This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
The first week of the season is generally the most reliable time to find a difference-maker floating on the waiver wire. Rest assured, the true diamonds in the rough, whether undrafted or prematurely dropped, won't be widely available for long.
Chances are, rookies Alperen Sengun (58% rostered) and Chris Duarte (65% rostered) have already been scooped up in your Fantasy league, along with veteran Will Barton (60% rostered). But here's another bunch of players to consider snagging in the early stages of the campaign.
ALREADY ON THE RADAR
Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks (35% rostered)
Atlanta might be the deepest team in the NBA, which hurts Huerter's Fantasy value. He finished with just six points, six boards, two dimes and one block in 22 minutes during Thursday's trouncing of the Mavericks, while fellow Hawks reserve Cam Reddish (32% rostered) turned up for 20 points in just 21 minutes. Against the Cavs on Saturday, Huerter followed up with four points, one rebound and two assists in 22 minutes. We all know the NBA is Where Amazing Happens, but it's also unfortunately where injuries happen. As such, Huerter and Reddish are at the very least worth keeping an eye on for when (or more optimistically, if) the Hawks get bit by the injury bug.
Bobby Portis, Milwaukee Bucks (37% rostered)
Brook Lopez (back) is already a bit banged up, and at 33 years of age, the Bucks would be wise to limit his workload during the regular season.