2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Waiver Wire

by Brian Dailisan
2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week Waiver Wire

Shoutout to the champs and the fighters still in the fray! If you're battling it out for fantasy glory, the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Waiver Wire is your ally. We're here to shed light on those sleeper picks that could tilt the scales in your favor.

Hungry for those roster transformers? We've got a lineup of up-and-comers ready to stir the pot in your league. It's time to plot those tactical roster tweaks!

I'm your weekly guide through the waiver wire wilderness, spotlighting those overlooked talents (snagged in less than 40% of leagues) who are diamonds in the rough.

As we plunge into Week 22, our waiver wire wisdom is primed to fuel your playoff push. Let's team up to identify the difference-makers for the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Waiver Wire. Bolster your lineup and let's grab that win!

2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 22 Waiver Wire

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Naji Marshall, SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans (6% owned)

With Brandon Ingram sidelined for the next few weeks, Naji Marshall emerges as the New Orleans Pelicans' hidden gem. In his last nine games, Marshall has averaged 9.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals. He's done all that with less than 20 minutes of playtime. Moreover, in the wake of Ingram's absence, Marshall shone brightly, scoring 13 points alongside 7 rebounds in over nearly 23 minutes, demonstrating a significant 22.9% usage rate.

Next week, the Pelicans have just three games on their slate, starting with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. They'll move on to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, and finish with the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Though these are tough opponents, the spaced-out schedule offers a chance to gain an edge in fantasy through strategic pickups.

Are you looking to boost your fantasy lineup, particularly in deeper leagues? Consider adding Marshall. With Ingram sidelined Marshall is poised to make an impact, potentially swinging playoff or championship outcomes in your favor.

Larry Nance Jr. , PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans (21% owned)

Consider picking up Larry Nance Jr. for your squad, especially with the New Orleans Pelicans' busy Week 22 schedule. Over his last eight games, Nance Jr. has delivered noteworthy numbers: 6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, all on a 60% shooting efficiency. These stats may not leap off the page, but they solidify his value as a twelfth-round pick in nine-category leagues, thanks to strong showings in rebounds, steals, and field goal percentage.

The Pelicans have just three games in Week 22, facing off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, and wrapping up with the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Despite the tough competition, the games are well-timed on lighter game days, providing a unique opportunity to enhance your lineup.

So, consider grabbing Larry Nance Jr. off the waiver wire. Sure, he has moments of frustration, and the risk of benching looms. But, come playoff season, taking risks can be rewarding. He may not fit every manager's strategy, but for those in deep leagues or employing a punt points strategy, he stands out as a valuable asset.

Keon Ellis, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings (15% owned)

Keon Ellis, the 24-year-old sophomore wing for the Sacramento Kings, has been lighting it up in his last six games, delivering fourth-round value in nine-category leagues. That's right. Ellis is posting averages of 8.5 points, 1.8 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.5 blocks, all while maintaining a sharp 51.4% shooting from the field.

With Kevin Huerter sidelined indefinitely due to a left shoulder dislocation/labral tear, it's tough times for Kings fans but a silver lining for fantasy managers in need of a waiver wire standout. Ellis, stepping in for Huerter, becomes a must-add in both deep and standard leagues.

The Kings have a packed week 22, featuring four games. They kick things off with back-to-back matchups against the Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks on Monday and Tuesday. The week continues with another clash against the Mavericks on Friday before they face off against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

Now's the time to pick up Keon Ellis. Despite a disappointing performance against the Washington Wizards with just two points, one rebound, and one steal, he made a strong comeback against the Orlando Magic, scoring 19 points with four threes, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block, shooting 58.3% from the field. While his scoring may vary, his defensive stats are solid gold. Due to his ability to rack up steals and blocks, Ellis could turn the tide in your fantasy league. Think of him as an upgraded version of Matisse Thybulle for your team.

Miles McBride, PG, New York Knicks (15% owned)

Miles McBride is tearing it up in his last three games, delivering an impressive 22.0 points, 4.3 threes, 2.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.0 steal per game, with a stellar 57.9% shooting from the field and 90.0% from the free-throw line. These are the numbers of a second-round pick in that stretch.

The New York Knicks have a favorable lineup in Week 22, with four games on the agenda. They start against the Detroit Pistons on Monday, face the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, take on the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, and finish the week against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

With OG Anunoby sidelined by a right elbow injury, Miles McBride emerges as a key waiver wire target. The catch? Anunoby's return date is uncertain. My advice? Hold off on adding McBride until there's more clarity on Anunoby's status. If Anunoby misses more games and McBride starts, he becomes a must-add in both deep and standard leagues.

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