December 11, 2021, 11:48 pm
In this edition of Working the Wire, we’ll take a look at the games scheduled for week nine, 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 9
Team MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN Total ATL HOU @orl DEN CLE 4 BKN TOR PHI ORL DEN 4 BOS MIL GSW NYK 3 CHA @dal @sas @por @phx 4 CHI DET @tor LAL 3 CLE MIA HOU @mil @atl 4 DAL CHA LAL @min 3 DEN WAS MIN @atl @bkn 4 DET @chi @ind HOU MIA 4 GSW @ind @nyk @bos @tor 4 HOU @atl @cle NYK @det 4 IND GSW @mil DET 3 LAC PHX @uta @okc 3 LAL @dal @min @chi 3 MEM PHI @por @sac POR 4 MIA @cle @phi @orl @det 4 MIL @bos IND @nop CLE 4 MIN @den LAL DAL 3 NOP @okc MIL @phi 3 NYK GSW @hou @bos 3 OKC NOP LAC 2 ORL ATL MIA @bkn 3 PHI @mem MIA @bkn NOP 4 PHX @lac @por WAS CHA 4 POR PHX MEM CHA @mem 4 SAC @tor WAS MEM SAS 4 SAS CHA @utah @sac 3 TOR SAC @bkn CHI GSW 4 UTA LAC SAS WAS 3 WAS @den @sac @phx @uta 4 Total 9 4 11 5 8 7 9
Back to Backs
Mon/Tues: GSW, PHX
Weds/Thurs: HOU, IND, PHI, WAS
Fri/Sat: BOS, GSW, MIL, ORL, UTA
Sat/Sun: BKN, CLE, DET
Sun/Mon (of Week 10): CHA, CHI, MEM, PHI, SAC, SAS
A Look Back…
Chris Duarte (31st ranked player) – A pretty clear win with this one
Killian Hayes (223rd ranked player) – Has to be a loss but I still have some hope
Ish Smith (24th ranked player) – Only played one game and is now sidelined for a while
Eric Gordon (110th ranked player) – Doing what he needs to do, making this a win
Cameron Johnson (58th ranked player) – A nice win here
Jeff Green (128th ranked player) – Probably a pass, given he is doing just enough
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (140th ranked player) – Much the same, a decent enough pass
Juan Toscano-Anderson (370th ranked player) – Wow
Dewayne Dedmon (230th ranked player) – Technically a loss but closer to a pass for me
Maxi Kleber (371st ranked player) – Not being used as I hoped, a bad loss
Waiver Wire Options
Donte DiVincenzo – Obviously, DiVincenzo is going to take a while to get going but we know he can be a top-100ish player when he is rolling. He is more of a stash/add given the Bucks are going to ramp him up slowly. You should just be looking his way if you are sitting nicely in the standings.
Terence Davis – The Kings obviously have no idea about anything and so this one could very well end in tears. They fired one coach, only to replace him with another proven disaster. While Davis should be getting minutes, chances are he continues to be minimized, and so this is really just a flier type.
Garrison Mathews – Prior to Saturday, Mathews had been playing really well for the undermanned Rockets. As long as both Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green are out, he really should be rostered in most formats.
Cody Martin – The Hornets are paper-thin across the roster, making just about every player left standing worth a look in fantasy. Chances are Martin is already rostered in most places but if he has slipped through the cracks, go and pick him up.
Cam Reddish – Reddish did nothing in his return but as long as he can remain healthy, his production should ramp up quite quickly. He has a nice path to minutes with De’Andre Hunter out for the foreseeable future. Although his value is reliant on scoring, he can chip in enough on the defensive end to have fringe top-100 value when he is rolling.
Devin Vassell – Vassell is working his way back from injury and while it could be a little frustrating, to begin with, common sense tells us he should see his playing time increase over the coming week. He is another player who could very well be rostered in your league, although the lack of minutes may have resulted in some frustrated GMs moving on prematurely.
Marcus Morris – Leading into Saturday, Morris had been putting up some nice production. Nic Batum is now out with an ankle injury and while it might not be a long-term thing, he is certainly not yet ready to assume a full workload. Morris could very well fall off a cliff in a hurry but there is enough there for him to at least be added, just to see what happens.
Danilo Gallinari – Gallo has finally started to resemble the player we saw two seasons ago. There is almost zero chance he gets back to his best in terms of fantasy production, but he does at least look to be relatively healthy. The return of Reddish is going to put a clamp on Gallo’s playing time but his scoring can be key, meaning he needs only to log minutes in the low-20s to have value.
Hassan Whiteside – Coming off arguably his best two games of the season, Whiteside continues to play his role to perfection. Clearly, he only offers upside in a couple of categories, meaning he won’t be for everyone. If you are looking for boards and blocks, go and grab him to see if he can maintain his recent momentum.
Kevin Love – Love has settled into a consistent bench role, typically logging around 20 minutes per night. He offers basically nothing on the defensive end, but can still grab more than his fair share of rebounds while also knocking down the 3-ball with relative consistency. He is only a backend target but he is generally doing enough on a nightly basis.
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