We are nine weeks away from the start of fantasy basketball playoffs. Week 14 tips off Monday night with the Suns and 76ers in Philly and although there are no players on this waiver wire list representing those teams, there are a few below that are must adds. A fantasy basketball champion will be crowned in your league in about ten weeks. It’s crunch time now. Every move is critical and the waiver wire is all about being quick to the draw.
The following percentages are based off Yahoo! leagues.
D.J. Augustin, PG, Chicago Bulls – 52 percent owned
How about D.J. Augustin! What a waiver wire pick up he has been for fantasy basketball owners. Maybe the best of the year considering the injuries in Chicago to Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich, not to mention the departure of Luol Deng. There is no way Augustin should be available on the wire, but if he is I suggest you make room for him on your roster.
Augustin drained 28 points in Saturday’s game game against the Charlotte Bobcats. This, after dropping 27 in back to back games earlier in the week. He has every opportunity to score points in Chicago and that’s exactly what he is doing.
Jodie Meeks, SG, Los Angeles Lakers – 52 percent owned
Much like Darryl Gerard, Meeks is a great source for points. He scored 24 Sunday against the New York Knicks and put up 22 earlier in the week against the Heat. Meeks is seeing a ton of floor time in Los Angeles, averaging 40 minutes a game over his last seven.
Meeks has had at least 20 points in five of his last 11 games. He shot under 40 percent in only three of those games. Fake basketball fans love the three ball and Meeks is your guy having hit 19 times from beyond the arc over the last seven games.
Terrence Ross, SG,SF, Toronto Raptors – 29 percent owned
Don’t expect 10 triples and a 51 point performance every night, or even close to it for that matter. That was totally out of left field. Ross really did come out of nowhere to tie a Raptors single game point performance record Saturday against the Clippers. Ross played 44 minutes in that game and he will get more playing time with the recent ankle injury to DeMar DeRozan. Last year’s slam dunk champ is likely to start at the 2 now with DeRozan sidelined making him a must pick up. Consider yourself lucky if he is still on the waiver wire. He is shooting 40.7 percent from down-town too. Sign me up!
Ramon Sessions, PG,SG, Charlotte Bobcasts - 19 percent owned
Sessions is coming off his first game with double digit assists. He dished out 11 dimes in a loss on Saturday against the Chicago Bulls. Sessions is a great source for assists and points, but he has only one three over his last seven games. I would only suggest grabbing Sessions if you are one of the many affected by the injuries to Chris Paul, Rose, Jrue Holiday and now Kemba Walker.
Greivis Vasquez, PG,SG, Toronto Raptors - 53 percent owned
Much like Ross, Vasquez will see his minutes jump with the DeRozan injury. Chances are we see GV play more with Kyle Lowry as opposed to subbing in for him. Lowry will be counted on to carry the load offensively, but it’ll be interesting to see how the two guards perform together. Something to keep an eye on.
Markieff Morris, PF,C, Phoenix Suns – 39 percent owned
Morris has four 20-point games over his last six and is coming off a 27 point, 15 rebound performance Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He shot 56 percent from the floor in those six games and although that won’t keep up his Suns play four times this week making him a great add if you’re in need.