Waiver Worthy: Timing Is Everything

by Ray Kuhn

Sometimes the key to finding value on the waiver wire is to react and react quickly at that.  As much as it is a cliché, you must strike while the iron is hot.  Even if you are only getting value and production for a week or two, the move could still be worth it as it will provide a short term boost to your team.  Also you never know how long that boost will continue for, so it is best to take that chance, and make that move.  Conversely with some players it might be worth it take a look at them when their value might be a little down and other owners have overreacted and soured on them.  Let’s take a look at some players this week that might be available in your league and are worth an addition.

  • Jason Terry, Boston Celtics, 49.5%.  For most of the season Terry was his usual valuable self but then he hit a rough patch upon the return of Avery Bradley.  What followed were three straight games of 8, 6, and 4 points respectively and then Rajon Rondo got suspended for a game.  At that point I thought Terry would right the ship but instead he only scored 2 points.  However, it must have done something for him because in the subsequent game against the Suns, Terry put up 13 points.  This is more like what can you expect from Terry.  Despite the fact that Bradley is back, Terry will still play an important scoring role for the Celtics and can be a good source of 3 pointers as well (he is averaging 1.6 per game) so I would snatch him up if an owner overreacted and dropped him.
  • Carl Landry, Golden State Warriors, 36.2%.  While Landry is certainly not an exciting option, he is a very solid player who should be owned.  Landry averages a pretty good 6.6 rebounds per game while blocking about a shot every other game and averaging 12.3 points per game.  The one problem with Landry is that at times his performance is spotty due to matchup issues but for the most part he is a vital member of the Warriors front court.  Landry is a better option in daily leagues because you can rotate him in and out based on the matchups. He is a solid producer without hurting your percentages (53.1% from the field and 81.1% from the free throw line) which sets him apart from other options for rebounds that might be available.
  • Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets, 26.3%.  You must first move past the character and off the issues that have plagued Blatche in the past and seemed to have resurfaced this week.  They have not been an issue this season and it does not seem like there will be any repercussions from his latest instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  As the season has progressed Blatche has been getting more and more playing time and he has been producing.  He has scored double figures in his last 4 games and for the season is averaging 11.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in only 20.6 minutes of play per game.  You can expect that number to increase as his performance is certainly demanding it, and he is too talented to ignore.
  • John Salmons, Sacramento Kings, 24.6.  Granted all Salmons can really do is score, and there is some streakiness involved, but lately he has been hot.  In the last week he has averaged 16.7 points per game although his season number is only 9.9.  Salmons does average close to 30 minutes a game so that separates him from a lot of other people this far down on the list since he is getting playing time.  Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thorton are both currently out with injuries so that is leading to a playing time increase for Salmons but more importantly a bigger role in the offense.  Given the opportunity he can score, so I would ride him while he is doing so.
  • Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, 44.8%.  Korver will not wow you with points, 10.8 per game, nor does he register many assists and rebounds, but that is not why he is on this list.  You do not own Korver for those reasons, you own him for the 2.7 three pointers he averages per game.  There was some concern with Korver going to Atlanta and whether or not he would have as many three point attempts, but he seems to have alleviated that concern.  If you are looking for three pointers, Korver is safe to own.


  1. Luke says:

    If I had to drop one who should it be?

    Ray Allen SG
    Jason Thompson PF, C
    Rodney Stuckey SG, PG
    Shawn Marion SF, PF
    Gerald Henderson SG, SF
    Spensor Hawes C, PF
    Patrick Patterson PF
    Mike Dunleavy SG, SF
    Alan Anderson SF
    Tyler Zeller C, PF

  2. Art Vandelay says:

    What’s your thoughts on DIRK for the rest of the year? just keeps getting stronger as he gets back to DIRK shape?

    I’m looking to maybe push to buy him but IDK…

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