The NBA doesn’t take much of a break for Thanksgiving, even though there are no games for fantasy basketball on Thursday of this week. Make sure you’re fantasy team is fully geared up and ready for a big week since we’re almost to December and entering the sixth week of season-long fantasy basketball.
To help you pinpoint the best potential pickups, each week you can find my top four widely available waiver wire options here on DraftKings. If you have questions related to your specific roster I’d be happy to answer them on Twitter @ZT_Sports. You can also find some other good options at the bottom of the page after my top four. All stats are current before Saturday’s games.
In the coming week, almost all teams have four games on the schedule with a few only playing three games. The Nuggets, Rockets and Suns only play two games, though, so be careful of loading up too heavily on those rosters. Make sure to consider opponents and who fits best with your existing roster as you contemplate which additions make the most sense for your team.
PG/SG BRAD WANAMAKER, BOS (vs. SAC, vs. BKN, at BKN, at NY)On Friday, Kemba Walker took a scary fall in Denver and was stretchered off the court. He was taken to the hospital but later released and seems to have avoided serious injury to his neck, although he’s still dealing with concussion-like symptoms. For however long Kemba is out, Wanamaker will step into a larger role and could be a great option for the favorable matchups coming up this week.
In the last seven games, Wanamaker has really helped the Celtics absorb the loss of Gordon Hayward (hand), as he has averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 96% from the free-throw line in 22.8 minutes. Wanamaker could get big run the next few games and is extremely efficient with his shooting percentages while adding good assists and solid scoring. He’s a great short-term pickup to fortify your backcourt.
PF/C DAVIS BERTANS, WAS (at DEN, at PHO, at LAL, at LAC)Bertans has found a nice groove in his first year with the Wizards and has been surging lately. Bertans offers a unique blend of production as an elite long-range shooter and also a solid big man. He is averaging 3.3 made three-pointers per game this season and 13.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
Over his past five games, he has been even better, averaging 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists and logging an average of 28.4 minutes per game off the bench. He had 21 points against his former team, the Spurs, on Wednesday and followed that up with 20 points, eight boards and four assists against the Hornets Friday. The Wizards typically get into high-scoring games and Bertans should keep getting plenty of opportunities to fill it up in his current role off the Washinton bench.
SF/PF DE’ANDRE HUNTER, ATL (vs. MIN, at MIL, at IND, at HOU)Hunter has stepped up for the Hawks in a big way while the team has been short-handed the past week with John Collins (suspension), Kevin Huerter (shoulder) and Cam Reddish (wrist) all missing time. The No. 4 overall pick from the past draft has played over 25 minutes in seven straight games, averaging 33.8 minutes per game and producing 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Hunter has scored at least 11 points in each of those seven games including his career-high of 27 against the Bucks on Wednesday, who he’ll get a rematch with this week.
While the Hawks should hopefully start getting some of their injured contributors back, Hunter is a big part of their future and looks like he’ll fit in well with Trae Young and Collins to form a nice nucleus to build around, if he continues to progress as he has so far this season.
PG/SG/SF, DONTE DiVincenzo, MIL (vs. UTA, vs. ATL, at CLE, vs. CHA)With Khris Middleton (thigh) out for 3-to-4 weeks, the Bucks inserted DiVincenzo into the starting lineup, and the Big Ragu has stepped up and become a key contributor. DiVencenzo is averaging 25.7 minutes a game since moving into the lineup and producing 12.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals.
He offers some very nice positional flexibility and should continue to get good run over the next few weeks. The Bucks are definitely built around Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe on offense, but DiVincenzo is a streaky shooter and producer who is settling into a large enough role to offer solid points, steals and 3-point shooting for as long as he stays so involved in Milwaukee’s rotation
Other options worth watching
- PF/C Richaun Holmes, Sacramento Kings
- SG/SF JJ Redick, New Orleans Pelicans
- PG/SG Alec Burks, Golden State Warriors
- PF/C Khem Birch, Orlando Magic
- SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers
- PG/SG Langston Galloway, Detroit Pistons
- SG/SF/PF Duncan Robinson, Miami Heat
- PF/C Skal Labissiere, Portland Trail Blazers
- PG/SG Frank Ntilikina, New York Knicks
- PF/C Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic
- SG/SF Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns
- PF/C Daniel Theis, Boston Celtics
- PG Aaron Holiday, Indiana Pacers
- PG/SG/SF Shaquille Harrison, Chicago Bulls
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