Welcome to the Week 10 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Targets article. This week’s Christmas edition will feature five more players who are trending up, and should be available in your league.
Christmas is an important time in the NBA, and there were a huge lineup of matches throughout the holiday. Some of the league’s top stars will be on display, as well as many of the players listed in this article.
The only thing consistent in an NBA team’s rotation is its fluidity. Injuries, illness, and fatigue will continue to bench starters and offer windows of opportunity for other players who may be further down the rotation. Even if a player only gets a bump in time for a week, it can help you win that weekly matchup.
There aren’t too many roster moves that should change too much for any players, minus the recent Ish Smith trade to the 76ers. The 76ers seem committed to finding a place for Smith, trading two second-round picks and releasing Tony Wroten to make room. While it’s too early to tell if Smith will be a fantasy waiver wire target, the situation should definitely be monitored.
This week’s group of waiver wire targets includes five league veterans, and three double-double threats. Once again, all are available in over 50% of leagues, and could help strengthen your line up.
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Targets
Jameer Nelson, PG, Denver Nuggets (20 Percent Owned)
Jameer Nelson has missed a couple games with illness recently, but should return to a starting job shortly. He began as a replacement for the injured Emmanuel Mudiay, but looks like he will remain involved even when Mudiay returns.
Nelson has reached double digit scoring in six of his last eight games, while averaging over six assists per game in that time. While there is a lot of hype around Mudiay, he has been shooting at a very poor percentage, meaning Nelson could find more and more time on the court, even when they both return.
Jeremy Lin, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets (43 percent)
The Hornets have benefitted from some great play from players all through their rotation, but none are a hotter commodity than Jeremy Lin. Lin will not have too many nights as a starter, unless regular point guard Kemba Walker misses time, but the Hornets find ways to make sure Lin sees a lot of time.
In fact, Lin will spend a lot of time playing the guard position next to Walker. Lin has scored double digits in seven of his last ten games, including a 35-point performance against the Toronto Raptors. He can put up solid numbers as well in rebounds and assists, though these stats are a little more unpredictable.
Matt Barnes, SF, Memphis Grizzlies (42 Percent)
Matt Barnes has chipped in solid play over the last few weeks, and the NBA journeyman has found a valuable role with the Grizzlies. Barnes records a lot of hustle stats, meaning that even on nights when he sees slightly less time, he will still contribute to a fantasy team.
Defense is Barnes’ bread and butter, and over the last eight games he has averaged two steals and just below two blocks per night. He combines that with consistent three-point shooting, while scoring double digits in six of his last eight games. Even more, he has landed three double-doubles in the last few weeks, and continues to grab rebounds nightly.
Jordan Hill, PF/C, Indiana Pacers (35 Percent)
It seems like all Jordan Hill does is grab double-doubles. At any of his stops at any team through his career, he has always contributed with consistent, yet not flashy stat lines. While he has some competition for time on the court, he seems to have edged out other Pacer’s big men.
Jordan Hill may never light up the scoreboard, but he has averaged over eleven points per game. Meanwhile, he has been grabbing over seven rebounds in that same time Combine his trademark scoring consistency with his rebounding proficiency, and Jordan Hill looks like a candidate for double-doubles on most nights.
Taj Gibson, PF/C, Chicago Bulls (24 Percent)
Injuries have seen Taj Gibson earn more and more minutes over the last few weeks. Gibson has always been a talented big man, and only needs his opportunity to be fantasy relevant. With this uptick in time on the court, averaging over 30 minutes for the last week, he should be looked at in almost all leagues and formats.
Gibson has averaged over nine points in the last eight games, while grabbing over seven rebounds over that duration. However, these numbers increase when Gibson sees more time, and he has notched a double-double in two of his last four appearances. The replacement rotation of Bulls big men still has to work itself out, but the veteran Gibson will likely remain relevant.
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