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2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Wavier Wire

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Welcome to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Wavier Wire!

Now that the season has begun, and a few games have been logged, it is time to analyze what players need to be scooped off of waivers and added to your teams. These players are rostered in less than 50% of ESPN leagues, with the potential to be productive pieces for your fantasy teams.

While it is too early in this season to buy into players and their performances, there are some names that you should be on the lookout for in the coming weeks. One of those is Aleksej Pokusevski of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is an extremely raw talent who has shown flashes of dominance on both sides of the ball, making big blocks and facilitating the offense as a 7 footer. He needs to put on some muscle and be more careful with the basketball. Once he does that, he will be a fantasy darling.

Also, keep an eye on Carmelo Anthony out in Los Angeles. He had a very solid performance for the Lakers off of the bench in defeat and shows that he has not lost a step. Melo will be good for 10-15 points per night, and can also grab several rebounds. His role as the first man off the bench for the Lakers, and with facilitators like Lebron James and Russell Westbrook, it sets up Anthony well for good fantasy performances.

I would also like to take this time, as the season has begun, to offer up my early season picks for awards and the playoffs.

MVP: Luka Doncic

DPOTY: Anthony Davis

ROY: Jalen Green

Sixth Man: Derrick Rose

Most Improved: Tyler Herro

Conference Winners: Nets and Lakers

NBA Champion: Lakers in 7

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Wavier Wire

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Hassan Whiteside, C, Utah Jazz (46.2% rostered)

Whiteside has only seen limited minutes while backing up Rudy Gobert so far. However, he has been productive in those minutes, with 19 rebounds, three blocks, and 14 points in only 35 total minutes. Those are pretty gaudy statistics for only a backup center

There will also be nights where the Jazz are blowing opponents out, giving him more run on the court. And of course, if anything ever were to happen to Gobert, Whiteside would be in line for a big role.

Even now, snag him for your rosters, as he is a guy who will soak up rebounds and collect a few blocks here and there, along with the occasional double-double.

Seth Curry, SG, Philadelphia 76ers, (38.8%)

Curry is known as a guy who will light it up from behind the arc, similar to his superstar brother. Curry is an underrated scorer on a very solid 76ers team.

In the past, he has averaged over 20 points per 100 possessions, and in the couple of games he has played this season, he has shot 13-from-17 from the field, and 6-from-7 from 3-point territory. Those numbers will obviously change over the course of the season, but Curry can provide your teams with bursts of scoring, and can grab a few rebounds and assists along the way.

His role as a starter in Philadelphia affords him a great opportunity to produce. Take advantage while you can and pick him up.

Ricky Rubio, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers (27.2%)

Ricky Rubio has always flown under the radar, as he is not the flashiest of players. He is the consummate floor general though, getting the job done.

So far this season that has been the case. Rubio has opened the season with back-to-back double-doubles, averaging over 25 minutes per game in a substantial bench role.

In his career, Rubio has always been a prolific passer, averaging over 12 assists per 100 possessions. Scoop Rubio and plug him in, as he will give you a healthy amount of assists per game. He also has the ability to pour in some points on occasion, with efficient shooting, now that he doesn’t have to bear a large burden on offense.

Al Horford, PF/C, Boston Celtics (31.6%)

Finally healthy after dealing with the COVID-19 infection, Horford comes back as a key component of a competitive Celtics squad.

Horford showed last year that he was not washed up whatsoever, putting up solid numbers over the games he played in Oklahoma City. In his first game back in Boston, Horford recorded a double-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds, along with an astounding four blocks and a pair of assists. He did this in 25 minutes of work.

Once he is fully conditioned, he should see upwards of 30 minutes per game. This will lead to having his numbers increase, as he will be the primary piece off the bench for Boston, and in essence the backup center behind Robert Williams. Guaranteed for a healthy chunk of points and boards, snag Horford while you can.


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About Charles Vakassian

Recent graduate of Franklin Pierce University, Class of 2021. Writer of Fantasy Sports for 3 years. Avid Yankees, Giants, and Thunder fan!

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