Archive for Working The Wire

Waiver Worthy: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

by Will Overton

We’re not even two full weeks into the season at this point, but there are already a whole lot of snap judgments being made about players and some rather irrational moves going down based on a very small sample size.

Working the waiver wire in the early parts of the season can be a little tricky. You definitely don’t want to miss out on adding a guy who can give your team a boost for the next several months or even the whole season. At the same time you don’t want to cut bait on a guy who just has a couple bad game to start the season and you end up seriously regretting a few weeks later.

We’re going to look at a handful of guys who have been cut in a large amount of leagues already this season. I’m going to break down their slow start and tell you whether I think that guy is a treasure preparing to break out, or a guy who belongs in the trash heap of the waiver wire: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Guys To Add For The Stretch Run Of The Season

by Will Overton

While things feel like they are just heating up in the NBA with the playoffs right around the corner, the fantasy season is winding down. For those in the thick of the chase for a championship, or at least finishing in the money, the NBA playoffs are the farthest thing from your mind right now.

For those out there looking to finish strong and maximize their lineup over the final week and a half of the season we are here to help. I have identified a handful of guys who I believe to have favorable schedules and/or circumstances for the final 10 days of the season. These are guys available on a majority of waiver wires right now who you can add to your lineups for the stretch run.

Let’s take a look at some guys who could help bring you home a title: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Guys To Take A Flier On In Dynasty And Keeper Leagues

by Will Overton

If you reach this point of the season and you’re not in the running for the grand prize of your league it gets a little tough to stay invested for the final couple of weeks. That’s all different if you’re playing in a dynasty league or a keeper league, because in that case you can already making moves and grabbing lottery tickets for seasons to come while everyone else is focused on there here and now.

If you’re that guy who isn’t in the running, don’t just pack it in and wait for next season, there is still work you could be doing now. Here are some of the guys I personally like as the lottery type adds who could be in store for a breakout next year. These are all guys who are available in almost all leagues at this point in time. Read more

A Look Ahead: Four Players To Add For This Week’s Games

by Will Overton

Today’s posts is dedicated to those who play in head to head leagues or weekly lineup roto leagues. This is the time of the year where you have to be at full strength and running out the best possible lineup. That isn’t always the best players, but the guys who will you get the most stats.

Part of that in head to head and weekly lineup leagues is playing the matchups and watching the schedules to find some sleeper pieces. We are going to highlight some guys available in a majority of fantasy leagues who you could pick up and plug in this week based on a combination of matchups and talent: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Finding Guys Who Can Fill It Up For The Stretch Run

by Will Overton

Way too often fantasy basketball owners spend too much time over emphasizing the points scored category. This is the glamour category in leagues for the most part and owners think if their guy isn’t averaging at least double figures he’s not giving them any production, even if he’s grabbing big time boards and blocking shots.

All that said now, it is still a category and every category is important to watch and monitor in your standings. From time to time I like to look at the waiver wire and identify a handful of guys who can help you in specific categories that you might be really close on in the standings.

So let’s take a look at some guys available in a bunch of leagues who can join your team and help you load up on points for the stretch run: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Do These Four Team Transplants Hold Fantasy Value?

by Will Overton

There has been a lot of movement of players around the league, even since the trade deadline expired. We’ve seen a lot of guys waived and picked up by other teams over the last two weeks. For the most part they are just veteran guys going to contenders to add some veteran presence and play fairly small roles.

At the same time, there are also a handful of guys who are at least probing to see if there could be some fantasy value from their relocations. Here are five guys who have signed with new teams that we will discuss the fantasy merits of:

Joe Johnson – SG/SF, Miami Heat: Of the five guys on this list Joe Johnson is the guy who will have the biggest role on his new team and will also have the most fantasy value. That’s why he’s also the guy already owned in 50% of leagues, but that means he’s available in a lot too. Johnson has played five games for the Heat and averaged 30.2 MPG, 14.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG and 1.6 3PG. Johnson should maintain these kind of minutes, and while he’s not the go to guy on offense, he has been very efficient offensively, shooting a high percentage. Johnson will be a point scorer and threes guy who should be owned in the majority of leagues. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Picking Out The Three-Point Shooting Specialists To Add To Your Team

by Will Overton

I say it a million times each basketball season, fantasy basketball players need to know their standings at all times to be successful. This is never truer than when you’re navigating the waiver wire looking for the next guy to add to your team. You don’t want to add a guy who excels in rebounding when you’re already blowing everyone away in that category, even if that guy is the “best player overall.”

Today we are going to be looking at some guys who can help you make up ground or entrench your lead in three-pointers. It seems like there are more and more three-point shooters in the league as we now have so many bigs that step back for that shot. Finding the right guy is the key though, one who gets enough minutes to matter and ideally one who doesn’t kill your FG% by chucking up too many bad threes.

Here are some guys I would target for this category. For the purpose of this article we are looking at guys owned in fewer than 50% of leagues right now on ESPN: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Did Joining The Jazz Make Shelvin Mack Fantasy Worthy?

by Will Overton

The trade deadline last week was awfully uneventful all around, leaving very little for us fantasy analysts to discuss. One of the moves that was made was a trade of Shelvin Mack to the Utah Jazz from the Atlanta Hawks. Despite it being a slow deadline, this trade still didn’t make it on many radars, including mine.

Well on Sunday Night of this week Mack made his Utah Jazz debut and certainly put himself on the radar of some fantasy owners, though it may have gone unnoticed by many others as well. Mack put up 16 points, six assists and three rebounds while going 7 – 11 from the field. This was all coming off the bench. I’m writing this before last night’s game took place, but there was a lot of talk that he’d be starting. It’s only one game, but how should fantasy owners take this and what should we expect going forward? Read more

Waiver Worthy: Five Guys On The Wire To Help You In The Assists Category

by Will Overton

Last week in the waiver wire feature we discussed a position that is very hard to fill through the waiver wire, and that’s the power forward/center position. This week we’re going to hit on another waiver wire dry spot, the assists category.

I say it all the time, but to work the wire and make trades properly you need to know your standings and you need to know where you have a chance to gain ground, or avoid losing ground. If the assists category is one that is close in your league it can be frustrating trying to find guys to help you get over the hump on the waiver wire. We’ve done our homework though and we are going to discuss some of the best options on the wire to help your team in that particular area. Ideally these guys also give you at least a little something else in the way of steals or threes as well.

Here are some of the finds we made when scanning the waiver wire for assists: Read more

Waiver Worthy: Finding Big Man Help On The Waiver Wire

by Will Overton

One of the most difficult positions to fill on the waiver wire is the big man position, guys who can board and block shots, and ideally score some points too. Part of this is the way the NBA game is moving. More minutes are being given to guards and wings, and wings who are actually playing the four now. Meanwhile a lot of teams just cycle three big men into one spot in their rotation.

Don’t get too discouraged though; there are options out there if you look hard enough. In fact we’ve helped you out and done your homework for you. I’ve got few options for you from standard league guys to deeper league ones for you to grab for your team: Read more