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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 15 | Top Pickups, Free-Agent Sleepers, & FAAB Tips

Posted: Jan 24, 2022Last updated: Jan 24, 2022

Thanks for reading our fantasy basketball waiver wire report for Week 15! Every week, we’ll help you decide which fantasy basketball waiver pickups to make that could benefit your fantasy basketball teams for the upcoming Week 15 or for later in the season.

Note: Free-Agent Acquisition Budget dollar bid prices for NBA Week 15 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 Monday, January 24.

2022 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 15: Top Pickups

Goga Bitadze, C, Indiana Pacers (40% Rostered)

Goga Bitadze is a beneficiary of injuries to both Myles Turner (foot) and Domantas Sabonis (ankle). He will become an afterthought for fantasy once they return, but for the time being, he is viable.

The Pacers are extremely thin in the frontcourt and have played Bitadze 23.5 minutes per game over the past week. In this four-game stretch, he is averaging 12.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 blocks while shooting 53% from the field and 60% from deep.

Bitadze is going to have volatile performances (one game last week he played just three minutes) but the overall production should be solid given his style of play near the basket. With the occasional three and steal, there are plenty of avenues to a good fantasy day.

  • Goga Bitadze Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 10-15%

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Terence Davis, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings (35% Rostered)

Terence Davis is back in rhythm after playing just two games between December 14 and January 8. His ankle (along with a stint of COVID) held him out during this stretch, but now we’re seeing what he can do when healthy.

Since January 14, he is averaging 22 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 threes, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 30.7 minutes per game while shooting 49% from the field, 42% from deep, and 85% from the free-throw line.

  • Terence Davis Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 5-8%

2022 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 15: Best Players To Stash

Davion Mitchell, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings (10% Rostered)

Davion Mitchell isn’t a great fantasy producer at the moment, but he can contribute here and there across categories while you wait for the trade deadline. The Kings are in total flux (per usual) and could be major movers before the deadline to try and shake their mish-mashed roster up.

Mitchell was just drafted and likely remains in the Kings’ long-term plans, but the same cannot be said for De’Aaron Fox or Buddy Hield.

Hield wouldn’t move the needle for Mitchell too much, but a Fox trade basically skyrockets him to must-roster status given their positional overlap and Mitchell’s mature game.

  • Davion Mitchell Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-5%

Talen Horton-Tucker, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (11% Rostered)

Talen Horton-Tucker is another potential trade deadline beneficiary, though he is the one who would require a trade to accrue fantasy value. It’s hard to fathom the Lakers moving on from any of their usage monsters in LeBron James, Anthony Davis, or Russell Westbrook, leaving THT in fray of the roster.

With a rough start to the season due to injury, Westbrook’s presence, and a lower usage rate, THT remains unpalatable in fantasy but the potential is there given that he can provide points, rebounds, assists, a three, and steals if the minutes are right.

If he is moved to a better-spaced team, the efficiency would go up as well. For now, he is merely a stash in leagues.

  • Talen Horton-Tucker Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-5%

2022 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 15: One-Week Streamer Plays

Kevon Looney, PF/C, Golden State Warriors (34% Rostered)

With Draymond Green out of commission, Kevon Looney steps up as the primary big for Golden State. Since January 6, Looney is averaging 7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.8 blocks while shooting 57% from the field and 76% from the stripe.

He should be rostered everywhere this week and until Green’s timetable is more clear.

  • Kevon Looney Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 5-8%

Justin Holiday, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers (49% Rostered)

Justin Holiday is the furthest thing from an illustrious fantasy name, but he gets the job done across the board. He provides points, steals, and threes while not hurting your percentages or turnovers.

Holiday gets four games this week and with the Pacers possibly moving players soon, he can be rostered longer until new players’ roles/minutes are established.

  • Justin Holiday Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-5%

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Kev Mahserejian

Kev Mahserejian is an NFL/NBA/MLB analyst at The Game Day, residing in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 and began creating sports content soon after. Kev currently writes fantasy and betting pieces while also hosting his podcast The Operating Room with various guests from the sports industry to discuss topics primarily regarding fantasy. He also writes for RotoBaller and is quite active on his Twitter @RotoSurgeon.

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