Fantasy Basketball 2014: Waiver Wire Options; Edition 11
I hate that I love C.J. Miles.
Does that make any sense?
I’m a Cavs fan, folks. So, naturally, I will always cheer for Miles, just as long as he is in the wine and gold. However, from a fantasy perspective, he is annoying the heck out of me. Miles, a streaky shooter, is on a scoring tear as of late, averaging 21 points over his last five games. He’s also notching 1.8 steals and 4.4 boards per game during that span. Of course, I continue to expect him to hit a cold stretch, seeing as he’s such a streaky shooter.
We start our waiver wire targets with Miles, who is playing too well right now to not warrant fantasy attention. The acquisition of Luol Deng obviously hurts his value a bit, but he will still continue to start at the two alongside him. Of course, Deng will be a huge part of the Cavs offense, and seeing as he led the NBA in minutes in each of the last two seasons, it’ll be Miles who subs in and out with the vast amount of swingmen the Cavaliers own. He’s killing it from beyond the arc, averaging a whopping 3.6 triples per contest over his last five games, and needs to be owned based on his strong play. Just don’t be surprised if– no, when he cools off.
Note: Ownership percentages are based off ESPN leagues
Brian Roberts, New Orleans Pelicans (4.8%): Injuries have allowed many players to play a larger role in New Orleans, especially Roberts. With Jrue Holiday battling through a tibia stress fracture, Roberts will man the point guard duties, but despite seeing an uptick in minutes, he really hasn’t produced much. In two games since starting, Roberts is averaging just eight points, 4.5 assists and five rebounds. His shot isn’t there, but he still needs to be owned based off opportunity. This is a guy who played very well when starting last season, posting a few 30-point fantasy outings. He will be a strong source of assists and when feeling it, can contribute from beyond the arc. Tyreke Evans is also dealing with an ankle injury, so Roberts’ minutes should be very strong.
Shaun Livingston, Brooklyn Nets (3.3%): With Deron Williams sidelined, Livingston has played monster minutes as of late. Over his last five games, he’s averaging a very strong 37.2 minutes and will remain in the starting lineup. He’s contributed in every category but the threes, averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, three assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.8 steals. That’s very appealing to me, especially when you consider all of the point guard injuries out there. Unfortunately, the Nets only play once this week, but Livingston is still well worth the add.
Randy Foye, Denver Nuggets (34.6%): I think Foye is a borderline must-add for the time being. Andre Miller continues to cause headaches in Denver, and has been removed from the starting lineup (keep tabs on a trade, too). Foye has now stepped into the starting shooting guard spot, and has played well over his last five, averaging 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and a whopping four triples per contest. He’s scored double-digit points in each game during that span, and is averaging 34 minutes per game. His point guard, Ty Lawson is playing out of his mind right now, averaging 11.8 assists per game over his last five. He’s also inside the top-25 in passes per game, so Foye should see plenty of touches, especially when you consider Denver’s pace (98.7) is the 6th-highest in the NBA. Don’t expect him to shoot .554% from the field the rest of the way, but he’s definitely worth a look.
Al-Farouq Aminu, New Orleans Pelicans (1.8%): Aminu should continue to log around 30-plus minutes per game with Ryan Anderson (back) out indefinitely. He’s a guy who can legitimately average a double-double with all of the injuries to the Pelicans roster right now, but also contributes in the defensive departments, averaging 1.6 blocks and one steal per game over his last five. He’s worth a look based off uptick in volume.
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