NBA Waiver Wire: Top Early-Season Pickups

NBA Waiver Wire: Top Early-Season Pickups

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Welcome back! Merry Christmas! Happy NBA Season!

The season has finally arrived after the weirdest, shortest offseason in NBA history. And with the start of games, it's time to start paying attention to the waiver wire.

Every team has now played one game. While it's important not to overreact, there are some situations where we've already learned some important information. For example, in most leagues, I'm already willing to cut bait on Chris Boucher (53% rostered) after he played just 15 minutes off the bench, behind Aron Baynes' 28 minutes, on Wednesday. 

If you're ready to make a move – whether because you drafted Boucher, moved a player into an IR spot, or are just feeling antsy – here are the players who've already begun to separate themselves.

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. That said, especially this early in the season, there are a lot of very valuable players who are widely available but miss that cut-off. I won't go into depth on those guys, but I'll include them below in the appropriate order.

Some under-rostered names who might be available in your league: Josh Richardson, Mavericks (69% rostered); Joe Harris, Nets (57% rostered); Jeff Teague, Celtics (59% rostered); Will Barton, Nuggets (59% rostered); Darius Garland, Cavaliers (54% rostered); Paul Millsap, Nuggets (51% rostered)

Keldon Johnson, Spurs (31% rostered)

Wednesday's biggest

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only NBA Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire NBA fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
FanDuel NBA: Saturday Value Plays
FanDuel NBA: Saturday Value Plays
Yahoo DFS Basketball: Saturday Picks
Yahoo DFS Basketball: Saturday Picks
DraftKings NBA: Saturday Cheat Sheet
DraftKings NBA: Saturday Cheat Sheet
NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds for Week 6
NBA Waiver Wire: Best Adds for Week 6