Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2

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The first week of the season is usually the most reliable time to find a difference factor floating on the waiver thread. Rest assured, real rough diamonds, whether they are drafted or abandoned prematurely, will not be widely available for a long time.

Chances are, rookies Alperen Sengun (60% on list) and Chris Duarte (54% on list) have already been selected in your fantasy league, along with veteran Will Barton (53% on list). But here’s another group of players to consider snagging at the start of the campaign.

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Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks (42% enrolled)

Atlanta could be the deepest team in the NBA, which hurts Huerter’s fantastic value. He finished with just six points, six boards, two cents and a block in 22 minutes in Thursday’s Mavericks overthrow, while fellow reserve Hawks Cam Reddish (19% of the roster) tallied 20 points in just 21 minutes. We all know the NBA is Where the incredible happens, but it is also unfortunately where the injuries occur. As such, Huerter and Reddish are at the very least worth keeping an eye on for the moment (or more optimistically, if) Hawks are bitten by the injury virus.

Bobby Portis, Milwaukee Bucks (39% enrolled)

Brook Lopez (back) is already a bit messed up, and at 33, the Bucks would do well to limit his workload in the regular season. Milwaukee doesn’t really have a true backup center, so that role falls to Portis once he’s healthy. Moreover, Giannis Antetokounmpo is unlikely to play important minutes in the center before the playoffs. He might miss a few more games, but Portis (hamstring) should be a double-double threat every night when he’s healthy. Add it now while you still can.

Add Bobby Portis before it’s too late. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Patty Mills, Brooklyn Nets (38% enrolled)

Mills was one of the only Nets who didn’t doze off in Tuesday’s opener against the Bucks, as he splashed his seven three-point attempts while scoring two boards, two cents, a steal and one block in 29 minutes. Unless Kyrie Irving returns, Mills will be counted on for more goals than expected when he signed with the Nets in August.

Eric Bledsoe, LA Clippers (38% enrolled)

About a month ago, I fought for Bledsoe, suggesting him as a rebound candidate. In Thursday’s season opener against the Warriors, he made his case, contributing 22 points, three boards, three steals, two assists, a trey and a block in 30 minutes. A brutal end to his tenure in Milwaukee and an average 2020-21 season in New Orleans have damaged Bledsoe’s reputation, but he remains a fantastic productive option when given the chance.

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Terance Mann, LA Clippers (34% enrolled)

With Nic Batum (staff) out, Mann scored 39 minutes on the bench in the season opener. Not only did he do a decent job cooling Stephen Curry after a 25-point first quarter, but Mann had 11 points, seven boards, three dimes, two treys and one steal. There will likely be fewer minutes for Mann on nights when the Clippers are full, but he still deserves consideration for a reserve spot in most formats.

Ricky Rubio, Cleveland Cavaliers (31% enrolled)

Rubio looked comfortable in his role as sixth man in Wednesday’s season opener loss to the Grizzlies, registering 12 points, 10 assists, four boards, three treys and one steal in 25 minutes. Coming off the bench could be an ideal role for Rubio, fantastically speaking, as he’s more likely to be heavily involved offensively with the second unit. Finding helpers on the waiver thread is usually a difficult task – plus, Rubio has long been an underrated source of thefts.

Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets (29% enrolled)

Morris, who made my personal must-draft list, fell short in Game 1 of the season, managing nine points, three assists, three treys and two boards. Still, as the starting point guard of a Nuggets team who could be without Jamal Murray (knee) for the entire season, the stage is set for Morris to enjoy a career year. He is especially valuable in the nine-cat roto leagues.

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Devin Vassell, San Antonio Spurs (16% registered)

DeMar DeRozan’s offseason start was expected to open up more opportunities for more established players like Derrick White and Keldon Johnson. Vassell, and to a lesser extent, Lonnie Walker (11% on the list), also seem to be able to benefit. There will only be one more clash against the modest Magic this season – plus Thaddeus Young has yet to make his debut – but Vassell has been impressive in the season opener, providing 19 points, five cents, three treys, two boards and two interceptions. in 25 minutes.

Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks (12% registered)

The fact that Brunson is the alternate playmaker for the league’s most dominant forward (Luka Doncic) helps explain Brunson’s widespread availability. However, after last season, in which Brunson provided superb efficiency and decent scoring stats, it’s still somewhat surprising that he’s listed in such a small percentage of leagues. Despite being in a resounding loss, Brunson had 17 points, three boards, three dimes and three threes in 26 minutes in Thursday’s season opener.

Jordan Nwora, Milwaukee Bucks (8% enrolled)

Pat Connaughton (21% on list) and Grayson Allen (19% on list) are more established players in the prime of their respective careers. Both offer fantastic floors higher than Nwora. However, if you already have a solid squad and an open roster that you prefer to shoot upside down with, Nwora is an intriguing prospect thanks to her ability to get buckets. Standing 6ft 8in, he has a considerable height advantage over Connaughton (6ft 5in) and Allen (6ft 4in), and there’s a universe (maybe not this one) where he shines though. strong that he earns a sixth (or seventh) super-scorer role even when the Bucks are closer to full power. Considering Milwaukee’s many injuries and the upcoming four-game roster for Week 2, all three make for solid streaming options, to say the least.

Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers (7% enrolled)

Korkmaz came to life in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s season opener, almost single-handedly turning a tight, competitive competition into a rout for the 76ers. Korkmaz essentially functioned as the team’s playmaker with Ben Simmons and Shake Milton (ankle) sidelined, generating 22 points, five assists, four treys and one steal in 20 minutes. Most opposing defenses will offer more resistance than the Pelicans, but Korkmaz could sneakily be among the 76ers who will see his use increase the most this season.

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