Steve Alexander

Waiver Wired

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Cavs Set A Boobie Trap

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Here you go. I don't know if the picks have just been obvious, or if I've got some good karma going, but I feel like Waiver Wired has been going pretty well lately, thanks to guys like Nicolas Batum, Ryan Anderson and Corey Maggette. Enjoy.

Games Played This Week

Trail Blazers – 2 Games
Hawks, Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers, Clippers, Lakers, Heat and Spurs – 3 Games
Everyone Else – 4 Games

Guards

Daniel Gibson Cavaliers

Not only is Gibson one of the best players left in Cleveland, but he's getting healthy while his teammates are dropping around him like flies. Both Mo Williams and Ramon Sessions went down last week leaving Gibson and Manny Harris as the main backcourt pieces for the Cavs. Williams could decide to shut it down for the rest of the season and "hop on over to Mamby Pamby land to find some self confidence," while Sessions is currently being reevaluated with an abdominal injury. I'm not a big fan of seeing the word 'groin' next to my injured guy's name, and along with 'knee surgery,' 'abdominal strain' is pretty high up on the list of bad hoops injuries.

Gibson is a must-own player at this point, while Harris is definitely worth a look as well. Just like J.J. Hickson is the only guy they've got to play center, these two are the only guys they've got to play guard right now. In fact, there's a decent chance I'll be recommending myself for a pickup here next week, as I might be the new point guard in Cleveland. Yeah, it's that bad. The real question is, when will they win another game? The good news is the Cavs play four times per week until the All-Star Break.

Lou Williams Sixers

Sweet Lou has scored between 12 and 26 points in his last nine games and is averaging 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer per game in January. Need I say more? Williams and the Sixers play four games this week.

Keyon Dooling/Earl Boykins Bucks

Dooling has broken out of a nasty funk recently, while I'm still shocked every time I write Boykins' name in a fantasy column. It just makes no sense. Dooling had a nice week, recording his fourth career double-double, and has scored in double figures in four of his last five games. He double-doubled twice in the 2008-09 season, as well as posted a 20 & 10 game back in 2003-04. He's also hit at least one three in all but one January game, but outside of his assist explosion when he had 11 against the, ahem, Cavs last week, he's not a guy who's going to help you win assists every week. He's also going to lose all value the second Brandon Jennings comes back from foot surgery, but that could still be a month or so away.

Boykins was like a ping-pong ball last week, scoring 5, 19, 9 and 23 points, with the 23 coming in Saturday's finale, which I'm guessing won some fantasy games for owners. He hit five threes in the 'good' games and zero in the bad ones, and is as hit-or-miss as they come. He's far from a must-own player right now, but he is a guy who can help you out in a deep league. But again, like Dooling, he'll lose his fantasy value when Jennings is back.

The Bucks play four games a week until the All-Star Break.

Anthony Morrow Nets

Morrow finally returned from a hamstring injury last week and played in a couple games, scoring 10 in his first one and just two in the next. His minutes were limited in each as he's going to slowly work his way back into the mix, but don't be surprised if he's starting a week from now. He scored in double figures in six straight games and hit a ton of threes before going down in before Christmas, and there's a pretty decent chance he'll be back to form in the near future.

Rudy Fernandez Blazers

I've been hesitant to jump on the Rudy bandwagon, but it's clear he's becoming a prominent part of the Blazers' offense. He's scored between 11 and 17 points in his last four games, hitting nine 3-pointers over that stretch. He's also getting 30 minutes a game, and while I don't like him as much as teammates Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews, Fernandez looks like a decent pickup right now. Just remember the Blazers only have two games this week.

Others To Consider Corey Brewer Timberwolves, Reggie Williams Warriors, Tracy McGrady Pistons

Brewer is starting and should be a good source of steals and threes, Williams has been given the green light to shoot from coach Keith Smart, and helps fill in when Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry go down, while T-Mac continues to start for the Pistons. He's cooled off though, and his next injury is probably just around the corner.

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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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