Week 21 Fantasy Basketball Risers and Fallers/Waiver Wire Watch

Taylor SmithAnalyst IMarch 16, 2010

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Making that final push toward the playoffs in your fantasy league?

Eager to find some sleeper-type guys that could help you in some critical areas?

This week, we've combined the risers and fallers with the waiver wire watch.

The risers consist of five guys available in most leagues that you can expect a jump in production from.

The fallers, as usual, are five guys you should be wary to depend upon as the season nears its end.


Jrue Holiday, PG, Philadelphia 76ers (2 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Holiday's production has been on the rise since Allen Iverson left, and is averaging 14 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds in the last five games.

His numbers are solid across the board, and he can also provide a boost in the three-point and free throw shooting departments.

If you're in desperate need of some guard help, Holiday may be worth a look.

Courtney Lee, SG, New Jersey Nets (18 percent)

The Nets are horrible, but Lee has been anything but that recently.

After going through a disappointing season for the most part, he's averaging 19 points in his last five, but has also been a bit inconsistent.

Snag him if you need scoring help, but do so with caution. 

Quentin Richardson, SG/SF, Miami Heat (4 percent)

Richardson, like Lee, has been fairly inconsistent with his scoring, but when he's on, he's on.

He's 18-43 from deep in his last five games, a stellar percentage that could prove to be a valuable asset down the stretch if you need help in that area.

He's typically good for at least a pair of threes per game.

Drew Gooden, PF, Los Angeles Clippers (24 percent)

Gooden occupied this space a couple of weeks ago, but he's still widely available in most leagues.

He's averaging 14 points and eight rebounds per game in March, and can be a solid boost to any frontline lacking in rebounding, especially.

His Clippers may be losing, but he can help you win.

JaVale McGee, C, Washington Wizards (4 percent)

McGee's numbers for the season aren't great, but he's stepped up his rebounding and shot blocking since the trade deadline.

He's near the top of the league in blocks since then, and could be a nice pickup if you're really scrapping for help.



C.J. Watson, PG, Golden State Warriors

Watson thrived in the absence of Monta Ellis, but his numbers have taken an expected hit since Ellis has returned.

He may be worth keeping on your roster in case Ellis goes down again, but don't put him in your lineup unless that happens.

Randy Foye, G, Washington Wizards

Shaun Livingston's recent solid play has cut into Randy Foye's minutes in the past few games.

His shooting has dropped completely off-the-radar, and he doesn't have much impact on the game if his confidence shooting the ball is shaken.

As long as Livingston continues to play better, don't expect much from Foye.

Hedo Turkoglu, F, Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have been struggling mightily since a couple of their key players have suffered injuries, and Turkoglu is one of them.

He tweaked his ankle a couple of weeks ago against the Rockets, and hasn't been himself since.

Typically a fairly dependable player all across the board, he's averaging just over seven points on 11-28 shooting in his last five games.

Channing Frye, F, Phoenix Suns

Frye has lost minutes to Robin Lopez as the season has progressed, and his red-hot shooting start this season seems like a distant memory.

Since a 23-point (7-10 3p) outburst against the Clippers on March 3, Frye has scored just 13 points total in three games.

Taj Gibson, F, Chicago Bulls

Gibson is hampered by plantar fasciitis in both of his feet, and his effectiveness has been limited recently.

Normally a solid scorer and rebounder, the fact that Gibson is having trouble exploding off of his feet makes him a major red flag for now.


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