Fantasy Basketball: Best NBA waiver son pickups for week 13 of 2021-2022
The NBA got off to a quick start in 2022 last week, and there’s another busy week ahead as we head into mid-January. It’s a slightly lighter schedule than last week as Monday only has seven games, and only Saturday has double-digit games on the schedule. For one-season leagues, you’ll want to stay aggressive and keep growing that roster as player availability and value continues to change. Since this is a relatively balanced schedule, you can be aggressive in improving your roster for any season’s leagues. Eighteen of the 30 teams play three times, with the remaining 12 teams each scheduled for four competitions. With several major injuries. with players logging in and out of protocols things are changing quickly by the day, so check out my Twitter account @ZT_sports if you are looking for streaming options for a single game, as well as DFS plays everyday.
At the top of this article every week, you can find the hottest mics, which are quickly fading from the waiver threads and are likely signed up in your league. If they are available, these are great options to consider. At the bottom of the article each week, you can find some deep league options that are worth considering if you’re trying to anticipate the rush or the other options aren’t available. In between these two groups, you can find four highlighted sleepers who I think are good mics and going in the right direction.
Top trending players
- PG / SG Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers
- PG / SG Coby White, Chicago Bulls
- PG / SG Malik Monk, the Los Angeles Lakers
- PG / SG De’Anthony Melton, Memphis Grizzly
- SG / SF Kawhi Léonard, Los Angeles Clippers
- SG / SF Max Strus, Miami Heat
- SG / SF Gary Harris, Orleanso Magic
- SG / SF Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic
- SG / SF Hamidou Diallo, Detroit Pistons
- SF / PF Herbert Jones, New Orleans Pelicans
- SF / PF Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns
- PF / C Marcus Morris Sr., Los Angeles Clippers
- PF / C Hassan Whiteside, Utah Jazz
- C Omer Yurtseven, Miami Heat
- C Nicolas Claxton, brooklyn nets
SF / PF Cedi Osman, The Cleveland Cavaliers (at SAC, UTA, SA, OKC)
The Cavaliers have an excellent four-game schedule this week, with favorable clashes against the Kings, Spurs and Thunder. Jazz will be tough, and the fact that they’re all road games makes them a bit tough, but it still sets up some good scenarios for Osman, who is barely listed in 10% of the leagues at this point after his upgrade. six-game footing in league health and safety protocols.
Osman came back from his absence on Friday and spent 30 minutes on the bench in Cleveland’s 13-point win over the Trail Blazers. He had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and added three rebounds and a steal. He has played at least 27 minutes in five of his last seven games and has scored at least 13 points in each of those games. Without Ricky Rubio on the ground, Osman produced 20 points, 3.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 3.7 3 points per 36 minutes. Since he’ll have to help carry the playing load with Rubio for the season, he should produce when the opportunity presents itself. Those chances should certainly present themselves this week with Isaac Okoro (elbow) sidelined and Lamar Stevens still in the starting lineup. Osman could either start Stevens again or remain critically involved as part of the Second Unit. Either way, her fantastic outlook for this week looks bright.
SF / PF Brandon Clarke, Memphis Grizzly (vs GSW, vs MIN, vs DAL)
Clarke is still available in over two-thirds of Fantasy Leagues and is starting to find a role more regularly involved with Memphis. While working in a larger role, he missed 11 games with knee pain. Since his return, however, he has played just under 20 minutes per game and has hit double-digit points in six of eight games, including five in a row. He doesn’t provide any 3-point advantage, but his score, rebounds, and blocked shots are definitely worth considering if you need a boost in the frontcourt. He’s tried at least nine shots in four in a row and should definitely be worth signing up if he stays involved to that degree.
His best game of the streak was on Saturday against the mowers. He recorded 28 minutes in that game partly because of Steven Adams’ absence (health protocols) and partly because of Dillon Brooks leaving with an ankle injury, which could prevent him from playing for some time. Clarke rose with 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. If Brooks is out there could be more work for Clarke, which would give her a very attractive edge.
SF Jordan Nwora, milwaukee dollars (to CHA, against GSW, against TOR)
The Bucks are shorthanded this week with Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) sidelined with injury while Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, George Hill and Pat Connaughton all start the week in NBA health and safety protocols. The Bucks also parted ways with DeMarcus Cousins, who was playing an important role, so there should be chances for Nwora after he approves the protocols himself and is ready to contribute again.
The sophomore has started all three of his games since returning from Protocols. He had 17 points, six rebounds and two assists against the Raptors and followed that up with 13 points and two rebounds against the Nets. On Saturday, he had just three points and three rebounds but still registered 31 minutes. He shot a dismal 1-for-11, but based on his pre-game 42.4% field goal percentage, he should bounce back well after a tough outing. With Milwaukee handling the workload of his stars and Nwora there to put on big games when given more runs, he should be a fantastic asset for the remainder of the regular season, especially since so many wing options are left out.
PF / C PJ Tucker, miami heat (at ATL, against ATL, against PHI)
With Bam Adebayo (thumb) and Dewayne Dedmon (knee) both still out due to injury, Tucker’s return to health and safety protocols has landed him a heavily involved role in the Heat rotation. He put in a monster double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday when he came back into the starting five. He also added six assists, one steal and one block playing 36 minutes.
This kind of monster game is not the norm at Tucker, but it can give you great scoreless production. In his six games before entering Protocols he had also managed to score, averaging 13.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.8 steals and scoring at least eight. points in each of these contests. He’s not a primary offensive option when Miami is healthy, but he’s a solid addition for the time being as Miami tries to figure out exactly what everyone’s role will be when they return to full force.
Other options to consider
- PG Emmanuel Quickley, New York Knicks
- PG Rajon Rondo, Cleveland Cavaliers
- SG / SF Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks
- SG / SF Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers
- SG / SF Talen Horton-Tucker, Los Angeles Lakers
- SG / SF Caleb Martin, Miami Heat
- SG / SF Mathews Garrison, Houston rockets
- SF / PF Jae Crowder, Phoenix Suns
- PF / C Mason Plumlee, Charlotte hornets
- PF / C Marvin Bagley III, Kings of Sacramento
- PF / C Onyeka Okongwu, Atlanta Hawks
- C Thomas Bryant, Wizards of Washington
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