After a week off for the All-Star break, we’re back and we have some solid pickups to consider off the wire. And, yes, Jeremy Lin is mentioned in this article too. You just can’t escape the guy.
Waiver Wire Considerations
Jordan Crawford, PG/SG, Washington Wizards (57% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
Crawford’s two recent starts over Nick Young is a sign of things to come. Crawford’s owners are about to get a nice boost for their fantasy squads. However, even when you factor in the three previous games when he was just a sub, Crawford has gone off in the past two weeks (five games), averaging 24.0 points, 56.2 FG%, 83.3 FT%, 2.2 3PTM, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. It may be a wise move to take a shot now on Crawford for the rest of the season because he’s put together consistent production previously last year in the months of March (15 G; 18.2 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals) and April (8 G; 17.0 points, 5.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals). Get him!
Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver Nuggets (26%)
Faried was a hot deep sleeper draft pick before the season because of his ability to board and hustle, which theoretically translates well from college to the pros. Unfortunately, Faried didn’t get much opportunity to start the season, playing in only three games before February. Then Nene suffered a calf injury on February 11, which opened up some PT for Faried. In the past two weeks (six games), the rookie averaged 11.0 points, 65.1 FG% (7.2 FGA per game), 9.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks in only 26 minutes of burn per contest. Can we all say it together? Free Kenneth Faried! When Nene comes back, let him slide to the five and keep Faried at the four. Timofey Mozgov who? FREE FARIED!
Steve Novak, SF/PF, New York Knicks (23%)
Jeremy Lin isn’t the only Knicks player benefiting from Linsanity as Novak has become a legitimate threat on the court. Yes, I know that sounds really weird, but it’s true. In the month of February (13 games), Novak went absolutely bananas from deep, averaging 3.2 treys per game while shooting 47.7 percent from behind the arc. During this period, Novak put up double-digits in points (11.7) in only 20.5 minutes of play, solidifying his role off the bench and helping the Knicks’ inside and transition games. You can’t leave Novak alone unless you want to see him do a bad Aaron Rodgers WWE belt impersonation. In deep leagues, he’s an instant add. In standard leagues, if you need threes, he’s the obvious addition to your fantasy squad.
Matt Bonner, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs (14%)
Friend of TBJ, Bonner has done well in the past two weeks and is just below Novak in terms of production off the bench. In the past five games, Bonner has scorched the nets from beyond, hitting 2.8 triples per contest and averaging 10.0 points. Like Novak, Bonner is a specialist in terms of fantasy hoops and has been making the most of his time on the hardwood (about 22 minutes during the aforementioned time period). He’s actually increased his production from month-to-month since the beginning of the season up to February in three-pointers made (1.3 to 1.8 to 2.1), three-point field goal percentage (38.5 to 42.3 to 51.9) and points (3.8 to 7.5 to 8.5). Consideration for your league is the same as Novak’s.
Nikola Vucevic, PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers (3%)
In the past two weeks (six games), Vucevic is contributing relatively well across the board, posting 7.7 points, 47.8 FG%, 100.0 FT% (0.3 FTA per game), 4.8 rebounds, 0.7 and 1.0 blocks in only 19 minutes on the court. Spencer Hawes will be out for about the next two weeks, so Vucevic is one of those temporary adds made during the season, but someone that could be cut at any point another player shines more. In deep leagues, pick up Hawes if you need production from the center position for the next two weeks.
Joel Przybilla, C, Portland Trail Blazers (1%)
The Vanilla Gorilla is back in the NBA! After being out of the NBA for about a year, in about 18 minutes of play across two games, Przybilla is averaging 3.5 points on 2-for-3 shooting from the floor and 3-for-6 from the charity stripe. However, that’s not what he known for. Przybilla, a boarding and blocking contributor, didn’t disappoint as he grabbed six boards and blocked two shots in limited time. It’ll be some time before he gets into the groove, but with less wear and tear than other players at this point, Przybilla could be primed for a nice second half of cleaning the glass and rejecting shots. Deep leagues should consider him.
TFJO Called It!
Out of curiosity, I wanted to take a look back at the top five recommendations from previous columns and see where we hit the proverbial nail on the head with waiver wire suggestions. Since we like to keep things positive around here, I won’t mention any heinous suggestions made that turned out to be wrong. I can’t help but want to look good.
- Marshon Brooks (42% owned at the time, now 61% and ranked 137). Brooks has proven to be the steal of the draft and is currently averaging 13.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 3PTM and 1.1 steals. SWAG!
- Nikola Pekovic (2% owned at the time, now 70% and ranked 113). Once Pekovic had his chance to start, he made the most of it and has gone bonkers — 14.6 points, 55.2 FG%, 79.7 FT%, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 18 games as a starter.
- Isaiah Thomas (1% owned at the time, now 57% and ranked 132). Thomas was recently named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February when he averaged 12.2 points, 46.4 FG%, 82.8 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 3.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
- Greivis Vasquez (23% owned at the time, now 22% and ranked 123). Vasquez had to love the month of February when he averaged 11.9 points, 44.4 FG%, 85.7 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 6.8 assists and 1.2 steals. He did well until Jarret Jack got his starting gig back, but for a time Vasquez was a great add. He still could be down the line, so watch him.
- Ersan Ilyasova (34% owned at the time, now 73% and ranked 78). Another beneficiary of a Bogut’s injury, Ilyasova had a hell of a Febraury, averaging 14.9 points, 45.1 FG%, 82.4 FT%, 0.7 3PTM, 10.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.
Number of Team Games in Week 11
Five Games: DAL
Four Games: ATL, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIL, MIN, NJN, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA
Three Games: DET, MEM, MIA, PHO, WAS
Two Games: SAS
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