Hello Fantasy Basketball Junkies! Welcome to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire.
If you want the best waiver wire options, you have arrived at the right place. We will give you a list of free-agent players you need during week 17.
The focus will be on players that are roughly less than 40% owned in Yahoo leagues, with some over 40% that you will need to check your league's availability.
I will keep each waiver wire column focused on new names, only touching on previous players if they are still widely available.
Take a moment to read Mark's Fantasy Basketball Weekly Planner too! He goes over the upcoming NBA schedule and highlights players and teams to target/avoid.
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Waiver Wire
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Josh Richardson, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs (20% owned)
Josh Richardson has been producing 6th-round numbers in nine-category leagues since an injury sidelined Devin Vassell. While only participating in 24.9 minutes per game during that time, he is averaging 13.7 PPG, 2.1 3PG, 3.5 RPG, 3.6 APG, and 1.1 SPG. Interestingly, Josh Richardson was a substitute in the bulk of those games.
In Week 17, just nine teams have a four-game week. Thankfully, San Antonio Spurs are one of them. Additionally, you can stream three of their games over four nights. On Monday, they will play the Chicago Bulls. On Wednesday, the first game of the three-game span, they will play the Toronto Raptors. After that, they play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday against the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks.
The San Antonio Spurs need help, as Tre Jones and Jeremy Sochan are now out with injuries. Consequently, Josh Richardson has become a fantastic choice for streaming right now. He can contribute some outstanding points, three-pointers, and assists. However, I'd proceed cautiously and pay great attention to the trade deadline.
Josh Richardson showcase anyone? pic.twitter.com/j5aDPIW6Sx
— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) February 4, 2023
Malik Monk, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings (35% owned)
Malik Monk has averaged 17.7 PPG, 1.0 3PG, 3.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, and 2.0 SPG in 30.8 minutes per game over the last three games. Those numbers placed him 58th in nine-category leagues during that period.
The Sacramento Kings have one of the most favorable schedules in the NBA with four games in week 17. They also have three games in four nights that you can stream. On Monday, they will face the lowly Houston Rockets. They will then face the Houston Rockets again on Wednesday. Finally, they will play the Dallas Mavericks twice a row on Friday and Saturday.
Malik Monk is known for being a streaky player. And his current stellar play is linked to Kevin Huerter's and Keegan Murray's recent shooting slumps. However, due to the Sacramento Kings' favorable schedule in Week 17, I'll take a chance on Malik Monk. He'll give you a nice boost in FT%, points, threes, and assists.
However, adding a player as the trade deadline approaches is a little more complicated. As a result, I will proceed with caution.
Malik Monk tonight vs the Spurs
Big night by Malik pic.twitter.com/0C0dtslkIr
— KingsMuse (@kings_muse) February 2, 2023
Mark Williams, C, Charlotte Hornets (13% owned)
Mark Williams' per-36 averages are astounding. He is averaging 18.4 PP36 on 63.0% FG, 13.5 RP36, 1.9 SP36, and 2.4 BPG. Those per 36 numbers are better than those of Nikola Vucevic (18.8 PP36 on 52.3% FG, 11.8 RP36, 0.7 SP36, and 0.9 BP36), Robert Williams (12.7 PP36 on 77.2% FG, 12.5 RP36, 0.7 SP36, 2.0 BP36), Walker Kessler (13.7 PP36 on 71.7% FG, 13.1 RP36, 0.7 SP36, 3.6 BP36) and Brook Lopez (16.8 PP36 on 49.6% FG, 7.5 RP36, 0.6 SP36, and 2.9 BP36) in nine-category leagues.
Mason Plumlee will likely be traded, and if that happens, Mark Williams will see significant playing time. Grab Mark Williams right now and see what happens when the trade deadline arrives. He'll put up huge numbers in FG%, rebounds, and defensive stats if he's unleashed.
BIGMARK 🤫@MarkWi1liams | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/mnT1Tv6dzX
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) February 3, 2023
Bones Hyland, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets (34% owned)
Denver Nuggets guard Bones Hyland has recently been mentioned in trade rumors, and a deal appears to be on the horizon before the NBA trade deadline on February 9. While stashing Bones Hyland at the moment is difficult, I would take a chance on him if I was in a better position in the standings.
Bones Hyland may be out of the rotation until February 9, but if he finds himself in a significant role after the deadline, he could put up big numbers in points, threes, and assists (22.3 PP36, 4.0 3P36, and 5.5 AP36). Grab and stash him now, especially if you're in a deep league.
“Bones Hyland is getting traded. It’s a matter of where and for what.” 👀
(h/t @_TradeDeadline) pic.twitter.com/dfXYz12lva
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) February 3, 2023
Here are some players who might also be relevant in the upcoming week:
- Zach Collins, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs (20% owned)
- Seth Curry, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets (25% owned)
- Naz Reid, C, Minnesota Timberwolves (17% owned)
- Gabe Vincent, PG/SG, Miami Heat (6% owned)
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