NBA Waiver Wired: Week 3

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Week 4 Schedule: Games Played

4 Games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, DEN, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, PHI, PHX, POR

3 Games: BOS, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, NYK, OKC, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA

2 Games: ORL, WAS

Back-to-backs:

Sunday (Nov. 7th)-Monday: BKN, CHA, GSW, NYK, SAC

Monday-Tuesday: ATL, PHI

Tuesday-Wednesday: MIL, POR

Wednesday-Thursday: IND, MIA, TOR

Thursday-Friday: None

Friday-Saturday: BOS, CLE, DET, MEM, MIN, NOR

Saturday-Sunday: LAC

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Waiver Wire Pickups:

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

Devin Vassell (19%)- We've been all over Vassell for the last couple weeks but he's still sitting on so many waiver wires. Vassell is coming off a 21-point game, and he played 31 minutes compared to 26 for the returning Doug McDermott. If this is the start of a breakout, you're going to regret not making the move now.

He's already posting 9th-round numbers in 9-cat in 26 minutes, averaging 11.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 dimes, 1.3 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.8 triples. If he starts playing 30 minutes regularly, look out.

Grayson Allen (40%)- We covered our bases on this guy the last two weeks, but since Jrue Holiday is returning it's worth mentioning that Grayson is a hold until further notice. Last week I mentioned how I was expecting some positive regression with his 3-point shot to make him even more appealing, and he came through for us by hitting 18-of-42 (42%) of his triples over his last five games.

Josh Hart (36%)- The Pelicans are a dumpster fire right now at 1-8 and Zion Williamson isn't walking through that door anytime soon. Brandon Ingram is also banged up, so Hart has had his fair share of touches the last three games. He cleared 30+ minutes in all three, averaging 13.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 triples, and eventually he'll stumble into some steals and blocks too.

T.J. Warren (34%)- We finally got a positive update on Warren's recovery so the time to stash him is now. He's said to be weeks away as opposed to months, and while he will have restrictions upon his return, I can promise you there aren't many players with his upside on the wire. In the two seasons prior to 2020-21, Warren ranked inside the top-45 for 9-cat leagues (per-game value).

Malik Beasley (32%)- He said himself that he didn’t come into the season in his best shape and you could certainly tell, but in the last week you can see that the legs are back in his jumper. He’s finally making an impact on the stat sheet too, as he’s posting top-100 numbers in his last three games with 14.3 points, 4.3 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals. He only shot 35.7% in that span too, so there’s room for lots of improvement. He’s basically Minnesota’s sixth man right now, but could get a nice short term boost with D’Angelo Russell tweaking his ankle.

Georges Niang (30%)- I’m really warming up to Niang as a player and you can’t argue with his recent production. I’d like to put him higher on this list, but it’s hard for him to have a major role when Tobias Harris is out of the protocols. He’s been red hot in his last three, posting top-60 numbers of 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.3 triples in 31.5 minutes. His red hot shooting is no joke either, as he’s a career 40%+ shooter from deep with 3.5 triples per 36 minutes. Keep him locked in lineups and I’m cool with sticking with him for Tobias’ first game back too just to see what happens with the rotation.

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Nicolas Batum (26%) We’ve mentioned Terance Mann quite a bit already and yes he’s worth rostering, but let’s look at another Clipper this week. Batum has lost a step, but let’s not forget how useful he was last season when he nearly posted top-100 numbers. This time around, the Clippers need him more than ever as Serge Ibaka (back) is still out and Marcus Morris can’t shake his knee issue. Incredibly, he’s been on a top-50 pace in his last four with 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 dimes, 1.0 steals and 3.3 triples. He won’t be this good, but you can’t ignore this either.

Shake Milton (14%)- Tobias Harris is in the protocols, Danny Green and Furkan Korkmaz are injured and Ben Simmons is being Ben Simmons. So this is pretty much the perfect storm for Milton. He was already trending up before Thursday with a few nice games, but really broke out vs. the Pistons with 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two triples, two steals and three turnovers across 34 minutes. He's not higher on this list because his fantasy value is on a timer, but there's a 1-2 week window in which he can make a lot of noise.

Jarred Vanderbilt (11%)- He’s still widely available despite a big bump in minutes. There are going to be bumps in the road since the lineups constantly change in Minnesota, but in the last four he’s averaging 9.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 25.7 minutes. He doesn’t have many defensive stats in that span, but those are usually his bread and butter with his elite steal rate. I’m very intrigued here.

Low-End Pickups and/or Streamers:

Thaddeus Young (33%)- Don't get too excited, as Young is simply a short-term streamer for as long as Jakob Poeltl (protocols) is out. Young had eight points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes on Wednesday, and while I was hoping he’d clear 25+, I’ll take what I can get from this guy. Don't forget that Thaddeus was a 9th-rounder last season in Chicago, so when the Spurs inevitably move him later this year don't hesitate to grab him once again.

Davion Mitchell (19%)- The minutes have always been steady for the rookie but the production hasn’t ramped up until recently. To be fair to him, he’s not easy to produce when you’re tasked with guarding the best opposing guard every night. He’s averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 boards, 5.0 dimes and 1.0 triples. There’s still a lot of untapped upside here so at the bare minimum, he should be added to watch lists.

Luke Kennard (27%)- The “hunt Luke” offensive package is alive and well in Los Angeles with the Clippers continuing to aggressively seek open shots for Kennard. He’s coming off a dud, but over the last couple weeks he’s trending up in a hurry and we could see him take some minutes from a struggling Eric Bledsoe. He’s been a 10th-round value over his last four with 10.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.8 triples.

Anfernee Simons (27%)- I don’t think his current shooting is sustainable so that’s why he’s not in the section above. I’m happy to ride the hot hand while it lasts though, and Simons has been outstanding in his sixth man role. If you need a boost in points (14.3), triples (2.6) and dimes (2.1), Simons is your guy.

Patrick Beverley (12%)- He’s obviously not the most exciting player and you have to worry about him getting ejected every 15 minutes, but Bev’s streaming window will be open for as long as D’Angelo Russell is out. He won’t score much, but he’s usually a decent source of hustle stats when the minutes are there.

Watch List:

Bones Hyland (2%)- If promising a player would see more minutes was a category, Bones would be a fantasy All Star right now. I kid you not, Malone has said at least a dozen times that he needs to get on the court more, but it may finally happen now with Bones clearing 15+ in three straight and then reaching a career-high 21 minutes vs. Memphis.

I'm not adding him just yet, but he's trending up fast and the second his workload goes over 25 I'll be ready. This is a player who has been instant offense for Denver, scoring a combined 31 points in 64 total minutes over his last four games with nine assists, seven triples and five steals.