Each morning, I’ll scour the previous night’s NBA games like a crazy person with a metal detector at the beach. I’ll be looking for players like the Cavaliers’ Dion Waiters and the Grizzlies’ Courtney Lee, who may be just sitting there on your fantasy basketball league’s waiver wire waiting to be turned into fantasy gold.
As a brief explanation, I’ll suggest two guys who can help out — one of whom is owned in up to 75 percent of ESPN leagues — and a second, deeper cut, who is owned in less than 20 percent of ESPN leagues. Without further ado, here’s January 15th’s “All Wired Up”!
Dion Waiters, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers (58.8 percent owned)
17 points (4/11 FG, 7/8 FT), 2 threes, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 0 turnovers
Waiters is a volume shooter and volume scorer, knocking down double digit points in nine of his last 11 outings including two games with over 20 points. Since Cleveland traded Andrew Bynum and inserted Anderson Varejao into the starting lineup, Waiters has been the best player that comes off the pine, clearly out playing Jarrett Jack all season.
Aside from the points, he also drains the three ball with regularity — hitting 1.2 treys per game — and is a decent ball handler, racking up 22 assists over his last five games. We all know how scarce assists can be on the waiver wire.
He has been mentioned in a few trade rumors this year, citing a lack of chemistry with Kyrie Irving. If he did get traded, I think that would actually boost his value, as there’s hardly a worse situation in the league than playing in a Mike Brown offense. What are you ‘waiting’ for? Go grab him now.
Deep League Diamond
Courtney Lee, SG, Memphis Grizzlies (2.6 percent owned):
24 points (9/15 FG, 4/4 FT), 2 threes, 5 rebounds, 0 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover
Since being traded from the Boston Celtics for Jerryd Bayless a week ago, Lee has taken on a new lease of life, giving the Grizzlies a much needed scoring option either off the bench or in the starting lineup. In the past week he is the 40th-ranked player according to Basketball Monster.com, outlining what a great start to his Memphis career he is having. In his short stint in Memphis he’s averaging 14.8 points per game along with 1.5 steals.
When Tony Allen returns, he’ll probably slide into the sixth man role, but with the Grizzlies struggling for offensive output, he’s still likely to play 30 minutes a game. With such a low ownership rate, he’s bound to be available in your league, even if it goes 16 teams deep.