Thomas Bryant was heavily hyped in fantasy hoops circles heading into the season, and the Washington Wizards center responded with solid averages of 13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. Unfortunately, a foot injury will put him on the shelf for multiple weeks.
The Wizards are also currently without starting point guard Isaiah Thomas, who has missed two straight games with a calf strain. The injuries have opened up a lot of opportunity on the 7-14 Wizards, as two of the beneficiaries will be highlighted in the Week 8 edition of fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups.
Here are five players, one from every position, all currently available in over 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball leagues.
1. Ish Smith, PG, Washington Wizards
While the extent of Thomas' calf strain is unknown, it could be something that keeps the oft-injured point guard out for multiple games. In his absence so far, Ish Smith has thrived, averaging 17.0 points and 8.0 assists through two games. He has done so with just one turnover, while hitting two 3-pointers in both games. Smith is owned in just 26 percent of leagues, and he could be a great addition if Thomas misses any more time.
2. Alec Burks, SG, Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have had a lot of guys step up in the absence of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson this season, but Alec Burks has been one of their most consistent contributors. Burks is averaging 15.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers per game. He's scored in double figures in 16 of 21 games this season, and is available in 52 percent of leagues, making him an attractive option on the waiver wire.
3. Danuel House Jr., SF, Houston Rockets
Injuries have limited Danuel House Jr. to just 16 games this season, but when healthy, he has arguably been one of the Houston Rockets' five most important players. House is averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 3-pointers per game this season, and he's shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from beyond the arc. He's a sneaky good fantasy asset, and is currently available in 55 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
4. Cedi Osman, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cedi Osman has mostly teased with his multi-category potential in fantasy basketball, but he's been playing better as of late. Over his last six games, Osman is averaging 12.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals while shooting 51.9 percent from the field. Osman gets to play four games in Week 8, and he's currently available in 77 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
5. Mo Wagner, C, Washington Wizards
On a per-minute basis, Mo Wagner has quietly been an extremely productive player. In just 20.3 minutes per game, Wagner is averaging 12.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 3-pointers per contest. Wagner now has a chance to flirt with 30 minutes per game for as long as Bryant is out, which should only increase his value. He also flashed his upside in his most recent start against the Miami Heat, scoring 19 points while adding nine rebounds and two steals. Wagner is only owned in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he could be a really valuable asset as long as Bryant is out.
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