NBA Waiver-Wired: Week 12

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Week 13 Schedule: Games Played

4 Games: BKN, BOS, CHI, CLE, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, PHI, SAC, SAS

3 Games: ATL, CHA, DAL, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, POR, TOR, UTA, WAS

2 Games: LAL

Week 13 Back-to-Backs:

Sunday (Jan. 9th)-Monday: BKN, CLE, HOU, POR, SAC, SAS

Monday-Tuesday: DET

Tuesday-Wednesday: CHI, WAS

Wednesday-Thursday: BKN

Thursday-Friday: GSW, MEM

Friday-Saturday: ATL, BOS, CHI, CLE, DAL, MIA, ORL, PHI, SAS, TOR

Saturday-Sunday: DEN

Waiver Wire Pickups:

*To qualify for this list, players have to be available in over 60% of Yahoo Leagues.

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Hassan Whiteside (23%)- Whiteside (concussion protocols) is questionable for Friday’s game as I’m writing this, but with Rudy Gobert now in the protocols on top of a nagging shoulder issue, Whiteside is suddenly a must-roster player. I’ll be interested to see how many minutes Whiteside is capable of, but the Jazz will really need to rely on him with so many guys on the shelf. Whiteside’s per-minute production is as good as it’s ever been in his age-32 season with a per-36 line of 18.7 points, 15.7 rebound and 3.1 blocks…

Cam Reddish (37%)- Cam has benefitted from some key absences in Atlanta, but despite battling an ankle injury of his own, he’s been a 9th rounder over his last seven games with 18.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 dimes, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.6 triples. And that includes a 10-minute outing when he left early with a tweak. He is only shooting 40.9% in that stretch and his FG% is a constant concern, but he’s starting to look like the two-way stud he’s destined to be.

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Nassir Little (15%)- Damian Lillard is on shut-down watch because he’s hurt and the Blazers are reeling, and now Larry Nance Jr. will miss time with a knee injury. Little was already in a great spot for fantasy value but now I think he’s a must-roster player for the foreseeable future. He’s played 34+ minutes in back-to-back games, averaging 16.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 dimes, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 3.0 triples. He’s usually good for a steal and a block whenever he gets a full workload, and he’s just scratching the surface as he gets more opportunity.

Onyeka Okongwu (6%)- He raises Atlanta’s ceiling higher than Clint Capela does and I don’t think that’s a hot take. His defensive rating is the best on the team and he’s been making a fantasy impact in limited run, posting top-50 fantasy numbers in his only five appearances with 9.0 points,5.2 rebounds, 1.2 dimes, 0.8 steals and 1.5 blocks. And that’s in just 21.0 minutes, a realistic target since the Hawks don’t want to play Capela a ton anyways with his injury history.

Max Strus (24%)- Tyler Herro may be getting suspended for one of the softest pushes I’ve ever seen, and after seeing this footage of Herro “boxing” I’m glad it didn’t escalate any further (link). And with Jimmy Butler resting his 17th ankle tweak of the season, Strus finds himself as one of the top options in this offense. With both Butler and Herro off the court this season, Strus goes full Summer League with a per-36 line of 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 dimes and 4.1 triples.

Cedi Osman (8%)- Ricky Rubio is out for the season and Isaac Okoro is out several weeks, and I wish someone would warn Cleveland that Rajon Rondo isn’t the answer they are looking for. I am excited about Osman though, as he was just cleared for Friday’s game after six games on the shelf. With Rubio no longer dominating the ball, Osman will get plenty of chances to facilitate and his numbers without the Spaniard on the court are promising – he has a per-36 line of 20.0 points, 3.4 dimes, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 3.7 triples.

Maxi Kleber (15%)- Kleber is coming off a fantasy line that only Markieff Morris would be proud of but I still like him quite a bit this week with Kristaps Porzingis in the protocols. We have a 400-minute sample size of Kleber on the court without Porzingis, and the results are solid with Kleber posting a per-36 line of 10.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 dimes, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.2 triples.

Facundo Campazzo (25%)- We’ve talked about him for several weeks but the story remains the same. Even with Monte Morris back, Denver utilizes a lot of two-PG lineups which will keep Campazzo’s value afloat. Over the last three weeks, the PG is an 8th rounder with 9.1 points, 6.3 dimes, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.5 triples.

Lonnie Walker (9%)- Walker just got out of the protocols, but there are now five Spurs on that list with Derrick White, Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson being the latest. The Spurs may take it easy on Lonnie in his first game back, but they will need to ramp him up quickly with so many guys out. Walker isn’t the most exciting fantasy players and has a FG% that needs a “viewer discretion advised” label, but he’s averaging 11.2 points, 2.8 boards, 2.4 dimes, 0.6 steals and 1.6 triples in 22 minutes and his usage is about to skyrocket.

Caleb Martin (24%)- I’m just going to echo my thoughts from the Strus blurb above, though Martin doesn’t have the same upside. He’s still worth deploying every time Butler sits, and he’s seen massive workloads in four straight games with 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.5 triples.

KJ Martin (6%)- Christian Wood is practically begging the front office for a trade with his recent antics and Houston’s frontcourt depth is as thin as it gets. KJ’s production lately is nothing to write home about, but he’s getting 26.2 minutes over his last three with 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 dimes, 0.7 steals, 0.7 triples and 0.3 blocks. If the steal/block rates come up like we know he’s capable of, we’ll suddenly have a very fun fantasy player on our hands.

Furkan Korkmaz (8%)- I think he will disappear when Tyrese Maxey gets out of the protocols which is why he’s not higher on this list. Korkmaz has had free range in his last two games though, averaging 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 dimes and 3.5 triples. With matchups vs. the Spurs and Rockets coming up, his window for value is open a little longer.

Lance Stephenson (3%)- 2022 is already full of surprises and Lance is the latest when he dropped 30 points vs. the Nets in his return to Indiana. He added five assists, three boards and four triples in 32 minutes, and even though Malcolm Brogdon could be back on Jan. 8th, the Pacers have seven players in the protocols which means more heavy workloads could be in Lance’s future. I have no idea how this will pan out and may end up looking back and laughing at myself for recommending him, but in the age of protocols, anything can happen.

Brandon Clarke (32%)- Memphis’ schedule coming up isn’t the greatest but Clarke is doing enough to be considered as an end-of-bench guy on fantasy rosters. He’s been a 10th-rounder over his last four games, averaging 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 dimes and 1.5 blocks in 23.6 minutes.

Jordan Nwora (17%)- This one is pretty straightforward, as Donte DiVincenzo is out several weeks with an ankle injury and both Grayson Allen and Pat Connaughton are in the protocols. Nwora is averaging 20.0 points, 4.0 triples, 5.0 boards and 1.0 dimes over his last two games, though that is a bit inflated since both Khris Middleton and Giannis missed one of those. Nwora should get the job done as a streamer but I don’t think he’s a long-term pickup.

Damian Jones (17%)- With Richaun Holmes in the protocols, we can squeeze another week of value out of Jones. He’s been more than serviceable in his last three outings, averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 dimes. He doesn’t have any steals or blocks which is puzzling, as he’s a ridiculous athlete for his size.

Watch List:

Jalen Smith (25%)- I did not include Jalen in the above list because it sounds like Deandre Ayton could be back on Saturday. Smith had a monster run in Ayton’s absence with top-75 value over his last six games, posting 15.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 25.5 minutes. With the Suns declining his option prior to the season (something they likely regret), keep Jalen on your watch list when we get close to the deadline.

Aaron Wiggins (14%)- The minutes are through the roof, but Wiggins is only a top-180 player in his last seven due to a lack of peripheral stats. Keep an eye on him if you need points, triples and steals.

Keifer Sykes (2%)- Malcolm Brogdon could be back on Saturday but I’ve got my eye on Sykes for another reason. The Pacers are reeling and could detonate the roster at the trade deadline, so Sykes is someone who could later emerge as a silly-season hero.

Amir Coffey (4%)- He’s starting to make some noise in Los Angeles with so many guys out, playing 27+ minutes in five straight with 10th-round value in that span. If he can add some defense, there may be something here.

Isaiah Hartenstein (6%)- Officially, he’s without a timetable. Unofficially, Hartenstein said on social media that he’s due back soon and that has me all excited. Hartenstein has outperformed both Ivica Zubac and a washed Serge Ibaka this season and will offer top-75 upside if he can earn a full workload. He’s the best player on this watch list by a mile.

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