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Fantasy Basketball Guards: Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

In our weekly look at the waiver wire in fantasy basketball, RotoBaller Brad Leibfried gives us some in-depth NBA analysis about which guards to target off the waiver wire, and which guards to continue scouting.  Fantasy owners would do well to check out Brad's Week 7 Forwards & Centers Pickups, as well.  RotoBaller covers the best fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups each week, so stay tuned!

 

Waiver Wire Pickups at the Guard Position

 

Waiver Wire Must-Add Guards

Brandon Knight 2013Brandon Knight: After struggling through a hamstring injury for over a month, Knight now appears to be fully healthy.  In the past week, he has been bumped up to 28 minutes a game.  In those minutes, he is averaging 16 points, 4.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2 three-pointers per contest. With only veteran Luke Ridnour and rookie Nate Wolters to push him for minutes, the newly acquired Knight should continue to see an increased work load.  A good example of what Knight could be would be coach Larry Drew’s old point guard, Jeff Teague. If he can stay healthy, Knight is a must-add in all leagues.

 

Nate Robinson: Robinson has always been known as a sparkplug for his teams, capable of strings of huge games followed by prolonged dry stretches.  He is currently in one of those hot stretches.  In his past nine games, he has put up double-digit scoring in eight of them.   Although he does not provide a ton of assists, he has contributed three per contest.  He is also making nearly two three-point shots a game, which boost his value.  Even with him seeing just 19 minutes a game, Robinson can provide solid scoring and shooting on any fantasy team.

 

Manu Ginobili: Ginobili is another player who does not see a ton of minutes (just 23 a game over his past two weeks), but is able to put up solid numbers.  Manu has scored in double digits in five of his last seven games on 50% shooting.  He is also averaging a remarkable 6 assists and a solid 1.6 three-pointers per game.  Ginobili has always been a solid across-the-board contributor and that hasn't changed.  Even though the minutes are not likely to go up, Ginobili can still provide great stats while not hurting you in shooting or turnovers.  Consider him a solid pickup.

 

Waiver Wire Guards to Keep an Eye On

Reggie Jackson: On opening night, it had looked like Jackson would run the point for the Thunder for nearly six weeks.  When Russell Westbrook came back just a week into the season, Jackson struggled to find a role.  Now comfortable in his role as sixth man, he has begun to play well.  Though he isn't quite putting up the numbers that would require him to be owned in all leagues, he can provide value in deeper formats.

 

Jared Dudley: Dudley should be one of the main benefactors of the injury to J.J. Redick.  He has played 28 minutes a game on the season, but has not been able to find his rhythm.  If he can get back to last year’s 11 points per game, 3 rebounds and 3 assists a game he could again be a solid player.

 

Check out  Brad's Week 7 Forwards & Centers Pickups, and be sure to come back next week as RotoBaller will continue to look at the best fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups for you to own and scout.  

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Fantasy Basketball Forwards & Centers: Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

In our weekly look at the waiver wire in fantasy basketball, RotoBaller Brad Leibfried gives us some in-depth NBA analysis about which forwards and centers to target off the waiver wire, and which forwards and centers to continue scouting.  Fantasy owners would do well to check out Brad's Week 7 Guards Pickups, as well.  RotoBaller covers the best fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups each week, so stay tuned!

 

Waiver Wire Pickups at the Forward and Center Positions

 

Waiver Wire Must-Add Forwards and Centers

Kosta Koufos: With the injury to Marc Gasol, Memphis badly needed Koufos to step up.  He has done just that in his five games as a starter. In those games he has 56 points, 58 rebounds, and 10 blocks.  He has only shot 43% in those games, which isn't great, but if he can get close to the 58% he shot last season, the scoring numbers should only go up.  Playing over 31 minutes a game means he will have a ton of opportunities to provide value.  If he has not been picked up in your league, you need to grab him immediately.

 

Trevor Ariza WizardsTrevor Ariza: Earlier this month, Ariza was forced to miss five games with a sore hamstring; since his return he has been a tremendous all-around player.  He has scored over 13 points in all of those games, had at least 1 steal in all of them and thrown in games of six and seven rebounds.  On the season, Ariza is getting 35 minutes a game and is averaging a gaudy 2.6 three-pointers per game.  If he can keep up his season-long 48% shooting, Ariza is one of the underrated players who can contribute in nearly every category.  If he was dropped while injured, you need to take advantage of all of his fantasy goodness.

 

Glen Davis: Another player who can look like a great fantasy player one night and a dud the next, Davis should be owned in all deep leagues.  Davis posted a dreadful 2-point and 2-rebound performance Monday, only to follow that up with a 33-point game against Philadelphia the next night.  With Tobias Harris still unlikely to return in the next week or two, Davis should continue to see big minutes.  If you can accept the rotten game here and there, his upside will be well worth the roster spot for the near future.

 

Waiver Wire Forwards and Centers to Keep an Eye On

Timofey Mozgov: Although he may not be consistent enough to own yet in a weekly league, if you play with daily lineups Mozgov would be a solid add.  Earlier this week, Mozgov posted back-to-back solid games, putting up 16 points and 15 rebounds one night, followed by 17 points and 20 rebounds in his next game.  The worry with Mozgov is that Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will take most of the big-man minutes, leaving Mozgov without a ton of time.  If he can manage to get into the 25-minute-per-game range, he will move into the must-own territory.

 

Michael Beasley: The former number two overall pick has been turning heads in his second stint with Miami.  In the past 10 days, he has games of 23, 17 and 15 points as well as three games over 7 rebounds.  If he can gain the trust of Eric Spoelstra (and LeBron James), Beasley could start to reach some of his immense talent.

 

Check out  Brad's Week 7 Guards Pickups, and be sure to come back next week as RotoBaller will continue to look at the best fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups for you to own and scout.  

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Fantasy Basketball Guards & Forwards: Waiver Wire Sleepers & Pickups

This basketball season is not yet even a few months old, and we have already seen a plethora of players fall victim to injuries. Some of the more popular players include Anthony Davis (non-displaced fracture in his left hand), and Jeremy Lin (Grade 1 Knee Sprain). So what happens now? Those minutes aren’t going to go away. Someone has to claim them right? Today we look at a few good waiver wire sleepers and pickups to boost those fantasy teams that have suffered an injury or two. 

 

Waiver Wire Pickups - Guards & Forwards 

 

Patrick Beverley - Houston Rockets, PG

Perhaps the main beneficiary of Jeremy Lin’s injury, Beverley has seen his playing time rise to over 34 MPG over his last seven games. In that time, he’s averaging two 3-pointers, 1.7 steals, and nearly 10 points-- nothing that jumps out at you, but if you have space on your roster, he might be a good investment to make.

 

Marco Belinelli - San Antonio Spurs, SG

Quietly off to an efficient start, Belinelli is certainly fitting into his new role with the Spurs. Since last week, Belinelli is averaging 14 points and 2.6 3-pointers, and shooting at a spectacular 60% clip. Even though he mainly functions as a role player, he is a guy who can contribute in multiple categories for your fantasy team.

 

Jared Sullinger - Boston Celtics, PF

An interesting player coming out of college, many teams shied away from Sullinger because of his back problems. Now in his second year, Sullinger seems to be transitioning into the Celtics’ plans quite smoothly. Over his last seven games, he’s averaging 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds, all while hitting 48% of his shots. Considering that the team is going through a rebuilding phase, the opportunities for young players like Sullinger to showcase their talent will be there all season.

 

Al-Farouq Aminu - New Orleans Pelicans, PF/SF

Aminu is another player whose role has increased because of the injuries to his teammates. Aminu has now rejoined the Pelicans' starting lineup. On Monday night, he posted 14 points, nine rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer on 6-of-10 from the field. This is a pretty good approximation of the stat lines you can expect to see from Aminu going forward.

 

Michael Beasley - Miami Heat, PF/SF

The second overall pick of the 2008 draft is now back with the Miami Heat. He seemingly lost his way after Miami traded him to Minnesota in 2010. Beasley, 24, might now be in the best possible position he could have hoped for heading into this past summer. The Heat know he has always been talented, and now there is absolutely no pressure on him to perform as one of the main go-to options thanks to the star-studded roster the team has. That said, with Dwyane Wade taking off multiple games lately, it has paved the way for extra playing time for Beasley, just as on Tuesday night, when Beasley executed wonderfully with 23 points (9-16 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT) along with four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Wade is likely to sit out quite a few more games, especially as we get closer to the playoffs.

 

Derrick Williams - Sacramento Kings, SF

The recent trade of Williams to the Sacramento Kings might be a blessing in disguise for both him and his fantasy owners. With the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was stuck playing a minimal role, along with sporadic minutes. The Kings are willing to give him a chance to show what he’s got. So far, he is averaging over 26 minutes per game with his new team. While I would proceed with caution, he is one to keep an eye on. Let's see if the former first round pick can truly play up to his billing.

 

Come back next week as RotoBaller will continue to look at the best fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups for you to own and scout.  

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Fantasy Basketball Forwards & Centers: Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

In our weekly look at the waiver wire in fantasy basketball, RotoBaller Brad Leibfried gives us some in-depth NBA analysis about which forwards and centers to target off the waiver wire and which forwards and centers to continue scouting.  RotoBaller covers the best fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups each week, so stay tuned!

 

Waiver Wire Pickups at the Forward and Center Position

 

Waiver Wire Must Add Forwards and Centers

Harrison Barnes: After missing a few games to start the season, Barnes is back to his role as do it all player for Marc Jackson in Golden State. With Andre Iguodala out with a hamstring injury, Barnes has played over 42 minutes a game in the past week. In that time he has managed 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists a game. For a team with a top 10 offense, any player who gets 42 minutes a game will be a must own in all leagues. The hope is that Barnes can return to the form he showed in last year’s playoffs, which saw him average 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds a game on 48% shooting. Even when Iguodala is ready to return, there should be plenty of minutes to go around for Barnes.

Terrence Jones: Since replacing Omer Asik in the Rockets' starting lineup, Jones has been one of the better forwards in the league. He has managed to hit double figures in scoring in six straight, while blocking 10 shots and grabbing 44 rebounds in that time. The former Kentucky Wildcat has always been a talented power forward but never quite found a solid role on the Rockets. With Houston looking for a forward to compliment Dwight Howard, Jones has taken control of that role and does not appear likely to give it up anytime soon. He is averaging a solid 30 minutes a game, which if holds will make him a solid play in all formats as he does nothing to hurt your team.

Andray Blatche: Blatche has always been a talented player - just see his back to back years in 2009-2011 in which he averaged 18.2 and 17.8 points a game respectively. This year in Brooklyn, the injury to Brook Lopez has opened up huge minutes for Blatche. With the Nets struggling to score, Jason Kidd has gone to Blatche for low post scoring, and he has responded with seven straight double figure scoring games. He also provides a nice amount of steals for a big man, as he has at least 1 steal in 11 of his last 12 games. With Lopez likely out for at least another few games, Blatche should be owned and started in all leagues. Be sure to check what the minute distribution is when Lopez returns, because if Blatche continues to play well, he may find a spot in the rotation even when Lopez comes back.

 

Waiver Wire Forwards and Centers to Keep an Eye On

Derrick Williams: The former number two overall pick, Williams has been an absolute bust in Minnesota. With this trade to Sacramento, it will be interesting to see if Mike Malone finds a spot in the rotation for the multi-dimensional forward. If he can manage to get 30 minutes a game, Williams can provide solid scoring and rebounding numbers.

Samuel Dalembert: The often overlooked veteran center, Dalembert always seems to provide fantasy value at random times throughout the season. Last week he had a three game stretch in which he had 32 points, 36 rebounds and 9 blocks. Although he cooled off this week, Dallas is void of any other defensive bigs and Dalembert should continue to see a respectable amount of court time.

 

Come back next week as RotoBaller will continue to look at the best fantasy basketball waiver wire pickups for you to own and scout.  

 

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Fantasy Basketball Guards: Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

In our look at the fantasy basketball waiver wire for Week 6, RotoBaller Brad Leibfried gives us some in-depth analysis about which guards to target off the waiver wire and which guards to continue scouting.  Stay tuned as Brad brings will soon be bringing you his waiver wire pickups  and watchlists for forwards and centers.

 

Waiver Wire Pickups at the Guard Position

 

Waiver Wire Must Add Guards:

Martell Webster: Already playing at a high level, Webster got an even bigger boost with the news that Bradley Beal is out with the same injury that ended his season last year. The Wizards guard has been averaging 16.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists over the past two weeks. He has done this mainly on the strength of his great shooting, as he is shooting 46% over that time and making 3.3 three pointers a game. With Beal out, the Wizards are in desperate for a perimeter scorer to compliment John Wall, and Webster needs to be that guy. Almost any player getting over 40 minutes a game and playing with a red hot Wall should provide value, expect Webster to be worthy of a roster spot for the foreseeable future.

Rodney Stuckey: With veteran guards Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum dealing with injuries and rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope struggling with inconsistency, Stuckey has taken over the shooting guard position. Stuckey has scored over 16 points a game in eight straight contests in just under 30 minutes a game. With players like Brandon Jennings, Andre Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe for opposing defenses to worry about, Stuckey has been able to average a career high 16.6 points a game this year. A career 42% shooter, he is currently hitting 49% of his shots this year which has been a big reason for the spike in scoring. Even though he does not contribute in a ton of categories, the solid scoring and shooting make him a viable play in all league types.

Victor Oladipo: Coming into the draft, teams knew that Oladipo would be a solid all-around player capable of contributing on both sides of the ball. After working through some inconsistencies, and a lack of big minutes, he seems to finally be on the verge of a breakout. His last two games have seen him combine for 36 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks. Add to that the fact that he is making almost 1 three point shot a game and you can see why he is a future stud in roto leagues. The downside to his game has been his shooting (currently 41.9% on the season) and his turnovers (4.1 a game), but as a rookie guard that is to be expected. With Oladipo now in the starting lineup, he should soon be a must own in all formats.

 

Waiver Wire Guards to Keep an Eye on:

Tony Snell: Looking for a boost to their starting lineup, Snell was inserted into the starting five the last two games. Although he was only able to produce 9 points and 1 rebound in his first start, his second start produced 13 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. If he continues to put up solid numbers there is no reason to think he cannot be at least a decent fill in for Derrick Rose.

Aaron Brooks: Brooks has had an up and down career, going from 19.6 points per game in 2009-2010 to playing overseas just a few years later. Now back with the Rockets, Brooks' inconsistency continues. At one point this season he went seven straight games without scoring, followed by games of 26 and 21 points. With James Harden, Patrick Beverly and Jeremy Lin all injury prone, keep an eye out for Brooks who could provide short term boost at guard.

Keep an eye out tomorrow as Brad Leibfried continues his look at the fantasy basketball waiver wire for forwards and centers.

 

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Fantasy NBA Basketball: Early-Season Waiver Wire Pickups

In our inaugural 2013 NBA waiver wire column we take a look at three back-court and three front-court players you need to add immediately.  We also give you two players to keep an eye that may be in for bump in production.

 

Early-Season Waiver Wire Finds

 

Must-Add Guards:

Kirk Hinrich: With news that starting shooting guard Jimmy Butler will be out roughly three weeks with a toe injury, Hinrich tops our list of must-add guards.  The former Kansas star has been a consistent pro throughout his career, with averages of 12 points, 5.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals a game.  This season, Hinrich has provided a steady option next to Derrick Rose who has been erratic to start the season.  He has posted double-digit scoring in three games this year and has also posted seven or more assists in three of his past five games.  The best news of all is that coach Tom Thibodeau uses a very small rotation and likes to ride his starters for big minutes-- in the first game without Butler, Hinrich was given 31 minutes.  Although it may be a short-term bump, Hinrich should provide a great waiver opportunity for return on investment.

Trey Burke: After a stellar season at Michigan, many were excited to see what Burke would do in his rookie campaign in Utah.  Those plans were derailed when Burke broke his finger prior to the season and was forced to miss a bunch of time.  He returned to the lineup Wednesday, and even though he was limited to 12 minutes, he posted 11 points while tossing in a rebound, a steal and an assist.  The main source of optimism for Burke is that the Jazz are in desperate need of a point guard as they have relied on journeymen Jamaal Tinsley and John Lucas III.  With the team struggling, Burke should quickly get 30+ minutes a game and be able to boost a team with young stars Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.  Don’t be surprised if he can post a line in the 14-point, 6-assist, and 2-steal-per-game range.

Jodie Meeks: Coming out of Kentucky, Meeks was always seen as a lethal scorer (he holds the Kentucky single-game record for points at 54), but has always struggled to find consistent playing time in his five NBA seasons.  He may have finally found the playing time-- and the system-- that pushes him into fantasy relevance.  In the fast-paced Mike D’Antoni offense, Meeks is averaging 27.5 minutes a game and is making the most of that time.  He is shooting 57% from the floor and a blistering 49% from three-point range, leading to a career-high 13.7 points per game.  With injuries to players like Steve Nash and inconsistency from Xavier Henry and Wes Johnson, Meeks has been the player to step up and fill the role.  Although he will not provide much outside of his shooting and scoring numbers, Meeks won't hurt you in any category, which makes him ideal in both rotisserie and head-to-head formats.

 

Guards to keep an eye on:

Ben McLemore: After experimenting with veteran Marcus Thornton starting at the off guard, new coach Mike Malone seems to have firmly committed to rookie Ben McLemore as his starting shooting guard.  McLemore was a lethal shooter in college and has shown glimpses this season with four double figure scoring games this year. However, he is still raw (evidenced by four games with four points or less), so now may not be the time to pick him up, but should he reach the 30-minute-a-night barrier, he may become too elite of a talent to leave on the waiver wire.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: The third rookie to make the list, Caldwell-Pope has started to get more minutes for the Pistons.  He has taken advantage of Chauncey Billups's and Will Bynum’s injuries to earn 25 minutes a game over the last week of games.  In that time, he is shooting just 29%, but if he can bump that to the 40%-range he could quickly become a solid fantasy option.  With Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond on the team, Detroit needs a solid shooting option and they are hoping Caldwell-Pope can be that player.

 

Must-add front-court:

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Jordan Hill: Hill had been putting up respectable numbers to start the season, but was stuck behind Chris Kaman in the big-man rotation for the first few weeks of the season.  After recording two games of 22 rebounds, he was moved into the starting lineup on November 13th, and has clearly shown the Lakers he is their top rebounding big man.  In his three starts, Hill has not only averaged 12.3 rebounds, but also contributed 18 points and 2 blocks a game.  In those games, Hill has averaged 33 minutes to Kaman’s 10, so it certainly appears as though the team has fully committed to Hill.  Even though he is unlikely to keep up these great shooting numbers (66% field goal and 80% free-throw over the last week), Hill should continue to produce double-digit rebounds and moderate scoring totals for the high-scoring Lakers.  If he is still available in your league, hurry to snatch him up and you will not be disappointed with his production.

Corey Brewer:  After a failed first tenure in Minnesota, Brewer returned to the Timberwolves this offseason and appears to have found a role to excel in.  In 13 games this year, Brewer is averaging 33 minutes a contest and has scored in double figures in all but three of those games.  He also provides a solid all-around game as he makes over one three-pointer a game and averages just shy of 2 steals and 2.5 rebounds a game.  Brewer is shooting 47% on the season and is one of the best corner three-point shooters in the league.  With an extremely weak bench, Brewer should continue to see huge minutes and open looks with the creative Ricky Rubio getting him open looks.

Tobias Harris: For a player who has not played in a single game this season, Harris is a must-own in all leagues because of his immense talent and what he proved he could do in Orlando last season.  After being dealt from Milwaukee to Orlando, Harris played in 27 games and averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game.  A serious ankle injury has kept him out for the start of this season, but reports have come out saying that he has begun to practice and his return to action is inevitable.  Orlando has struggled with injuries (Harris and Glen Davis) and poor play (veteran Jason Maxiell) at power forward this season. If Harris is able to return soon, he should instantly be added in all formats, as he can contribute in a big way across the board and will be given every opportunity to prove his worth.

 

Front court players to keep an eye on:

DeJuan Blair: In his first season in Dallas, Blair was hoping to top his career high of 21 minutes a game; that has not proven to be the case so far, as he has only averaged 20 minutes a game. Blair has tremendous per-36-minute numbers of 15 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals.  With only Sam Dalembert to block his path to playing time, be on the lookout to see if Blair can manage to earn more minutes for the Mavericks.

DeMarre Carroll: In Atlanta, Carroll has taken advantage of Josh Smith’s departure to secure 31 minutes a game and provide a solid option at the small forward position.  He has been especially hot of late, posting his first double-double of the year on Wednesday, while also throwing in 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.  If you are in need of a daily player, Carroll can provide a solid play.  If he can keep up his time on the floor, Carroll could be a must add in all formats not just deeper leagues.

 

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Fantasy Basketball: Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

Whether you had a superb draft or you made some missteps, there's no doubt you've got to stay competitive on the waiver wire in order to win your league.  This is especially true in the early part of the season when rosters are in flux and roles are being fleshed out in real time.  In this piece, RotoBaller Tyler Petagine gives you some guidance and broadly surveys the fantasy basketball waiver wire landscape. 

Standard-League Adds:

 

Trevor Ariza WizardsTrevor Ariza, WAS (SG, SF) - He's been around the leagues, folks--in fact, the Wizards are the sixth team Ariza's played for in his 11-year career.  After posting two straight double-double games to open up the season, it's time to get this guy on board.  The 28-point performance is an aberration, but he can easily put up 15/8 numbers rest of season.  To go along with rebounds, he also offers solid steals production.

 

Alec Burks, UTA (SG) - The Jazz have remained a frontcourt-oriented team, but somebody has to benefit from Trey Burke's absence.  For however long he remains sidelined, Burks should be able to maintain high-level production.  After two games played, he's averaging a stout 19.5 p.p.g., 4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.  He's also got a 56 FG%, which ranks eighth among SGs with at least 24 m.p.g.

 

Miles Plumlee, PHO (PF) - The Suns' new starting center and former Duke Blue Devil had quite the debut: 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks.  Somebody had to benefit from the Marcin Gortat trade, and though rookie Alex Len was expected to become the main beneficiary from the trade, it turns out that he will receive limited minutes and come off the bench.  Plumlee's stock has risen accordingly.

 

Xavier Henry, LAL (SG, SF) - His 18-point outburst should open some eyes, despite it being just one performance. After four seasons of under 5 p.p.g., the Belgian just may be breaking out (finally).  Henry has low upside in the hustle stats (steals, blocks), but can be a reliable source for needy-points scored owners .  36 minutes played is an encouraging sign, especially since the Lakers have a deep rotation.

 

Deep-League Adds:

 

Vitor Faverani, BOS (C) - The once under-the-radar Brazilian prospect is putting on defensive clinics.  Yes, he's currently sporting a 12 p.p.g. average, but his primary contributions will mostly be in rebounds and blocked shots.  His teammate Brandon Bass is the perfect low-post counterpart to boost his numbers-- he's an offensive-minded player without many defensive attributes.

 

Josh McRoberts, CHA (PF, C) - The sharpshooting lefty is making his presence felt after hitting three 3-pointers in his debut: 15 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block.  This instant production comes at a surprise for two reasons-- first: the Bobcats frontcourt is crowded as can be; and second: rookie Cody Zeller was expected to handle a heavy dose of minutes.

 

P.J. Tucker, PHO (SG, SF) - At 28 years of age, Tucker appears on the verge to revive his career.  He's spent most of his tenure as a role player, but the tides are turning in his favor.  He's not much of a rebounder, but can certainly be a decent point producer, averaging in the 10-15 range.  Playing alongside Plumlee, the other hot pickup, both make for extremely intriguing options.

 

DeMarre Carroll, ATL (SF, PF) - The Hawks' forward is a feisty defensive go-getter with tremendous upside in the steals department.  He's not known for his offensive ability, but a heavy dose of P.T. should keep the p.p.g average near double digits.  His 3.P.T.M. average(1.5) and steals prowess makes for a scary combo-- Carroll is one of only five players to average 1.5 three-pointers made with at least three steals.

 

 

Players to Scout:

 

Gary Neal, MIL (SG) - The Bucks' backcourt is thinner than black ice!  With Luke Ridnour and Brandon Knight still sidelined, Neal should continue receiving starter-type minutes.  He has a winning pedigree, coming from the Spurs' organization, and he knows how to produce respectable numbers.  His FG% is hard to take, but in Head-to-Head leagues, he more than makes up for it with his points scored and assist-making production.

 

Boris Diaw, SA (PF, C) - Who expected "The Big Fundamental" (Tim Duncan) to suffer an injury this early in the season?  Duncan has been diagnosed with a chest contusion, but the severity of the injury is as yet unknown.  For needy big-men owners, Diaw makes for a nice speculative add.  He won't produce elite numbers, but he can offer 8-10 points, 4-5 rebounds, and 1- 1.5 three-pointers per game.

 

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