Once he dropped the 55 on Golden State, your head dropped back, and you couldn't believe it.
Chalk a loss up for you and many others, my friend. But there's more where that gem came from. Whether it be as a result of injuries, roster moves, or just a switch in philosophy (or coaches), there are always a few players waiting to break-out, sitting on the waiver wire.
Here are the top five guys available in over 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues:
Chase Budinger, F, Houston Rockets (Available in 96% of leagues)
Stat Line: 9.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 35% 3P, 43% FG
Budinger is averaging just under 20 minutes per game for the Rockets, and while he's yet to put together some real consistency, is good for ten plus points just about every other night, and has topped 11 points in five games already this season. He's also a bit of a three-point demon, as he's dropped in 12 trey's in just ten games.
He isn't a star, but he could be with time in a Rocket's offense that doesn't overly rely on anyone outside of Trevor Ariza to score. Pick the over-achieving second round pick as he's just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.
Ryan Anderson, F/C, Orlando Magic (76%)
Stat Line: 14.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.9% 3P, 47.4% FG
Anderson was huge in the beginning of the season, but due to line-up frenzy and constant roster changes on other teams, a large amount of owners gave up on him after an injury cost him six straight games.
He was eased back into the rotation and scored 12 points in just under 20 minutes against the Charlotte Bobcats, and considering his 24+ minutes per game prior to his injury, you can expect him to locate his shooting touch again and possibly get back into the starting line-up.
Anthony Morrow, G/F, Golden State Warriors (66%)
Stat Line: 11.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 53.3% 3P, 51.4% FG
Morrow hasn't had great success sine joining the starting line-up three games ago, but judging by his awesome talent and versatility, as well as the departure of distraction Stephen Jackson, he's worth an investment.
Stash him on your bench until he gets past a rough stretch he's currently stuck in, but he's much too valuable (long-term) to be riding the waiver wire.
Dahntay Jones, G/F, Indiana Pacers (80%)
Stat Line: 16.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.0 APG, 46.4% FG
Until this season, the former Blue Devil was primarily a role player and a defensive specialist, but his early season solid play hasn't stopped, and the relatively unknown Jones is dropping in a nice stat line that would be a welcomed addition to any fantasy squad.
After scoring ten plus points in all but one game this season, including 25 in his last game, it's time to realize that Jones is for real in 2009, and that he needs to be owned.
Andres Nocioni, F, Sacramento Kings (85%)
Stat Line: 11.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 33.3% 3P, 42.2% FG
Nocioni isn't flashy, but he's been getting it done at a solid rate ever since finding his way into the Kings' starting line-up five games ago. Since then, Nocioni has scored ten plus points in every single contest, and has grabbed at least five rebounds in four of five games.
He isn't a stud by any means, but he shoots solid percentages, can chip in some points, and is producing solid board help from the forward position as a starter.
In five games as a starter, his numbers look a lot prettier, as he's put up 13.8 points per game and five boards per game. Again, nothing spectacular, but he's one of the better players available in most leagues.