Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups (11/4/09)
I usually wait until teams have played at least 5 games to start working the waiver wire and it is about that time. I always give it some time just to make sure I don’t make any rash, panic transactions. I have already made a few moves, but I limited it to cutting last round draft trash. I try and keep the waiver wire list strictly to players who are owned in less than a third of all Yahoo leagues. This week’s waiver wire pickups:
Hakim Warrick (23%) - Warrick has won the starting PF spot in Milwaukee and will get good minutes. He is a scorer and rebounds pretty well from the PF spot. He isn’t much of a shot blocker.
Corey Brewer (21%) – Still owned in only 21% of leagues. Brewer has the starting SG spot in Minnesota and can fill the stat sheet. His only glaring weakness is FG%.
Delonte West (31%) – Delonte is back with the team, but his situation, and personality, is still unstable. If you have a late round bust and an open bench spot, give him a flier and see what develops.
Ryan Gomes (33%) – Gomes has a starting spot until Kevin Love gets back, and maybe longer if he can perform. He has averaged 36 minutes in his last two games.
Julian Wright (11%) – Wright still has the starting SF spot but he needs to really pick it up to keep the job. He is strictly a speculative pickup and can be easily dumped if he loses the starting job.
Rasual Butler (14%) – Butler is in a timeshare with Al Thornton, however that timeshare has been slanting more and more in favor of Butler. If you need three’s, he makes a great pickup.
Erick Dampier (13%) – Drew Gooden is out with an injury and Dampier is the only option for Dallas at Center. He isn’t going to put up huge numbers, but if you need rebounds give him a shot.
Martell Webster (17%) – Webster can’t seem to wrestle the job completely away from Travis Outlaw but he is getting good solid minutes. If you need threes, give Webster a look.
Thabo Sefolosha (4%) - Thabo has the starting SG spot in Oklahoma City and has averaged about 32 minutes a game. He is a good source of steals and can help in just about every category.
Ben Wallace (21%) – If you need boards and a few blocks, Wallace is a great pickup. He doesn’t score much and only has to compete with Kwame Brown for minutes.
Chris Douglas-Roberts (29%) – CDR has been getting better as the season progresses. Those owners in keeper leagues definitely want to keep an eye on him and give him a flier if you have an open spot.
Earl Watson (4%) – Probably not a pickup just yet, but if TJ Ford doesn’t turn things around Watson will start seeing more minutes.
Chuck Hayes (9%) – Hayes has been starting at Center for Houston and has put up nice steals and rebounds in 26 minutes of action per game. He makes a great emergency center if your starter goes down.
JJ Redick (21%) – Be aware that Redick has received minutes due the injury to Vince Carter. Redick will probably lose those minutes when Vince is healthy, but he could still be useful if he keeps shooting well.
Dahntay Jones (3%) – Jones is close to working his way into the starting lineup. He has averaged 28 minutes a game over the last three, putting up an average of 11 shots in those games.
Will Bynum (3%) – Rip Hamilton has been out for a few games and Bynum has been the beneficiary of extra minutes. He will still have some value as instant offense off the bench when Hamilton returns. Nice source of points and assists.
Etan Thomas (1%) – Keep an eye on Thomas. He had that heart problem a couple of seasons ago and has been forgotten about. He has been getting about 25 minutes a game in OKC and does a much better job rebounding than Nenad Krstic.
Omri Casspi (4%) – Casspi is trying to win the starting SF job in Sacramento and has been getting some good minutes. He can score.
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