Fantasy Basketball 2013: Waiver Wire Options; Edition Seven

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That’s right. Another fantasy hoops column during the hectic fantasy football playoffs.

I’m growing quite fond of this game. Just like Will Ferrell grew quite fond of the Outback Steakhouse in Step Brothers. I write close to 10 fantasy basketball articles a week, and honestly, that number will increase sooner rather than later. But for now, it’s Week 8 of the season, and injuries are everywhere, forcing owners to hit the waiver wire to search for viable fill-ins.

Let’s do it.

Note: Ownership percentages are based off ESPN leagues.

Greivis Vasquez, Toronto Raptors (55.8%): Upon writing this, Kyle Lowry could be in the process of being dealt to another club, which automatically makes Greivis a strong speculation add. Of course, his limits will be limited as long as Lowry is in the picture, especially since he is on an absolute tear. However, if you are hurting at the point guard position, why not take a look at Vasquez, who is coming off a breakout year and is capable of serving as a viable low-end fantasy guard? I think he needs to be owned in more than 55 percent of leagues, considering if Lowry does get dealt, Vasquez will become the number one add on the waiver wire. Beat your opposition to the punch.

Jodie Meeks, Los Angeles Lakers (14.5%): Meeks certainly warrants fantasy attention, especially in deeper formats. The Lakers have zero options at point guard, which has force Kobe Bryant to play the one, while Meeks stays at the shooting guard position. His minutes and scoring output have been fairly consistent all season long, and he’s been productive lately. Over his last five games, Meeks is averaging a healthy 32 minutes per game, posting 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and two triples per game. With Kobe drawing attention, Meeks should continue to get decent looks from beyond the arc. Give him a look in deeper leagues, especially if you need help in three-point shooting.

Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors (5.4%): Stop reading, click over to your league page and add Ross. Like, five minutes ago. I was shocked to see that just 5.4 percent of leagues have Ross owned. He has clearly been the biggest beneficiary of the Rudy Gay departure. During the four games in which he’s taken over the starting small forward job, Ross is averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 three-pointers per contest. 34-year old John Salmons isn’t a threat to take Ross’ starting job anytime soon, and because he is slowly adding some assists to his game, that could very well keep him on Dwane Casey’s good side. Go get him, y’all.

Jon Leuer, Memphis Grizzlies (12.9%): My buddy Vince and I joke about Leuer. He’s a Wisconsin fan, and considering Leuer is a former Badger, Vince loves him. I never thought I’d be writing about his fantasy relevancy, but it’s happening. This one’s for you, Vince. In all seriousness, Leuer has been impressive lately, scoring double-digits in each of his last five games. In fact, during that span, he’s averaging a strong 16.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, one steal and one triple per game. That’s very, very good production from a guy who went undrafted in virtually every league this year. He’s obviously benefited from the injury to Marc Gasol, and while he will return eventually, fantasy owners should continue to ride the hot hand. Ed Davis, who was originally supposed to step in for Gasol, is also dealing with injury, so with Leuer logging 30 minutes per game over his last five, it appears the job is his.

Brandan Wright, Dallas Mavericks (2%): If you need a big man, run, don’t walk to the waiver wire to add Wright. He’s going to become the most added player in all fantasy leagues very soon. After missing the start of the season with a shoulder injury, Wright made his season debut on Saturday, and surely didn’t disappoint. The talented center made 9-of-10 shots for 19 points, while adding six rebounds and an assist in 19 minutes. He obviously won’t shoot that well every night, but it was encouraging to see him pick up right where he left off last season. Of course, it helped that Dirk Nowitzki was sidelined with an illness, but it was nice to see that Samuel Dalembert didn’t even suit up for this game. Heck, even second-year player Bernard James logged 10 minutes. This shows that Dallas is very high on the 26-year old Wright, and if he can stay healthy, he can be a terrific source of rebounds, blocks and field-goal percentage.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

 


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