Working the waiver wire is pivotal to succeeding in fantasy basketball. With so many games, injuries and endless shifts in rotations throughout the marathon campaign, we'll need to source stats from free agency to maximize imaginary rosters.
A willingness to entertain competition for the last few spots on your fantasy hoops roster can prove rewarding. When curating this fluid collective of statistical contributors, it helps to consider your end-of-bench players in direct competition with the talent floating in free agency.
The goal of this weekly series is to identify players available in at least half of ESPN leagues at each position. Some nominations are specialists capable of helping in one or two categories, while others deliver more diverse and essential statistical offerings.
In the breakdowns below, I've ordered players at each position with the priority of acquisition in mind, rather than roster percentage in ESPN leagues.
Tomas Satoransky, Washington Wizards (Rostered in 30.3 percent of ESPN leagues): This long and lean combo guard has stepped up admirably in John Wall's absence for a second straight season. An impending restricted free agent this July, Satoransky will be a popular player on the real market, so it's curious he's not as coveted in fantasy hoops. With 12 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 8.5 APG and encouraging defensive rates this past week, Satoransky can help fantasy rosters in several key categories.
Derrick White, San Antonio Spurs (20.4 percent): White has averaged 4.5 blocks during his past four games. That is not a typo, as this combo guard has produced a Wadeian block rate at his size. Capable of helping you in scoring and dimes in addition to his defensive prowess, White is a must-add in for those in need of productive guard play.
Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (22.4 percent): Perusing the Player Rater during the past two weeks we find Beverley ranked 16th among point guards -- the deepest position in fantasy hoops. A weekly inclusion in this series since earning a significant role for the feisty Clippers, it's best to look past the meager scoring results and value his stellar assist, rebounding, and steal rates.
Deep additions (players available in at least 80 percent of ESPN leagues): The Mavs are running out lineups that feature this rookie from Villanova, evidenced by Brunson netting nearly 29 minutes per game this past week to go with 13 PPG and six dimes per outing during this sample.
Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets (48.2 percent): One of the league's best offensive microwaves off the pine, Dinwiddie's only available in this many leagues because of a thumb injury that interrupted what was likely a wire-to-wire Sixth Man of the Year campaign. Even with the recent injury stint, Dinwiddie has already impressively set the franchise record for points scored off the bench.
Avery Bradley, Memphis Grizzlies (13.3 percent): A disastrous run with the Clippers has been followed by a brilliant stint thus far with the Grizzlies for this two-way vet. I'm not sure it will last, but Bradley is producing a nice blend of shooting, scoring and steals reminiscent of his Boston days.
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics (17.1 percent): Much like Beverley, Smart has been a steady inclusion in this space as a savvy addition for those who value elite defensive rates. Now that Smart's shot is falling again, he's an ideal utility option.
Deep additions: With Brandon Ingram ruled out for the rest of the season with a troubling health scare and both Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball currently sidelined, Josh Hart (13.4 percent) should assume heavy minutes and helpful opportunity rates in the weeks ahead for a Lakers team suddenly pivoting to lottery positioning. I'd look past a recent cold stretch from the floor and instead invest in Hart in leagues of at least 12 teams to bolster bench depth.
Kelly Oubre Jr., Phoenix Suns (38.7 percent): Arguably the best asset of this week's free agency look, Oubre has been an absolute fantasy force since the All-Star break and more specifically this past week, as the 3-and-D wing is averaging 3.4 combined blocks and steals to go with 20.7 PPG during this successful sample.
Justise Winslow, Miami Heat (39.1 percent): The return of Goran Dragic to the lineup hasn't curbed Winslow's distribution role or his upside as a playmaker, signaled by the Duke product slashing for 15 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 6.6 APG during his past five games, all starts.
Deep additions: Maurice Harkless (8.3 percent) has impressively averaged 2.3 combined blocks and steals the past week as a valuable glue guy for the Blazers.
Jonathan Isaac, Orlando Magic (22.9 percent): Contending with Oubre as the top addition of the week, Isaac's ascent as a fantasy asset has been fueled by uniquely consistent defensive production and solid scoring and rebounding rates for this second-year forward. For those in keeper and dynasty leagues, Isaac bears legitimate breakout potential going forward.
Jae Crowder, Utah Jazz (17.2 percent): A strong week in the scoring department has Crowder ranked 16th on the Player Rater among power forwards during the past seven days. As a combo forward for the Jazz, Crowder offers a nice floor for rebounds, 3-pointers, and steals for fantasy managers in deeper formats. Deep additions: Whenever Anthony Davis rests, Cheick Diallo (3.2 percent) presents value as a double-double threat for streaming for rebounds down the stretch.
Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks (29.7 percent): Only Manute Bol has ever posted a higher block percentage (estimate of opposing 2-point field goals blocked) than Robinson is sustaining this season. Now that he's regularly getting steady minutes, Robinson is a must-add in all formats given his game-changing rim protection production.
Kelly Olynyk, Miami Heat (22.5 percent): This stretch big helped me take down several leagues last season thanks to a brilliant finish. This year is shaping up similarly, with the team deploying him as a steady floor spacer with surprising success on defense. For some context as to how well Olynyk has played of late, he's third behind only Nikola Jokic and Derrick Favors on the Player Rater the past 15 days among players eligible at power forward.
Deep additions: Bam Adebayo (10.5 percent) makes this rare double endorsement at the same position is merited given his ability to not only play aside Olynyk at times but also given his ability to churn out strong fantasy lines in around 23 minutes per night. Bam is only a nice play for those in deeper leagues, but his ability to deliver strong rebounding and defensive performances fuel nice streaming upside late into the campaign.