2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Waiver Wire

by Joe Bond
2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Waiver Wire

The NBA appears to be getting back to normal. Remember after Week 2 when I talked about how average or even below average of a start the Cavaliers got off too?

Well, we are entering Week 8 and the Cavaliers have reeled off 10 in a row to look like the team we expected. They are doing this without Derrick Rose too, who is out with injury and taking time away from the team to "think about his future". Just goes to show, never write-off LeBron James.

I can compare this to not giving up on some of your stud players early in the season. We see it every season a player drafted in the first half of the draft starts off slow and somebody in a league gets frustrated and impatient with said player and trades him for a lower value or worse, drops him. This is a bad move as that player inevitably turns it around to be exactly what we expected. The player that immediately comes to mind is Jimmy Butler.

All players mentioned are owned in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues.

2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Larry Nance Jr., PF, Los Angeles Lakers

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Nance returned from injury just a couple of games ago and immediately I was not interested. However, things changed when Kyle Kuzma had a precautionary MRI on his back. Yes, the results were negative, but this is definitely something to worry about moving forward for Kuzma.

If, no when, Kuzma misses time Nance will reap the benefits and be right back to his starting role on the team and make an impact. Nance won't be huge on the offensive stats, but his defensive stats can make a difference.

Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Washington Wizards

I don't understand. I have mentioned Oubre before and yet he is still available in a vast majority of leagues. He was doing exactly what I thought he would before the John Wall injury.

Since the injury, he has been doing very well. Over the last week, he has averaged 17 points, 5.7 rebounds and a 3-pointer a game. Oubre absolutely needs to be owned in all leagues moving forward.

Aaron Afflalo, SG, Orlando Magic

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Starter, Terrence Ross is going to miss a significant amount of time with a knee injury. The Magic coach has come out and said, right now Afflalo is going to get the first chance at the starting with Ross missing time.

Afflalo struggled last year, but I'm always willing to give somebody getting starting minutes a chance. Especially one who has a proven history scoring.

Wesley Johnson, SF, Los Angeles Clippers

Johnson has been announced as the starter at small forward even when Danilo Gallinari returns from his injury. This is possible because of the injury to Blake Griffin, which will allow Gallinari and Johnson to both be on the floor at the same time.

Johnson does not light the world on fire, but he can score double-digits points any given night. Where his real value comes from is he contributes in 3-pointers, steals and blocks. For an end of the bench spot, Johnson is a great fit for those teams needing a boost in the defensive categories without killing your scoring.


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