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, and also all players listed are rostered below 40 percent on ESPN.
Hamidou Diallo, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Hamidou Diallo is another player on the Thunder that has tremendously improved mainly due to Oklahoma City’s new focus on developing young players. Diallo has been on an absolute tear in his last four games. He has averaged 21.3 points, six rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. He is also shooting 63 percent from the field and 88 percent from the line, both are shattering highs comparable to his career averages. Diallo still has a very high ceiling, being only 24 years old. We could see Diallo become a more consistent rotation player for OKC. Diallo is a must-add player to your roster as he continues his hot streak.
Tyus Jones, PG, Memphis Grizzlies
With Ja Morant still out due to an ankle sprain, Tyus Jones has stepped up to become the new starting point guard in Memphis. Since entering the starting lineup, Jones’s increase in production has taken some time, but he’s now become a player worth adding in fantasy. In Jones’s last four games, he has averaged 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists, with only 1.5 turnovers per game. His shooting percentages in those same games aren’t great, but having a 5.2 assist to turnover ratio is elite. Jones is worth adding now while there’s still no update on Ja Morant on when he may return to the court.
Monte Morris, PG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris has been the backup point guard for Denver for the past three seasons now. However, he has always been a consistent producer and continues that into his fourth season this year. In his past four games, Morris has averaged 12.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and three assists per game, all in about 23 minutes per game. He is also shooting strong percentages from both the field and from deep. If none of the other options listed are available, I would highly recommend adding Morris mainly due to consistency in knowing what kind of production you’ll get from him.
Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter was a 2019 middle first-round pick and looks to be a future member of the starting lineup for years to come. Now, realistically, he’s looking like a solid sixth man for the Atlanta Hawks. However, despite starting the season off the bench, he is having one of his best seasons in terms of production. He is currently averaging 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. It is also expected that Huerter will get more minutes with Bogdon Bogdanovic expected to be out indefinitely. Huerter is also still 22 so there is plenty of growth in his future to potentially become the future starting shooting guard.
Lonnie Walker IV, SF/SG, San Antonio Spurs
Lonnie Walker was another middle first-round selection that has started to break the threshold of becoming a productive player in the league. He recently had back-to-back 20+ point games. Still, throughout the season, Walker has averaged a solid 14.1 points and three rebounds per game. He has also shot 40 percent from three which is above the league’s average. Lonnie is also still 22 years old and has a strong chance to become a future starter for San Antonio. For now, it is worth adding Walker to your roster as he continues to evolve.
Cameron Johnson, SF/SG, Phoenix Suns
Cam Johnson was considered to have been selected higher than many would have thought in the draft. Still, he is looking very strong and on track in his first two seasons with the Phoenix Suns. Through the start of his second season, Johnson is averaging 12 points and three rebounds a game. He is also shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. Both of these numbers are much improved from his rookie year. It is also worth mentioning that Johnson is playing around 27 minutes a game. Johnson still has the opportunity to potentially crack the starting lineup later in the season.
Wendell Carter Jr., C, Chicago Bulls
The third-year big man is off to another solid start. Despite being a top pick, he hasn’t completely lived up to expectations, but he has been a strong contributor to the team as a traditional big scoring in the paint and securing rebounds. He is currently averaging 12.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He is still only 21 years old, so there is plenty of time for Carter to grow into a much more productive role in Chicago. But for now, expect Carter to be a nightly double-double threat for the franchise with still plenty of room to evolve into a possible star in the league.
Kelly Olynyk, C/PF, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk has spent most of his career as a borderline starting center for both the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. Now, especially with Bam Adebayo missing time with COVID-19 protocols, his time on the court has increased and so has his production. In his last four games, Olynyk has averaged 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. Assuming Bam Adebayo is coming back soon, Olynyk can still be a solid contributor off the bench.