Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Week 17

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!

Guards

Ayo Dosunmu, SG/PG, Chicago Bulls
With the Chicago Bulls dealing with multiple injuries to their backcourt, rookie Ayo Dosunmu has been given an early opportunity to show off his game in the pros. Dosunmu has actually been quite impressive and has already shown he’s ahead of the curve. In his last 10 games, he’s averaged 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and a steal per game. He’s also averaged less than two turnovers during that stretch, adding another element to his elite passing skill. He still has a ton of upside as a rookie while the Bulls recover. 

Patty Mills, PG, Brooklyn Nets
After spending 10 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Patty Mills now joins the hopeful contenders in the Brooklyn Nets as an important supporting player. He’s also been able to keep a solid role with Kyrie Irving only being able to play road games and James Harden constantly dealing with injuries. In his last 10 games, Mills has averaged 16 points, two assists, and a steal per game. He’s also been shooting a tremendous 44 percent from beyond the arc. His role should stay consistent based on the history with Brooklyn’s big three, giving Mills great value for the rest of the season.

Davion Mitchell, PG, Sacramento Kings
A questionable draft selection with an already loaded backcourt, Davion Mitchell has been able to carve out a role for himself while De’Aaron Fox deals with an injury. Mitchell has been able to show off his defensive ability that earned the ninth overall selection at Baylor. In his last 10 games, Mitchell has averaged 16 points, five assists, and a steal per game. He’s also shooting right around the league average of 37 percent from the beyond the arc. His fantasy value is limited once Fox returns, but there have been rumors of Fox wanting out. This could drastically improve Mitchell’s outlook for the rest of the season. 

De’Anthony Melton, PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies
Improving every single season since coming into the league, De’Anthony Melton has worked his way into becoming an important bench piece for the rising Memphis Grizzlies. He’s played a solid role in their ascend to now being a contending team in the Western Conference. In his last 10 games, Melton has averaged 12 points, five rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. He’s also shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. He’s also only averaging around 22 minutes a game but still finding ways to be productive. He’s a consistent and reliable player off the waivers. 

Forwards

Jarred Vanderbilt, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Being on this column multiple, Jarred Vanderbilt has yet to give any reason why he isn’t a weekly candidate for the waiver wire report. He continues to be a productive defensive anchor for the Timberwolves and has been a big reason for their improvement this season. In his last 10 games, Vanderbilt has averaged nine points, eight rebounds, and two steals a game. He’s also shooting 60 percent from the field as well. He’s been very effective with his simplified playstyle. Vanderbilt is still only 22 despite already in his third season and still has plenty of room to grow. 

Reggie Bullock, SF/SG, Dallas Mavericks
A free-agent signing to add more shooting around Luka Doncic, Reggie Bullock has actually had a down season with the Mavericks. But with Tim Hrdaway Jr. out for a few weeks, Bullock has stepped up in a massive way. In his last 10 games, Bullock has averaged 13 points, five rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. He’s also been shooting 43 percent from three which is much higher than his 35 percent average on the season. He’s been averaging as high as 19 points in his last six games. He’s heating up quick, making Bullock a must-grab off waivers. 

Javonte Green, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
In a similar situation with Ayo Dosunmu, Javonte Green has been asked to fill some big shoes while the Bulls recover from injuries to multiple players in their backcourt. In his last eight games, Green has averaged 12 points, four rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game. He’s also been shooting an effective 61 percent from the field. Green is better known for his defensive ability. But it is tough to gauge his fantasy value once the entire roster is healthy. For now, he’s a great pickup in defensive-heavy leagues. 

Centers

Jaxson Hayes, C, New Orleans Pelicans
Even with Jonas Valanciunas being a highly productive and consistent center on the roster, Jaxson Hayes has been able to find an effective role off the bench for the New Orleans Pelicans. In his last 10 games, Hayes has averaged 12 points, five rebounds, and nearly a block per game in only about 22 minutes per game. He’s also shooting an extremely effective 74 percent from the field, giving him great fantasy value off the waiver. It is tough to gauge his value across the rest of the season as a backup center but it’s worth picking him up while he’s hot.

Published by Ethan Hartley

Born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. Junior at the University of Oregon studying journalism with minors in sports business and music studies. An avid follower of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and MMA.

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