Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pick Ups
Hey Fantasy Hoopers, Week Six of the Fantasy Basketball season went out with a bang. First we saw the return of Kobe Bryant, who said, “Right now my form is a horse’s ass form,” but who cares at least you are getting him back in your lineup, and just maybe he will look to pass a little more this season as he works to regain some of his explosiveness back. The other big news was the trade involving Rudy Gay (and Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy) being shipped to the Kings in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, and Chuck Hayes, which should be officially announced on Monday after all players pass their physicals. Essentially the Kings get another gunner and the Raptors add some young depth to their backcourt with Vasquez and save $12.4 million in the deal. It should be interesting, to say the least, seeing how Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins mesh. I think this tweet from a loyal follower sums up the conflict that could lie ahead for the Kings in this deal as he asked what is the over/under for when Boogie Cousins threatens to give Rudy a beat down for shooting too much? Good question seeing that Rudy is fifth in the league in most field goals attempted per game and Cousins is tied for 11th in FGA/Game. While you ponder a number let’s segue into this week’s Wavier Wire Adds of the Week.
(Note: percentage numbers indicate percentage owned. Also, it may be worth your time to look back at last week's article if you missed it as some players from there may still be available in your league).
* Ramon Sessions CHA (2%) has scored in double-figures in three of his last four games and should get some extended run with Michael Kidd-Gilchrest out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand and Jeffery Taylor dealing with a heel injury as the Bobcats will shuffle around their lineup with Sessions being one of the players who will benefit most, at least in the short-term. (Charlotte has four games this week).
* Nate Robinson DEN (33%) saw only about 18 minutes per game in November, but is now up to about 25 mpg in the month of December where he is averaging 15 points, 1.4 threes, two boards, and three assists, numbers that could go up some as he was limited earlier in the season by some minor injuries.
* Avery Bradley BOS (22%) December has been good, so far, for Bradley who is shooting over 50% from the floor, making 2.3 threes, while averaging 15-plus points and about three more rebounds per game than he did in November. It is a small sample size, so unless you are desperate for a shooting guard who can get you some steals and boards I would consider Bradley more of a deep league own.
* Terrence Ross TOR (less than 1%) should be one of the players who benefits most in the Rudy Gay trade, as he will be one of the first players off the bench and should see some extra shot opportunities now that Rudy is leaving behind over 18 shots per game to be dispersed among current Raptors. Ross’ main fantasy assets will likely be limited to threes made, points, and possibly he could get closer to a steal a game if he can continue to see around 30 minutes a game, but that is not a guarantee as the Raptors could decide to play Vasquez and Lowry together some when DeRozan goes to the bench.