With COVID ravaging the NBA, good finds on the fantasy basketball waiver wire are more important now than ever. Holes are bound to pop up on your roster, seemingly without any notice, and the most successful fantasy owners will get them filled immediately with a quality replacement player. Here are the best options currently available on the majority of fantasy basketball waiver wires.
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Best Pickups Dec 15th
Grayson Allen – Milwaukee – SG/SF – Rostered 39%
12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.3 bpg, 2.9 3PT/G, 44.8% FG, 85.3% FT, 0.7 tpg
Grayson Allen is currently the top-ranked player available on more than half of the fantasy basketball waiver wires out there. His shot attempts have been down as of late, as he’s only taken double-digit shots once in this past 10 games, but the Bucks are going to need him to step up now. With Giannis Antetokounmpo out due to the dreaded “health and safety protocols” and Khris Middleton hobbled by a bad knee, the opportunities for Allen should be there. At the very least he’s a reliable source of three-pointers for your team.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Washington – PG/SG/SF – 43%
11.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.3 bpg, 2.1 3PT/G, 41.4% FG, 89.5% FT, 1.2 tpg
If you have the stomach for the wild inconsistency he brings, KCP can fill a lot of stat holes for you on your fantasy team. He brings you a healthy dose of pretty much everything, outside of blocks, but as I said earlier, his production is all over the map. Take his last seven game-by-game scoring totals, for instance: 14, 4, 26, 8, 13, 0, 13. Consistently inconsistent.
Luke Kennard – Clippers – SG/SF – 39%
11.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 2.8 3PT/G, 44.3% FG, 95.0% FT, 0.9 tpg
With stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George sidelined, Luke Kennard is having his best season as a Clipper. He’s gone for double-digit scoring in seven straight games, including 23 points and seven three-pointers two games ago. Over the past week, he’s averaged 18.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and 3.3 apg, while hitting 14 triples.
Dorian Finney-Smith – Dallas – SF/PF – 37%
9.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 1.8 3PT/G, 43.9% FG, 59.3% FT, 1.0 tpg
Dorian Finney-Smith has quietly been stuffing the stat-sheet in Dallas this season, even more so lately with star teammate Luka Doncic sidelined. Over the past week (four games), he’s posted a line of 8.8. ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, and 1.0 spg, and has hit five three-pointers in his last two games. Not a lot of scoring, but lots of numbers in the just-as-important other categories.
De’Anthony Melton – Memphis – PG/SG – 48%
10.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.8 3PT/G, 41.1% FG, 74.1% FT, 1.6 tpg
Ja who? The Grizzlies have been rolling without their star point guard, and De’Anthony Melton is one of the many reasons. Over the past week (once again, four games) he’s averaged 11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.8 spg while hitting almost two three-pointers per contest. As long as Ja Morant is on the shelf, Melton might be worth riding with if he’s available on your fantasy basketball waiver wire.
Cody Martin – Charlotte – SG/SF – 49%
8.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.1 3PT/G, 49.2% FG, 73.3% FT, 0.7 tpg
Naturally, right after I picked him up, Cody Martin posted a dud in his last game, but he’s been one of the players the depleted Hornets have been relying on as seemingly their whole team is in street clothes. Two games ago is a good example of the type of value he brings to your team – 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks. You don’t get much better than that off of a fantasy basketball waiver wire.