2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Waiver Wire

by Charles Vakassian
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball: Domantas Sabonis

Welcome one and all, new readers and returning readers, to the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 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: Domatas Sabonis, PF/C, Indiana Pacers

With trade rumors heating up across the league, it seemed fitting to address one of the names with a chance to be moved in the coming months. Sabonis has been on an absolute tear, posting a double-double in six straight games, and is averaging a double-double for the season as well. He has shown the propensity to facilitate with the ball in his hands as well, with multiple games over five assists. With the Pacers recently admitting they are in sell mode, Sabonis will be one of the hottest names on the market, if teams can pony up to pay the price.

Dud: Buddy Hield, SG, Sacramento Kings

Brutally bad are the only words that can describe the type of week Hield had. A combined 24 fantasy points over five games, including a negative four dud on Wednesday. The efficiency is down across the board for Hield, and he is shooting the ball at career-low levels this season. A career 40 percent three-point shooter, yet is barely making over 34 percent this year. His field goal percentage is also at a career low, sitting at a measly 37.6 percent. For fantasy owners, this is production that cannot be tolerated in the long term.

 

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

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Danillo Galinari, SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks (6% Rostered ESPN)

The Hawks have seen some injuries hit them pretty hard. Solomon Hill, Cam Reddish, Deandre Hunter, and Bogdan Bogdanovic all have been missing for long periods or are out for the season. This opens the door for players like Gallinari, and he has already responded, with four straight games scoring in double digits, along with solid rebounding numbers and efficiency from the field. Put those all together, and you get a valuable contributor for your fantasy team.

Grab Gallinari and enjoy the ride, but when some of the injured names come back, the minutes will drop back down again.

 

Terence Davis, SG, Sacramento Kings (7.7% Rostered)

Earlier we discussed the shortcomings of Buddy Hield, but his teammate in Sacramento is stepping up and playing at a high level. Davis has put up excellent numbers over the past week, with multiple 20 point performances and decent rebounding stats. He has racked up seven steals in that span as well, making for a great week of fantasy numbers if you were fortunate enough to have him rostered already.

If you don’t have Davis yet, pick him up. He has the hot hand right now and has overtaken Hield in the rotation in Sacramento. Ride the hot hand for as long as it lasts. Efficient three-point shooting, good defense, and solid rebounding make for a strong fantasy asset.

Jarred Vanderbilt, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves (13.8% Rostered)

Vanderbilt is one of the few fantasy players you need to roster almost entirely for defensive reasons only. Over the past week, Vanderbilt has 40 rebounds, eight steals, and two blocks in a four-game stretch, That is an impressive total. He will occasionally reach double-digit scoring, but that is not his strength. His defensive stats are enormously helpful for fantasy and make him a player you need to add to your roster as soon as possible. He is officially locked in as the starting power forward in Minnesota as well, so you know his role won’t change anytime soon.


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