Welcome to week 9 of the NBA season. The holiday season is upon us! Injuries and health protocols continue to take down players so it’s important as ever to keep active on the fantasy basketball waiver wire. Here are a few players who are primed for success and ready to contribute to your fantasy playoff aspirations!
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Week 9 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire
Mentioned previously and worth adding: Cedi Osman, Danilo Gallinari, and Tyus Jones
Monte Morris, PG/SG – Denver Nuggets (53% rostered)
The Denver Nuggets have been bitten by the injury bug quite a bit this year, so stats are up for grabs in the Mile-High City and Monte Morris is taking advantage. Morris has now scored double-digit points in nine of his last 10 games and is averaging 15.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 3.0 3PTM over his last four. The Nuggets are in the top-15 in offensive efficiency, so it doesn’t hurt to have someone from the Nuggets on your fantasy squad. Morris contributes in points, steals, assists, and three points made with solid shooting percentages so make this add right away!
Alperen Sengun, C – Houston Rockets (36% rostered)
Alperen Sengun was made sleeper lists to begin the year but has not lived up to the hype thus far… until now! The Houston Rockets season is already over as they find themselves at the bottom in the Western Conference, so they really need to start playing their rookie Center a lot more. Sengun was excellent on Saturday dropping 15 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks. I know blocks are hard to find on the waiver wire so there’s not a ton of big men that possess the upside of Sengun. That’s back-to-back 15-point, five rebound games as well for Sengun. This rookie is cleared for take-off in Houston.
Anfernee Simons, PG/SG – Portland Trail Blazers (24% rostered)
Anfernee Simons returned to the Blazers lineup Sunday after missing four games due to an ankle injury and posted 26 points to go along with three assists and six 3PTM. The 22-year-old was hot two weeks prior to his injury averaging 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.7 3PTM to end November. With CJ McCollum out indefinitely with a collapsed right lung, it opens up the door for Simons to take on a larger role. Solid add for points and threes!
Cody Martin, SG/SF – Charlotte Hornets (41% rostered)
Charlotte has been hit heavy with Covid health protocols and in the meantime, Cody Martin is taking the throne and is an absolute must-start right now. Even though his streak may only last another week it’s crucial to take advantage of any chance we get in fantasy as you just never know how long it’ll take players to return. Martin put on a show Friday filling out the scoresheet posting 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. That’s four straight double-digit scoring games for the 4th year pro and has posted at least five rebounds in all four games and at least four assists and two steals in three of those games. He’s earned himself more minutes even when some of the starters return.
Hassan Whiteside, C – Utah Jazz (20% rostered)
Hassan Whiteside is settling into his backup role with the Jazz quite nicely. That’s back-to-back doubles for the big man averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game since returning from a glute injury. Not all nights will be like this but he’s a great source of rebounds and blocks on the waiver wire. The more minutes he gets the great Jazz performances will follow. Add away.
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