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Bass Fishing

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Given the fact that it's 7:30 on Sunday night and I'm into my 12th straight hour of working today, I'm going to make this a quick-hits version of Waiver Wired. Let's get to it.

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Guards

Nick Young, Kirk Hinrich, Josh Howard Wizards

Young has been hot and with Gilbert Arenas in Orlando, and John Wall sidelined (maybe indefinitely with a knee injury), Young is going to continue to have big games. Hinrich is also going to get plenty of run and both guys look like must-own material for now. As for Josh Howard, I don't trust him further than I can throw him, as he's constantly injured. But with these three guys really the only healthy players capable of playing guard in Washington, they're also going to get run. And heck, even Cartier Martin could end up becoming relevant, especially if Howard goes down.

O.J. Mayo Grizzlies

Banished to the bench, Mayo was pretty much awful over the last couple weeks, save for one good game off the pine. Mayo started on Saturday, mainly due to a one-game suspension to Rudy Gay, but Tony Allen started at shooting guard, not Xavier Henry. I have no idea if Mayo is close to re-taking the starting job, but after 27 points and five treys in a double-OT loss to the Spurs, he's worth hanging onto until we find out.

Marcus Thornton Hornets

Well look what we have here. The guy single-handedly responsible for ruining one of my fantasy teams is suddenly relevant again (OK, it was my fault for drafting him, but still). The Hornets weren't using him much on Sunday night against the Pistons, but he scored 19 points in back-to-back games and could be ready to challenge Trevor Ariza for the starting job. Monty Williams really hates Thornton's lack of defense, but Ariza's poor play, combined with Thornton's explosive scoring punch, could force his hand.

James Harden Thunder

He's averaging 13 ppg in December and has 11 early points on Sunday. He's going to continue to struggle to get shots with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green around, but he's got to at least be given consideration for pickup.

Ben Gordon Pistons

Gordon started for the Pistons over Rip Hamilton on Sunday, although it could have been because Hamilton was suffering from the stomach flu. Either way, I think Rip might be on his way out and Gordon on his way in. He started off 0-for-7 but is having a nice game. He has to be better the rest of the way than he was at the start of the season, and should be worth an add in most leagues now that John Kuester might play him.

Rudy Fernandez Blazers

Rudy had 26 on Friday and 15 on Saturday, while Brandon Roy and Nicolas Batum remain banged up. Rudy's not a must-own player, but as long as Roy is going to be struggling with his knee (which is forever), he deserves a look.

Jonny Flynn Timberwolves

Flynn is back and had 12 points on Saturday. Look, I don't love him as a pickup and have not even grabbed him in one of my 11 leagues. He's going to split time with Luke Ridnour, but if you're in a deep league he's worth a look, and is at least worth keeping an eye on in all leagues.

Keyon Dooling Bucks

With late news that Brandon Jennings is now very iffy for his next three games with a foot injury (definitely out Monday), Keyon Dooling now becomes relevant. My guess is he will start at the point guard for the next two or three games and could be a great short-term pick up.

Will Bynum Pistons

Rodney Stuckey missed Sunday's game with a toe injury and Tracy McGrady left with a groin injury. That leaves Will Bynum as the only healthy point guard in Detroit. He's had a terrible season, but might be the only option for the Pistons. Again, worth a short-term look if you're desperate. And the fact he's having a big game (14 points, 8 assists) in the fourth quarter Sunday certainly helps his cause.

Ty Lawson, Jerryd Bayless, Kyle Lowry, Jordan Farmar

These guys have all lost their jobs recently and are being cut more than they're being picked up. But if Chauncey Billups, Jose Calderon, Aaron Brooks or Devin Harris go down at some point, these are the guys you'll want to add. They've all basically blown up when given minutes this season and should be monitored closely in all leagues. However, as I said, they can all probably be dropped if you need to pick up another player, now that their counterparts are getting healthy.

Forwards

Chris Douglas-Roberts Bucks

CDR is starting at small forward and playing well, and is going to become even more relevant with Brandon Jennings hurting with a foot injury. If Carlos Delfino ever comes back from his concussion it's going to hurt CDR, but for now, I have picked him up everywhere I can. You should too.

Brandon Bass Magic

Will Bass get enough shots with Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu around? I don't know, but he's been starting and the Magic have four games this week. Many teams play twice, while the Raptors play once, and he should at least be grabbed for the upcoming week. It sounds like he'll continue to start, making him worth a flier until we see how things shake out after the big Orlando lineup shakeup via trades.

Taj Gibson Bulls

Taj Gibson promptly got hurt when he started in place of Joakim Noah, but his concussion doesn't sound too serious. The Bulls play four games this week and like Bass, Gibson's worth grabbing if healthy. Noah's going to be out for a long while, so Gibson should get plenty of opportunity for points and boards for a couple months. Check Rotoworld for updates on his status.

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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