We’re heading into Week 10 in the NBA and the Holidays are here. We’ve got plenty of games crammed into a week in which the players take off Tuesday for Christmas Eve. This shouldn’t change how we approach who to scoop up in ESPN fantasy basketball leagues. Teams will generally still play a full schedule of games this week. Instead of highlighting some players who are lower owned — sleeper types — I’m going to recommend some players who are well known yet still under-owned in my eyes. Let’s take a look at some of the top waiver wire claims for Week 10.
Kendrick Nunn, PG/SG, Miami Heat (52.5 percent owned on ESPN)
So by now you know that Nunn has been one of the more surprising rookies so far this season. He’s emerged as a go-to scorer for the Heat and is a big reason why Miami is positioned in the top 4 in the Eastern Conference right now. But even with all those early accomplishments, Nunn is still not owned on almost half of the teams on ESPN. Nunn is averaging 16.4 points per game and he’s been really filling it up lately, averaging 19.7 points over the past seven games. The one drawback is Nunn doesn’t contribute much in the rebound and assist categories, but he’s good for a few steals and a few 3-pointers per game. The thing I like most about Nunn is he’s a good handcuff for a guy like Jimmy Butler. One or two injuries and Nunn is THE guy for the Heat.
Brandon Clarke, PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies (51.2 percent)
Hey, it’s another rookie! Honestly this is shaping up to be one hell of a freshman class in the NBA. Clarke has dealt with some injuries, but is healthy and is playing very well for the Grizzlies at the moment. Prior to a few lackluster outings, Clarke had scored 25 points and 27 points against the Wizards and Thunder. We’ve got Jonas Valanciunas (foot) back on the injury report for Monday’s game, so there’s a chance Clarke could get into the starting lineup. If Jonas is going to be hampered by injuries (which is usually the case) I think Clarke is another good anticipatory pickup. He’s also not a bad keeper if he’s still available on your waiver wire.
Dejounte Murray, PG, San Antonio Spurs (49.1 percent)
Murray is starting to get consistent minutes from Gregg Popovich with the Spurs. We’ve all been waiting for this breakout season from Murray but it hasn’t really happened yet. I think we’re starting to see that type of player and Murray has been hot lately, scoring at least 10 points in five of his past six games. His defense has also been key, so if you’re looking for help with steals, Murray has 20 steals over his past eight games. If the Spurs can start to play better basketball, I think Murray will pay dividends down the stretch late in the season.