Fantasy Basketball: Top waiver wire adds after NBA's first week

Josh Lloyd
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Memphis' Dillon Brooks and OKC's Lu Dort are two player who could be found on the waiver wire for immediate fantasy impact. Pictures: Getty Images
Memphis' Dillon Brooks and OKC's Lu Dort are two player who could be found on the waiver wire for immediate fantasy impact. Pictures: Getty Images

The season is off and running. Fantasy drafts are over, for the most part.

Now is the time to be diligently working the waiver wire to improve your team, to adeptly adjust to the ebbs and flows of the fantasy season.

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Each week, I’m going to give you some names who could be on your waiver wire in Yahoo default points fantasy leagues, who really shouldn’t be, for the long term and the short term.

Under 70% Rostered (10 Team League Targets)

Alec Burks - Averaging over 33 fantasy points so far, yet available in so many leagues? It doesn’t make sense. Burks may drop off later in the season, but for now, he can’t be on the waiver wire

Dillon Brooks - His value will spike now with Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. out, but you can’t deny what Brooks has already done, averaging almost 35 fantasy points per game.

Keldon Johnson - Johnson is the 58th ranked player so far this season, yet he is available in over 40% of Yahoo leagues. Yes, Derrick White will return and perhaps take some shots away, but I believe Johnson remains starting and is going to be an excellent long term source of fantasy scoring.

Kyle Anderson - Like Brooks, Anderson is getting a boost from the Morant and JJJ injuries, not to mention Justise Winslow’s continued absence. He is the 61st ranked player and should continue to be around the top 100 for most of the year. Add him.

Under 50% Rostered (12 Team League Targets)

Mason Plumlee - I doubt anyone is taking the starting centre job from Plumlee in Detroit. He is right on 50% rostered at the moment, which makes no sense, given he is the 77th ranked player so far this season.

Elfrid Payton - Payton is a hard one to grasp. Minutes were terrible to begin the season, but the last two games have been tremendous, and the Knicks are dealing with a lot of guard injuries. He may not last as a 12 team guy, but for now, he is worth adding.

Josh Jackson - Jackson is the new starting shooting guard in Detroit, taking over from Delon Wright. That may not stick, but it does appear that Dwane Casey likes what he brings and fantasy managers should too. Jackson ranks 70th this season, averaging 31 fantasy points per game in only 26 minutes a night. He is available in 73% of Yahoo leagues.

Lu Dort - Dort is entrenched as a starter on the Thunder. He will have some rough shooting nights, but someone averaging almost 28 fantasy points per game, shouldn’t be on the wire for 12 team leagues.

Under 30% Rostered (14 Team League Targets)

Isaac Okoro - Kevin Love is out for a while, and that should help Okoro get some more shot attempts when he returns from injury. He could push into 12 team territory as well.

Jakob Poeltl - LaMarcus Aldridge is dealing with knee issues, and Poeltl is a guy who contributes on a low level, but enough to be of use in 14 team formats.

Rudy Gay - Gay has been a surprise this season, as the 81st ranked player averaging 28 fantasy points per game. I would consider him a streamer in 12 team league, but a must add in 14 teamers.

Eric Gordon - Gordon hasn’t played yet, but he is on way too many waiver wires. He isn’t the sexiest option, but you can’t leave him on the wire in 14 team leagues.

Short Term Adds

Tyus Jones - He will be the Grizzlies starting point guard while reigning Rookie of the Year Ja Morant is out. The star point guard is expected to miss 3-5 weeks, making Jones a sensible short-term solution.

Bismack Biyombo - Starting at centre for the Hornets with no Cody Zeller, so he can be a solid short term option. The Hornets lack depth in their big man rotation, making Biyombo a good pick-up.

Naz Reid - With Karl-Anthony Towns out, Reid is the starting centre in Minnesota, so grab him and see how it goes in the short term.

Payton Pritchard - Pritchard seems poised to be the backup point guard in Boston and has played over 20 minutes for three straight games. He is more of a deeper league guy, but he could knock on the door of the top 150 in coming weeks.

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