Fantasy Basketball Roundtable: Waiver Wire Bargains

It’s time once again for the weekly roundtable where we have a panel of some of the best fantasy basketball bloggers out there discussing a different topic related to, what else, fantasy basketball. This week it is Rotoprofessor’s turn to host the roundtable and so I have all the answers for you, to the question I asked everyone.

This week’s roundtable focused on the guys that not enough people are focusing on. Here is the question…

Looking at the owned percentages on different popular fantasy basketball sites, who is one player you feel is still being overlooked and should be added in more leagues?

And here are the answers straight from the experts themselves…

Nels Wadycki from Give Me The Rock
Landry Fields
is sitting at about 39% ownership, but providing stats at almost Top 100 level talent. It simply cannot be possible that 60% of leagues have only 8 teams in them. I know you have to factor in “dead” leagues when you look at ownership percentage, but you also have to factor in that Fields is not just playing, but <em>starting</em> for the fantasy goldmine that is the Knicks. He’s averaging 6.4 rebounds which is nice for someone you can play at the Shooting Guard position. Speaking of things that are nice from a Shooting Guard, how about 55% from the field and 82% from the line?

Ryan Lester from Lester’s Legends
One player that I feel is being overlooked is Cleveland’s Daniel Gibson. As of Monday he was owned in just 57 percent of Yahoo! And 61.1 percent of ESPN leagues. This is a guy averaging 14.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers per game. His 1.3 turnovers per game and 43.6% field goal percentage won’t set you back too much, while his 81.1% free throw percentage should help. Even though Mo Williams is back in the lineup, Gibson should continue to produce off the bench for the Cavs.

Erik Ong from Give Me The Rock
Kris Humphries
(F), New Jersey Nets: He’s 34% owned in Yahoo leagues. Troy Murphy is nowhere in sight and it appears that Humphries has become the new timeshare partner of Derrick Favors at the four spot. Humphries is a solid source of boards and blocks and should remain as such until such time that Murphy is at least at 90% health and is playing 20-25 minutes every night.

Jeff Andriesse from Damn Lies& Statistics
I think it’s about time folks hopped on the Al-Farouq Aminu Bandwagon. Has a ring to it, no? Okay, so maybe pronouncing his name could give you a hernia, but it’s his game I’m more intrigued by. In this admittedly small sample size of a season, Aminu has shown the ability to provide both threes and steals, and in a season-high 36 minutes on Monday night he had two blocks as well. Now that he has secured the starting small forward spot for the Clippers, I think he deserves a look in all but the shallowest of leagues. He’s at 9 percent ownership right now in Yahoo!. That should start increasing. While the rookie is sure to stumble once in a while, he can only get better with experience and increased minutes.

Justin Kendall from Life Is Just A Fantasy… Basketball Blog
The Portland Trailblazers’ All-Star guard Brandon Roy has missed the last three games with a knee injury, and no one’s sure when he’ll return. Yahoo Sports reported that Roy’s knee problems are only getting worse, and Roy doesn’t have a meniscus in either knee, according to The Oregonian. No one’s sure when Roy — who is owned in 98 percent of Yahoo leagues — will return, and if he does, how long he’ll last. So I can’t figure out why Wesley Matthews is only owned in 44 percent of leagues. Matthews has been an excellent understudy, blowing up in his first start with a multi-cat line: 30 points, five threes, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 43 minutes. In his second start, he double-doubled (20 points and 10 rebounds with three three-pointers, a steal and two blocks). He’s proven to be a great insurance policy for the Blazers. Fantasy owners should follow suit.

Jason Hahn from fBasketballBlog
Arron Afflalo
is the NBA’s answer to Rodney Dangerfield — he just can’t seem to get any respect. Despite having an impressive preseason and averaging solid all-around numbers through the first 14 games of the season, Afflalo is owned in just 57 percent of Yahoo leagues and 56.2 percent of ESPN leagues. This is despite the fact that he’s averaging 51 percent from the field, 88 percent from the free-throw line, 12.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks, 1.4 threes and 1.4 turnovers in 35 minutes per game. He’s a small-name guy who’s shown some inconsistency for the past two weeks or so, but should rumors become reality and Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups be dealt away from the Nuggets, Afflalo could find himself in an even bigger role for that team’s offense. He’s built for roto play and is a comforting guy to at least stash on your bench in most other leagues.

Patrick Madden from Give Me The Rock
Kris Humphries
. It’s not surprising that Humphries is still available in 60% or more of fantasy leagues since he entered the season as a career journeyman who was third on the Nets depth chart behind Troy Murphy and Derrick Favors. But with Murphy injured and New Jersey content to bring Favors along slowly, the journeyman sprung into action and quickly impressed Coach Avery Johnson with his willingness to do the dirty work. In the 6 games since Humphries entered the team’s starting lineup, he’s averaged 11.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. With rumors flying that the Nets may trade Murphy, it’s possible that Humphries remains in the starting lineup for the rest of the season.

Rotoprofessor’s Responses:

Daniel Shirley
I’m going to say a name, and I need you to promise you won’t laugh. Ready? Darko Milicic. I actually laughed a little as I typed it. Ask my fellow writer at Rotoprofessor, Will Overton, about Milicic. Just make sure there are no women or children around. All he’s been is a disappointment since he came in the league. I think I found out he was on the Grizzlies multiple times last season. That’s how impressive he was. Still, he’s looked very good his last few games. In his last four games he’s scored 68 points and had a double-double in two of those games. His %-owned has risen meteorically lately, but he’s still only owned in about 60% of leagues. There’s a really good chance you could get him off the free agent list. Could it be that Kahn has struck again?!*

*This is a blatant steal from Bill Simmons. I guess I didn’t really steal it if I’m citing him. I just sampled it. Read his stuff…after you read Rotoprofessor and all these other fine blogs.

Will Overton
Travis Outlaw is the guy for me who I am surprised to see unowned so often. In ESPN leagues he is only owned in 18% of leagues. On Yahoo it’s better, but still at 42% I think he’s being ignored too often. I do recognize the inconsistency in his game, but the Nets are committed to him. And he has the ability to have a big game, as we’ve seen by his scoring 20 or more in three of his last seven games. He’s only averaging 12 points per game, but the number is moving upwards and he is making close to two treys a game as well. We are also seeing the rebounding numbers starting to move up and with his athletic ability he should start piling up some steals and blocks at some point too. The numbers aren’t eye popping, but there worthy of being owned in more leagues than he is right now, and I think he’ll only get better as the season goes along. Get him now before it’s too late.

Lots of good responses and lots of good suggestions for guys to look out for on the waiver wire. It’s always nice to see variety in answers and we got that this week. And every position on the court was hit on by at least one answer, so it doesn’t matter what you need, you’re covered.

Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks for reading. As always feel free to leave comments with your own answer or comment on one of the answers given.

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