January 9, 2022, 4:12 am
In this edition of Working the Wire, we’ll take a look at the games scheduled for week 13, including those teams that have a back-to-back set. Before looking ahead, let’s quickly take a look at last week’s waiver wire pickups and whether we struck gold or came up empty. We will then run down the list of players you could consider picking up for longer than a couple of games, although do remember that not every player is going to suit your needs. Finally, we take a look at a list of current streaming options, based on categorical need.
Games Schedule – Week 13
Back to Backs
Tue/Wed: PHX, WAS
Thu/Fri: GSW, MEM
Fri/Sat: ATL, BOS, CHI, CLE, DAL, MIA, ORL, PHI, SAS, TOR
Sun/Mon (of Week 14): UTA
A Look Back…
Facundo Campazzo (242nd ranked player) – Cooled off significantly, a loss
Eric Bledsoe (420th ranked player) – Shockingly bad, another loss
Aaron Wiggins (164th ranked player) – A soft pass here I think
Herb Jones (19th ranked player) – Massive win
Devin Vassell (145th ranked player) – On track but now in protocols
Hamidou Diallo (284th ranked player) – A pass, if punting FT%
Josh Richardson (189th Ranked player) – Gave me false hope, a loss
Dorian Finney-Smith (180th ranked player) – A down week but still a soft win
Nic Claxton (59th ranked player) – Clear win
Jalen Smith (93rd ranked player) – A nice win here but probably a drop now
Waiver Wire Options
Anfernee Simons – Based on recent events, there is a decent chance Simons has already been picked up in most leagues. While Damian Lillard has only been ruled out for another couple of games, this is an injury that has been lingering all season. The smart play is to add Simons and hold for as long as possible, or at least until we get a better idea of what the rest of the season looks like for Lillard.
Gary Harris – Turn the clock back about four years and Harris was solid top-50 fantasy asset, thanks to his efficient scoring and ability to rack up steals. Multiple injuries have slowed him down in recent times, resulting in him basically going undrafted in all moderately shallow leagues. Fast forward to 2022 and we are at the point where Harris might actually be a viable 12-team asset. Make sure he isn’t available in your league, and then keep your fingers crossed he can keep up his current momentum.
Kevin Huerter – There is obviously some risk associated with grabbing Huerter, as was the case the four other times you might have added him this season. The Hawks are arguably one of the deepest teams in the league when healthy, meaning their fringe guys like Huerter can often go through periods of low production. For now, add him and see if he can put together a meaningful run of fantasy-worthy play.
Tyus Jones – Ja Morant is currently on the sideline, making Jones a must-add player. If only it were that simple. At this stage, we have no word on whether Morant will miss another week or if he will return for the next game. That said, Jones has now scored in double-digits in five straight games, and typically chips in a few assists and steals. Take a flier on him and if Morant does in fact return for the next game, just keep an eye on Jones’ playing time.
Talen Horton-Tucker – The Lakers are looking much better of late and not coincidentally, so is Horton-Tucker. Viewed as a potential sleeper this season, he is really yet to hit his stride in terms of consistency. Over the past week he is the 72nd ranked player, thanks to improved efficiency and a bump in defensive production. He certainly has this in him as we have seen, so for now he is worth a look despite the spotty track record.
Carmelo Anthony – After roaring out of the blocks to begin the season, Anthony slowed considerably, reverting back to what we had expected in the preseason. Not unlike Horton-Tucker, Anthony has found some rhythm over the past few games, reminding us all what he is capable of. His fantasy game is not particularly well-rounded but if you need a bump in scoring, he could be a short-term solution.
Saddiq Bey – Bey has been wildly inconsistent this season, which is not all that surprising to be honest. His fantasy value is generally tied to his ability to score, something that he has been doing a little more of over the past three weeks. He has scored at least 15 points in 10 of his last 12 games, adding plenty of boards and a nice helping of 3-pointers. The Pistons are generally going to roll with him on most nights and so if you can look past the obvious flaws in his game, he makes for a plausible 12-team asset.
Cedi Osman – Much like Bey, Osman is about as inconsistent a producer as you will find. However, his playing time has stabilized somewhat and he has been able to carve out a nice role for himself on a team that continues to overachieve. It appears as though the Cavs are going to keep him coming off the bench moving forward, something that actually helps when it comes to fantasy production. If points and steals are your priority, you could certainly do a lot worse.
Brandon Clarke – After an extremely promising rookie season, Clarke was a real letdown during his sophomore campaign. A slow start this season basically took him off the radar in terms of 12-team leagues, something that could be about to change. Despite the fact he looks right at home alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. in the starting lineup, he seems destined to remain on the bench, at least for the time being. That said, his minutes are slowly increasing and so while there is some risk with this one, those looking for cheap big man numbers should at least consider him as an option.
Onyeka Okungwu – Clint Capela could miss some time due to his recent ankle injury, although as of right now, he is only doubtful for Sunday’s game. If Capela is ruled out, Okongwu could slide straight into the starting lineup. In his one start this season, he put up 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal in 34 minutes. Making a preemptive move to grab him could be the play here, especially if you can take a bit of a risk.
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