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After a day off for Election Day, the NBA was back in full force with 28 teams in action. The notable highlights included injuries affecting waiver wire strategies, especially within the Portland Trail Blazers.
With Anfernee Simons and Scoot Henderson already sidelined, Malcolm Brogdon’s hamstring injury during the Trail Blazers’ overtime loss in Sacramento opened the door for Skylar Mays. Mays had a standout performance, creating potential for fantasy managers.
However, the scheduling and the uncertain status of Henderson might impact Mays’ fantasy potential. But the circumstances don’t dismiss him entirely, considering how well he played in Sacramento.
Let’s review some of Wednesday’s top pickups in fantasy basketball, starting with players rostered in less than 40% of Yahoo leagues.
Grayson Allen (22%)
Bradley Beal’s return to the Suns didn’t impact Allen’s prominent role within the rotation. He had one of the best nights of his NBA career, positioning him as a valuable fantasy pickup, especially due to Booker’s ongoing absence.
Santi Aldama (17%) and Bismack Biyombo (12%)
With Grizzlies’ big men sidelined, both Biyombo and Aldama offer potential value for fantasy managers, depending on their needs and preferences.
Rui Hachimura (11%)
Following Anthony Davis’ absence, Hachimura’s performance against the Rockets showcased his potential fantasy value, especially with the Lakers’ ongoing schedule.
Aaron Nesmith (10%)
Nesmith’s consistency and all-around contributions make him a worthwhile consideration for fantasy managers, especially given the Pacers’ upcoming schedule.
Duncan Robinson (8%)
In light of Tyler Herro’s absence, Robinson’s increased role makes him a valuable fantasy pickup, especially with the Heat’s upcoming schedule.
Keyonte George (7%)
George’s performance as a rookie starting at point guard for the Jazz suggests potential for fantasy relevance, especially with his low turnover rate.
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