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!
Grayson Allen, SG, Milwaukee Bucks
After being traded during the offseason from the Memphis Grizzlies, Grayson Allen now joins the defending champions as a key bench piece. However, with injuries, Allen has himself starting every game for the Bucks this season. Allen has averaged 16 points, four rebounds, and a steal per game. He’s also shooting a career-high 44 percent from beyond the arc and 92 percent from the line. He’s also shooting a career-high in field goal efficiency at 61 percent. Surrounded by superstars, Allen should thrive with this team going forward as long as he continues to get a lot of minutes and starting opportunities.
Devin Vassell, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs
After being selected 11th overall in last year’s draft, Vassell quickly became a project player for the Spurs organization. This season he’s been given big minutes. This has led him to average 13 points, four rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. He’s also massively improved on his shooting, cracking over 40 percent from the beyond the arc and a six percent increase from the field. His next thing to improve is his consistency scoring. But with nightly 25+ minute outings, that’ll develop with time. He’s a solid pick-up with plenty of upside for the rest of the season.
Luguentz Dort, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
The bubble hero a few seasons ago, Lu Dort has had plenty of opportunities to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder who continue to go through their tanking process. He’s continued to develop through his three seasons in the league. He’s averaging 15 points, four rebounds, and nearly a steal per game. He’s also averaging a career-high from the field and from the free-throw line as well. But he is having a down year from beyond the arc despite a career-high in attempts per game. But with little talent on the Thunder, Dort will be given more even more minutes to make the improvements he needs.
Bobby Portis, PF, Milwaukee Bucks
After having one of his best seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks last year, Bobby Portis chose to come back in hopes of earning his second NBA championship. He’s continued to play some of his best basketball with the team. He’s been averaging 13 points and seven rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field. He’s even had a seven-minute increase from last season. All seems consistent and well for Bobby Portis to put on another efficient season with Bucks. All this makes him a perfect fantasy pick-up for the rest of the season.
Nassir Little, SF, Portland Trail Blazers
After once being a top recruit coming out of high school, Nassir Little has taken a while to become the NBA star everyone hoped for when he was coming out of high school. But he has made some solid season-by-season development, this year being the biggest jump. So far, Little has averaged eight points, six rebounds, and nearly a block and a steal per game. He’s also shooting a career-high of 50 percent from the field. With fairly open options at the forward positions going forward, Little has a solid chance to make even more impact going forward as long as he continues to progress.
Cam Reddish, SF/SG, Atlanta Hawks
With the injury to De’Andre Hunter that is expected to have him sidelined for at least six weeks, Cam Reddish is now expected to earn consistent minutes at the small forward position. Reddish through the seasons has also shown slow but constant improvement in his game. in only about 22 minutes a game, Reddish has averaged 11 points, three rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. He’s also made massive improvements from beyond the arc, hitting a season-high 37 percent. It likely won’t come right away, but Reddish will have plenty of time to form in his game to help contribute for the Hawks.
Mason Plumlee, C, Charlotte Hornets
After being traded from the Detroit Pistons during the off-season, Mason Plumlee comes into Charlotte with a much bigger than expected role for the team because of their lack of a legitimate big man. With that, Plumlee has received a lot of minutes, around 27 per game. He’s produced six points, seven rebounds, three assists, and around a steal and a block per game this season. While it could be likely the Hornets trade for a much more talented big man later in the season, Plumlee is their only option for the time being.
JaVale McGee, C, Phoenix Suns
For the last handful of seasons, JaVale McGee has proven himself has a consistent and efficient backup center for any franchise he plays for. That is no different with the Phoenix Suns, now his eighth NBA franchise. Only playing about 18 minutes a game, McGee is still able to average 10 points, seven rebounds, and nearly a block per game. He’s also shooting around 66 percent from the field. DeAndre Ayton has also dealt with some injuries, already causing McGee to start in half of his games. McGee is one of the most reliable waiver wire pick-ups right now.