Fantasy Basketball category boosters: Malik Monk scoring places him among top Week 8 category booster targets


Week eight of the 2022-2023 NBA season will be more than half past Thursday’s scheduled three games, but it’s not too late to replenish your roster ahead of the weekend. Quite a few players could use the successful November runs to jump into a strong December. Need help fixing a few weaknesses in your fantasy team? We have identified several specialists who can provide you with at least short-term assistance.

Here are a few category boosters with less than 50% of CBS leagues to add ahead of Week 9.


Malik Monk, G, SAC (53% of participants)

Monk had a phenomenal November. While the former Los Angeles Lakers guard backs Kevin Huerter, he averaged 17.4 points and 4.6 assists off the bench last month in 24.4 minutes per game. He was an effective 53 percent from the field during that 14-game stretch. Monk is averaging 16.3 points per game over three December games and is out of the top 50 with 47 threes. Only Christian Wood and Benedikt Maturin have scored more points this season.


Walker Kessler, C, UTH (39% of participants)

Kessler’s back-up role hasn’t stopped him from being one of the NBA’s most productive rim guards. The rookie big ranks seventh in the NBA with 44 blocks despite playing under 17 minutes per game. His scoring and rebounding are a bit underwhelming, but he shoots over 75 percent from the field and could add a lot of value if Kelly Olynyk is forced to miss at any time.


Moritz Wagner, F, ATL (13% of participants)

Wendell Carter Jr. (leg) could be out for another week or two, and the older Wagner has done wonders replacing him. The Michigan product had 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in four starts and is favored over Mo Bamba as Bol Bol’s frontcourt partner. Fantast managers should be comfortable streaming Wagner until at least the end of week 8 and possibly all of week 9. There is no other player that is easily accessible and can be a constant double-double threat.