Fantasy Basketball 2013: Waiver Wire Options; Edition Five
Don’t look now, but there are less than 20 weeks left of the fantasy hoops season.
All kidding aside, those who are struggling this season clearly still have plenty of time to turn things around. The best way to do that? Hit your league’s waiver wire and continually add depth to your roster. This week, I’ve got some strong candidates to add, including an absolute must-add forward that is oddly available in over 40 percent of leagues.
Note: Ownership percentages are based off ESPN leagues.
Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics (58%): Run, don’t walk to grab Sullinger. Now. The second-year power forward from Ohio State is really heating up lately. Over his last three games, Sullinger is logging 31 minutes per game, scoring 18.6 points, 10 rebounds and two assists per contest. Rumblings out of Boston indicate that he has received the green light to take a handful of three-pointers, and it’s paid dividends, as Sullinger is 7-of-13 from beyond the arc during that same span. He’s the Celtics best offensive weapon right now, and he should continue to see plenty of offensive touches, especially with rookie center Kelly Olynyk banged up. He is dominating as a starter, and is really cementing his role in the starting lineup. Stop reading and go grab him.
Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns (61%): Since cracking the starting lineup for the Suns, Frye has been on an absolute tear. Over his last five, the massive three-point shooter is averaging an impressive 17 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and three long balls per game. He’s reached double-digits in scoring in six consecutive contests, and with Eric Bledsoe (shin) still ailing, Frye should see a handful of offensive touches per game. Frye is an absolute must-own player in all formats, especially if you are hurting from beyond the arc.
Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls (7.6%): Welcome to the fantasy radar, Mr. Gibson. With the Bulls ailing left and right, as well as some struggling players, Gibson is taking advantage of his minutes. Even though he is logging less than 25 minutes per game, Gibson has been extremely effective as of late. On Wednesday, Gibson scored a career-high 23 points, while hauling in eight boards. Over his last two games, Gibson is shooting 18-of-23, totaling 41 points and 12 rebounds. He still has to play behind the likes of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, but I think his strong play will result in an uptick in minutes. There’s opportunity for Gibson at small forward perhaps, as well. Luol Deng has been a subject of trade talk, and Mike Dunleavy is pretty bad. Give him a look before anyone else jumps on him.
Derrick Williams, Sacramento Kings (22%): No longer behind the shadow of Kevin Love, Williams is in Sacramento, and for now, is in the starting lineup, which bolsters his fantasy value. A former number two overall pick, Williams has always had talent, but has failed to put it all together. This may be the opportunity for him to do just that with the Kings. On Friday, he had an encouraging outing as the starter, logging 32 minutes, scoring 12 points, adding six rebounds and four assists. Give him a look, and if he plays like he is capable of, Williams could go off, making for one of the best values of the season.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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