Fantasy Basketball 2014-15: Waiver Wire Update 12/30
The Trending Waiver Wire Pickups in Fantasy Basketball
December 30, 2014
Now that the NBA season is hitting its groove, fantasy owners are more easily able to find holes in their lineups. If you’re finding yourself with some deficiencies on that roster, we’re here to help. Let’s check out some of the latest waiver wire trends out there and see if anyone might make a good fit for your team.
Cole Aldrich, C, New York Knicks: Aldrich is just about the only Knick player who’s embracing the much-discussed triangle offense, and it’s showing up in his stats. He’s got four straight games of double-digit scoring, including a 12-point, 19-rebound effort in his last appearance.
Aldrich’s minutes totals will hover in the mid-20s, which isn’t bad for a waiver center. He’s a lower-end fantasy gem on a dysfunctional team.
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Alex Len, C, Phoenix Suns: If you haven’t picked up Len yet and he’s still available in your league, quit reading this and go get him. He’s been great since taking over the starting center duties, scoring in double figures in two of his last three and posting at least eight rebounds in four of his last five.
With the Suns on a nice win streak, they’re not going to shake things up, so you can expect to see Len under the basket for quite some time. Snatch him up.
Tony Wroten, PG, Philadelphia 76ers: Wroten has been great over the past two games, putting up at least 20 points in both with a combined 10 rebounds and four steals.
Wroten hasn’t been totally healthy all year, so there’s been some trepidation among fantasy owners in picking him up. That said, he’s a nice lower-end piece to have if you’re in the market as a deeper-league owner.
Tristan Thompson, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers: It’s a big drop-off from Anderson Varejao to Thompson, but fantasy owners should still take a nice long look here. Thompson put up 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Cavs’ latest blowout loss, his first double-double since December 11.
Thompson is worth picking up if you’re lacking in points and rebounds in the C or PF slot. He won’t give you too much else, though.
Cory Joseph, PG, San Antonio Spurs: If you’re going to try and pump some short-term value out of Joseph, you’d better get in there while the getting is good. He put up his third straight double-digit scoring performance against the Rockets, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Joseph is getting lots of minutes recently, but that’s going to be changing very soon with Patty Mills and Tony Parker healing up nicely. Still, you can utilize him for the near future without much trouble.
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