Thanks for reading our fantasy basketball waiver wire report for Week 4! 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 4.
Note: Free-Agent Acquisition Budget dollar bid prices for NBA Week 4 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, November 5.)
2021 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 4: Top Pickups
Jalen Brunson, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks (42% Rostered)
Jalen Brunson is averaging career highs in minutes, scoring, assists, and rebounds, becoming a solid fantasy player who could keep it up on a thin roster that desperately needs to complement star PG Luka Doncic.
The best part of Brunson’s recent stretch is that his FG% hasn’t tanked due to his increased volume. Rather, his average is mirroring his career rate from the field, while his FT% is slightly below average but could easily bounce back.
Brunson’s ability to chip in across multiple categories makes him a great fantasy glue guy who should be rostered in nearly every league, as his production is sustainable even when Kristaps Porzingis returns.
- Jalen Brunson Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 10-15%
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Terance Mann, SF, Los Angeles Clippers (28% Rostered)
Terance Mann and Luke Kennard are crucial pieces off of the Los Angeles Clippers’ bench, but Mann’s all-around fantasy production is more valuable long-term. Mann is the better player to roster despite Kennard ranking high on 9-category player raters.
When Mann’s FG% and FT% normalize a little more, we should see the gap close and Mann might even overtake Kennard, who is mainly appealing for 3’s and scoring. The upside is too good to pass up with Mann, who displayed it in full last playoffs in Kawhi Leonard‘s absence. He is fully capable of breaking out and taking another step forward this season.
His nickname isn’t “Stat Stuffer" for no reason — Mann can do a little bit of everything and deserves a spot on your roster.
- Terance Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 5-8%
2021 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 4: Best Players To Stash
Luke Kennard, SG, Los Angeles Clippers (27% Rostered)
Luke Kennard is having a solid bounce-back year. Last season, he was glued at the back end of the Clippers’ rotation with very few shots available thanks to the high-usage duo of Leonard and Paul George.
With Leonard hurt, however, Kennard is looking like a centerpiece for LA’s offense. His 9.3 FGA per game is the second-highest of his career and 50% more than last season. He’s also averaging double-digit points as well as a career-high in rebounds.
The return of Marcus Morris may hurt Kennard’s numbers a bit, but he’s been too good to limit thus far. His fantasy value is largely tied to his 44.4% shooting on 6.4 three-point attempts per game. He sustained a similar percentage last season, but given the higher volume of shots we should expect a slight dip eventually.
- Luke Kennard Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-5%
Shake Milton, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers (14% Rostered)
Shake Milton has entered Philadelphia’s starting lineup temporarily due to a COVID issue with Tobias Harris as well as a minor injury to Furkan Korkmaz (wrist). When both return, Milton will likely revert back to his bench role, which is not too bad for the sake of fantasy.
Milton was a solid contributor as a sixth man last season and is working his way back to full strength from an early-season ankle injury. His minutes have ticked up along with his production, which should continue to trend up in the coming weeks.
Milton has plenty of potential with Ben Simmons out of the picture and could wind up as a steal off waivers if he usurps Tyrese Maxey or injuries hit the backcourt.
- Shake Milton Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-5%
2021 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 4: One-Week Streamer Plays
Thaddeus Young, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs (33% Rostered)
Thaddeus Young was essentially out of the rotation earlier in the season but has found a role with Jakob Poeltl (COVID) out indefinitely.
Young will swing between power forward and center due to his inability to space the floor, but should still provide solid stats across the board as he did last year. Young’s calling card is contributing rebounds, assists, and steals while also sprinkling in everything else.
He should be picked up for the time being with the hope that he is being showcased for a trade. Young is still a capable contributor and veteran presence on the court, but San Antonio is more focused on developing its young talent.
- Thaddeus Young Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-3%
Pat Connaughton, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks (25% Rostered)
Pat Connaughton is a beneficiary of the lack of depth in Milwaukee along with Khris Middleton‘s (COVID) absence. With Middleton out indefinitely, Connaughton and co. are handling shot-taking duties in his absence.
Connaughton is contributing in several categories at the moment including FG%, points, rebounds, threes, and steals, but the expectation should be that his performance will dip once Middleton returns.
He’s also doubled his shot attempts per game, and it’s unlikely that his FG% remains near 50% given that more than half of his shots come from 3. That said, he’s still a worthwhile streamer in Week 4 with a full slate of four games.
- Pat Connaughton Waiver Wire FAAB Bid: 1-3%