There is a fine line that has to be walked during the early games of the fantasy season in any sport. You never want to overreact to one or two games from one of your players and drop them too quickly. You also don't want to overreact to a performance from a guy on the waiver wire and grab him to only have him never come close to those first couple games again.
That said the last few guys you take in your draft are likely pretty interchangeable, and if you think you made the wrong move with one of those final draft picks, you shouldn't be too hesitant to make a move.
Here are five guys who went undrafted in more leagues than not that I am high on right on right and would make strong additions to most teams off of the waiver wire:
Gerald Henderson—SG, Charlotte Bobcats
Going into the season it was said that the role of No. 1 scorer would come down to Corey Maggette and Gerald Henderson. Well, round one of 66 went to Henderson, who looked very sharp in the season opener. Henderson led the Bobcats with 18 points and 9 rebounds as well as one three and one block. You shouldn't count on Henderson for three's as he only made seven all last year, but hopefully it's something he has been working on.
Henderson can bring some things to the defensive categories and also is a strong rebounder for a guard. Don't expect Henderson to average 18 points, but he could come close to it and he could be the main scorer in Charlotte.
Chuck Hayes – PF/C, Sacramento Kings
It's been a long couple of weeks for Hayes. He was signed by the Kings and then had the contract voided because of a heart complication. He was later cleared to play and signed with the Kings again.
In the meantime Samuel Dalembert signed with the Rockets and opened up a starting spot in the Kings frontcourt. In two games, Hayes has proven his rebounding prowess with 20 boards, and he also blocked three shots in the first game of the season which is a nice sign. He'll score some, not a ton, but he's a strong rebounder and a decent source for blocks and steals. He's worth considering in deep leagues.
Brandon Bass – PF, Boston Celtics
The Celtics gotten the better end of the deal with the Magic that brought Bass to Boston. Bass went from being a starter in Orlando to coming off the bench in Boston, but he hasn't lost any value in the move. So far it looks like he's gaining some. Bass is coming off the bench, but he's better than what is left of Jermaine O'Neal, so he's seeing a lot of time at center next to Kevin Garnett, not just subbing in for Garnett.
In two games, Bass is averaging 16.5 points and eight rebounds. He won't bring much else, which limits his potential a little, but Bass is getting more and better looks in Boston, so he's worth a bench spot in deep leagues at least, even in some standard ones.
Norris Cole – PG, Miami Heat
Cole's performance last night for the Heat against the Celtics has everyone's attention.
Cole finished last night's game with 20 points, four boards, four assists and three steals. In the fourth quarter alone, he had 14 points.
A game like that has probably at least earned him split minutes with Mario Chalmers and could potentially land him the starting gig. Cole has a lot more upside than Chalmers at this point and he's worth grabbing for nothing more than a flier. Chances are Cole's upside far outweighs the upside of whoever else is the last man on your bench.
Who are your early season moves? Have you taken a chance on anyone off the waiver wire as of yet? Give me your thoughts.