This week, I’m going to switch it up a little bit for you as I play fantasy basketball chemist and tweak this a bit. I’m still going to do waiver wire prospects, but also add in some flexible sections throughout the season, such as the fantasy impact when a player gets injured or everything that happens during the trade deadline, like when Dwight Howard is traded to the Nets.
OK, that’s my fantasy, but let’s see if I can help you out with yours. Read on!
Waiver Wire Considerations
Matt Barnes, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (24 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues)
It’s a Kobe world right now in Los Angeles after Mr. Bryant threw down 48 and 40 points in the last two games. Who said that Kobe’s body is breaking down? It’s more like Bryant is breaking down anybody that tries to man him up. However, lost in the lights of Kobe world is Barnes, who in the past five games has averaged 10.4 points on 62.5 percent shooting from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.6 three-pointers and blocks, as well as 0.8 steals in about 28 minutes of work. Barnes is softening the blow of losing Lamar Odom and one less Kardashian in the Staples Center.
Goran Dragic, PG, Houston Rockets (6 percent)
In the past week, Dragic had a couple of starts due to a minor Kyle Lowry injury and came strong with a 20 points and eight assists performance following a double-double show of 10 points and 11 assists. Of course, Lowry came back and Dragic’s numbers dipped to averaging six points and two assists in the next two contests, but don’t sleep on Dragic. He has the ability to earn some burn and could possibly produce a bit more if/when Kevin Martin is traded. Dragic is an obvious deep-league consideration.
Kyle Korver, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls (19 percent)
Korver has been going bananas from behind the three-point arc lately, hitting 10 triples out of 18 attempts in the past week (four games). In that span, he’s averaging 13.2 points while shooting 53.8 percent from the deck and 81.8 percent from the stripe, 3.0 boards, 2.6 dimes, a ridiculous trio of triples and 1.4 steals in about 30 minutes of work. Sure, all of this is happening while Richard Hamilton is out, but it’s pretty obvious that Korver is earning some minutes even when Rip returns.
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