Week 8 of the Fantasy Basketball season is upon us, and like every Monday, I’ll be breaking down several players who are registered in less than 50% of the Yahoo Fantasy Basketball leagues (with one exception this week) .
But before we get to this week’s waiver pickups, here are the games played by each team in Week 8.
Four games: 12 teams (Bucks, Clippers, Hawks, Heat, Hornets, Lakers, Magic, Mavericks, Pacers, Pistons, Raptors and Suns)
Three games: 16 teams (76ers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Celtics, Grizzlies, Jazz, Kings, Knicks, Nets, Nuggets, Pelicans, Rockets, Timberwolves, Thunder, Warriors and Wizards)
Two games: Two teams (Spurs and Trail Blazers)
Alright, now that you know when teams are playing and when it’s best to use them, let’s get to the mics.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks (51% registered)
The Mavericks decided to move Tim Hardaway Jr. into the starting lineup four games ago, and it’s already yielding great results. The Mavs are 2-2 in that span, but Hardaway Jr. has become the second option behind Luka Doncic during this series of games.
In his last three contests, the 10-year-old pro is scorching hot, averaging 25.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 6.3 triples and 1.0 steals while shooting 51 % from the field and 50% from distance in 33.1 minutes per game.
Hardaway Jr. has always been a foot bucket, but now that he’s with the starters and has 30 minutes left, it’s a wave you need to ride while it’s at its peak. He finished 20th in value per game in Week 7, and with four games on the line in Week 8, be sure to pick up Hardaway Jr. if you need points and threes.
Editor’s Note: Hardaway Jr.’s roster percentage was below 50% Dan filed the story was filed, but has since topped slightly.
Tip: Stream in 10-12 team points and H2H leagues
Caleb Martin has cooled the last two games, but he’ll still be an interesting streaming option for Week 8. The Heat play a back-to-back set Monday/Tuesday plus Thursday and Saturday to close out the week – that’s a very favorable fantastic schedule with three games a day with lighter slates. Also, the Heat have suffered a ton of key player injuries lately, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry Where Bam Adebayo use Tuesday as a rest day against the lowly 6-19 Detroit Pistons.
Martin has ranked in the top 70 in value per game for the past two weeks because he played long minutes and produced. But with the Heat getting healthier, I would expect his numbers to hover around at least 10 points, five rebounds, one three, 1.5 stocks and solid shooting spreads. He’s started in every Heat game this season, and he should have no problem seeing 30 minutes a game, making him a viable option this week.
Tip: Stream in all 12 H2H leagues per team
AJ Griffin – SG/SF, Atlanta Hawks (25% registered)
The NBA Draft 2022 class is filled with hidden gems and the next to shine is former Duke AJ Griffin. With John Collins and De’Andre Hunter released this week, Griffin will play an important role in the Hawks’ rotation. In the two games De’Andre Hunter has missed this year, AJ Griffin has taken his place with the starting unit. He played 35 minutes against an elite Cavs team and scored 17 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three three-pointers.
In his second career start against the Mavericks last Friday, the 19-year-old had 24 points (11-16 FG, 2-5 3PT), three rebounds, one assist and three steals in 34 minutes of action.
The NBA’s third-youngest player is already equipped with an arsenal of scoring maneuvers and is a proficient ball handler and defender. So it’s no surprise that Hawks head coach Nate McMillan (depending on the game) is deploying him as a shooter, small forward and power forward. And it was also effective. He’s shooting 49% from the field, 38% from three and has yet to miss the charity strip (despite only attempting seven free throws).
The Hawks have four games in Week 8, and Griffin will likely get close to 30+ minutes. He’ll be a great source of points, threes and steals, so I’d take him and start him with confidence, even on days with bigger slates.
Tip: Stream in 12 H2H team leagues
Kyle Anderson – SF/PF, Minnesota Timberwolves (33% registered)
If you’re looking for a guy to do a bit of everything in category leagues, look no further than Slo-Mo, aka Kyle Anderson. The injury to Karl Anthony Towns propelled Anderson to the top spot in the PF, and he has provided consistent value to Fantasy managers over the past week.
Anderson finished Week 7 74th in value per game averaging 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.7 blocks in 32.5 minutes . He struggled in the field, shooting only 40%, but you can expect him to provide a Nice-Batum-like the line most nights. The Timberwolves play three games in Week 8, but Anderson has stamina beyond that as KAT will miss at least the next month or so with a calf injury.
Tip: Add 12 team points and H2H leagues
Jaylen Nowell – PG/SG, Minnesota Timberwolves (31% registered)
It’s not enough Christmas again, but Nowell has been a gift for fantastic managers — dropping three straight games by at least 21 points with three rebounds, two assists and two triples. It is a three level marker that can get hotter than fish fat. And the best part is that it doesn’t need a lot of minutes to thrive. He’s only averaged 26 minutes in his last three contests, but he’s boasted a massive 27.7% usage rate over that time.
He’s only shooting 43% from the field this year but goes a bit further; he’s a player who thrives when he gets more minutes.
When Nowell plays:
10-19 minutes, he’s shooting 41% from the field and is averaging 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists (12-game sample).
20-29 minutes, he’s shooting 48 percent from the field and averaging 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists (eight-game sample).
He will continue to be a microwave bucket, like former Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams. It’s worth streaming as long as it gets minutes for the Timberwolves if you need points and threes.
Tip: Stream in 12 team points and H2H leagues
The Orlando Magic have had to deal with a multitude of injuries in their backcourt. But Markelle Fultz made his long-awaited return to the court in Week 7. He’s supposed to have a minute restriction, but he played 30 minutes against the Cavs at the start of a straight set (produced a 10-6 – 6 line) last week, so it looks like Magic is willing to test it out for longer stretches as long as there’s at least one rest day between games.
The Magic plays Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday this week, so hopefully fantasy managers can see the best version of Fultz with at least 20 minutes per contest. Fultz is beyond streaming at this point because he’s playing on a team that lacks play from the guard, and he’s always had a knack for filling out the stat sheet. He will continue to be a good source of assists and actions, but doesn’t expect much from three.
Tip: Should be over 50% listed, and I would add and maintain in 10 and 12 team leagues
Jalen Johnson – PF/C, Atlanta Hawks (10% registered)
The sophomore pro got John Collins started on Friday and had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists with one block in 33 minutes. It seems to be the preferred option over Onyeka Okongwu (who steps back Clint Capela), so Johnson is an intriguing target with the Hawks playing four games this week. There isn’t a huge sample as he hasn’t played many minutes in the league yet.
Joe Harris – SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets (24% registered)
Ben Simmons is injured, and Seth’s Curry goes through turnover issues just in time for Joe Harris to feel comfortable. In his previous three games, Harris is averaging 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists with 4.0 triples in 32.9 minutes per game. He might not be playable with such a big roster on Wednesday, but consecutive Friday/Saturday is attractive if you’re down points and threes at the end of the week.
Andrew Nembhard – PG/SG Indiana Pacers (32% registered)
The Pacers have four games this week and Nembhard has been playing long minutes lately. In his two previous meetings, he averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists with 1.5 steals and 50/37/100 shots in 36.4 minutes.
Tyrese Haliburton did not play Sunday night, and he and TJ McConnell are listed as doubtful for Monday. Nembhard makes for a great Monday streaming option and potentially even more so if he continues to play at such a high level.
Terance Mann – SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers (18% registered)
Fantasy managers should be able to find a spot for Mann on Wednesday or Thursday when the Clippers play a back-to-back set against the Magic and Heat. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are listed as questionable ahead of Monday’s contest, but the Clippers’ load-handling history doesn’t bode well for the stars in a four-game week. Mann would likely absorb minutes from both Norman Powell and Luke Kennardwho are injured.
Others to consider:
Grant Williams – SF/PF, Boston Celtics (30%)
Kevin Love – PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers (44%)
Daniel Gafford-C Washington Wizards (15%)
Patrick Williams – PF, Chicago Bulls (25%)
Dorian Finney-Smith – SF/PF, Dallas Mavericks (36%)