The fantasy basketball waiver wire is back for another week at NBA Soup. This has been a relatively quiet week for injuries, but we wanted to point out that NBA trade rumors will only continue to heat up, which means you need to pay extra special attention to who might be involved, or who might be left behind.
Specifically in reference to the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors, you should try to pick up Denver point guard Ty Lawson, as Chauncey Billups could be out of town in the near future. Keep an eye on all trades and injuries, and just as importantly, stay glued to your waiver wire.
Also, if you haven’t picked up Washington’s Nick Young and he’s still out there, go grab him. Dorrell Wright and Jamal Crawford are two other guys playing out of their minds right now, and are must owns in all formats.
If you need help in some major category areas, check out these guys, who should be available in at least 51 percent of all standard Yahoo! leagues:
Jordan Farmar, PG, New Jersey Nets (Available in 89 percent of All Standard Leagues)
Farmar has made an appearance or two on our waiver wire, but once Devin Harris got back on the court, his role and production slipped a bit. He’s back on top of his game, and has been playing great basketball the past three games. And over the past week, he’s averaging over 15 points and six dimes.
Grab him as a utility option for now, but with talk that Devin Harris could be out of New Jersey, his fantasy value could soon rise even higher.
Earl Boykins, PG, Milwaukee Bucks (95 percent)
Boykins has always been able to find a way to score, but he hasn’t played this well in some time. It’s time to take notice, as the little guy is averaging over 14 points and four assists over the past week, and has scored in double figures in five of his last six contests.
As long as Brandon Jennings is out with injury, Boykins can continue to deliver this type of production with decent minutes.
Manny Harris, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers (92 percent)
No Cleveland player played well in a horrible loss to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week, so forget about his eight-point effort in his last game. You only need to look at his 27 and 16-point efforts in the previous two contests, along with his sick minutes (over 36 in three straight).
Harris brings instant offense to the Cavaliers starting lineup, and should only get better as he grows more comfortable in the system. Adding 24 rebounds in his past three starts surely doesn’t hurt his fantasy value, either.
Which player has been most impressive?
Bill Walker, G/F, New York Knicks (98 percent)
Perhaps the Knicks are showcasing Walker for a trade? Either way, the versatile wing player has gotten more minutes as of late and is producing in several areas. In addition to his 23-point effort in his last game, Walker has knocked down 11 threes in his last five contests, and has scored in double figures in three straight.
If you need help on threes and are looking for some potential, a hot hand on the Knicks’ roster by the name of Walker could be your answer.
Jared Dudley, G/F, Phoenix Suns (66 percent)
Dudley has excellent eligibility in fantasy basketball leagues, as he can currently be used as a SG, SF and PF. With his excellent three-point game, solid percentages and ability to get to double figures in scoring at a consistent rate, he’s a quality add.
Ryan Anderson, F/C, Orlando Magic
Anderson has taken advantage of some weak inside depth in Orlando, scoring in double figures in eight of his last 10 games. He’s getting over 20 minutes per game in almost every contest, and is being counted on for scoring. Anderson is a great source of threes and points as a utility option right now, while also providing solid rebound and block numbers on a regular basis.
Greg Monroe, F/C, Detroit Pistons
Monroe has been an absolute beast lately, registering three straight double-doubles, and he is working himself back into the starting lineup. Monroe is now averaging over 13 points and 11 boards over the past week, with the potential to climb even higher. As long as he’s getting this kind of grind on a consistent basis, there’s no reason to think he’ll slow down.
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