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.
David Lee – PF/C, Dallas Mavericks: While Joe Johnson may have the most value of players moving teams, Lee isn’t far behind and he certainly gets the award for biggest jump in value. Lee has three double-double’s in six games as a Maverick. He also has eight blocked shots in these six games, while averaging 11.3 PPG and 9.0 RPG. Lee has yet to eclipse 30 minutes in any game, and I doubt he will. However, Lee does have solid post moves on offense and is a strong rebounder on a team without many big boards guys. Lee may very well be worth owning in all formats.
Kris Humphries – PF, Atlanta Hawks: The Atlanta Hawks grabbed Kris Humphries to add some depth to their frontcourt and it appears he’ll continue at around the 17 MPG he was getting before this signing. Humphries is kind of a poor man’s David Lee with potential for points and boards value if he gets minutes. The X-Factor may be if he can continue extending his range as he has been making 0.8 3PG so far. Humphries had an impressive showing of 14 PTS, 8 REBS, 1 BLK, 1 STL and 1 3PM, but this was in a blowout. Humphries needs to separate himself from Mike Scott for minutes in order to have fantasy value outside of really deep leagues, but it’s at least worth monitoring.
Kevin Martin – SG, San Antonio Spurs: This is the most recent cut and signing and it’s the Spurs adding one more veteran piece. We don’t really know yet what kind of a role Kevin Martin will play on this team, but I can’t imagine he unseats Danny Green to start or anything. We also have Manu Ginobili just now returning from injury, so there are only so many minutes to go around. Martin is a good fit as a spot up shooter in this offense, but it’s hard to trust that he’ll be consistent in minutes with as many pieces as there are here. Martin is more of a guy to look for in DFS on nights when others are sitting than he is a season long add.