2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Waiver Wire

by Brian Dailisan
2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week Waiver Wire

As NBA Week 16 approaches, we're hitting the fantasy basketball trade deadline—a pivotal moment that can make or break your season. This year, the landscape looks different; there aren't any obvious pickups following the deadline, making our 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Waiver Wire a crucial toolkit for those under-the-radar players set to bolster your roster.

Eager to find those fantasy difference-makers? Our carefully chosen lineup is teeming with potential breakout stars ready to shake up the league dynamics. Get set for some roster-altering moves!

I'm here every week, scouring the waiver wire for those diamonds in the rough, spotlighting players not widely owned but ripe for the picking. Gear up for Week 16; our waiver wire insights are poised to inject some serious energy into your fantasy campaign. Let's identify the game-changers that will propel your team forward in the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Waiver Wire.

2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Waiver Wire

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Ayo Dosunmu, SG, Chicago Bulls (37% owned)

Zach LaVine's season-ending right foot surgery delivers a harsh blow to Bulls fans and fantasy owners alike, sidelining him for 4-6 months. Yet, every cloud has a silver lining. Enter Ayo Dosunmu, seizing the opportunity to shine. Starting as guard in his recent outings, Dosunmu has dazzled, delivering 5th-round value in nine-category leagues with averages of 16.5 points, 2.5 threes, 3.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks, all while maintaining a stellar 55.1% field goal percentage.

The Bulls face a challenging Week 16, with just three games against tough teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic. However, this shouldn't deter us from picking up Dosunmu. With LaVine out for the season and Patrick Williams missing multiple games, Dosunmu stands to gain significantly. His recent performances showcase his versatility and significant playing time as a starter.

Now is the time to grab Dosunmu for Week 16 and consider keeping him at least until Patrick Williams returns. Dosunmu could also prove to be a smart hold, particularly if the Bulls decide to trade key players like Alex Caruso or DeMar DeRozan at the deadline.

Precious Achiuwa, PF/C, New York Knicks (33% owned)

Julius Randle's dislocated right shoulder and O.G. Anunoby's right elbow inflammation have paved the way for Precious Achiuwa's sudden surge. Stepping up for the New York Knicks, Achiuwa has shown his worth despite his shooting struggles. Over the last four games, he's delivered 10th-round value in nine-category leagues, averaging 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks, while logging a hefty 39.6 minutes per game.

Looking ahead to Week 16, the Knicks are set to play just three games. Yet, with matchups against the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks, opportunities abound. Achiuwa emerges as a valuable pickup for managers seeking to bolster points and rebounds. His role might shift upon Anunoby's return, but for now, he's a wise choice. Remember the strategy: snag Achiuwa now and adjust as needed later.

Brandin Podziemski, SG, Golden State Warriors (32% owned)

Brandin Podziemski has reignited his spark after a rollercoaster in January. In his last four games, he's hit his stride, securing 8th-round value in nine-category leagues with averages of 12.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.8 assists, all while shooting 50.0% from the field over 34.4 minutes per game.

The Golden State Warriors are gearing up for a busy Week 16 with four games on the docket, including a three-game stretch over four days beginning Wednesday. This stretch offers prime streaming opportunities, even against formidable foes like the Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, and Phoenix Suns.

Now might be the perfect time to snatch up Podziemski while he's on a hot streak. His knack for contributing threes, rebounds, and assists can bolster many fantasy lineups. With Andrew Wiggins possibly sidelined due to a left foot injury, Podziemski's stock rises even further. Keep an eye on updates, but for now, Podziemski is looking like a solid addition.

Lonnie Walker, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets (17% owned)

With Dorian Finney-Smith and Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined for the Brooklyn Nets, Lonnie Walker is seizing his chance to shine. Over the last three games, Walker has surged to 4th-round value in nine-category leagues, boasting averages of 19.3 points, 3.3 threes, 2.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.7 steals.

The Nets are set for a busy Week 16, playing four games, including a valuable three-game stretch over four days. They'll tackle the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks in back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday, face off against the tough Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, and conclude with a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

Consider picking up Lonnie Walker in Week 16, particularly if Finney-Smith remains out. Walker offers significant boosts in points and threes. Additionally, with Mikal Bridges linked to trade rumors and Spencer Dinwiddie's contract winding down, Walker may soon see his role expand post-trade deadline.

Here are some players who might also be relevant in the upcoming week:

  • De’Andre Hunter, SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks (31% owned)
  • Rui Hachimura, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers (20% owned)
  • Mo Bamba, C, Philadelphia 76ers (6% owned)
  • Danilo Gallinari, SF, Detroit Pistons (2% owned)

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