We have survived another week of the COVID-infested NBA, and many of us are finding ourselves constantly scrounging the waiver wire just to field a full lineup for the week. Here are some guys that will not only help you get through this week but can last on your rosters if they keep up their current level of play.
Eric Gordon- 50% Owned in Yahoo! Leagues
With all of the wheeling and dealing in Houston, Gordon is now one of the last men standing from the Rockets team that was one game away from the NBA Finals in 2017-18. In terms of waiver wire pickups, Gordon is great in that his value should be very stable moving forward, as he’s provided value in 3PM for the last decade. So far this season he is putting up top 100 value in large part thanks to his FG% increasing from a dismal 36.9% mark last year to 45.2% this year. One caveat with Gordon is that he is a likely trade candidate due to the Rockets seemingly heading towards a rebuild which could eat into his minutes and touches, but for now, he’s a great add if you need a shooting boost.
Luguentz Dort– 49% Owned in Yahoo! Leagues
Like I said last week in regards to Hamidou Diallo, the Thunder continue to be a gold mine for waiver wire additions due to their willingness to give their raw young players minutes. However, unlike Diallo, Dort was a major part of the Thunder’s rotation last year especially come playoff time, and he has taken a major step forward offensively this season. His points have almost doubled and his 3PM have tripled. He also provides value in steals. Over the last week, he is averaging 16.7 PTS, 3.3 3PM, and 2.3 STL which enabled him to put up top 50 value over that time period. Add him if you’re in need of a 3&D wing.
Xavier Tillman- 15% Owned in Yahoo! Leagues
If you’re looking for a short-term pickup, Xavier Tillman would be at the top of my list among these 3. With the injury to Jonas Valanciunas, Tillman is now starting for the Grizzlies. So far he hasn’t disappointed, averaging 13.5 PTS, 1.0 3PM, 5.0 REB, 2.5 STL as a starter, all while shooting 57.1% from the field. I personally thought Tillman was one of the steals of the 2020 draft when he was selected 35th overall, and he looks every bit the part so far. Obviously, those stats won’t be sustainable as Jaren Jackson Jr. and Valanciunas return to the court, but if you need a short-term boost in steals and FG% he’d be at the top of my priority list in all leagues.