This week, I’m going to throw out a dozen names to help you win your fantasy basketball championship. Also, if your league allows streaming — the practice of picking up multiple players off the waiver wire willy-nilly to accumulate stats — then this week’s TFJO should help you out. Good luck!
Waiver Wire Considerations
Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver Nuggets (43% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
In the past week (four games), Faried produced a double-double in three of four games and did nicely on the defensive stats. He averaged 15.0 points, 59.5 FG%, 80.0 FT% (5.0 FTA), 11.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in only 27 minutes of play. In those three games, the Nuggets won. In fact, when Faried achieves a double-double and starts (eight games), the Nuggets are 8-0. In the one game that Faried double-doubled, but didn’t start, the Nuggets lost 103-102 to the Memphis Grizzlies. It’s run for the playoffs time and the Nuggets would do well to give Faried the minutes, which would benefit his owners as well.
Matt Barnes, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (16%)
Since Kobe Bryant has been out, Andrew Bynum hasn’t been the only Laker stepping up his game. In the past week (four games), Barnes averaged 14.3 points, 67.7 FG%, 71.4 FT% (1.8 FTA), 8.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 27.5 minutes of play. Who knows when Kobe comes back and if the Lakers keep playing well without him (4-1, including four in a row), the team may choose to rest Bean for the playoffs to the benefit of players such as Barnes and….
Metta World Peace, SG/SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers (27%)
In the past week (four games), Peace averaged 16.5 points, 46.3 FG%, 63.6 FT% (2.2 FTA), 5.5 boards, 2.7 dimes and 2.0 steals. And he’s doing it all for the Twitter homies! Good looking out, Baller Formerly Known as Ron Artest.
James Singleton, SF/PF, Washington Wizards (3%)
This next pair of teammates are coming from the total opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to the team they play for, relative to the previous duo. The Wizards are going nowhere and with a plethora of players out — Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis, Nene and Trevor Books — Singleton, who was signed to a 10-day contract earlier this month, is getting some burn and doing things. Last week Singleton averaged 11.8 points, 58.1 FG%, 90.9 FT% (2.7 FTA), 8.8 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.3 blocks. And now the man who has some serious upside…
Kevin Seraphin, PF/C, Washington Wizards (41%)
Seraphin is a talented big with some potential if given the playing time. In the 15 games he’s started this season (mostly this past month — nine games), Seraphin averaged 13.7 points, 53.1 FG%, 74.1 FT% (1.8 FTA), 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in about 32 minutes of play. Seraphin is definitely sleeper material for next season and at only 22 years old is a nice keeper to consider as well.
Greivis Vasquez, PG/SG, Memphis Grizzlies (42%)
Vasquez has a lot of ability, but doesn’t always get a lot of time on the court. Lately, however, he finds himself back in the starting lineup and is producing significantly, putting up double-digit points in six of his last seven games, double-digit assists in three of those games, at least one steal in the last six games and five treys in one game. In the past week (four games), Vasquez averaged 13.0 points, 42.5 FG%, 90.0 FT% (2.5 FTA), 2.2 triples, 7.7 dimes and 1.8 steals in 35.0 minutes of playing time. I’m honestly surprised he isn’t owned in more leagues.
Sebastian Telfair, PG, Phoenix Suns (2%)
With Steve Nash suffering a hip injury, this is a speculative grab, as the injury could open up some burn for the former prep phenom. After subbing in for Nash in their last game (San Antonio Spurs on 4/14), Telfair exploded for 21 points on 9-for-21 shooting with four assists and only two turnovers in 31 minutes. However, even before that Spurs game, Telfair scored in double-digits in three of the four previous Suns games, also averaging 5.0 assists and one total turnover in those games. The Suns are one game out of the playoffs as of now and would ideally want Nash in, but who knows? Telfair is at least a consideration in deep leagues and as a stream option.
Nate Robinson, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors (27%)
Robinson has been having a very good month of April (nine games), averaging 14.4 points, 48.1 FG%, 72.7 FT% (1.2 FTA), 2.2 three-pointers, 6.0 assists and 0.9 steals in 24.5 minutes per contest. One thing to keep in mind is that rookie Charles Jenkins is starting, and with the Warriors playing for nothing, should get the most minutes at the point guard position the rest of the way. But, you can’t discount the “hot” factor with Robinson, as in the 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field, four trey and eight assists performance in the Warriors’ last game.
Greg Stiemsma, C, Boston Celtics (12%)
I was recently watching the Nets-Celtics game and this guy was all over the place, hustling non-stop. In the past week (five games), Stiemsma averaged 6.6 points, 75.0 FG%, 60.0 FT% (1.0 FTA), 6.0 boards, 1.8 steals and 2.4 rejections in only half a game’s worth of play. If you need some solid defensive stats, pick up Stiemsma because he’s probably available in your league.
Spencer Hawes, C, Philadelphia 76ers (43%)
Hawes is another big man that has been doing some things on the hardwood, and in even less playing time than Stiemsma. In a little over 22 minutes of playing time, Hawes averaged 12.0 points, 48.1 FG%, 75.0 FT% (4.0 FTA), 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.0 blocks. If he ever gets back to starting again and playing more minutes, look out for Hawes. He’s a definite grab in all leagues.
Jordan Williams, PF/C, New Jersey Nets (1%)
Williams is getting a lot of playing time lately, thanks to numerous injuries to the Nets, particularly Gerald Wallace who was playing the four spot at times. In the past week, Williams averaged 10.3 points, 52.2 FG%, 77.8 FT% (3.0 FTA), 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks. The early second-rounder started off very slow this season, but has been playing well since getting into shape. The Nets’ woes continue, but Williams’ production should rise above the misery.
George Hill, PG/SG, Indiana Pacers (33%)
In the past week (four games), Hill was inserted into the starting lineup thanks to a Darren Collison injury. In these games, Hill produced 15.8 points, 44.4 FG%, 84.2 FT% (4.7 FTA), 1.8 three-pointers, 4.7 assists and 3.7 boards. Collison is expected back sometime this week, so keep an eye on that because Hill’s value will surely drop when that happens. Get while the getting is good.
Number of Team Games in Week 17
Five Games: GSW, HOU, MIA, SAS
Four Games: ATL, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHO
Three Games: BOS, MIL, NJN, POR, SAC, TOR, UTA, WAS