By Royce King
THE PLAYMAKER’S STOCK TICKER (Waiver Wire Report)
THREE TO SET FREE
Here are three players you can drop in leagues without an injured reserved (IR) slot.
Omer Asik, C, Houston: Asik has been an unhappy camper since the signing of Dwight Howard. After starting 82 games last season and averaging 10.1 ppg, 11.7 rpg, and 1.1 bpg, Asik thought he was the Rockets main man in the middle. Limited playing time, lack of chemistry, and lack of commitment to playing with Howard, has the Rockets fielding trade offers for Asik. So, until he lands with another team, or some drastic turn of events occur in Houston, Asik should be safely resting on the waiver wire. Stay here…don’t go anywhere…don’t cry, you are not alone.
Brandon Knight, G, Milwaukee: Knight was never an elite option at point guard for Fantasy owners. He was much more of an afterthought, third-tier option at best, guard capable of providing 1.6 3-pointers made per game (3pm). Knight has been dealing with a hamstring injury that just won’t seem to go away. In three appearances, Knight has managed 4.0 ppg, 2.3 assists per game (apg), and zero 3-pointers to his credit. Prognosis, it’s going to take some time before he and his game heal well enough to earn owners’ trust. Bye-bye, for now!
Larry Sanders, C, Milwaukee: Sanders earned a big contract based on his on-court performance last season. Yet, it’s his off-court performance that is holding him back this season. A bar fight has led to Sanders undergoing surgery on his right thumb. He will miss about six weeks, likely keeping him on the shelf until early January. After three games played, Sanders is averaging 2.7 points per game (ppg), 3.7 rebounds per game (rpg), and 2.0 blocks per game (bpg). Are those numbers worth waiting for? Next!
THESE FIVE ARE ON THE RISE
Andrea Bargnani, F, New York: Bargnani is not the type of guy to build your Fantasy roster around. However, we just can’t ignore what he has done since moving to the starting center spot. In 30.6 minutes per game (mpg), Bargnani is shooting 52 percent from the field, 46 percent from beyond the arc and 83 percent at the free throw line for 20.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.8 bpg, and 2.0 3-pointers per game. That’s enough goodies to make any owner move quickly to the waiver wire.
Wilson Chandler, F, Denver: Chandler appears to be past the hamstring injury that caused him to get off to a late start this season. Since his return to the court, Chandler has managed to drill 2.5 3-pointers per game, shooting 44 percent from long distance. He has the ability to contribute statistically across the board in Fantasy. He is showing no lingering side effects of the aforementioned hamstring injury, and appears to be the next-best Nugget to own, after Ty Lawson.
Jordan Crawford, G, Boston: Crawford has now averaged 13.3 ppg, 4.3rpg, 6.5 apg, and 1.8 spg, over the last four contests. This is a pleasant surprise for Celtics fans and Fantasy owners alike. He should continue to perform at this level in the absence of Rajon Rondo, who is still recovering from ACL injury.
Jordan Hill, F, Lakers: Hill is beasting the competition! The last four games have yielded an average of 18.8 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, and 1.8 bpg, while shooting 62 percent from the field, and 90 percent (4.8 free throw attempts) from the charity stripe. There is no one on the Lakers bench to supplant Hill in the starting lineup. Go! Get him now! You can finish reading this after he is safely secured on your roster.
Mo Williams, G, Portland: Williams is the primary backup point guard for the Trail Blazers. He has earned 31 minutes per game over the last four, providing us with 13.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.8 spg, and 1.3 3-pointers made, on 52 percent shooting. That is worth some burn on a roster in almost every scoring format.