Fantasy Sports Fix: Basketball’s worthy waiver wire adds
November 10, 2015
So, the NBA season started two weeks ago and surprise, surprise, the Warriors are on top once again to start the season. Stephen Curry leads the league in scoring at 33 points per game, and the Warriors are undefeated at this point.
There’s also that guy from Detroit, oh yeah, Andre Drummond, leading the league in rebounds with a whopping 19 per game. 19 rebounds per game? Are you kidding me? I had to look that stat up and see just how many he actually has in total, but that’s still impressive. Over his last five games, his low in the rebounding department has been 10… his high, you ask… 29 rebounds. He’s going old school Wilt Chamberlain on everyone right about now, and it would be great if he actually kept up this pace so we could see what his totals are at the end of the season.
It looks as if Paul George has made a nice comeback after a nearly career ending injury. He’s filling up the stat sheets nicely for my fantasy team. He’s been very productive as of late, scoring 36 points on 50 percent field goal shooting to go with 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block this past Friday night against the Miami Heat. Welcome back, Mr. George.
Now, there is always room to improve your fantasy hoops squad, so this week I’m giving you as many players as I can to go out and pick up or at least to give a good look to. The first few weeks of the season tend to unearth a few hidden gems on the waiver wire.
Marcus Thornton, shooting guard, Houston — Three 3-pointers a game and 1.2 steals per game are the key stats here. He’s also scoring a nice 16 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the floor.
Manu Ginóbili, shooting guard, San Antonio — Almost two steals and two threes per game for this grizzled vet of the hardwood. Also good for over 10 points a game.
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Jared Sullinger, power forward/center, Boston — Almost a double-double with 13 points and nine boards per game. He can hit threes for a big man, too, as he is averaging two threes per game.
Andre Iguodala, small forward, Golden State — I’m not recommending him because of scoring but because of his versatile two way game with great defensive stats. He’s not going to average just seven points per game all season, so buy low before he gets his scoring in gear
Jae Crowder, small forward, Boston — 10 points, six rebounds and three steals per game are his per game averages right now. Those three steals per game could easily help any team win the steals category in a given week.
Andrew Bogut, center, Golden State — Owned in only 26 percent of leagues right now, he should be owned in more leagues seeing as how he has came back from a concussion that was holding him back.
John Henson, power forward/center, Milwaukee — He’s just not getting enough playing time right now is the only knock on him. The stats are kind of padded against him because of an Achilles injury where he missed four games. He has a ton of upside though and should be owned in most leagues due to his double-double potential.