by Will Overton
There’s only a week left in the season so this is the time to throw everything out the window and make sure you absolutely, 100%, have the best lineup possible inserted every single day. We know baseball season is underway, but don’t let it distract you too much from finishing strong this season.
We are faithful to carry you through to the finish line of the season here by looking at which players make good plays each day. Some of them are waiver wire guys and some are just guys you might otherwise leave on your bench.
There is a full slate of games on tap tonight which means lots of options for your lineups. Here are three guys who I think make nice pickups off the waiver wire to play tonight for your team based on matchup and opportunity:
Brandan Wright – PF/C, Phoenix Suns: Right now with Alex Len out, Brandan Wright is really the only center on the Suns roster with the exception of recent signee Earl Barron. This has meant big minutes lately for Wright and that should continue again tonight. The Suns will be taking on the Mavericks tonight, Wright’s former team, which may add a little bit of extra motivation for him. It’s also nice because the Mavs interior defense isn’t really top of the line, especially when Tyson Chandler leaves the floor. Wright has been a shot blocking machine the last three games, eight total blocks, and he’s also got 21 boards in those three games. Wright could be a sneaky source of fantasy value and might be looking at a double-double and 2 – 3 blocks.
Rodney Hood – SG, Utah Jazz: Last week Rodney Hood missed a game due to a concussion, clearly that has left no residual damage to Hood. In his first game back Hood scored 17 and then on Sunday he netter 25, along with four steals. That 25 point performance came against the Kings and that just so happens to be the same team the Jazz are squaring off with again tonight. Hood is 16 – 29 from the field in his last two games, and that’s despite his being 2 – 11 from three point range in those games. If Hood can find his range again I can only imagine what he’d be doing. I really like Hood in the long term, and I like him for the rest of this season too, particularly this game.
Otto Porter Jr – SF, Washington Wizards: This is a little bit more of a risky call. Otto Porter Jr has put together three really nice games for the Wizards, but he’s done it with Paul Pierce and Nene Hilario out of the lineup. Both of those guys are slated to be back tonight against the 76ers which puts Porter’s value up in the air. I think the value is still there though. The Wizards could very easily run away in this game which would mean more rest for their starting five in the second half. With the way Porter has been playing he has proven he deserves to be the first guy off the bench because he’s the best guy on the bench. In his last four games Porter has averaged 13.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 SPG and 1.5 3PG, I’m banking on his logging close to 25 minutes again and approaching those same numbers.