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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Waiver Wire


The last week was not kind to Fantasy Basketball players. There were multiple major injuries across the league that is going to have an impact and for how long, we don’t know.

The two major ones are to Anthony Davis and Steph Curry. Davis has an adductor strain and even though he is listed as day-to-day, there is no timetable for his return. Steph Curry has an ankle injury that is going to hold him out for at least two weeks.

Right up there with those two is Devin Booker who is going to miss 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.

Other injuries include Paul George, Tim Hardaway Jr., Miles Turner and Jusuf Nurkic. All have a varying degree of severity, but regardless will have an effect on Fantasy rosters.

We also had a trade between the Nets and the 76ers that has Fantasy implications. Let’s get to it.

All players mentioned are owned in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues.

2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Alec Burks, PG/SG, Utah Jazz

Burks has been on fire since the Rodney Hood injury. No, it won’t continue the rest of the season, but you can’t ignore the run he is on right now.

The biggest reason his hot streak will end will be the return of Hood which could be next week. However, how he has played has most certainly earned him more minutes going forward, so there should be value.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Brooklyn Nets

The Nets traded for Okafor and he immediately becomes a worthwhile option in Fantasy Basketball. The nets center position has been manned by Timofey Mozgov, Tyler Zeller, Jarrett Allen and Quincy Acy. Needlesstosay it won’t take much for Okafor to overtake them.

Okafor in his rookie season showed some promise scoring 17.5 with seven rebounds and blocking 1.2 shots per game. I think he can equal that in Brooklyn fairly easily.

E’Twaun Moore, PG/SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans

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With the injury to Davis, you immediately look to a PF/C on the Pelicans to see who will benefit the most. That player is Dante Cunningham. However, that is not who is going to gain the most value.

Who seems to be picking up the slack is Moore. In the last four games, he has scored a total of 78 yards and 17 3-pointers. He isn’t helping a ton in the other categories, but those points and 3’s are worth it.

Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Indiana Pacers

I’m going to cheat here and break my rule of being owned in 50% or less of leagues, but this needs to be mentioned.

Sabonis should probably be owned in more leagues already as he is pulling down rebounds and scoring at a good clip already. Now his value could really be going up if Miles Turner misses time.

If Turner does miss time, Sabonis will be the direct beneficiary. As I mentioned he is already doing work in the rebounding and scoring department with Turner in the lineup.  We could see some ridiculous lines with a full load of minutes.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including,, and Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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