Mar 02

Week 19: Waiver Wire features Wesley Johnson

There are a few things happening around the Association post trade deadline; buyouts and injuries have led to a number of changes, but the real waiver wire prospects are coming more from positional battles, as the Yahoo! Buzz Index clearly shows. Most of the players below are among the most added and dropped, so move fast, or you’ll feel like this:

(CBS Sports - USATSI)

Mike Dunleavy is owned in 36% of Yahoo! leagues. (CBS Sports – USATSI)


Pick up:

With all of the attention the terrible Lakers get, Wesley Johnson should be fully owned.  He blocked 1.5 shots and hit 1.8 3 pointers in February, and while the threes won’t continue at that clip, the only category in which he won’t contribute is assists.

Mike Dunleavy’s role has been increasing throughout the season, and he is guaranteed not just minutes but significant touches.  Since the break he’s averaged 13 points, over 6 boards and 3 dimes, with 2.3 3s.  He could maintain that pace the rest of the way.


Don’t pick up:

Nobody really hates Jordan Farmar, it’s just that he has no upside.  There is only one scenario in which he helps your team win: you desperately need a rental PG who gets assists.  If you just need a PG, go for the upside of Brian Roberts, who may have just become available in your league.


Don’t give up on: 

. . . Kendall Marshall; particularly given what it says above about Farmar.  Marshall is scoreless in his last three games, but he’s averaged over 7 assists in them.  If the donuts pile up, they could bury Marshall, but the Lakers are building for next year, so the younger player will get his chances.


On the radar:

If you need an emergency big, you could do worse than Alexis Ajinca.  He doesn’t have huge upside, but he blocks shots, and 2 double-doubles in the past week show he can put up respectable numbers for a C.

The Pistons have figured out that Kyle Singler is the only shooter on their team.  That makes him worth a look, as he averaged 12.6 points, 1.6 steals, and 1.9 threes in February. His first March game was hampered by foul trouble, but Singler comes with little risk and doesn’t really hurt you anywhere.

Evan Fournier is an interesting upside possibility.  We still don’t really know what we can do, but with the convincing 16/7/4 line at Portland a week after he hung 27 on Sacramento, he’s earned a shot.  Yes, Wilson Chandler’s about to come back and he will get his minutes, but Fournier will get worked in down the stretch for the lottery-bound Nuggets.

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