Fantasy Basketball

2015-16 Fantasy Basketball: Waiver Wire Fix — Week 12

Welcome to the weekly Waiver Wire Fix, an article where I will be discussing which four players should be picked up based on recent production. The only criteria is that they have to be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. Let’s get started.

Emmanuel Mudiay – PG – Denver Nuggets

Mudiay returned to action on Sunday after missing 14 games due to an ankle injury. He promptly played 39 minutes in his first game back. The Nuggets spent the seventh overall pick in the draft on him, so odds are they going to let him develop and give him as many minutes as he can handle. On the season, Mudiay is averaging 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists. His only issue is his knack for turning the ball over. He tries to thread the needle on too many passes. This partly due to his incredible court vision, so we cannot fault him for trying to make plays for his teammates. The Nuggets are really thin at point guard. While Mudiay was out, Jameer Nelson saw all the minutes at PG. Mudiay is owned in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, but I’m writing him up anyway, because owners likely lost patience and dropped him over the course of his injury. If you are an owner who punts turnovers, Mudiay is a great waiver wire pickup for you. He will only get better as the season goes along, and it appears he’s locked into big minutes moving forward. Give him a look if your team is lacking in the assists department.

Devin Booker – SG – Phoenix Suns

Booker has failed to score under 16 points just once in his past five games. The Suns are a mess right now. Since Eric Bledsoe went down for the season, their rotations have been in complete disarray and there’s even been mentions about head coach Jeff Hornacek being on the hot seat. We’ll leave all that stuff for the experts, for now let’s focus on Booker. At the moment, besides Brandon Knight, there is no one player on the roster guaranteed 30-plus minutes. However, when young teams are in the midst of disaster seasons, they seem to usually trade all non essential veterans in an effort to see what kind of young talent they have. Booker has shown he can score at the NBA level and by all accounts it looks like he will be a fixture in the rotation for the foreseeable future. His scouting report out of Kentucky was that he’s a lights out shooter and is of the Klay Thompson ilk. You have the chance to scoop him up now while he’s still an unknown. He’s just under 40 percent owned in Yahoo leagues at the moment and if the pundits were right about him, you just found yourself the second coming of Klay, which will be an incredible asset come playoff time.

Garrett Temple – SG – Washington Wizards

Temple has been starting for about the past month as Bradley Beal recovered from a stress reaction in his ankle. He returned Wednesday night, however, but the Wizards will definitely look to ease him back into the rotation, as his health is a major key to their future success come playoff time. Temple has been playing some great ball lately. Over the past two weeks the LSU product is averaging 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, 1.5 steals and just under two treys per contest. Even with Beal back in the fold, Temple should still see minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s, keeping him firmly usable in all formats. At this juncture, he’s owned in just eight percent of Yahoo leagues, which is kind of ridiculous considering that the Wizards play at the eighth fastest pace in the NBA. Temple is not going to blow you away with his ability, but he can contribute across all categories and you don’t have to give up anything to acquire him. He is also both point and shooting guard eligible, which is extremely helpful on nights where your whole team is in action.

Arron Afflalo  – SG — New York Knicks

Writing up Afflalo is sort of cheating, because he is currently owned in 57 percent of Yahoo leagues, but I still feel that number is too low. He’s averaging about 38 minutes over his last seven games and has found himself a nice little niche in Derrick Fisher’s enigmatic rotation. Afflalo’s best asset is his scoring ability, the veteran has averaged 14 points on 45 percent shooting per 36 minutes for his career. The Knicks have been playing some really good basketball since the new year began, it’s no coincidence that Afflalo has been one the reasons why. Besides Melo, he the only other true scorer on the roster. Kristaps Porzingis has showed incredible promise, but still must endure the growing pains that come with being a rookie in the NBA. Jose Calderon is older now and has never been a true offensive threat outside of his passing ability. And finally, Robin Lopez is more of a defensive minded center, although his offense is much improved from year’s past.

Afflalo plays second fiddle to Melo and it’s worked out beautifully, as the Knicks already have more wins this season (20) than they had all of last year (17). Anthony also sprained his ankle on Tuesday against Boston, which forced him to miss Wednesday’s game against Brooklyn. If Melo is going to miss extended time, Afflalo will for sure be the one to pick up the offensive load. He is not a huge peripherals guy, but he’s been receiving huge minutes lately and can provide your team with a cheap supply of points, threes and free throws. I recommend giving him a look if you’re roster lacking offense.

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1 Comment

  1. Darrell Nguyen
    January 22, 2016 at 10:21 pm — Reply

    I am playing in a 12 man league h2h 9-cat. The hardest part is only getting to start 5 players on a daily.

    I currently own Kobe Bryant. Is it finally time to drop him for Emmanuel Mudiay, who is a free agent in my league?


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