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Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O’Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews

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Working on the waiver wire is critical to being successful in fantasy basketball. With so many games, injuries and endless changes in rotation throughout a marathon campaign, we’ll need to get statistics out of free agency to maximize fantasy rosters.

A willingness to entertain competition for the last few spots on your fantasy hoops roster could prove rewarding. When curating this fluid collective of statistical contributors, it helps to consider your end-of-bench players in direct competition with the talent floating around in free agency.

The goal of this weekly series is to identify the players at each position widely available in free agency in the ESPN league. Some are enrollment specialists who are able to help in one or two categories, while others provide more diverse and important statistical propositions. In the breakdown below, I’ve ordered the players at each position by taking into account acquisition priority rather than roster percentage in ESPN leagues.

point guard

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogs

Cameron Payne, Phoenix Suns (ESPN Roasted in 17.2% of the league): The Suns will be without team leader and star point guard Chris Paul in their lineup for the next several games as he recovers from a foot injury. Payne has been relatively great from a fantasy perspective, averaging 20 points and 5.8 dimes during his last five games entering Sunday, with stellar shooting metrics. As long as Paul is sidelined, Payne is a fantasy starter.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsBones Highland, Denver Nuggets (17.7%): The Nuggets are currently missing Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic for COVID protocols, meanwhile shifting Hyland into a more dominant offensive role. Entering Sunday’s slate, the second-year guard has averaged 19.7 points, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 4.5 3-pointers in his past six contests.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsKillian Hayes, Detroit Pistons (8.3%): The Pistons replaced Hades as the starting point guard with Cade Cunningham nursing a serious calf injury. Hayes will struggle to score efficiently at times, but the strong assist and steal rates drive Price while he’s getting so many minutes and touches for Detroit.

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Pistons PG Kilian Hayes may not be a great shooter or even a passer just yet, but he displays solid point guard skills and could be enough for fantasy managers to count on him .

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsShaq Milton, Philadelphia 76ers (2.6%): The Sixers lost another star guard to a foot injury, with Tyrese Maxi suffering a fractured ankle over the weekend, transitioning Milton into a big-scoring and building role for an abruptly ended Philadelphia rotation.

shooting guard

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsD’Anthony Melton, Philadelphia 76ers (20.6%): In the wake of injuries to James Harden and Maxi, Melton is one of the league leaders in steals and rated really well as a rebounder for the position in his time with Memphis. Expect Melton to play heavy minutes through the end of the calendar year.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsMalik Beasley, Utah Jazz (45.0%): A confident bucket with the freedom to hunt for his own shot, Beasley has turned it around recently with some distinctive scoring performances. Utah would continue to feed off Beasley on the second unit, making him the rare bench scorer with some level of consistency.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsDerrick White, Boston Celtics (44.9%): No one stat will impress you with White, but his assists are up, his block percentage is unusually high for a guard, and that combination has him ranked 12th among point guards on Player Rater over the past two weeks.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsAlec Burks, Detroit Pistons (3.7%): A scoring guard capable of posting some strong rebounding rates to go with his confident shot, Burke should be busy scoring in place of Cade Cunningham in the coming days.

small step forward

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsDillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies (54.0%): With Desmond Bain sidelined and the Grizzlies ending up with a tight rotation this year, Brooks will take on the heavy offensive workload in the games ahead. Thankfully, as you may know, Brooks is a huge fan of his own sport.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsRoyce O’Neal, Brooklyn Nets (35.3%): Fresh off his first career triple-double, which included hitting the game-winning shot for the Nets, O’Neal has filled in for the Nets in the past month amid some serious roster issues.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsBruce Brown, Denver Nuggets (11.4%): The do-everything man O’Neal is replacing in Brooklyn this season is Brown, who is now bringing his versatile floor game to the Nuggets. Bypassing star teammates, Brown stepped up his playmaking on both sides of the ball.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsCaleb Martin, Miami Heat (4.5%): Another capable wing from Miami’s assembly line, Martin has emerged as a good streaming option during Jimmy Butler’s absence. It’s only an interim addition, but it’s worth noting that Martin has averaged nearly 41 minutes in the last three games entering Sunday, backed by a formidable two-way line.

power forward

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsJaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies (61.5%): Don’t worry about a few missed games to manage the injury, as the potential for an elite block rate and some offensive upside is present. After all, Jackson led the entire league in blocks last season.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsAleksey Pokusevsky, Oklahoma City Thunder (19.1%): A recent ankle injury could get in the way of fantasy value, as “Poku” was starting to combine big defensive results with usable offense results.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsMarcus Morris Sr., LA Clippers (39.6%): This stable vet doesn’t do a ton beyond hit 3-pointers for the Clippers as their resident stretch is four, but he boasts his highest rebounding rate in at least four years and a steal to clip for the case. It is adequate.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsTorrey Craig, Phoenix Suns (2.7%): A glue man for the Suns playing heavy minutes with Cameron Johnson ill, Craig averaged 13 points, 8.3 boards and two combined steals and blocks during his last three games entering Sunday’s slate.

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Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsBol Bol, Orlando Magic (49.9%): This guy shouldn’t be on this list much longer; Bol has been one of the elite fantasy contributors over the past month thanks to a unique mix of blocks, boards and efficient scoring. Make room for him now, because that league-winning statistic is the upside of how well Bol has been playing lately.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsAl Horford, Boston Celtics (51.3%): After a quiet October, Horford dropped 13.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and solid defensive results in November. There will be some quieter lines, but Horford still has a fun 3-and-D profile.

Waiver wire pickups: Look to Al Horford, Royce O'Neale-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews - EnglishHindiBlogsMason Plumlee, Charlotte Hornets (25.2%): Between Plumlee and Utah’s Kelly Olynyk (31.7%), fantasy managers have a few supporting depth options at Pivot to consider. Both are solid passers for the position, with Plumlee being the better source of rebounding and shooting efficiency and Olynyk providing an unusually high steal rate.