Waiver Wire: One last chance to shop!
Who can you pick up off waivers for the final scoring period of the season? Our Sergio Gonzalez talks free agents one last time in his Playing the Waiver Wire.
Each week Fantasy Basketball Writer Sergio Gonzalez gives Fantasy owners his top choices by position for players to pick up for the upcoming scoring period based upon matchups and other factors.
Top Waiver Wire options for Fantasy Week 24 (April 5-13)
Jared Dudley, F, Suns (Availability: 63 percent): Eligible at forward and guard in leagues that allow multiple eligibility, Dudley can fill in nicely for Fantasy owners looking for an injury replacement or just a general flex option. Dudley has taken over a starting job in the Suns rotation -- replacing ineffective veteran Vince Carter -- and has scored 20 points in each of his first two starts since being re-inserted into the lineup. He is offering about five boards per game to go with the solid scoring, which should be there for him down the stretch. Category-league owners: He's also a great source for steals and 3-pointers.
Jordan Crawford, G, Wizards (Availability: 43 percent): Even with Nick Young getting back into the mix, we expect Crawford's shot volume to remain the 13-15 attempt per game range. The Wizards do not have a lot of available healthy scoring options right now and while there is reason to anticipate he'll drop off from his recent productivity (19-4-4 over his last 10 games), there is still reason to believe he will have plenty left to give Fantasy owners. Expect a dip, but not a major one.
Ed Davis, F, Raptors (Availability: 70 percent): Injuries to Andrea Bargnani and Reggie Evans have freed up a lot of playing time for Davis, who has responded well to the added run. He managed 18-and-11 on Friday against the Warriors and 21-and-11 this Saturday against the Clippers. The opponents should be taken into account, as should the absence of Bargs and Evans. However, the Raptors have been indicating that they want to give this young forward some more work down the stretch even with the team at full strength. Add him, stash him and monitor his progress over the remainder of this week to see where he fits in once the team gets back the two ailing big men. There is potential here for him to be a difference maker in the final scoring period with the Raptors having a full slate of games and nothing really to play for.
Richard Hamilton, G, Pistons (Availability: 52 percent): In Rip we trust again. We know how crazy Detroit's rotation has been this season, but Hamilton's increased role has been steady enough over the past month to declare him a safe play across the board. He has averaged 30.2 minutes per game in March, leading to a 16.5 scoring average. Count on him for a few dimes per game and solid shooting percentages. The Pistons have a full slate of games in the final scoring period.
Al Harrington, F, Nuggets (Availability: 49 percent): Don't look now, but Harrington is back in the Denver rotation and is making some noise. Part of that has had to do with an injury to Arron Afflalo creating a void in the team's now balanced player rotation, so when Afflalo comes back later this week the house of cards could come crumbling down. That may be so, but the 20-3-4-0-1 stat line he has averaged over his last three games with just under 25 minutes of playing time per contest make him worth taking a flier on in the hopes that it sticks.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, F, Bucks (Availability: 85 percent): The man with the longest name in the game is playing big minutes, averaging 33.2 minutes in March. The increase in playing time is allowing him to consistently provide double-digit scoring, though he will not often stray far from about 10 points. He can also chip in about 6-8 rebounds and can help fill out a lineup for owners looking for last-resort play. He is available in a great majority of CBSSports.com leagues and is a player who, at the very least, is consistent.
Jodie Meeks, G, 76ers (Availability: 65 percent): Meeks is a regular in the starting lineup and has carved out about 35 minutes per game for himself. He'll usually see about 10 shots per game and has been able to provide consistent mid-teens scoring. Fantasy owners in category leagues should look to him especially if there is a need for 3-point help. He has averaged 3.2 3-pointers made over his last five games, shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Sixers will play five games over the final nine days of the regular season.
George Hill, G, Spurs (Availability: 47 percent): A waiver-wire All-Star, Hill has been a go-to guy for much of the season as a reliable low-end contributor. However, he has proven over the last week that he could actually be a Fantasy hero of sorts for the final stretch of the season. With the Spurs dealing with injuries to their prominent trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, Hill has been asked to play a significant role. The result was 30 points on Sunday in Memphis and 27 points (with six dimes, two rebounds and a steal) on Monday against Portland. The big three will be very much restricted over the final nine days of the regular season with the playoffs in sight and Hill should continue to see a significant increase in minutes and touches.
Anthony Morrow, G, Nets (Availability: 50 percent): The Nets have perhaps the most favorable Fantasy matchups remaining of any NBA team, facing four teams that allow over 100-plus points per game among their final nine days. Expect Jordan Farmar to do a lot of damage with his now steady dose of about 35 minutes and 15 shots per game against that type of opposition. Count on him for scoring in the mid-to-high teens with good production from beyond the arc. He won't be much help anywhere else, though.
Jordan Farmar, G, Nets (Availability: 42 percent): Add and stash Farmar where possible. His status is totally related to what happens with Deron Williams (wrist) in the coming days, but the slightest setback could put Farmar in a great situation for the final scoring period of the season. As mentioned, the Nets will be in for some high-volume matchups and Farmar is averaging a solid 14-9-3-0-1 stat line in 13 starts this season.
Earl Watson, G, Jazz (Availability: 94 percent): The Jazz are dealing with injuries to Devin Harris (hamstring), Raja Bell (foot) and A.J. Price (calf) in the backcourt, creating a situation for Watson to play big miuntes. He approached a triple-double on Monday against Washington (13-9-7) and could be a steady source for double-digit scoring and plus assist totals in the final scoring period of the season. Add him and monitor Harris' injury situation.
Mike Bibby, G, Heat (Availability: 62 percent): The matchups for Miami over the final days of the regular season are not particularly attractive. Milwaukee, Charlotte, Boston and Atlanta are on the slate and all allow fewer than 100 points per game. But Bibby should continue to see plenty of open looks from beyond the arc while playing off the big three, which could lead to more games like Tuesday's 23-point effort. He was 7 of 11 from the field with all 11 shots coming from 3-point range. Expect erratic totals, but owners looking for help in 3-point shooting should look his way.
Need a center?
We know there isn't much out there at the center position, but here are your best bets.
Ekpe Udoh, Warriors (Availability: 83 percent): Udoh is now regularly seeing about 35 minutes per game. The results are not jaw-dropping, but he can give owners around 10 points and 6-7 rebounds on a consistent basis. He is also a terrific source for blocks in category leagues, averaging 2.8 per game over his last five contests.
Anthony Randolph, Timberwolves (Availability: 40 percent): You will have to check your league's eligibility rules here, but Randolph is playing big minutes with Kevin Love sidelined by a groin injury. Love plans to give it a try on Wednesday night, but remains on serious shut-down alert until he can prove healthy. The slightest setback for Love could make Randolph a big factor in the final scoring period of the season.
Glen Davis, Celtics (Availability: 40 percent): In leagues where he is eligible at center, Davis could be plugged in as a No. 2 option as he continues to play 30-plus minutes per game. Do not expect games like Monday's 20-and-5 effort against the Pacers consistently, but he can scrape together a decent final stretch with the consistent run and a full six-game slate over the final nine days. He is also a good source for about a steal per game.
Shelden Williams, Knicks (Availability: 97 percent): This one is for owners in deep, deep leagues. The Knicks are dealing with injuries to Ronny Turiaf (ankle), Shawne Williams (back) and are also looking to rest Amar'e Stoudemire for the playoffs. Turiaf is looking at an increase in playing time and possibly a starting role down the stretch. In New York's high-octane system, that alone could make him a factor in deeper leagues. If you are scraping the bottom of the barrel, Williams may be your best viable play.
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