2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire

by Charles Vakassian
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Welcome one and all, new readers and returning readers, to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire!

I hope you all are staying safe and enjoying your daily dose of sports! The All-Star Break is quickly approaching, but we still have some games to get through until then!

Before we get into the must-have waiver adds, let's look at the studs and duds of the week.

Stud: Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies

Morant is one of the best young superstars in the league. He has certainly been playing like it over the last week. Morant scored at least 20 points in each of the last 10 games, including a 33 point outburst against the Magic today. He is doing all of this while having a subpar three-point shot, making it all the more impressive. His ability to score in the paint is remarkable, and his explosive athleticism is reminiscent of a young Russell Westbrook. Grizzlies fans are in for a treat over the next decade or so.

 

Dud: Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Washington Wizards

Dinwiddie has had a rough week, putting up some bad numbers if you take a closer look. Dating back to January 23rd, Dinwiddie has gone a combined 13 of 62 from the field. Those numbers come out to a horrendous 20.9 shooting percentage. It seems as though the veteran point guard is not the best fit in Washington. It would not surprise me to see him on a new team after the trade deadline, where his skill set can be maximized.

Take a look at last week's waiver wire post to make sure you are cleaning up on the boards!

Without further ado, time to see who you need to add to your Fantasy rosters!

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire

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Davion Mitchell, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings (12.2% Rostered ESPN)

Mitchell has been a pleasant surprise for a Kings team in need of hope, along with budding star Tyrese Haliburton. With floor general De'Aaron Fox sidelined, Mitchell has been inserted into the starting lineup, and he has taken advantage. He has delivered fantasy-friendly performances in each of his starts, including a 26 point and eight assist masterpiece against the Warriors on Thursday.

In the five games Mitchell has started, he is averaging close to 20 points and six assists per game. For as long as Fox is out, Mitchell should be rostered. He has shown that he can fill in admirably.

Jaxson Hayes, C, New Orleans Pelicans

This feels like it came out of nowhere. Hayes was in the doghouse for a large part of this season, and would sometimes see less than 15 minutes a game. Then he had criminal issues that surfaced, which took him out of the rotation for a period of time. But with the Pelicans still missing superstar Zion Williamson, the coaching staff felt a shakeup was necessary. They have decided to put Hayes at the four spot in the starting lineup, creating a gigantic frontcourt with Herb Jones and Jonas Valanciunas.

Hayes has been a machine in the three games he has started, averaging 15.6 points along with eight rebounds. With the Pelicans likely out of the playoff picture, a larger look at some of their younger pieces will be warranted. So even if Hayes does not stay in the starting lineup, he will be seeing a healthy share of the minutes at the power forward or center spots. This is more than enough for fantasy owners to take a flier on him.

Terry Taylor, PF, Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are a team in absolute disarray, with many of their top players out of commission or on the trade block. With Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and rookie Isaiah Jackson currently on the shelf, this has opened up an opportunity for some of the other players on the Pacers to make a statement.

Terry Taylor has certainly made his presence felt. In the three games he has started, his numbers are staggering. He is averaging 20 points and 12.6 rebounds in those contests. He is a monster on the glass and has grabbed an astounding 19 offensive rebounds in that span as well. 19! That's good enough for me, and it should be good enough for all of you. Grab him and grab him now!


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