The waiver wire for fantasy basketball saw a fantasy star in the making, Ausar Thompson of the Detroit Pistons. Thompson fills the stat sheet with a high motor and does everything to help his team. Thompson has seen his roster-ship increase 10% last week and with good reason. With games of 31 points and then a monster 53.8-point game, safe to say Thompson was the steal of waiver wire adds thus far.
With that being said, there is great value in players that can help you win immediately. Here are my four favorite players to add for Week 3 of fantasy basketball.
NBA Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Adds
De’Andre Hunter, SF/PF – Atlanta Hawks (63% rostered)
De’Andre Hunter saw a 40% increase in him being rostered in fantasy basketball leagues. Currently at 63%, Hunter is a fabulous Week 3 waiver wire add. Hunter is seeing the best numbers of his career through six games. He is seeing career highs in points, rebounds, field goal percentage from three-point range and inside, too. John Collins no longer being a Hawk has helped Hunter gain a new level in his rebounding.
All in all, the one thing that intrigues me about Hunter is the step he has taken in efficiency. De’Andre Hunter’s best season was 48% from the field. In six games, Hunter is shooting 54.1%. Hunter is ranked as the 40th small forward after having an ADP of SF51 in the off-season. Add the Hawks’ best wing player and enjoy the efficiency.
Dillon Brooks, SG/SF – Houston Rockets (55% rostered)
Now, everyone hates Dillon Brooks and I am not sure why. Yes, he gets under people’s skin, but there have been tons of players like him in the past and there will be a ton in the future. Brooks is not the best offensive player on the Rockets. Although that is true, Brooks has strung along two amazing games. In the past two games, Brooks has scored 79 fantasy points.
Brooks has played over 34 min in all but one game. He has had one game with over two turnovers. As not being the primary ball handler on the Rockets, there is no need to worry about the turnover department. Sure, Brooks will have his streaky moments, but basketball is a long season. Add Dillon Brooks as one of your waiver wire adds and take advantage of the random spike games he has.
RJ Barrett, SG/SF – New York Knicks (78% rostered)
RJ Barrett should be owned in 100% of leagues. As Julius Randle is slowly turning into something that is not a second option, RJ Barrett has made strides in less than ten games. Barrett is the forgotten top-three pick of a class that consisted of Zion Williamson and Ja Morant. With that being said, Barrett has missed the last two games with a knee injury. I say this because who would want to pick up someone who has missed the last two games? YOU should pick RJ Barrett up. Barrett is seeing career highs in ppg, FG %, and his three-point %.
In addition, the best thing about RJ Barrett is the vast improvement he has made at the free-throw line. Barrett’s career high was 74%. He is shooting 81% currently from the free-throw line with 21 ppg. Barrett is the new second option on the Knicks behind Jalen Brunson as Julius Randle continues with whatever he is doing. Add a starting shooting guard on a team that sees a ton of minutes as starters along with an average of 16 shots per game.