Here is a slam dunk list of ten players that make great waiver wire adds and could spark your fantasy NBA team to a title run this year. They are under-owned across all Yahoo! leagues (50% or less) and have the potential to really make a difference down the stretch and into your playoffs.
Mo Williams, PG, SG, Minnesota (50%)- veteran being showcased prior to Ricky Rubio’s return from injury, high usage rate as the point guard with double digit scoring and more than five assists in each of his last seven games (including a 52 point outburst), and contributes around four rebounds per game as well. There is no more time split between himself and Zach LaVine as he is most likely being shopped prior to the trade deadline as the Timberwolves continue to be one of the worst teams in the league. If they move Mo and he doesn’t end up in a primary role with a new team, which would most likely be the case, then the aforementioned LaVine may be a sneaky pickup as well.
Terrence Jones, SF,PF Houston (44%)- no timetable for return from his nerve injury to his leg, but he has entered final stages of rehab according to the team. Donatas Motiejunas has filled in nicely as a starter and the Josh Smith addition adds extra depth at the position, but he was locked into 30 minutes a night as a starter, always was double-double threat, hoisting up an average of twelve field goal attempts per night, and the team will more than likely rest Dwight Howard on occasion down the stretch to give Jones some extra run.
Marcus Smart, PG, Boston (40%)- is locked in to around 30 minutes per game since the Jeff Green trade to Memphis. His scoring will continue to be sporadic as his talent is still pretty raw, but he has been contributing about 5 assists and 4 rebounds per game too. He has been limiting the turnovers as well, which seemed to be an issue earlier in the season. Smart has been hoisting up around 5 3-pt attempts per game as well.
Alex Len, C, Phoenix (36%)- this 7-footer is the starter in Phoenix now so his minutes will be secure as he used to be in a time share with Miles Plumlee. He sometimes seems to disappear on a given night, but mostly he has been racking up the double-doubles. His rebounding rate has got considerably better as has his blocked shots, and with the Suns playing the second fastest pace in the league, he will continue to get more scoring opportunities.
Donatas Motiejunas, SF, PF, Houston (34%)- around 30 minutes per game locked in for now as a starter until the return of Terrence Jones. He has quietly provided steady and safe production as an unheralded 7-footer at the PF position taking advantage of the mismatches he creates. He has been providing about 13 points and 8 boards over his last ten games, so makes for a very good floor player with limited upside.
Evan Turner, PG, SG, SF, Boston (33%)- minutes as starter are locked in under Brad Stevens, and while he may never live up to the second overall pick that he was back in 2010, he does contribute solidly across the stat line every game. His ceiling seems pretty low as his 29 point outburst a few weeks back was an anomaly, but he does also have a 15 rebound game and an 11 assist game in the recent logs too. His multi-position eligibility is very handy when trying to fit into your lineup nightly as well.
Randy Foye, PG, SG, Denver (28%)- just made return to team from injury and already seeing twenty minutes; last year’s minutes were secure either as part-time starter or primary bench player. Blowouts in Denver will be common so he will get plenty of playing time and if you need help from deep he is a 3pt shooter not afraid to pull the trigger (hoisted up nearly 500 attempts from long range last year). Denver plays at the fifth highest pace in the league, which provides more opportunities and possessions for statistics.
KJ McDaniels, SG, SF, Philadelphia (23%)- with Tony Wroten out for an extended period, has been getting starters’ minutes and is immune to getting benched in a blowout as every game in Philadelphia seems to be. He contributes across multiple categories and everyone has heard about his huge wingspan as he tallies up the blocks on a nightly basis. Wroten may be out for a long time, as the news seems daunting regarding his knee. While there may be concern with KJ hitting a rookie wall at some point, he doesn’t seem phased yet
Ed Davis, PF, C Los Angeles Lakers (20%)- finally getting the starters minutes (25-30) he was earning off the bench at the beginning of the season. He will continue to hustle along and average close to a double-double with points and rebounds as he hustles down low along with Jordan Hill to collect a majority of the starters’ rebounds in LA. There will continue to be many blowouts the remainder of the season and LA will continue to see what they have in Davis.
JJ Hickson, PF, C Denver (16%)- high usage rate with the second unit off the bench, locked into 25 minutes since Timofey Mozgov trade. Jusuf Nurkic as the starter gets into constant foul trouble and his novelty is quickly wearing off. There is always a risk of a blowout in Denver in which he’ll play over the starters. He has provided double-digit scoring efforts in seven straight and double-digit rebounds in four of his last six.
All of these players appear to be in the right place at the right time to benefit your fantasy teams. So cut some dead weight from the tail end of your rosters and replace them with these waiver wire gems.
*stats taken from NBA.com and basketball-reference.com and ownership percentages as of 1/20/15
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