This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
Injuries are the leading story on the Week 8 waiver wire. A wave of injuries have opened up several great opportunities around the league, and many players have quickly asserted themselves as worthwhile pickups. While most of the key injuries are only temporary, at least one – Rodney Hood – is out for the rest of the season.
It's a straightforward week, schedule-wise. The Mavericks, Trail Blazers, Spurs, and Wizards each play only two games, which hurts their appeal in weekly lineups leagues. However, since all four play on either Tuesday's or Thursday's short slates – the Blazers play on both – they maintain some attractiveness in daily leagues. Just over half the league, 16 teams, plays four games.
As always, the players in this article must be rostered in less than two-thirds of CBS leagues. Players are listed in the order that I recommend adding them, assuming they are equally good fits for your team.
Moritz Wagner, Wizards (51 percent rostered)
Thomas Bryant (foot) was off to a great start this season before suffering a "stress reaction" last week. He is likely to miss about another month, if not more. Wagner had already become a regular in this column, though usually with the caveat that he was only worth it in deep leagues. Well, with Bryant's injury, Wagner has been promoted to the starting lineup and has seen his workload increase from 19.4 to 28.5 minutes per game. He's already averaging 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds