Week 11 NBA Waiver Wire: Top Fantasy Basketball Pickups Include Derrick Jones Jr.

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2021

Kev Mahserejian offers advice on the Week 11 NBA Waiver Wire and offers his choices for the Top Week 11 Fantasy Basketball Pickups.

(Note: Roster percentage is as listed from Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball leagues. FAAB bid range is based on a percentage of a fantasy basketball general manager’s remaining budget.)

Week 11 NBA Waiver Wire: Top Week 11 Fantasy Basketball Pickups

Derrick Jones Jr., SG/SF, Portland Trail Blazers (23% rostered)

The former Slam Dunk Contest champ is taking advantage of the opportunity to shine in Portland. With CJ McCollum out and Rodney Hood struggling, DJJ has earned 29.3 minutes per game since Valentine’s Day. Throughout this span, he has averaged 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1 three but most importantly, 2 blocks!

That’s insane from a wing, but when you consider his level of athleticism, you start to question how he hasn’t averaged at least one per game throughout his career.

Jones is an actually decent NBA player who just needs to consistently hit from the perimeter to gain some real respect. He just turned 24 years old last week. It is very possible that he shocks fantasy basketball leagues in a year or two if he can continue expanding his game. Buy in on DJJ now off the fantasy basketball waiver wire and hope his Week 11 chances pay off while the opportunity/production remains present.

➕ Derrick Jones Jr. FAAB bid range: 5-8% ➕


Marc Gasol, C, Los Angeles Lakers (22%)

If you need points out of every roster spot, ignore this addition. Marc Gasol has taken on an expanded role in the frontcourt over the past few games and is becoming moderately fantasy-relevant. The former All-Star has significantly declined since his prime years, but given the Lakers’ desperation for a spark without Anthony Davis (Achilles’) available, they are looking at Gasol more.

Gasol is averaging 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 threes, 2 blocks, and 1 steal over the past four games. Not great, especially with the mediocre percentages, but given the low shot volume, it is not a FG or FT killer. Gasol is like a better version of Nerlens Noel right now for fantasy, which is still a useful piece. If he slumps, or the Lakers add a big via their open roster spot, just drop Gasol and move on.

Marc Gasol FAAB bid range: 1-5%


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Moritz Wagner PF/C, Washington Wizards (8%)

The Wizards have won 6 of their past 7 games and it could be partly attributed to Moritz Wagner’s increased role. The streak coincides with Wagner’s first start of the season in that first victory of the streak. While he did only play 3 minutes in their February 17th win versus the Denver Nuggets, Wagner has been looming around 20 minutes per game otherwise. He is a solid fantasy contributor when allotted proper minutes.

Wagner’s 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 threes, and 0.5 blocks on a 52.2% FG over the past 14 days seem mediocre but again, it is skewed by the 3-minute game. He’s a fine add who can boost you all around without damaging anything but FT slightly (69.7% on the season).

Moritz Wagner FAAB bid range: 1-5%


Sleeper NBA Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickup

Saben Lee, PG, Detroit Pistons (25%)

The Detroit Pistons are already at that point in the season where G Leaguers are called up to contribute. With Delon Wright (groin) out and Dennis Smith Jr. being Dennis Smith Jr., the Pistons were in need of another point guard to contribute. Saben Lee has done a stellar job through three games and is proving himself as a legitimate NBA player.

With 15.3 points, 3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 threes on a 65.4% FG over the past three games, Lee has shown real fantasy potential. Nevertheless, these match-ups were against the Magic (x2) and Pelicans. Both teams possess weak perimeter defenses that often give up wide-open shots. Lee should be speculatively added everywhere until Delon Wright’s return but don’t expect anything close to what’s been produced.

Saben Lee FAAB bid range: 3-8%


Prepare for Week 11 basketball action

After gathering your list of adds for the Week 11 NBA Waiver Wire and your Top Week 11 Fantasy Basketball Pickups, read our full NBA coverage for fantasy basketball and basketball betting tips.

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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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