This article will cover the Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 2 2018 on ESPN & Yahoo! Leagues.
After 1 week of basketball, we’ve seen everything from younger players taking on new roles to a full blown fight in the Lakers-Rockets matchup.
There’s a lot of new action and trends going on so make sure to edit your rosters for the upcoming week because several players have been suspended and others are putting up big game yet still sit in waivers.
Top Waiver Wire Pickups for NBA Week 2
Rodney McGruder – Injuries to Dion Waiters and James Johnson have opened up a lot of minutes for McGruder. He’s currently playing 38+ minutes per game and is only 9% owned in ESPN leagues.
Cedi Osman – He’s playing heavy minutes and I wouldn’t yet Sunday’s down game scare me away. The Cavs are searching for scoring and Osman should improve week after week.
Malcom Brogdon – A bit overlooked due to Middleton, Giannis and Bledsoe stealing all of the attention. He’s a solid player and will only continue to improve.
Tristian Thompson – Could average a double-double this year with no Lebron James around stealing rebounds. Doesn’t score a ton but has a good sense for offensive rebounding and put backs.
Lance Stephenson – Brandon Ingram is suspended for 4 games so expect Lance Stephenson to enter the starting lineup and log heavy minutes. He’s actually an upgrade from Ingram because Stephenson is a good defender.
Derrick Rose – Carving out a nice role as the 6th man of this team. The Timberwolves will continue to be careful with Butler so Rose should see plenty of minutes off the bench.
Danny Green – Averaging 32 mpg and can fill up the stat sheet in several different ways.
Fred VanFleet – Developing as a reliable 6th man in the Raptors offense and will log heavy minutes if Kyle Lowry is unavailable.
Michael Carter Williams – A bright spot for the Houston Rockets bench and may start due to Chris Paul’s suspension. We have wait and see whether Mike D’Antoni will start Carter Williams or Eric Gordon.
E’Twuan Moore – The only Pelicans starter available in most leagues. He’s benefiting from strength by association.