Welcome one and all, new readers and returning readers, to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Waiver Wire!
Before we get into the must-have waiver adds, let's look at the studs and duds of the week.
Take a look at last week's waiver wire post to make sure you are cleaning up on the boards!
Stud: Darius Garland, PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
His high level of play has been going on for multiple weeks now, but Garland's performance against the Wizards Friday night was nothing short of spectacular. 32 points on 11/17 shooting, eight rebounds, and 10 assists, leading the Cavs to a win.
Ever since Collin Sexton went down with a torn left meniscus, Garland has stepped up and performed like a young star. His energy is infectious on the court and has helped Cleveland catch fire, winning four games in a row. If Garland keeps this up, it would not surprise me to see him on an All-NBA team.
Darius Garland is lighting it up vs. the Wizards ? pic.twitter.com/SuB3UzkwIw
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 4, 2021
Dud: Tim Hardaway Jr, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks
As the primary bench option for the Mavericks, Hardaway has been a bit of a letdown. His 38.5% field goal percentage is a career-low, and his three-point percentage has dropped from 39.1 percent last year to 34.5 percent as of now. Even his free throw percentage has taken a sharp drop, going from 81.6 percent to 72.9 percent.
Hardaway also isn't doing much else to supplement his poor shooting, as his rebounding and assist numbers are low. This is the cause of having Luka Doncic in the offense as the primary scorer and facilitator. Hardaway cannot be relied on in Fantasy, and clearly has some soul searching to do.
Without further ado, time to see who you need to add to your Fantasy rosters!
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Waiver Wire
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Kelly Oubre Jr, SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets (43.6% Rostered ESPN)
Kelly Oubre Jr. hits his 7th three of the game! ?
— theScore (@theScore) November 27, 2021
With the news coming out that LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier will be out multiple games due to COVID-19, Oubre stands as a player with a lot to gain. With defenses now likely to key in on Gordon Hayward, there should be plenty of opportunities for Oubre to step up his game and put up some really good numbers for Fantasy managers.
It doesn't hurt that even when Ball and Rozier were in the lineup, Oubre was balling out. Four of his last five games have resulted in a 20 point performance, and he has racked up six steals in his last three games as well. The combination of being on a hot streak, along with an increased opportunity, should result in rewards galore for any fortunate enough to roster Oubre.
Dewayne Dedmon, C, Miami Heat (6.7% Rostered)
— Bally Sports Sun: HEAT (@BallyHEAT) November 30, 2021
Another player to grab because of a new opportunity. Heat star center Bam Adebayo is going to be out for up to six weeks, due to a torn UCL in his right thumb. The frontcourt minutes will now be there for the taking, and Dedmon will step up and take a sizeable role.
In his start against the Cavaliers the other night, Dedmon posted a double-double, along with three assists, a steal, and two blocks. You can expect his stat line to hover around those numbers for as long as Adebayo is out. The fact that he is owned in less than seven percent of leagues is remarkable. Grab him now, before more people realize the opportunity Dedmon has.
Malik Monk, SG, Los Angeles Lakers (5.1% Rostered)
Malik Monk ... from Los Angeles pic.twitter.com/egDyGGrtuP
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 1, 2021
Monk has been a bright spot on a struggling Lakers team, putting up 20 points in three of his last four games. With Lebron James and Anthony Davis hurting from day-to-day ailments and not always at 100 percent, another player had to step up and help Russell Westbrook.
It seems as though Monk can be that person, as he can scorch the nets when he is hot. He can also pad his stats with some decent rebounding and some steals. He'll be a solid source of points for your Fantasy team, should you decide to pick him up.
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