Welcome to another week of the fantasy basketball season! Football season is over which pulls the NBA season to the forefront. The NBA All-Star break is around the corner so keep an eye on your league settings and make sure you don’t maximize your adds too quickly if you’re in a two-week matchup! The trade deadline has come and gone so the final stretch is in sight baby! There wasn’t a ton of winners from the deadline but here are a few names that are ready to make an impact to your fantasy basketball rosters…
Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire
Devin Vassell, SG/SF – San Antonio Spurs (50% rostered)
Surprisingly, there wasn’t a ton of massive fantasy winners following last week’s NBA Trade Deadline. One big sleeper though was Devin Vassell after Derrick White was shipped off to Boston creating some extra opportunity in San Antonio. Vassell has started the last two games and is averaging 17 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.5 3PTM during that span. Pretty solid baby! The youth movement continues for the Spurs so expect the 21-year-old to get all the minutes he can handle going forward. Vassell has spurred his way into a must-add with 16 double-digit scoring games to begin 2022.
Chuma Okeke, PF– Orlando Magic (37% rostered)
Make that four 15-point, 5 rebound games for Chuma Okeke over the last two and a half weeks. That definitely needs to be rostered more with that kind of production. Okeke continues to put up solid numbers in Orlando and is averaging 13 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 3.3 3PTM over his last three games. The Magic have nothing to play for so the younger players like Okeke will keep getting minutes meaning it’s a solid add. Okeke…do you love me!? I do!
Marvin Bagley III, PF/C – Detroit Pistons (27% rostered)
Another big trade deadline winner is the often talked about Marvin Bagley III. There weren’t too many other landing spots that made the former 2018 2nd overall pick a great add in fantasy than landing with the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons frontcourt is extremely thin especially with the recent struggles from Kelly Olynyk giving Bagley an immediate chance at receiving starter minutes. Bagley was fresh off playing some of the best basketball of his career posting at least 9 rebounds in three straight games and averaging 17 points just over a month ago in Sacramento. Rev your engines Detroit… a new Piston is in town.
Oshae Brissett, SF/PF– Indiana Pacers (30% rostered)
Oshae Brissett was a fantasy darling during the fantasy basketball playoffs last season and he’s starting to turn heads once again. The Indiana Pacers traded away a ton of talent at the trade deadline and are still dealing with multiple injuries to key players such as Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner. Until they return Brissett is going to rack up the stats and what a week it was! Brissett is averaging 18.3 points, 10 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 2.3 3PTM over his last three games including back-to-back double-doubles. Add away!
Aleksej Pokusevski, SF/PF– Oklahoma City Thunder (21% rostered)
Poku season baby! It might not be official Poku season yet but Aleksej Pokusevski offers a ton of upside that’s too hard to pass up. The sophomore has spent a lot of time in the G league of late but around the All-Star break is when teams explore more with their youth and the Thunder have to see what they have in the talented 7-footer. Pokusevski is fresh off posting 16.5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1.5 blocks, and 2.5 3PTM over two of his past three games. He can touch a ton of categories and is worth a spot on your fantasy roster.
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