Fantasy Basketball Waiver Threads Retrieval: Week 6
Each week, we’ll take a look at which players you should consider choosing who are registered in four different ownership levels:
Additionally, we’ll give you a breakdown of how many matches each team has for the coming week so you can maximize your streamers’ minutes.
ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, DET, IND, LAL, MEM, MIL, MIN, NOP, ORL, PHX, SAC, UTA, WAS
BKN, CLE, GSW, HOU, LAC, MIA, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, SAS, TOR
Aligned in 50 to 60% of the leagues:
Nerlens Noël (PF / C – NYK) 54%
Noel returned to action on Saturday night for the Knicks, and while the traditional line wasn’t great (2/6/1), Noel contributed three blocks which is exactly what you expect from him. He is a specialist per game, per minute, who maximizes his time on the pitch. His cap is capped when everyone is healthy, but he does enough defensively and on the boards to be listed in over 60% of the leagues. If and when Mitchell Robinson runs out of time, Noel’s value will skyrocket.
Josh Hart (SG / SF – NOP) 56%
In his last game against the Pacers, Hart played 24 minutes, but before that, he played 33 or more minutes for the Pelicans in five straight games. In two of those five games, Hart had a double-double with points and rebounds, then had 11 assists in another. He was among the top 100 players last month and he has been in the top 80 players for the past two weeks. It should surpass the 60% threshold by next Sunday’s column.
Aligned in 30 to 49% of leagues:
Larry Nance Jr. (PF / C – POR) 49%
Nance is by far the pickup of the week. He increased his role in the team and with that he gained more minutes. It takes a bit away from Jusuf Nurkic, but we’re focusing on the good here. He’s the 68th ranked player in the past week, and that is largely down to his 72% shooting from the field. Is this a sustainable pace for Nance? Well, no, but the increased use will increase its fancy value.
Devin Vassell (SG / SF – SAS) 48%
“Wasn’t Vassell at this exact spot last week?” Yes, Random Reader he was, and he’s only grown by 12% in ownership since then. Granted, Spurs only played two games last week, but he needs to be listed in all 12-team leagues at this point. He has been the 102nd ranked fantasy player so far, with an advantage in being in the top 70. Your window is closing to acquire him for free.
Kevin Huerter (SG / SF – ATL) 30%
Without De’Andre Hunter for the remainder of 2021, Huerter is expected to be listed in many more leagues. He’s inconsistent, yes, but any night he can drop over 20 points and catch fire behind the arc. Expect a top 100 value while Hunter is out.
Aligned in 15 to 29% of leagues:
Shake Milton (PG / SG – PHI) 23%
We’re in deep league territory here, but as long as Joel Embiid is out Milton will be of fantastic value. The Sixers cut his minutes in half last time around, and the stat line reflected that. You’re counting on him to keep up the pace he’s had the past two weeks with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Isaiah Hartenstein (PF / C – LAC) 18%
Hartenstein’s cap is still capped as he doesn’t have enough minutes to count in standard leagues, but the talent is obviously there for the big man. He’s recorded 11-6 lines in his last two games, and with those he’s added five blocks in total. There is value here in the deeper leagues and he should be watched for standard leagues if his minutes skip.
Aligned in 0-14% of leagues:
Coby White (PG / SG – CHI) 11%
White made his season debut last Monday against the Lakers, and while he hasn’t done anything of note yet – he’s only played 31 minutes in three games – White has immense potential and can help lead. the second unit of the Bulls. He will need patience as he picks up his pace after labrum surgery. Try to pick it up or trade it in the dynasty while you can.
Deni Avdija (SG / SF – WAS) 9%
Avdija has quietly been among the top 100 players for the past two weeks. The second posted a 6.4 / 6.3 / 1.6. Not too impressive, no, but he’s playing more and more minutes for the Wizards, and his overall offensive play and usage continues to increase. He’s a watchlist guy in the 12-team leagues, but he should be listed in the 15-team leagues just for the benefit.