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!
Patrick Beverley, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
An experienced veteran, Patrick Beverley brings important off-the-court intangibles for a young Timberwolves team looking to reach the next level. But on the court, Beverley is still a defensive pest for any opposing guard. In his last 10 games, Beverley has averaged 10 points, six rebounds, six assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. He struggles shooting efficiently from the field, but his all-around production on both ends of the court and consistent role with the team make him a perfect immediate pick-up off waivers.
Amir Coffey, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
Once a 15th man on the Los Angeles Clippers roster, Amir Coffey has been forced into the rotation due to injuries that plague the roster. He’s even started a few games for the team as well. In his last 10 games, Coffey has averaged 12 points, four rebounds, three assists, and nearly a steal per game. He’s proved himself as a lethal shooter, hitting nearly 46 percent of his threes in those same games. He could crack his way into the regular rotation with this impressive play; certainly something to watch as the season goes on.
Bones Hyland, PG, Denver Nuggets
The Summer League proved large for a raise in Bones Hyland’s stock to begin the season. With still no Jamal Murray, there was an opportunity for Hyland to get some quality minutes to help his growth in his first season. Recently, he’s been getting a run in the rotation. In his last 10 games, Hyland has averaged 10 points, four rebounds, and two assists while shooting only 34 percent from the field. His efficiency certainly needs to improve. But it says a ton that Mike Malone is willing to put him in important game situations to earn trust. He’s worth watching on radars for now.
Jae’Sean Tate, SF/PF, Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets have had an up and down season but Jae’Sean Tate has still managed to show why he could be a decent franchise player for years to come. In his last 10 games, Tate has averaged 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, and nearly a block and a steal per game. He’s also shot 55 percent from the field in the same games. He still lacks a three-point shot. But he’s improved as a decent playmaker for the Rockets and is an underrated option on offense for Stephen Silas. He’s still available in under 40 percent of leagues currently.
Lauri Markkanen, PF/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers signing Lauri Markkanen was a move that a lot of analysts criticized for how exactly he would fit with the team. His transition has not been as smooth as hoped for, but he has made a decent contribution to the success of the team this season. In his last 10 games, Markkanen has averaged 12 points, five rebounds, and two assists. He’s also shot 47 percent from the field, which is solid for the new small forward. He still has upside at only 24 years old and a decent pick-up off waivers.
Trey Lyles, PF, Detriot Pistons
Once a former top selection in the draft, Trey Lyles has struggled to find a consistent role with a team where he can produce at a high level. He signed with the Detriot Pistons in the offseason and has seen some solid minutes throughout the regular season. As of late, he’s averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, and nearly a block per game. He’s also shot nearly 50 percent from the field. He’s showing some decent promise at 26 years old still. He’s a good pickup off waivers with a positive outlook for the rest of the season.
Precious Achiuwa, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
After being part of the Kyle Lowry trade that sent him from South Beach, Precious Achiuwa now has a more low-key opportunity to improve his game. He’s shown some flashes with the Raptors, but has yet to prove himself as a consistent starting center. In his last 10 games, Achiuwa has averaged eight points, six rebounds, and nearly a steal and a block per game. He could use some improvement on shooting percentages, especially for a center. But at only 22 years old, Achiuwa still has room to grow. He should be worth watching for more starting opportunities with the Raptors.
Onyeka Okongwu, C, Atlanta Hawks
Many questioned the selection by the Hawks with Clint Capela already on the roster. But Capela has been dealing with some injuries recently and that has given Okongwu a chance to prove himself. In the 10 games Okongwu has played, he’s averaged nine points, six rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in about 22 minutes. His biggest issue is staying healthy. He had offseason shoulder surgery, but looks to be well passed that. Okongwu is worth keeping on waivers in case the Hawks choose to shake up the roster before the trade deadline, but keep an eye out on him.