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Wired: Free Agent Frenzy

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Due to the fact the playoffs are coming soon, as well as the shake up from the craziest trade deadline I've seen, here is a monster version of Waiver Wired. I apologize for the "list" look, and the lack of in-depth analysis, but there is plenty of information here to absorb, as 90-some players are covered.

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Grade A Players

Chase Budinger G/F Rockets A+

Budinger looks like the biggest winner from Thursday's trade deadline, as he will start at small forward the rest of the way and scored 27 points with four threes on Saturday. He scored 30 in his previous game (off the bench) and the world appears to be his oyster. I've been hyping him for several days now and the number of leagues he's still available in is dwindling.

Danilo Gallinari – Nuggets – Only mention in case dropped in your league. Must-own. A+
Serge Ibaka – Thunder – New starter, Perkins out 3 weeks. A+
John Salmons - Bucks - Hot, starting and finally getting run - for now. A+
Gerald Henderson – Bobcats – Starting, scoring, minutes galore. A+
Greg Monroe - Pistons – Becoming double-double machine, minutes will be there. A+
Chris Kaman - Clippers – About to replace Jordan as starter, playing well. A+
D.J. Augustin - Bobcats - Back in the saddle. A
Wilson Chandler - Nuggets - 6th man for Nuggets, I still like him. A
Rodney Stuckey – Pistons – Shouldn't be available, but might have been dropped. A
Marcin Gortat – Suns – Should already be owned in all leagues. A
Luke Ridnour – Wolves – Still quietly starting and producing. A
Kirk Hinrich - Hawks - New starting PG for Hawks. A
Mo Williams - Clippers - I think he'll start at PG for Clippers soon. A
Chuck Hayes - Rockets – Still rolling, Thabeet's not going to hurt him. A
Samuel Dalembert - Kings – Now starting. Quiet Saturday, but nice center option. A
Kris Humphries - Nets - Derrick Favors gone, back in starting five. A
Jamal Crawford - Hawks - Breaking out of slump. A
Jason Thompson - Kings – Starting, but ankle injury Saturday a bummer. A
Randy Foye - Clippers – Super-hot right now, but Eric Gordon nearing return. A-
Ramon Sessions - Cavaliers – Future hinges on Baron Davis, making him shaky. A-

Grade B Players

Glen Davis - Celtics – Going to play a lot of center going forward. B+
Shawn Marion – Mavs – Check out his game log for February. Nice. B+
DeJuan Blair – Spurs – Minutes still weird, but a beast when he gets them. B+
Will Bynum - Pistons - T-Mac in doghouse? He's playing very well. B+
Darko Milicic – Wolves – Minny still loves him, so he's going to play. B
Austin Daye – Pistons – Solid Saturday, getting minutes, time to play kids. B
Anthony Parker - Cavaliers - Starting at SG, could be heating up. B
Ben Gordon - Pistons - Tayshaun back injury, mutiny, opening door for BG. B
Tyler Hansbrough - Pacers - Coming on w/ points and boards. B
Carlos Delfino - Bucks - Has replaced Corey Maggette as starter for now. B
Willie Green - Hornets - Still starting, still producing and 4 games next week. B
Marcus Thornton - Kings - Will he eventually start? Will at least get opportunities. B
Trevor Ariza – Hornets – Terrible shooter, but still a decent fantasy option. B
Boris Diaw - Bobcats - Being dropped, but should start playing better. B
Nenad Krstic – Celtics – Starting at C, but I'd rather own Big Baby right now. B-
Sam Young - Grizzlies – Looks like he might hold off Shane Battier and keep starting. B-
Peja Stojakovic – Mavs – Going to be inconsistent, but still starting. B-
Anthony Morrow – Nets – Timeshare w/ Vujacic, coming off bench. B-
Sasha Vujacic – Nets – See above, but at least starting. B-

Grade C Players

J.R. Smith – Nuggets – Could end up w/ more value than Afflalo, but doghouse alert.
Rashard Lewis – Wizards – Knee's not good, neither is he. C+
Wesley Johnson - Wolves - Starting, finally played well in last one. C+
Daniel Gibson – Cavs – Eventually he's going to show up. C
Carl Landry - Hornets - Will backup both PF and C, key word "backup." C
Paul George - Pacers - Better pickup than starter Brandon Rush, but not must-own. C
Hamed Haddadi – Grizzlies – Double-doubled Saturday, loving life w/o Thabeet? C
Omri Casspi - Kings - Quietly producing at small forward. C
Roddy Beaubois - Mavs - Hasn't broken out yet, awful Saturday, but still starting. C
Jermaine Taylor - Kings – Still starting for now, but Thornton is coming on. C
Troy Murphy - Warriors - Won't likely play for GSW, will play for contender. C
Tyrus Thomas – Bobcats – A couple weeks away, could get some run. C
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute – Bucks – Starting PF, but very inconsistent. C
O.J. Mayo - Grizzlies – Third or fourth fiddle, but worth watching. C
Toney Douglas - Knicks - Big night Wednesday, nothing on Friday. C
Ronny Turiaf - Knicks - Starting center in NY for now. C
Spencer Hawes - Sixers - Playing better for Sixers, but too inconsistent. C
Gary Neal - Spurs - Quietly playing well off bench, Manu Ginobili struggling. C
James Johnson- Raptors - Surprise starter for Raptors, could stick. C
Leandro Barbosa - Raptors - Looked better on Wednesday, could be ready to make run. C
Nick Collison – Thunder – Short-term option with Kendrick Perkins hurting. C-
Brandon Rush - Pacers - Starting for injured Dunleavy, but not must own. C-
Joel Przybilla – Bobcats – Could start for Blazers, hurts value of Kwame Brown. C-
Ekpe Udoh - Warriors - Not worth owning yet, but pushing Biedrins. Watch him. C-
Jordan Crawford – Wizards – Looked good in Wiz debut, but minutes still an issue. C-
Jamario Moon - Clippers - Could steal job of Ryan Gomes, but long shot. C-
Mario Chalmers – Heat – Very low-end PG option, but playing fairly well. C-

Grade D Players

Tyreke Evans – Kings – Big questions as to if/when he'll play again. D+
Rudy Gay – Grizzlies – Will he return this season? Possible, but I have doubts. D
Darnell Jackson – Kings – Could see boost if Jason Thompson is out. D
Trevor Booker – Wizards – Playing pretty well, but minutes are shaky. D
Manny Harris - Cavaliers - Randomly gets minutes. Keep an eye on him. D
Brendan Haywood - Mavs - 2 recent dub-dubs, but Ty Chandler's the man. D
Delonte West – Celtics – Making a little noise, but not enough. D
Brandan Wright - Nets - Not expecting much, but could get a chance. D
Ben Uzoh – Nets – Had a big night Saturday, Farmar hurt. Deep leagues only. D

Possible Drops

Some of the guys on the following list should also be considered for pickup in your league, depending on the depth, your team's situation, etc. It really doesn't feel like Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson should be floating around on waivers, but their timeshare is going to become annoying. And is it worth it to cut one of them to get Budinger? It at least appears that way as of right now.

Nicolas Batum – Blazers – Could actually salvage some value given Blazers' lack of big men, as he's playing a backup center role until Marcus Camby is healthy.

Arron Afflalo – Nuggets – I have been down on him since the day Melo was traded and have yet to change my stance. We'll see if I'm correct soon enough.

Raymond Felton – Nuggets
Ty Lawson – Nuggets – Like I said above, I don't like putting either of these guys on this list, but the fact is they are being cut for hot free agents. Timeshares are no fun and these guys are in a classic one.

The Rest

Jeff Green – Celtics – Will slowly work way back to prominence, but will be slow ride.
DeAndre Jordan – Clippers – Fading fast w/ Kaman on rise. Looks like it's time to move on.
Tony Allen – Grizzlies – 16 minutes on Saturday, Battier likely heading to starting 5.
Kwame Brown – Bobcats – Joel Przybilla is going to play and hurt his minutes.
Mike Bibby – Wizards – Odd man out in guard rotation.
Ryan Anderson – Magic – Dream could be over, although he'll eventually get hot again.
Jeff Teague – Hawks – Hinrich is going to take over starting job soon.
Corey Maggette – Bucks – Out of starting lineup, in a slump, Milwaukee's too deep.
Ersan Ilyasova – Bucks – Concussion, was falling out of favor before injury.
Mike Miller – Heat – Ear infection, not enough balls to go around.
Brandon Roy – Blazers – Minutes limit, no back-to-backs, huge headache.
Brandon Bass – Magic – Starting, but Dwight stealing all his boards.
Josh McRoberts – Pacers – Hansbrough should keep coming on, but McBob the starter.
Andris Biedrins – Warriors – Just not very good this year, Udoh coming on.



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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