Thanks for reading our fantasy basketball waiver wire report for Week 8! Every week, we’ll help you decide which fantasy basketball waiver pickups to make that could benefit your fantasy basketball teams now, later in the season, or just for the upcoming Week 9.
Note: Free-Agent Acquisition Budget dollar bid prices for NBA Week 9 are based on a season-long budget of $100. Adjust your percentage and scale accordingly for your league’s unique FAAB allotment and your remaining FAAB dollars.
(Roster % is based on Yahoo! Fantasy leagues information as of Friday, December 10.)
2021 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 9: Top Pickups
Tyus Jones, PG, Memphis Grizzlies (40% Rostered)
The timetable on Ja Morant remains murky, but in the meantime, Tyus Jones should continue producing.
Since taking over on November 28, Jones is averaging 9.6 points, 7.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 0.9 threes while shooting 93% from the stripe. His FG% is an abysmal 37%, but that’s mitigated by the fact that he only shoots 9.3 times per game.
Jones is a fantastic add for the time being and can be dropped once Morant can take the floor again. Kyle Anderson‘s return this past game may take away some of the opportunities from Jones moving forward but not enough to remove his fantasy viability.
- Tyus Jones Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 10-15%
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Marcus Morris Sr., PF/C, Los Angeles Clippers (39% Rostered)
Marcus Morris Sr. is back in business and now acts as the Clippers’ third option on offense. While on the whole, things revolve around star forward Paul George, Morris’ shot-creating ability is necessary given that Kawhi Leonard remains out.
Morris’ knee could be an issue down the line, but the Clippers did a good job not pushing him into the season despite their desperate need at the position. His production these past few games is more reflective of who is compared to the first few games he played as well.
In the past four games, Morris is averaging 19.8 points, 4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 3.8 threes while shooting 53% from the field and 80% from the free throw line.
Pick him up and hope those rest days are few and far between.
- Marcus Morris Sr. Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 8-12%
2021 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 9: Best Players To Stash
Alperen Sengun, C, Houston Rockets (37% Rostered)
Alperen Sengun is a per-36 monster. While he does present some flaws mostly pertaining to his youth, he can absolutely produce for the sake of fantasy on the NBA floor.
The Rockets have recently transitioned away from Daniel Theis starting as to open up the floor, particularly due to the odd fit with big Christian Wood.
Speaking of Wood, there is a non-zero chance he is moved at the deadline, opening up even more opportunities for Sengun who currently plays 17.8 minutes per game.
Sengun is averaging 17.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.2 blocks per 36 minutes. He shoots 48.5% from the field and 71% from the stripe. While turnovers could be an issue if he plays more, that will be a non-issue based on the rest of his profile and the ability to drain an occasional three-pointer.
- Alperen Sengun Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-4%
Donte DiVincenzo, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks (10% Rostered)
Donte DiVincenzo took a step forward and helped the Bucks a ton on their way to a championship before falling out of the picture due to an ankle injury. He is still a valuable piece for a very thin roster but could be eased in to start.
For now, it could be worth holding onto the 24-year old combo guard who can be a good fantasy contributor across the board.
Last season, DD averaged 10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2 threes per game (all career-highs) while shooting 42% from the field and 72% from the stripe. Those percentages hurt, though he does add 1.1 steals and could still take a step up as a whole if his conditioning is right.
- Donte DiVincenzo Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-3%
2021 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 9: One-Week Streamer Plays
Grayson Allen, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks (42% Rostered)
Grayson Allen has been much more productive than anyone expected this season, but that is mostly due to the Bucks’ aforementioned thin roster and time opened up earlier due to the loss of Khris Middleton to COVID for a stretch.
Allen is a good shooter who has proven that he can produce something for fantasy. While we should expect his value to tank upon DiVincenzo’s return, that is still a bit away.
The Bucks have a four-game week coming up. Allen is a worthwhile hold for his scoring and threes.
- Grayson Allen Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 2-5%
P.J. Tucker, PF/C, Miami Heat (11% Rostered)
P.J. Tucker is not a world-beater by any means for fantasy, yet he can do a little bit of everything which is always undervalued. His scoring is typically low and should remain that way, but we may see plenty more assists with Bam Adebayo out until early 2022.
Through the past 5 games sans Adebayo, Tucker is averaging 6.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.8 threes. Very lackluster, yet still worth adding for the upcoming four-game week.
- P.J. Tucker Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-3%