This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
It looks like Christmas came a little late this year. After a disappointing crop of waiver wire candidates last week, Week 11 offers multiple players with potentially season-defining upside.
This week also saw our first in-season trade, with the Cavaliers shipping Jordan Clarkson to the Jazz in exchange for Dante Exum. Unfortunately for us, there's not a ton of fantasy impact – Darius Garland got bumped up the "other recommendations" list at the bottom, but he's still not important enough to warrant a full blurb. Hopefully this trade will be the first of many.
Week 11 is another relatively light week, with just nine teams playing four games and three teams playing twice. On light weeks like this, there is less harm to playing someone with just two games, i.e. members of the Rockets, Pelicans or 76ers.
Correspondingly, there is additional advantage to playing someone from one of the teams with four games: the Cavaliers, Pistons, Clippers, Heat, Timberwolves, Magic, Suns, Trail Blazers, and Wizards. Day-to-day, the schedule is fairly balanced – there are only four games on Wednesday and 11 games on Saturday, but every other day has between five and nine games.
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.
P.J. Washington, Hornets (51 percent rostered)
Technically, Washington is above the 50% cutoff for this article, but he's so close I'm ignoring it. He's missed the last five