2021 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 9 | Top Pickups, Free-Agent Sleepers, & FAAB Tips

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%
Marcus Morris Sr, PF, Los Angeles Clippers

Marcus Morris Sr. remains a solid option for reliable scoring while Kawhi Leonard remains out. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)


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%

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  • Early money slightly leaning towards the over in the 49ers-Rams matchup

    DraftKings Sportsbook is reporting good two-way action on the over/under for the NFC Championship Game matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, the over of 46 points has attracted 55% of the bets and 60% of the money thus far. Much moreso than the AFC Championship Game, the betting splits on the point spread and total in this game are much more evenly split, so the sportsbook does not have too much liability on either at the moment. From a moneyline perspective, Los Angeles's -170 moneyline odds have attracted 60% of the bets and 70% of the money.

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  • Early bettors give slight lean to the Rams over the 49ers

    Based on the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook, the favored Los Angeles Rams are getting slightly more betting attention in their matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, Los Angeles's -3.5 point spread has received 65% of the bets and 61% of the handle thus far. Bettors are clearly torn in this matchup considering the Rams have arguably been playing better football through the first two playoff games, while the 49ers have won six consecutive games against the Rams, including a thrilling Week 18 overtime victory in Los Angeles.

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  • Early money more than 4/1 on the over in the Bengals-Chiefs matchup

    DraftKings Sportsbook is reporting one-sided betting action for Sunday's over/under in the matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, the over of 54.5 points has attracted 75% of the bets and 85% of the money thus far. At this point, the sportsbook has big liability to the Chiefs point spread and the over in this matchup, as their most ideal scenario would be a Bengals cover in a low-scoring game at the moment. From a moneyline perspective, Kansas City's -335 moneyline odds have attracted 58% of the bets and 61% of the money.

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  • Early money 3/1 on the Chiefs over the Bengals

    DraftKings Sportsbook is reporting one-sided betting action for Sunday's matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs, as the majority of the action is backing the favored Chiefs.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, Kansas City's -7 point spread has received 61% of the bets and 76% of the handle thus far. Cincinnati is shaping up to be the biggest need of any side or any total this weekend, as the public seems to be enamored with the Chiefs after their thrilling Divisional Round win over Buffalo.

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  • 49ers-Rams over/under reaches lowest number of the week

    After another line movement, the over/under for the NFC Championship matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams has reached its lowest total of the week.

    Betting Impact:
    Per DraftKings, the 49ers-Rams over/under on Sunday night was posted at 47.5 points. It was quickly bet down to 46.5 in less than 24 hours. However, it has once again moved toward the under, and now currently sits at 46 points. Given that there has not yet been buyback on the over, it is extremely unlikely we see the total get back to anywhere close to the 47.5 points it opened at.

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