NBA Waiver Wire: Huerter, Simons Lead Top Adds for Week 8

NBA Waiver Wire: Huerter, Simons Lead Top Adds for Week 8

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

The NBA took Thanksgiving Day off, and all that eating and drinking led to a wacky week. LeBron James caught and then quickly un-caught COVID-19*, Kemba Walker and Blake Griffin got benched (they were All-NBA players two seasons ago!), Ja Morant and Devin Booker and Bam Adebayo got hurt, the Timberwolves got good (OK that started before Thanksgiving, but it's still really weird), and John Wall got rejected (from his attempt to return to play).

There were so many injuries and rotation changes that the biggest waiver-wire beneficiaries from the Walker benching and the Booker injury got relegated to the "other recommendations" section (though Alec Burks, 72% rostered, would have been this week's top add if he qualified).

Whether you're trying to recover from Thanksgiving or managing a Fantasy team, it's a good week to get active. As usual, the players in this article must be rostered in less than two-thirds of CBS leagues. Players are listed in the order that I recommend adding them, assuming they are equally good fits for your team. 

*Note: un-catching COVID is not a thing. It turns out James simply had a false-positive test.

Adds for All Leagues

Jarred Vanderbilt, Timberwolves (61% rostered)

Some Vanderbilt numbers for your consideration:

Games 1-10: 19.0 minutes, 5.1 points, 6.0 rebounds; played in every game but started only three

–Permanently enters starting lineup for Game 11–

Games 11-12: 16.0 minutes

Games 13-19: 25.0 minutes, 6.9 points, 10.0 rebounds

Games 20-22: 34.5 minutes, 4.5 points, 13.0

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living outside Boston.
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