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FIRE ON THE WIRE: Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13

Contributed By: J. Ruggero

 MLK day is a busy day for fantasy basketball and I hope your squads are off to a great start! Fire on the Wire will be a weekly post for the rest of the fantasy basketball season, and I hope to give you some insight on some players you might want to consider adding this week. Along with weekly pick-ups, I plan to talk about a player that “started from the bottom, now I’m here”. Player stats and % owned numbers come from ESPN 9-category standard leagues. Without further due, let’s dig in to some obvious and sneaky pickups for week 13!

Games Played (GP) for Week 13

GAMES

PLAYED

                                                      NBA TEAMS

5

POR

4

ATL BOS BRK CHA CHI CLE DAL DET HOU IND
LAC/L MIA NOP NYK OKC ORL PHI SAC TOR WAS

3

DEN GSW MEM MIL MIN PHX SAS

2

UTA

 

PG’s:

Ramon Sessions, CHA – 6% OWNED

Kemba Walker went down with a nasty ankle sprain against the Heat and Ramon Sessions now slides into the starting lineup perfectly. He’s been pretty solid with 22.1 minutes off the bench on the year averaging 10.4 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 boards, 0.6 steals a game. I expect these numbers to rise with the increased minutes and I consider him a must add until Kemba Walker returns.

DJ Augustine, CHI – 32% OWNED

Captain Kirk just got his AARP card in the mail and I think it’s time the rebuilding Bulls give their younger players more playing time. Augustine has been very underwhelming in his NBA career so far given where he was drafted (9th overall in 2008). He’s been on 4 different teams in 5 years, but DJ seems to have found a nice home since being waived by the Toronto Raptors earlier in the year. Over the last week he’s been averaging 15.3 points, 2.5 threes, 2.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and only 1.3 TOs in 28.5 minutes per game. His FG% has been a little sketchy at 0.429, but he’s producing well enough to warrant a roster spot.

Mario Chalmers, MIA 35% OWNED

IT’S A ME, MARIO! Super Mario is a straight thief, averaging 2.5 steals since returning from his Achilles injury (maybe it’s all those magic mushrooms he’s been eating). Chalmers is a solid low end PG who doesn’t score much, but he will help his owners out in steals (1.9), threes (1.2), and a decent amount of assists (5.1). He’s worth a look if you’re in need of a PG. On a homer side note, how awesome would it be to see a battle of Mario Chalmers and Luigi Datome Super Smash Brothers style! Maybe on February 3…

Brian Roberts, NOP – 3% OWNED

Brian Roberts had a nice run last year when the Pelicans had injuries, which is why I suggest picking him up now with Jrue Holiday out at least a month with a stress fracture in his leg. Roberts really hasn’t been jaw-dropping since taking over the starting job, but the minutes are there (33 MPG this past week). Give him a look, especially Holiday owners.

Patrick Beverley, HOU – 3% OWNED

Beverley is returning from injury and is set to return to the starting line-up for the Rockets. He’s a deeper league option since he wasn’t must own before breaking his hand. Beverley is known for his defense, and defense at the PG position is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Rockets as they have been getting killed by opposing PGs. With that being said, I still see Beverley as a high upside player because of his ability to give you plenty of utility stats and the long ball.

SG’s:

Randy Foye SG,PG – DEN – 49% OWNED

He’s heating up! HE’S ON FIRE! Foye has scored in double figures the past 11 games. He is averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.2 3-pointers since the 2014 balled dropped. Stop reading now and go pick Foye up if he’s available in your league!

Rodney Stuckey SG – DET – 15% OWNED

Thank you, Mason. Stuckey is the only Detroit Piston highlighted this week. He suffered a shoulder injury a few weeks ago, but he seems to have finally shaken it off as he’s scored 20+ points the last 3 games. Mr. Stuckey isn’t going to fill up the stat sheet on most nights, but I’d get him whiles he’s hot if you’re looking for a solid source of points and percentages.

Alec Burks SG,PG – UTA – 23% OWNED

This past week Burks has averaged in 19.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and only 1.3 turnovers a game, while shooting 0.542 from the field. He’s a guy to keep an eye on as Gordon Hayward returns because Hayward could ruin his nice run. Give him a look, but don’t go out of your way to drop anyone.

Marco Belinelli SG – SAS – 7% OWNED

MARCO! POLO! MARCO! POLO! I can’t imagine that being the first time he’s heard that one if Belinelli actually did read this post. Anyway, Danny Green will be out for a month with a fractured hand (I feel like there’s been a ton of broken hands this year in the NBA), and this opens up more minutes for this Italian Stallion. Coach Pop said that Marco is their best slasher, and I think he will continue to get his open 3 point looks while sprinkling in other stats. Belinelli has been averaging almost 15 points per game over the last 2 weeks, so give him a hard look if you need some depth at SG.

SF’s:

James Johnson SF,PF – MEM – 16% OWNED

Alright Tayshaun Prince, you once were the Prince of the Palace, but this is Memphis bitch! Johnson would be an absolute monster if it weren’t for Prince soaking up 26.2 MPG. James Johnson has been putting up ridiculous utility stats since being called up from the D-League.   He’s a very unique player as he can contribute in just about every category.  Maybe they’ll send Prince to his assisted living Palace and it will open the door for Johnson to evolve.

Al-Farouq Aminu SF – NOP – 4% OWNED

The New Orleans Pelicans are beat up, which is music to the ears of Aminu. This former lottery pick not only has a cool name, but he has shown flashes that he can be a solid source of rebounds, steals, and blocks when given the minutes. He’s been in a shooting slump the past week or so, but he should be in line for heavy minutes going forward. Scoop this dude up and hope the freak comes out of Al-Farouq!

Wes Johnson SF, SG – LAL – 19% OWNED

Yet another former lottery pick who really hasn’t lived up to his expectations, but in the D’Antoni system he has shown some flashes. He, like James Johnson, is one of those guys that can fill up the stats sheet when he gets things going. Both of the Johnsons are the type of players that can get you multiple 3’s, blocks, or steals any given night. Give him a look while Kobe’s out.

Giannis Antetokounmpo SF,SG – MIL – 5% OWNED

I’ll just call him “The Greek Freak” because I don’t think I’ve met a single person who can pronounce this dudes name. He’s the youngest player in the league and has already shown signs of greatness. Giannis has grown since being drafted and doctors have told him he could end up being a 7 footer. SAY WHAT?!?! I wish I had half the genes of this guy because I was 6’0” in 8th grade and only grew 2 more inches.  I got shafted…I could’ve been the next Vlade Divac! Anyways, let’s get back on track here. If you’re in a dynasty league, then I think it’s time to pick up Giannis based on the upside alone. He plays on the Bucks so there really isn’t any reason for them not to give him a run the rest of the season. There will be some speed bumps along the way, but just wait until he’s even better next year. Check out the size of The Greek Freak’s hands….

PF’s:

Ryan Kelly SF,(PF) LAL – 1% OWNED

D’Antoni tweaks his lineup more than any coach in the league so I’m not too sure how long it’s going to last. On the flip side, Kelly has been averaging 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 threes in 28.5 MPG over the last week. He could soon get the Jordan Hill treatment, but hop on board while it lasts.

Patrick Patterson PF – TOR – 2% OWNED

Pat Pat seems to have finally found a home. He’s been averaging 12.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, almost a block, and 1.0 threes over the past 2 weeks. He has been shooting over 51% from the field during that stretch, and it looks to me that he’s established himself as the first big off the bench. Ride him while he’s hot.

Markieff Morris PF,C – PHX – 29% OWNED

I once heard that he and his twin brother switched girlfriends for the evening without them even knowing. Now if that isn’t sweet, then I don’t know what is… Markieff has score 20 plus the past 2 games this week. His playing time has been up and down giving the depth at the PF, C position in Phoenix. He can provide solid rebounding and scoring while scattering in some blocks and threes. Give him a look as he is PF,C eligible in ESPN leagues.

Josh McRoberts PF – CHA – 2% OWNED

McBob is a big man that can dish the ball pretty well. He’s averaged 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.3 threes and almost a block over the past week. McBob has the starting PF spot locked down with his 30.2 MPG. He will provide late-round value as long as he continues to start.

C’s:

Larry Sanders PF,C – MIL – 63% OWNED

Call him Scary Larry or Larry and the Hendersons, either way this guy needs to step up.  He’s shown some promise over the past week with his 9.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. His FG% could be better as he just shot 41%, but I believe Scary Larry is about to become a force. The minutes are there on a really sub-par team and I believe Mr. Sanders is about to have a block party because it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t have a future in MMA, right Beamer?

Andrea Bargnani PF,C – NYK – 55% OWNED

Amare and Kenyon Martin both went down with ankle injuries and they will be out for multiple weeks. The Knicks will probably go small with Melo at power forward and Chandler at center, but there should be plenty of minutes for Bargnani with the second unit. Give him a look if you’re in need of a PF, C.

Enes Kanter C – UTA – 39% OWNED

This guy packed on the pounds in the offseason and lost his starting gig. We’re half way through the season and he’s starting to play better. Maybe he finally shed all that baby fat as he’s shown why he was thought to have a break-out year these past couple weeks. Kanter has averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, almost a steal, and great percentages. He’s a guy I’d take a flier on and see if his breakout season starts now.

Jason Thompson PF,C – SAC – 1% OWNED

Get your rebounds here! Get your rebounds! Look no further if you’re looking for some rebounds. He’s worth a deep league pick-up as he’s had double digit rebounds in 3 out of the last 5 games with a block and great percentages.

Started from the bottom, now I’m here:

Dewayne Dedmon – PHI, C

Dedmon is currently playing on the Philadelphia 76ers backing up Spencer Hawes.  The 24 year old definitely has the size for the NBA at 7’0”; 255lbs. Dedmon had to work hard to earn himself a roster spot in the NBA after playing collegiate hoops at USC.

Dedmon instantly became a stud big man in the D-League playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors D-League squad). Dedmon started 15/15 games for the SC Warriors averaging 33.7 minutes per game.  Here are the numbers:

PTS

FG %

FT %

3PT

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TOs

15.2

0.540

0.686

0

13.5

1.3

1.5

2.3

2.07

Not too shabby if you ask me. I know many people don’t follow or care about the D-League much, but I really like how the NBA is starting to utilize the D-League to develop young talent. Since coming back to the 76ers, Dedmon has now played in 3 games averaging 17.7 minutes a game. Here are his current NBA numbers since rejoining the 76ers:

PTS

FG %

FT %

3PT

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TOs

5.0

0.583

0.333

0

7.0

0.3

0

1.3

1.3

As you can see, the number dropped quite a bit as expected, but the rebounds and blocks are definitely respectable giving the overall minute reduction.  Dedmon is a solid addition to a team in need of a back-up big man presence, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts putting up better numbers as long as he continues to get minutes. This journey man shows that hard work really does pay off.

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