Fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups: Look to Kessler

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Working the waiver wire is pivotal to succeeding in fantasy basketball. With so many games, injuries and endless shifts in rotations throughout the marathon campaign, we’ll need to source stats from free agency to maximize imaginary rosters.

A willingness to entertain competition for the last few spots on your fantasy hoops roster can prove rewarding. When curating this fluid collective of statistical contributors, it helps to consider your end-of-bench players in direct competition with the talent floating in free agency.

The goal of this weekly series is to identify players at each position widely available in free agency in ESPN leagues. Some nominations are specialists capable of helping in one or two categories, while others deliver more diverse and important statistical offerings. In the breakdowns below, I’ve ordered players at each position with the priority of acquisition in mind, rather than roster percentage in ESPN leagues.

Point guard

Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic (Rostered in 41.3% of ESPN leagues): Finding his groove as a scoring threat helps flesh out Fultz’ fantasy profile, as he’s already a steady source for assists and steals. You should still try to make room for Detroit’s Killian Hayes (33.9% rostered) as a priority pickup at point guard if he’s available, but Fultz has emerged as a worthy alternative give this recent uptick in offense.

T.J. McConnell, Indiana Pacers (9.4%): Another former 76ers guard is shining, with McConnell regularly flirting with triple-double outcomes since Tyrese Haliburton’s injury last week. The crafty vet has averaged 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and two steals across his last three outings and should continue to serve a big role until Haliburton returns to the rotation.

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