Fantasy Basketball 2013-14: Waiver Wire Update 11/7
Notable Roster Trends and Waiver Wire Adds in Fantasy Basketball This Week
November 7, 2013
We’ve surpassed the one-week mark in the fantasy basketball season, so it’s high time we started checking in with the trends taking shape out there on the waiver wire. We’re already seeing some injuries and performance issues that could be grounds for a roster shakeup, so let’s examine the underused players who are making waves and see if any of them are worth adding to your lineup.
Gerald Green, SG, Phoenix Suns: No one is expecting too much out of the Suns this year, but Green, for one, has been playing pretty well. He’s got three double-digit points performances in a row on his résumé, and he’s been getting some pretty significant court time (30-35 minutes during the last few games). The extra looks are coming courtesy of Gorn Dragic’s ankle injury, however, so don’t expect that to continue. Still, if you’re hurting for a lower-end guard who can still hit double-digit scoring in a limited role, Green is your man.
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DeJuan Blair, PF, Dallas Mavericks: Blair has been something of a surprise thus far, thanks to his consistent play off the bench. He’s already got a double-double to his credit (last Friday against the Rockets), and 32 rebounds through five games. Blair won’t be lighting things up every night, but he should provide somewhat reliable points and rebounds totals given his overall minutes. The Mavs are in Minnesota tomorrow and Milwaukee Saturday.
Metta World Peace, SF, New York Knicks: So, you’re without Tyson Chandler for another month or two and you’re looking for a replacement in your lineup? Well, there’s really no straight-up switch option out there, but World Peace will likely earn some extra playing time in the aftermath of Chandler’s injury. Metta went 7-of-13 off the bench with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals in the Knicks’ last game, once again outplaying fellow big man Andrea Bargnani (who will also see some extra floor time). We like World Peace as a plug-in here and there, as long as his body holds up to the extra work.
Patrick Beverley, PG, Houston Rockets: Beverley surprised everyone by playing in Portland on Tuesday, and he made some fantasy waves with his performance. He was 5-of-9 shooting with 12 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes, which bodes well for his season moving forward. If you pick up Beverley, you might have to keep an eye on his health for a while, but he should work out just fine as a lower-end guard option.
Ben McLemore, SG, Sacramento Kings: We’re not sure how the Kings are planning on using McLemore going forward, but he’s probably worth a look in deeper leagues. He’s posted double-digits in his last two games, with 19 against Golden State and 15 against Atlanta. He also has 10 rebounds and three steals in that span. As long as McLemore keeps getting 20-30-odd minutes off the bench, and as long as he’s connecting on those three-pointers (which is his strength), he should provide a nice return on the fantasy investment. As a rookie, he’ll have a short and unpredictable leash, though.
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