Fantasy Basketball 2014: Waiver Wire Options; Edition 13
Anytime a guy goes for 51 points, it’s hard to not target him on the waiver wire.
Vince Carter hasn’t played in Toronto in years, but it sure seemed like it on Saturday night. Terrence Ross, a sophomore out of Washington, absolutely exploded against the Clippers, going off for 51 (no, this isn’t a joke) points. He was hot from the jump, shooting .552% from the field and sinking a ridiculous 10-of-17 from beyond the arc. And sure, this monster performance alone warrants an add in fantasy league, but more importantly, injury helps his value.
Perhaps one of the burgeoning scorers in the league, DeMar DeRozan suffered an ankle injury and will not travel with the team on Monday. That means he’s already been ruled out for the contest against the Nets, so Ross should see some added run. There has been no timetable announced for DeRozan’s return, so you’d have to figure that Ross should be considered a must-add for those in need of some scoring potential or threes.
Now, to the rest of the players.
Note: Ownership percentages are based off ESPN leagues.
James Johnson, Memphis Grizzlies (15.1): It has to happen soon, right? I mean, the Grizzlies should 150 percent start the upstart Johnson over the veteran Tayshaun Prince. He offers far more upside than Prince, but alas, Johnson is still coming off the bench, averaging just 23 minutes per game. However, despite the lack of playing time, Johnson is still producing enough to warrant a roster spot on your fantasy roster. Over his last five games, he’s averaging a strong 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.6 steals. Extrapolate those numbers into a situation where he plays starter’s minutes and you’ve got yourself a monster fantasy asset. I think the time will come where either Prince gets hurt or Memphis inserts Johnson into the starting role, and I’d want him when the time comes, for sure.
Derrick Williams, Sacramento Kings (27.7): He may come with some inconsistency, but the former number two overall draft pick has boatloads of upside, especially with DeMarcus Cousins’ return time unknown. In three starts, Williams is averaging a solid 13.6 points, 10 rebounds and a steal per game. A guy who can legitimately grab 10 rebounds per game when given enough minutes, Williams should continue to benefit from playing with one of the better point guards in basketball in Isaiah Thomas, but he can also step back and hit the three ball if given the opportunity. Even with Rudy Gay inching closer to a return, Williams should still see plenty of run for the Kings.
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns (48%): He’s streaky, folks, but the time to grab him is when he is on a tear. That time is now, as Morris is killing it as of late, posting double-digit points in each of his last six games. And over his last five, he’s averaging an impressive 19.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 triples per game. Towards the beginning of the year, he went off for a few 20-point performances in a row and then tailed off quite a bit, so don’t be surprised if he falters later on. However, his recent play warrants fantasy attention, especially when you consider he gets the 76ers terrible defense on Monday to kick off one of just 11 four-game slates for Week 14.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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