Fantasy Basketball: Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups
Five Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Snags
We are 11 weeks in to the Fantasy Basketball season, which is more than enough time to make plenty of judgments on who may be a breakout player or a bust.
As the season moves along, however, things change. Players go down with injuries, get benched for poor performance or just play themselves in to a lineup. A key to a successful fantasy season is to be on top of the waiver wire at all times. Scouring the wire on an almost daily basis can help you find a reserve on a hot streak, an injury replacement, or maybe even the next stud for your team. It can also help convince you to stop holding on to that big name player that simply isn’t going to get it done this year.
Jason Terry has struggled as a Boston Celtic and it doesn’t look like a turnaround is coming any time soon. Is it time to drop him? Yes, for the right player. There’s little reason to hold on to a player who has scored a total of 20 points in his last four games. Meanwhile, John Henson has three double-doubles in his past four games but is probably wasting away on waivers in your league because people either haven't heard of him yet or have not caught on to the skilled rookie who has played well since earning more minutes.
If you’re looking for either a temporary band-aid in your lineup or are trying to unload one of your disappointments, here are five guys you need to add this week.
PF John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks
We may have found our latest breakout rookie. The Bucks first-round pick taken at No. 14 overall, Henson spent much of the first third of the season riding the bench for the Bucks, but over the past four games he has seen at least 19 minutes and has a double-double in three of those games. It was head coach Scott Skiles that initially gave Henson more run, but even though he is gone and Jim Boylan is in, the rookie still played 19 minutes in Boylan’s first game Tuesday.
He has been a monster on the glass with at least nine rebounds each game and he has been efficient as a scorer, shooting close to 60-percent. Not only that, but he also has at least one assist and one block in all of these games along with four steals. If he is still available in your league, grab him and hope he continues to see the playing time necessary to keep putting up numbers like these.
C Robert Sacre, Los Angeles Lakers
Just a few days ago, Sacre was sent to the D-Fenders of the D-League. Injuries to Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill, however, have brought Sacre not only back to the NBA but catapulted him in to the starting lineup of the Lakers. The seven-foot rookie made his debut as a starter Tuesday and played 28 minutes, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three rebounds and an impressive four blocks. Howard could return as early as a week from now, so his run as a starter may be short-lived.
Hill is dealing with a hip issue and Gasol has a concussion that could be considered serious, so even when Howard returns (possibly next week), Sacre looks to have a chance at carving out a role for the struggling Lakers for the rest of the season. He can be added for the week in deeper leagues as a fill-in and is worth a look in all formats.
C Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers
With Anderson Varejao expected to be out 6-8 weeks, the upstart Zeller should continue to see consistent minutes for the Cavs. Since the injury he’s seen over 30 minutes in all but two games and has been contributing well in points and rebounds with the occasional block and assist. Zeller was big name player out of North Carolina who many questioned whether he could make it in the league. Right now, he is showing he has all the ability to be a consistent contributor and will have a chance to continue to make his mark for the foreseeable future.
PF Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings
Thompson is a guy that may not be available in your league, but he is still out there in some and if he is in yours you need to grab him immediately. Injuries have helped him see more time of late, but even when the Kings are at 100 percent, Thompson is a vital part of their team. For the season he is averaging 11.8 points per game [PPG] and 7.6 rebounds per game [RPG], both career highs. He blocks about one shot a game as well. The fourth year forward out of Rider University has come into his own and become a very good fantasy contributor with no signs of slowing down.
PF Reggie Evans, New Jersey Nets
Evans is a bit different from the others mentioned on this list because he isn’t an all-around contributor. Evans does one thing, but he does that one thing better than most in the league -- rebound. The big man’s skills were on full display Tuesday as he grabbed 23 off the glass against Philadelphia.
He grabs an average of 8.7 per game, and while he doesn’t score or do much of anything else, he is the kind of player that can help you completely lock up the rebounding category each and every week. Having a guy at the end of your roster that helps you dominate an entire category is an underrated commodity. If that’s a strategy you like, Evans is your man.
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