Greetings my fantasy brethren & sistren. I am back again this week with Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Alone. As always keep in mind this list is a compilation of waiver wire additions and possible players to start or not start this week. I apologize as the list is a little guard heavy and there are a few repeat customers from last week but that is where I see most of the trending topics of discussion. So without further a due…
Chris Anderson: The Birdman is supposed to be back this week maybe as early as today (Monday) versus Golden State. No better way to get some easy stats than against the up tempo Warriors. Anderson is probably on your waiver wire and is worth an add given the Nuggets lack of front court depth. They are starting Shelden Williams out of sheer necessity and that’s never a good thing. Even if Anderson doesn’t start immediately he should see the lion’s share of the minutes once he gets his legs under him. That might take a few games. Love ‘Em.
Eric Bledsoe: His minutes were cut this week with the return of Randy Foye. Baron Davis is allegedly due back this weekend. I don’t trust Davis to return and Foye might have tweaked his hamstring again. That said given Coach Del Negro’s propensity to mess with the minutes of everybody not named Blake Griffin, I can’t endorse Bledsoe this week. If Foye and or Davis return you can be sure that will spell disaster for Bledsoe. Leave ‘Em Alone
Jose Calderon: For the most Calderon is on most fantasy rosters already but I found him in free agency in a few leagues I am in this weekend. In case you missed the news Jarrett Jack was shipped out of town to back up Chris Paul in a 5 player deal with New Orleans. Calderon is the only true point guard on the roster although Leandro Barbosa and newly acquired Jerryd Bayless might see some time behind him. For now Calderon is the guy to own and start. The last time Calderon had this opportunity he wore down and was unable to handle the load…let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself. Love ‘Em (very cautiously)
Darren Collison: After underwhelming everybody with his performance this season Collison is now dealing with a troublesome ankle injury. T.J. Ford is playing well enough to keep Collison out untill he is fully healed. He might return vs. the Heat tonight but I still think he is going to be tough to start this week. I don’t like anything about his vibe right now I would rather wait and see. Leave ‘Em alone.
Carlos Delfino: Concussions are always a tricky scenario and that is what we are dealing with in regards to Delfino. He was playing well but has missed 2 full weeks to the benefit of Drew Gooden. Word out of Milwaukee is that Delfino is still day to day but unfortunately most of our lineups are week to week. No time for the uncertainty! Leave ‘Em alone.
Jeff Green: On the list for the 2nd straight week I still don’t like starting Green. If it were the playoffs he would be playing according to him but since it’s not, he is not. Same story as last week if he plays it will likely be limited production for your team. Leave ‘Em alone.
Donte Green: First of all he is Donte Green. Yes he had 15 and 10 in his last game but he is Donte Green. The Sacramento fantasy situation is a disaster, no reason to complicate your life by adding him to your roster. In fairness I guess you should watch him over the next couple of games just to be sure but when he disappoints you, just remember that he is Donte Green. Leave ‘Em alone.
Andre Iguodala: He is reportedly feeling better and ready to start the week. He hasn’t been right all year so I hope this last week of rest was just what the doctor ordered. Based on who he is and the numbers he is capable of I give him a somewhat reluctant Love ‘Em.
Amir Johnson: A popular sleeper pick before the season started Johnson is still a model of inconsistency. Reggie Evans is still the starter but often shares court time with Johnson during large stretches while Bargnani gets his rest. It will be interesting to see how the trade affects the Raptors. David Anderson was playing a decent amount of minutes as Raptor big. With Anderson gone that just means more minutes of Johnson, or at least it should. I think it is time to add Johnson but not necessarily plug him into your lineup yet. Love ‘Em as a wait and see addition to your roster.
Wesley Matthews/Brandon Roy: The key here is that the Blazers are off until Friday. Wesley Matthews was outstanding in Roy’s absence. Make sure Matthews is not on your wire. The situation surrounding Roy and his bone on bone knee is cloudy at best. He will be re-evaluated again this week. I actually think Roy will force himself to play this weekend but Matthews is an excellent substitute or at least has been so far. I do believe Matthews will get the majority of the minutes as Roy awaits definitive word on his knee. Matthews Love ‘Em and Leave Roy alone.
Darko Milicic: Where to begin with Darko? The perennial laughing stock of a lottery pick is on an upswing. Of course I am not totally sold and I doubt he himself is even sold on his ability to play at this level. Ordinarily I would ignore anything he does but what can’t be ignored is his 23pt, 16reb, 6blks, 5ast, 2steal effort in a season high 40 minutes against the World Champion Lakers in his last outing. Chances are even the most desperate of owners took a pass on picking Darko up out of the free agent pool. There is just no telling if he is for real or not but with all the run he is getting in Minnesota I find it hard not to recommend him with a wait and see approach. Darko we have seen your type before! I will not be fooled nor will I be foolish based on your recent play. Love Em’ as an addition to your roster.
Troy Murphy/Derrick Favors/Kris Humphries: Now appearing on a waiver wire near you is Troy Murphy. Claimer beware as there is no telling when Murphy’s DNPCPs will come to an end. It is looking like a trade is necessary as I can’t see this scenario lasting peacefully all season. Avery Johnson is a decent coach but he is over thinking his power forward situation in New Jersey. Favors and Humphries are the guys to own with Humphries being the starter. Johnson is going to flip flop playing the hot hand each night make it tough to go gauge the worth of both. Since Humphries has more experience and is already the named starter I say Love ‘Em at least for the week. Keep a close eye on Favors and I love Troy Murphy as an addition if your team has the depth to carry his dead weight.
Steve Nash/Goran Dragic: This one I think should be short and sweet. Groin injuries tend to linger but word is Nash is feeling great and moving without discomfort. Dragic is a capable backup and should be handcuffed to Nash if you are really concerned. I believe Nash will be fine for the week. Love ‘Em.
Rajon Rondo/Nate Robinson: There isn’t a whole lot of information coming out of Boston regarding Rondo and his hamstring injury. Nate Robinson filled in admirably Sunday afternoon with more points but considerably less assist. The Celtics are notorious for resting their stars and sacrificing wins for the sake of health later on. A wise move by a veteran team that does nothing to help fantasy owners! I still think Rondo will play the last two games of the week but something tells me to error on the side caution. Leave Rondo alone and as for Nate I like him don’t love him for the week.
Beno Udrih: To put it quite frankly I thought Udrih was slightly overachieving to start the season. Now Coach Westphal has decided to tinker and regulated Udrih to a bench role behind Luther Head. Luther Head, really Coach Westphal? Nobody in basketball circles believes that this is going to stick but Udrih is not playable while this lineup change is in place. Leave ‘Em alone.
John Wall: Wall left his owners high and dry last week. The news broke that he was battling an ankle injury but he was still more or less day to day despite being in a walking boot. I don’t think we are in for a repeat as he was very close to playing on Sunday and decided to take one more game to rest. I would be surprised if he didn’t lace them up and play in all of the Wizards games this week. Love ‘Em.
As always thanks for reading along. I hope to be back later in the week with another edition of the Hoops Stock Market. I am seeing trades abound as owners start to realize the depth or lack thereof in their rosters.
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Written by Warren Shaw
I am an avid Basketball fan who has worked for the New York Knicks, Alonzo Mourning Charities and various other sports organizations. Having covered many NBA and various professional sporting events has given me the opportunity to provide insight with an unbiased but flavor driven view. I look forward to providing NBA content and interacting with knowledgeable fans and readers. Follow me on Twitter @shawsports or Email your questions to me at Warrenshaw@prosportsblogging.com