Note: To qualify for deep waivers, a player must have an ownership rate that does not exceed 25 percent
Mario Chalmers, PG Memphis Grizzlies (8%)
Chalmers was never going to have his previous role back in Miami, and his only path back to fantasy relevancy was through a change of scenery. Fortunately for Rio, that’s exactly where he got where he’s now playing for a Grizzlies team that has been looking for someone—anyone—to fill the backup point guard void and provide some scoring off the bench. Chalmers, who appears ticketed for a role between 18-22 minutes nightly, is capable of doing exactly that.
Cory Joseph, PG Toronto Raptors (15%)
There were some who believed Joseph’s relevance was only due to DeMarre Carroll’s (foot) temporary absence, but this kid can play and the Raptors knew it when they signed him to a four-year, $30M contract this offseason. In November, Joseph is averaging 10.6 points, 3.4 assists and 0.9 steals in 25.5 minutes per game. Those numbers are also influenced by a slow start to the month, and CoJo is really coming on of late.
Tyler Johnson, G Miami Heat (5%)
Johnson certainly isn’t the next Hassan Whiteside, but his mini-emergence serves as a good reminder: When Miami invests in a player, it’s appropriate to take notice. With more than 20 minutes of playing time in every contest this month except one, Johnson is averaging 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.9 3-pointers on 56.3% shooting. A player providing low-end value now while in a place where he should get more opportunity later, Johnson has caught my attention.
Bismack Biyombo, C Toronto Raptors (2%)
Biyombo is the rim protector this Raptors team has been looking for, and many will be surprised to learn that BB actually played more minutes (27) than starter Jonas Valanciunas (20.5) in Sunday’s loss to the Kings. A pure blocks and rebounds specialist, Biyombo is averaging 8.3 rebounds and a block over his last three games. Considering he’s also played 20-plus minutes in each, Biyombo is an option as a desperation play for those who need swats.
Nikola Jokic, C Denver Nuggets (1%)
Joffrey Lauvergne (back) is without a timetable to return despite being day-to-day since the beginning of the month, Jusuf Nurkic is still working his way back from knee surgery and the Nuggets’ center position is looking paper-thin. Jokic should earn around 18-22 minutes per game to start with room for growth from there. To be clear: This is a purely speculative addition.