Heading into Week 8 in fantasy basketball, we have another edition of waiver wire targets to seek out for this week. Last week featured some ridiculously good individual performances. There were a pair of 50-point performances on the same day. The culprits were none other than Stephen Curry and Nikola Jokic. Unlike previous weeks, there are many good waiver wire targets to stream this week due to injuries to key rotation players on certain teams. With that said, let’s take a look at the best players to target for this week.
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Targets: Week 8
Cody Zeller has been stuffing the stat sheet ever since he got his normal playing time as the starting center for the Charlotte Hornets. Over the past four games, Zeller averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal. He has done a little bit of everything for the Hornets recently. If your fantasy team is lacking in centers, Zeller is an excellent waiver target. As of right now, he is not widely owned across fantasy leagues.
A couple of games ago, Jakob Poeltl became the starting center for the San Antonio Spurs. He had a strong performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves and a dud against the Houston Rockets. With LaMarcus Aldridge possibly out for a while, Poeltl will continue to see 30 minutes of playing time each game. He is another excellent option at the center position as long as he continues to start and is widely available across fantasy leagues. Poeltl will be a nice source of rebounds and blocks in category leagues.
Patrick Williams has come on strong as of late for the Chicago Bulls. Over the past three games, he averaged 16 points and eight rebounds on an efficient 56 percent shooting from the field. The fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft has gotten more playing as of late with Lauri Markkanen out due to injury. With Markkanen out two to four weeks, it is a very good time to pick up the young rookie on your fantasy team. He is still widely available across many fantasy leagues.
After having dropped out of the Miami Heat rotation for three games, Kendrick Nunn has bounced back nicely over the last couple of games. In fact, it is looking like he will retain his starting point guard role from last year for Miami. The Heat teams are particularly known for their “next man up” mentality. With Avery Bradley out for a while, Nunn is the next man up here. Nunn has averaged 20.5 points, six rebounds, and two assists on 61 percent shooting over the past two games. Miami has had success with Nunn in the starting lineup and Tyler Herro back to a bench role. They have won their last two games to show for it. Nunn is still widely available across fantasy leagues and needs to be rostered across many more leagues.
After a slow start this season, Lou Williams is starting to look like the three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner we have seen in the past. Over the past three games, Williams has averaged 18.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. With Paul George not having a timetable to return, the Los Angeles Clippers will need Williams to do more offensively. He will likely get more playing time in George’s absence as well. Williams is still available across many fantasy leagues, feel free to pick him up if he is available.
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