This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
Are you in a keeper or dynasty league, or a redraft league? It's a critical question to kick off the Week 9 waiver wire because your answer will determine how excited you are about this crop of prospects. Several young players with promising careers ahead of them have started to blossom, and some of them are must-adds for many keeper and dynasty managers. If you play in those formats, then this week's waiver wire is loaded.
In redraft leagues, however, this week has a lot less to offer. There are some promising specialists, including one of the best defensive specialists the league has ever seen, but very few players with massive 2019-20 appeal. That's not an excuse to take the week off, however.
Even if this week's pickups don't have as much pizzazz as last week's, the best fantasy teams are always the ones that remain most attentive to players' shifting values. For example, while Matisse Thybulle may not have as much appeal as De'Anthony Melton had while Ja Morant was out, Morant's return makes Melton a must-drop in most formats. A Melton for Thybulle swap is still an upgrade, even if you're not as excited about that move as you were about adding Melton a couple weeks ago.
The players below are listed in the order I'd recommend adding them.
This article will focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues.
Norman Powell, Toronto Raptors
Next week's games: at Chi, LAC, Bkn
Powell's roster rate