Every once in a while we here at RotoExperts like to mash things up. Whether it be Andriesse’s obsession with mashing potatoes or Rysz’s inner Hulk’s need to mash and smash his foes, we’re just down for a good mashing. That’s why this week, “Moving Without the Ball” has teamed up with Jonathan Huang’s weekly waiver wire piece to bring you “Moving Huang Without Waiver the Ball Wire.” It’s a working title.
Need To Be Owned. Period.
Toney Douglas (PG/SG, NYK)
Hello, handsome! He’s owned in 63 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so the secret is already out. If you are in one of the 40 percent of leagues where he’s available, you should definitely scoop him up. Yes, he’s coming off the bench, but remember how successful Nate Robinson was before his run in with Mike D’Antoni coming off the pine. Douglas gives the Knicks an energy guy who can play defense and score in many different ways. He’s scoring 16.5 points per game, stealing 2.5 balls and hitting 1.8 threes. The steals will dip below 2.0 per game, but he should be able to sustain the rest of his numbers. His 4.2 rebounds per game will also drop slightly, but I can see his assist numbers (2.2) creeping up toward 3-3.5 per game. Douglas is for real and well worth the add.
Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG, LAC)
There are far too many things wrong with Clippers point guard Baron Davis: weight, knee, psyche, etc. It seems as though the Clippers are ready to move on without him regardless of his knee injury. We know for certain that he’ll be on the bench this week, and it’s likely we won’t see him on the court anytime soon. Bledsoe has filled in nicely at the point, averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 55.0 FG5, 1.0 threes, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks in four starts. He’s only making 55.6 percent of his free throws, but the good news is that he gets to the line just 1.3 times per game. He’s also turning the ball over 3.5 times per game as a starter, but he’s a rookie, what do you expect? Bledsoe went from looking like a nice short-term pick-and-plug at the point to being a possible long-term add for Fantasy owners.
Ishmael Smith (PG/SG, HOU)
Who? Exactly. With Aaron Brooks scheduled to miss the next four-to-six weeks with an ankle injury, Smith becomes an immediate impact player. As an undrafted rookie the expectations aren’t through the roof, but with minutes he can provide nice value. Since Brooks went down two games ago, Smith is averaging 6.5 assists, two steals, four rebounds and eight points. He’s not the most efficient shooter, making just 27 percent of his 27 field goal attempts, but he does provide nice value in other areas. The Rockets do have Kyle Lowry waiting to return from injury and they could make a move for another point guard. Until that happens, Smith is worth adding in most formats.
Charlie Villanueva (PF, DET)
This one pains me to write because I know it’s going to come back to haunt me, but with the way the Pistons are playing right now, Villanueva joins Ben Gordon as the team’s only production off the bench. Villanueva double-doubled against the Warriors this weekend (16 points, 10 rebounds), which I fully understand is nothing worth gloating about, but he has already hit 15 threes in his first seven games and seems more comfortable not having to be a focal point of this team. Almost similar to what we’ve seen from Michael Beasley in his young career. He’s not the easiest guy to own, but at this point he’s close to being one of the only guys to own in Detroit.
Need Some Consideration
Derek Fisher (PG, LAL)
Fisher has never been known to be a Fantasy contributor, but this season he’s off to a fine start. He’s averaging 10 points per game, 1.3 steals, 1.1 threes, 2.4 assists and is shooting the ball well from the floor at 46.8 percent. He’s also hitting 85 percent of his free throws, which is typical for him; it’s worth noting that he’s getting to the line 2.9 times per game. Nothing flashy here, but worth taking a look if you need nice percentages, threes and steals.
Ryan Gomes (SF/PF, LAC)
Gomes always does just enough to peak our Fantasy interest. He’s not a flashy player, but he can post some lines that just jump out at you from time to time. The first thing to note is that he’s starting for the Clips and averaging 35 minutes per game. In fact, just this past weekend he played 49 minutes against the Jazz. He’s more of a 10-point, 5-rebound guy, but he does add threes (0.9), steals (0.9) and some blocks (0.6). He also hits his free throws (83.3%) and is a much better shooter from the field than he’s shown early on (30.9%).
Jermaine O’Neal (C, BOS)
His numbers won’t ‘wow’ you, but O’Neal is starting for the Celts and does have nice value in three specific categories: blocks, rebounds, and FG%. Careful, since he’s only playing about 22 minutes per game, but in a chaser situation you can certainly find some use for O’Neal.
Ronny Turiaf (PF/C, NYK)
Turiaf is another Knick coming off the bench who has some decent value. Defensively there isn’t much better on the wires right now than Turiaf. He’s blocking 2.2 shots and stealing 1.2 balls per game. He’s also shooting at 65 percent from the floor and adding a modest 4.0 rebounds per game. The Knicks need him in there for defensive purposes, so it’s not likely he’ll lose a ton of minutes anytime soon.
If You’re Desperate
Jose Calderon (PG, TOR)
The 1.5 steals and 5.7 assists per game he’s averaging are about all you’re looking to add. His 3-point shooting is down this season and his FT% is a horrid 65.2 percent. But, who can’t use some assists and steals right about now?
Dante Cunningham (SF/PF, POR)
Cunningham is playing about 24-25 minutes per game over his last four. He’s not a high-impact guy, but he can put in a few buckets, add steals, some rebounds, and hits his free throws. He also only has two turnovers, so that’s something to consider in deep TO leagues.
James Jones (SF, MIA)
I really just added Jones because I wanted to mention that he’s taken 43 3-point attempts to just six 2-point attempts all season long. He’s a one-category guy, considering also that he has yet to get to the free-throw line this season. His 3.1 treys per game are valuable but he gives you nothing else.