Welcome back to another session of the Weekly Waiver Wire!
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday!
Let’s begin with another edition of Studs and Duds!
Stud: Clint Capela, C, Atlanta Hawks
Clint Capela met JJJ at the rim 😎pic.twitter.com/NkPPtYeP1C
— Hawks Nation (@HawksNationCP) November 27, 2021
Capela has been an absolute unit on both ends of the floor, averaging a double-double on the season, and he has picked up the pace over the past week. Multiple games with over 15 rebounds, as well as some games with two or three blocks. All while shooting over 70 percent from the field over the last week. His woes at the free-throw line will hold him back slightly, but other than that Capela is all you can ask for and more at the center position in fantasy as well as the Hawks in real life.
Dud: Donovan Mitchell, SG, Utah Jazz
Mitchell has seen his fair share of struggles this year, with his numbers down across the board. His past few games have been extremely brutal though. I’m willing to give his 6-16 against Oklahoma City a pass, given that he was hounded by Luguentz Dort, a top defender, the whole game. But 5-20 against Memphis, and 6-21 against New Orleans, is just downright awful. From what I have seen, his basketball IQ hasn’t been there, taking some questionable shots instead of finding open teammates. Mitchell has way too much talent to stay in a slump like this, so look for him to get back on track soon.
Stud: Terry Rozier III, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets
TERRY ROZIER, THIS WAS NASTY 😱 pic.twitter.com/8hCeoV9iMN
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 23, 2021
Terry Rozier has been on a tear this last week. He destroyed the Wizards with 32, including 8-11 from three, then put up 27 on the Magic, along with an efficient 15 against the Timberwolves. Rozier also has 10 steals over this span and even two blocks. You couldn’t ask for a more well-rounded fantasy performance. The Hornets are red hot right now, and this man is one of the reasons why.
Now, let’s get into the weekly waiver wire pickups you need to make to take your team over the top!
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 7 Waiver Wire
Alec Burks, SG, New York Knicks (8.2% Rostered ESPN)
ALEC BURKS. ARE YOU SERIOUS?? pic.twitter.com/kRCYsKhVF7
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 24, 2021
With the Knicks starters playing at a less than ideal level, it has fallen to the bench players to take on a larger role, and Alec Burks has capitalized on the opportunity, scoring in the double digits in four of his last five games. He is also securing his fair share of rebounds, helping to boost his fantasy credentials.
Burks is a grab now add, as the Knicks will not be bad forever, but Burks has a role even when the starters get back on track.
Willy Hernangomez, C, New Orleans Pelicans (2.7% Rostered)
Like this tweet for a Willy Hernangomez three 🙌pic.twitter.com/ncW2TX3RIH
— Pelicans Nation (@PelsNationCP) November 25, 2021
Hernangomez has seen his minutes increase and has taken advantage of the opportunity by playing some of his best basketball. He has scored at least 13 in each of his last three games, pulled down 10 rebounds or more in two of them, and even has nine assists and four steals in that span! Quite impressive for someone normally a backup. With Jaxson Hayes struggling in his minutes, Hernangomez has stepped up and provided good play on a team desperate for it.
We will have to see what the rotations look like when Zion Williamson eventually returns, but for now, pick up Hernangomez, and enjoy the production.
Patty Mills, PG, Brooklyn Nets
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 25, 2021
Patty Mills has been shooting the light out this season, hitting the three-ball at an insane 50.4 percent clip! That number likely won’t stay that high, but he is having a career year regardless. He has made at least four three-pointers in 5-of-his-last-6 games and is averaging over 16 points per game in that span, with multiple 20 point performances. With defenses keying in on James Harden and Kevin Durant, it frees up Mills for some easy looks, and boy is he capitalizing.
He isn’t good for much more than scoring, but since he is doing it at such an efficient rate, it makes him a good player to scoop up.
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