Week 8 is nearing an end, and as most fantasy basketball owners start thinking about their lineups for Week 9, we here at NBA Soup are ready to take a quick look at your league’s waiver wire to see what players are stepping up their game.
Injuries and poor play change the face of fantasy basketball as often as every week, so monitor key situations across the NBA, and check our weekly waiver wire to discover fantasy gems that could be available in your league. They are available in at least 51 percent of all standard Yahoo! Sports fantasy basketball leagues.
Read on for this week’s list of players who could help your fantasy roster:
Kyle Lowry, PG, Houston Rockets (Available in 53 percent of all standard leagues)
Lowry only has great fantasy value for as long as starting point guard Aaron Brooks is down, but with his stellar play and Brooks' trade rumors, it’s not impossible that his rising fantasy stock is here to stay.
Lowry has notched an impressive five games with at least 10 assists since taking over the reigns at the point, while also scoring in double figures seven times in his last 13 starts.
He still needs to get more consistent, but as long as Brooks is out, he holds solid value.
Jordan Farmar, PG, New Jersey Nets (72 percent)
Farmar was a hot pick-up last week with the injury to Devin Harris, and ever since two solid spot-duty starts, he’s maintained consistent minutes and production with his return to the bench.
Farmar has raised his season line to a respectable 10.5 points and 4.6 assists per game, while topping 16 points in five of his last six games and dishing out an impressive 19 assists in his two games as the starting point guard.
Farmar’s value is curbed unless Harris goes down again, but until he proves otherwise, it appears he can safely be deployed as a utility option in deeper leagues.
Jodie Meeks, SG, Philadelphia 76ers (88 percent)
Meeks got into the starting lineup by luck four games ago, but it’s not insane to think he may never leave. The kid can flat out shoot the ball, and while that’s just about all he can do, he does it magnificently.
Meeks has connected on 17 of 26 three’s over his last four starts, while topping 16 points in three of those contests.
He’s not giving fantasy owners a whole lot else to rave about, but as long as the threes and points are falling, you have to use him.
Mike Miller, G/F, Miami Heat (74 percent)
According to LeBron James, Miller is due back within the next two weeks.
Despite conflicting reports between James and just about everyone else who knows the status of Miller’s hand injury, we still think it’s the right time to clear him off your fantasy waiver wire.
Miller has an excellent fantasy game as a great rebounder, passer, and shooter, and we get a feeling he could be the final piece that really makes the Heat’s offense hum come next month.
Stash him at the bottom of your roster if you can.
Josh McRoberts, F/C, Indiana Pacers (69 percent)
This may be our last time beefing up the former Duke star in a while, but it doesn’t go without good reason.
McRoberts doesn’t do any one thing on an elite level, but continues to get solid minutes and keeps filling up the stat sheet. Each game brings another bunch of rebounds, some points, assists, and even some blocks.
McRoberts has great potential and contributes in every facet of the game in terms of fantasy basketball, so keep him around in hopes he can start raising his level of play just a bit more.
Even if he doesn’t, he’s still worth rostering in deep leagues because he simply does so much.
Ed Davis, PF, Toronto Raptors (94 percent)
Davis made his rookie debut in game action just five games ago, and is already posting a decent line of 5.8 points and six rebounds per game. Not eye-popping numbers by any means, but for a rookie that has yet to find his groove or get consistent minutes, we’re taking notice.
Toronto does not have a clear cut answer in the post right now, so if Davis gets more opportunities and can prove himself, he could turn into a hot pick-up real quick.
If there’s one thing we know about the waiver wire, it’s that you have to be thinking ahead of the rest of your league.
Stash Davis and monitor him if you have the space.
Spencer Hawes, C, Philadelphia 76ers (87 percent)
Hawes may still be a ways from reaching the expectations of being a lottery pick a few seasons ago, but he’s come a long way with the 76ers considering his battles with injuries and consistency this season.
Regardless of his early troubles, he’s flirted with a double-double in four straight games, and has notched at least 20 minutes per game in three straight contests.
You never know for sure with Hawes, but if things are finally looking up for him in Philly, now might be the time to snag him before he gets hot.