We head into Week 8 of the NBA season, effectively two months into 2019-20. Through two months, the NBA Waiver Wire talk has been dominated by Carmelo Anthony’s return. But this week we have a change in the guard, and a surprising name at the top of the bunch. In this article, we’ll highlight the top waiver wire claims for Week 8 of the NBA fantasy basketball season. Here are some players to consider.
Markelle Fultz, PG, Orlando Magic (21.3 percent owned on ESPN)
The start to Fultz’s NBA career was surrounded by controversy after he was selected No. 1 overall by the 76ers. A trade to Orlando was supposed to take pressure off the young guard and it seems that’s starting to work. Fultz has started 17 of 22 games this season and is averaging 12 points and 3.9 assists per game.
Fultz doesn’t offer much category coverage, but he’s been providing consistent assist and rebounding figures; 20 rebounds and 25 assists over the past five games, plus has double-digit points in four of those contests. Fultz’s recent numbers are encouraging and he’s sticking to his strength of mid-range jumpers and getting to the rim. I think if he continues to perform, now is the time to scoop him up.
Tomas Satoransky, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls (19.8 percent)
Sato got off to a slow start with his new team, but has turned things around recently. Prior to Friday’s loss to the Dubs, Satoransky had posted double-digit points in six straight games, racking up a combined 26 rebounds and 41 assists during that stretch. He’s also been consistent on defense with nine steals over the past five games. Sato is firmly entrenched in the starting lineup and while the Bulls are awful, I think if coach Jim Boylen gets the axe, that would only help the lineup from a fantasy perspective. If the Bulls bring in more of an offensive-minded coach, things could turn around. I’m willing to get in on Sato early if that’s the case.
Norman Powell, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors (12.5 percent)
Powell has been filling it up lately, averaging 17.3 points per game in the past seven days. He’s scored in double figures in nine of 10 games, including games of 33 and 23 points during that sample. Coach Nick Nurse loves Powell and continues to start him despite having Fred VanVleet available. Powell is shooting 37.4% from distance, so if you’re in need of 3-pointers, I think Powell is the perfect pick-up. He’s also averaging 4.0 rebounds this season; his previous career high in the category is 2.3. Powell is a starter on one of the best teams in the East, he’s worth owning in deeper formats.
Justise Winslow, PG/SF, Miami Heat (32.3 percent)
Winslow is kind of a sweetener for this article. He enters Sunday’s game vs. the Bulls having missed the past game and is questionable. Injuries have been a concern for most of the season, but I think eventually Winslow will get healthy and go back to contributing. The Heat are one of the top teams in the East, so similar to Powell, this is getting in on a potential starter on a playoff team early. Winslow broke out for 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in 2018-19, so if he can shake off these injuries, he should be able to build on those stats the rest of the season. If you’ve got the bench spot, Winslow is a decent stash/long-term investment.