This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
The waiver wire is loaded ahead of Week 8, in large part due to a number of injuries around the league. And with multiple high-value players to choose from, managers should carefully consider their rosters' specific needs when choosing who to pick up. Though the top three names this week are all fairly balanced producers, the second half of this list includes a number of specialists.
With more than half of league playing four games in Week 8, there is increased downside to relying on a player from the Mavericks, Trail Blazers, Spurs, or Wizards, each of which only play twice. That said, the Blazers play on Tuesday and Thursday, by far the quietest days of an otherwise busy week for the league, which increases their appeal for managers in daily lineups leagues. The Mavs and Spurs both play Thursday.
The players below are listed in the order I'd recommend adding them.
This article will focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues.
Moritz Wagner, Wizards (33 percent rostered)
Next week's games: at Cha, at Mem
Thomas Bryant (foot) was off to an excellent start this season, but he's now set to miss at least the next three weeks. His absence opens up 28.4 minutes, 8.5 rebounds and 10.2 FG attempts per game, and the Wizards' big man depth chart was already paper-thin. Before Bryant's injury, the Wizards were already showing an interest in increasing Wagner's role, as he averaged 17.9 minutes over his first nine