Pickups of the Day

Time to add Jericho Sims and other big men

by Zak Hanshew
Updated On: January 23, 2023, 4:43 pm ET

We've got some more strong waiver wire adds following Sunday's seven-game slate of action. Let's get right into them!

Precious Achiuwa (28%): Achiuwa started Saturday with Fred VanVleet out, but he remained in the starting lineup with FVV back Sunday. With OG Anunoby injured, Achiuwa could have some staying power in Toronto's first unit, and he finished the weekend strong with a second straight double-double. He's averaged 14.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in back-to-back starts, and he's got our attention.

Dennis Schröder (30%): Schroder continues to get it done for the shorthanded Lakers, and he's ranked inside the top-85 fantasy players over the last week behind averages of 14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.3 dimes and 1.3 swipes. Anthony Davis might make his return this week, but that's no reason not to add Schroder.

Jericho Sims (15%): Sims started Friday and put up 12 points, eight boards and two steals in 28 minutes. His playing time was ample yet again Sunday, as he delivered 10 points, seven boards, three dimes and a block in 33 minutes. It's clear he'll be the top dog at center while Mitchell Robinson is out, as Isaiah Hartenstein saw just 15 minutes Sunday. Sims is a great source of boards, defensive stats and FG%.

 

 

Kevon Looney (45%): He's delivered strong weeks for stretches of the season and ranks inside the top-80 on a per-game basis over the last week. In that span, he's averaged 12.0 boards, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks. 

Drew Eubanks (5%): He finished with six points, 11 boards, an assist and six - count 'em six - blocks Sunday against the Lakers across 31 minutes off the bench. Starter Jusuf Nurkić got into early foul trouble and was mostly ineffective against LA, and he logged just 16 minutes. In four games prior, the gap in playing time had tightened, as Eubanks averaged 19.5 minutes compared to 24.0 for Nurkic. Nurkic is a potential trade piece for Portland as we approach the February 9 trade deadline, so Eubanks' time to shine could be very close at hand.

Royce O'Neale (50%): He had a great game Sunday, hitting 6-of-10 shots for 16 points and adding six boards, two blocks, an assist and four triples. He's put up some solid numbers without Kevin Durant on the floor, and with Durant set to miss at least a couple more weeks, adding O'Neale isn't a bad idea.

Jonathan Isaac (31%): He's set to make his season debut Monday after more than two years off the court. Orlando's frontcourt has expanded significantly since the last time he played, so there's no guarantee he'll have a large enough role or play enough minutes to make much of a fantasy impact at all. His return is still worth noting for managers willing to take the plunge.

Others to consider: Derrick White (48%), Grant Williams (22%), Payton Pritchard (1%), Zeke Nnaji (1%), Donte DiVincenzo (25%), Seth Curry (32%)

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Zak Hanshew

Zak is a blessed father of four, lucky husband and proud WVU alum. He’s been covering fantasy sports for more than three years for multiple sites. When he’s not writing, he can usually be found strumming his guitar, laughing way too hard at Simpsons re-runs or watching whatever NFL or NBA games are on. You can find him on Twitter @ZaktheMonster.