The NBA season already is a week old, and the waiver wire is full of players who will make an impact this year. The waiver wire is ripe with talent this time of year in fantasy basketball, as players who will prove to be very valuable for the entire season are starting to emerge.
You do want to be patient with players you drafted that have not lived up to expectations thus far. Jumping ship too early on high-round draft picks can turn out to be one of the worst moves you can make this early in the season. Give the player some time to get into a groove, bad or good, and then look to trading or the waiver wire.
So, who are some of the players who are making a mark in the early part of the NBA season?
Rudy Fernandez, point guard, Portland Trailblazers - Fernandez should be owned in more than 22.3 percent of leagues by now. His coach, Nate McMillan, wants to get him 30 minutes a game. He's shooting 40 percent from behind the arc and already has drained six 3 pointers in 3 games. Look for Fernandez to continue to produce solid numbers, especially if he can get 30 minutes a game.
Spencer Hawes, center, Sacramento Kings - Yes, Brad Miller will be back from his 5 game suspension soon, but it's going to be hard to keep Hawes off the court this season at the rate his game is progressing. In the Kings first game of the season last week, Hawes put up 12 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. If the Kings turn to the youth movement later in the season, look for Hawes to be key contributor.
Udonis Haslem, power forward/center, Miami Heat - Haslem is putting up great numbers in the early going, and I speculate that this trend will continue for the better part of the season. He is averaging nearly 18 points and 8 rebounds a game and is only 34 percent owned in all leagues. Haslem is a must add right now because I think he will be a must have for any fantasy basketball team that wants to compete in the points, field goal percentage and rebound departments.
Jordan Farmar, point guard, Los Angeles Lakers - If he can get anywhere from 25 to 28 minutes a game, he could easily average 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists a game. So far in 3 games this season, the UCLA product is averaging close to 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists a game.
That's it for this week folks. Next week, I'll shift my focus to the NFL for some fantasy football insight going into Week 11.
Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Chris Gingrich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.