Fantasy Basketball: Top NBA Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 20 of 2021-22

The NBA only has five weeks left in the regular season, so one-season fantasy basketball comes at a critical time. At this critical point in the season, every spot on the roster and every line in every box counts. Although we’re late in the year, that doesn’t mean there aren’t solid options on the waiver thread, so check out the options below that I think can give your team a good boost on arrival.

Over the coming week, 16 teams are due to play while the other 14 play all three times. There are no outliers with five or two games to exploit or avoid, so it’s a solidly balanced week. There’s a monster roster with 12 games on Wednesday with just two games on Thursday, so there’s a slight advantage to targeting teams that play Thursday, but that advantage is pretty minor.

At the top of this article each week, you can find the best trending mics that are fast disappearing from the waiver thread. Many of them appeared in this post earlier this season, but if they’re still available on your league’s waiver feed, they’re definitely worth considering. At the other extreme, you can find some very available deep league options at the bottom of the post. Between these two groups you can find four highlighted crosspieces which I think are good mics going in the right direction. Things change quickly from day to day at this stage of the season, so follow me on my Twitter account @ZT_sports if you are looking for single game streaming options, as well as low cost DFS play everyday.

Top Trending Players

  • PG/SG Spencer Dinwiddie, Dallas Mavericks
  • PG/SG Tre Mann, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • PG/SG Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic
  • PG/SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Washington Wizards
  • SG/SF Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Spurs
  • SF/PF Cameron Johnson, Phoenix Suns
  • SF/PF Aleksej Pokusevski, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • PF Jalen Smith, Indiana Pacers
  • PF Chuma Okeke, Orlando Magic
  • PF/C Isaiah Jackson, Indiana Pacers

C Isaiah Roby, Oklahoma City Thunder (vs MIL, at MIN, vs MEM)

The Thunder always seem to be a good source of late-season value as they give young players big roles late in the season. Roby was one of those players last year, too, but he spent the first part of that season totally out of the Thunder’s rotation behind rookie Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and veteran Derrick Favors. With JRE (foot) injured, favors limited and other options freed up, Roby once again climbed into an important role with Oklahoma City at this point.

Over his last six games dating back to just before the All-Star break, Roby is averaging 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 28.8 minutes per game. He had an impressive 26-point game against the Nuggets on Wednesday and followed that up with a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double against the Timberwolves on Friday. He’ll have a rematch with Minnesota this week, and he’s shaping up to be a really nice source of stats for the big guys with a significant number of interceptions mixed up due to his energy on defense.

PG Cameron Payne, Phoenix Suns (at ORL, at MIA, against TOR, against LAL)

Payne is still available in more than half of the leagues this season, and he’s set for a huge finish now that he’s shown he’s healthy. He was out from January 22 to March 2 with a wrist injury and while he was out, Chris Paul (thumb) suffered an avulsion fracture that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Also, Devin Booker (health and safety protocols) has been sidelined the past two games, so Payne has taken over a huge role.

He came back and only played in short bursts, but still produced eight assists to go with five points and two steals in 20 minutes in a blowout 30-point win over the Trail Blazers. In his second game in a much more competitive game against the Knicks, Payne had 17 points, 16 assists and a steal while recording 32 minutes. If he continues to get this much work, he will be an outstanding pickup for the rest of the season. Payne will likely have a reduced role when Booker returns, but with Paul there should still be enough room for him to produce some good playmaking numbers, especially assists.

SG/SF Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks (against UTA, against NYK, at HOU, at BOS)

The Mavs shuffled their roster at the trade deadline, but they’ve won six of their last seven games after winning Saturday morning against the Kings, even though Luka Doncic (toe) couldn’t play. Bullock missed a pair of games just before the All-Star break with a hip contusion, but has been heavily involved since Tim Hardaway fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. In the 14 games since then, Bullock has scored 13 double-digit points, averaging 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists per game.

Bullock has been a key 3-point contributor throughout this run, making 3.7 per game, so if your team needs long-range scoring, he’s a great option to add. He’s played huge minutes since returning from the All-Star break, averaging 37.5 minutes over those five games and averaging 10.2 shot attempts per game. With some tasty matchups highlighted by a rematch against his former team, the Knicks, Bullock is definitely an outside threat that should be owned in any format where 3 p.m. is a category.

PF/C Drew Eubanks, Portland Trail Blazers (at MIN, at UTA, against WAS)

The Trail Blazers picked up Eubanks as a free agent after he was traded to the Raptors by the Spurs along with Thaddeus Young in exchange for Goran Dragic. Both Dragic and Eubanks were released but quickly found new teams. Eubanks is still on a 10-day contract (his second with Portland), but he’s getting enough playing time to earn a replay with the Blazers shorthanded. It’s been a bit of a homecoming for the 25-year-old who went to high school in Troutdale, OR and then moved on to Oregon State.

Since Jusuf Nurkic (foot) came out, Eubanks has started his four games with the Blazers and has averaged 10.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.0 minutes per game. He had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Nuggets and also scored exactly 13 points in each of his two games since then while adding exactly eight rebounds against the Suns and Timberwolves. While Portland will likely put bodies back on the wing after playing with just eight players on Saturday, they don’t have much help at center until Nurkic returns, so Eubanks should continue to get all the work he does. can manage and provide good points and rebounds in all three of their games this week.

Other options to consider

  • PG Malachi Flynn, Toronto Raptors
  • PG Aaron Holiday, Phoenix Suns
  • PG/SG Donte DiVincenzo, Sacramento Kings
  • PG/SG Malik Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • PG/SG Immanuel Quickley, New York Knicks
  • PG/SG/SF, Alec Burks, New York Knicks
  • SG/SF Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat
  • SF Trendon Watford, Portland Trail Blazers
  • SF/PF Taurean Prince, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • SF/PF Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks
  • PF/C DeMarcus Cousins, Denver Nuggets
  • PF/C Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks

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