Waiver Wire Stars
It is always hard to find a player to pickup that will help your team short term and have the potential to help long term . Below are some players that can do both and help fantasy teams out in specific categories. Also, these players are available in most leagues. Combine all of that together and that makes them "Waiver Wire Stars".
Wesley Johnson SG/SG, LAL- The Lakers are so injury riddled and/or bad, that they are starting him at Power Forward. That means more playing time which equals more production. Don't worry about him being outmatched on the defensive side of the ball because he still produces block shots. He is averaging 13.3 points(56.4 FG%), 4 rebounds, 0.5 assist, 1 steal, 1.2 blocks, 2 three pointers made in the last 15 days. That is even better, considering Nicolas Batum is the only player averaging 2 3PM/1 Steal/1 block per game this season. He is better in leagues that allow daily lineup changes because he is inconsistent and is a better matchup play.
DeMarre Carroll SF, Atl- Never was a believer in this guy, especially when he played for the Grizzlies, but I've seen the light . "The Predator" has balled out the last three games by averaging 20.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 3 three pointers made. He will continue get major minutes even when Paul Milsap returns. He should be picked up in all formats.
Aaron Brooks PG, Den - Ty Lawson can never stay healthy and his rib injury is a lot more serious than they are saying. He fractured a rib bone! That is a hard injury to come back from and even when he does return, there is a chance he re-injures it. Chris Rock's doppelganger has produced 13.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5 assist, 0.6 steals in three games for the Nuggets. He is a great source for assist and should be owned in most formats. If something serious were to happen to Lawson, then Brooks would become a great fantasy producer and a must own.
Tony Wroten PG/SG, Phi- One of the few winners of the 76ers deadine trades, Wroten has seen an increase in playing time(4+ minutes more per game) and production. He is a great source for points as he is averaging 18.3 points in the last three games. Add in the 3.7 rebounds/2.3 assist, and you got yourself a solid pickup. He is another player that could thrive because of an injury, if something were to happen to Michael Carter-Williams. That isn't a long shot either as he was injured earlier this season and Wroten BLEW UP as a starter.