dewayne Dedmon, C, Miami Heat
With Bam Adebayo going down with a UCL injury in his right thumb, Dewayne Dedmon has seen an increase in minutes as the new starting big man. Since being moved to the starting lineup, Dedmon has averaged eight points, 10 rebounds, and a block per game. He’s also shot a strong 52 percent from the field. He’s averaging all this in only about 23 minutes a game. Until Adebayo returns from injury, Dedmon should be a consistent and reliable option off waivers unless the front office chooses to trade for someone else.