The NBA Free Agency Period this off-season was regarded as one of the most eventful and exciting in NBA history. The storylines were bordering soap opera levels, bridges were burned and Kawhi’s front office genius was born. The NBA’s first two weeks didn’t disappoint either, injuries has claimed some of the NBA’s elite (Steph, Trae & Myles), KAT and Embiid went at it and DeAndre Ayton got served his 25-game suspension for violating the NBA;s Anti-Drug Policy. In this edition of WAIVER WIRE WISDOM, we discuss where the values will come from in their steads.
The week went by in a jiff and so much has happened since. In last week’s edition, we quickly touched on Ayton’s suspension. As predicted, Aron Baynes got the nod to start at center for the surprising Suns. The Hawks, the Pacers and the Warriors lost their best players to injuries but the game must go on for these ballclubs. These players won’t replace the actual value and usage of the players their stepping in for but at least a semblance of value is enough.
ARON BAYNES – PHOENIX SUNS C
Strengths: FG%, FT%, Rebounds
Availability: 64% of Yahoo Leagues
Since starting for the Suns, Baynes has produced averages of 16.25 points, 7.75 boards, 3.5 assists 1.25 blks 1.75 threes with 56% and 75% shooting splits in only 25 minutes per game. Those numbers are good for 3rd round value. With Ayton missing games until December, there’s no better replacement player right now than Baynes. So if he’s still available on your wire, make the move right now.
FRANK KAMINSKY – PHOENIX SUNS PF/C
Strengths: FT%, Threes, Points
Availability: 60% of Yahoo Leagues
Michael Jordan’s crown jewel of the draft since Kwame Brown, has stringed together 3 strong games since Ayton went out. But struggled mightily in his last game against the Warriors. Even with that bad game, ‘Frank the Tank’, still averaged 12.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.3 threes and 85.7% from the line. The downsides however are his poor FG shooting and lack of defensive stats.
RICHAUN HOLMES – SACRAMENTO KINGS C
Strengths: FG%, Boards, Blocks
Availability: 50% of Yahoo Leagues
When Marvin Bagley went down, much of the opportunity for increased production were expected from Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica. However, it was Richaun Holmes who ran with it and Luke Walton approves. We all know what Holmes is capable of doing if given the minutes. In the Kings’ last two games, Holmes played 30 and 35 minutes. And guess what? He smashed it with averages of 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 75% shooting from the field in 12 attempts. I would pick him up and try to sell high though as Bagley’s return could wreck whatever value Holmes has right now.
ERIC PASCHALL – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS PF
Strengths: FG%, FT%, Points
Availability: 80% of Yahoo Leagues
With Steph Curry out for 4-6 weeks with a hand injury, the Golden State Warriors are going to need all the help they can get from its young guys. The troubling thing though, is that no backcourt player aside from D’Angelo Russell seem to benefit. Eric Paschall proves to be the steadiest young player in the Warriors roster, failing to score in double digits only once in four games. He is an efficient scorer and doesn’t turn the ball over. Give him a look if you are an efficiency nut and if 13ppg, 3rpg, 1.8apg with 64% and 91% helps your team.
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY – ATLANTA HAWKS SF
Strengths: FG%, Points, Boards, Steals
Availability: 96% of Yahoo Leagues
Deep leagues were put on notice as Bembry almost put up a triple double in his last game sans Trae Young. Though he didn’t start this game, he was very dominant with the second unit. He was able to put up an impressive 18/10/8 line with 2 steals and 67% shooting from the field. The Hawks don’t play again until November 5 and the Hawks might have Trae back then but still Bembry should be rostered in all 16-team and deeper leagues.
THE YOUNG GUNS
So yeah, I’m a movie buff. And these young players are like the hired guns with special talents that can help your team. So I’ll just run through them quick.
Matisse Thybulle – (17% Owned) Philadephia 76ers
There’s no better defensive specialist on the wire than Matisse Thybulle. He currently leads the league in steals and is also averaging 1.5 blocks per game. He’s only playing 22 minutes per game but the defensive stats are through the roof already. He won’t provide much in the other categories but still his value just can’t be ignored. Every successful fantasy team needs a Matisse Thybulle in it.
Danuel House Jr. – (21% Owned) Houston Rockets
Invest in House, he’s locked in as a starter for the Rockets and is averaging almost 31 minutes per game. House has been producing top-60 value in four games thus far. He’s averaging 12 points, 5.5 boards, 1 assist, 0.8 steals, 1 block and 2.8 threes on 44% and 90% shooting splits. Coach Mike D’Antoni has definitely found House his home and I certainly hope your fantasy teams do too.
Troy Brown – (6% Owned) Washington Wizards
Coming from a calf injury, Troy Brown looked impressive in his 17-minute season debut. He scored 14 points hitting 5 shots on 7 tries and nailing both his freethrows, grabbed 3 rebounds and made two threes. He will only get better and will regain his starting small forward spot once his minutes restriction’s lifted.
Malik Monk – (4% Owned) Charlotte Hornets
For some reason, Malik Monk woke up one day and decided to not suck anymore. He’s stringed two good games in a row, shooting an identical 7 of 12 from the field and scoring 18 and 15 points. He’s also hit a total of 5 threes in those games. He might be starting to heat up so pick him up if you need a boost in points and threes. Just remember that he could always go back to sucking at any given time.
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