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The Arrival Of Marvin Williams

Friday, December 30, 2011

Welcome to the first Waiver Wired of the year.  It feels a little redundant since we are all over any possible waiver activity in blurbs and the Daily Dose, but this should be a nice way to tie the week together.  As for the upcoming week, keep in mind that the Hawks, Bucks, Thunder and Spurs all play five times in Week 2, while the Clippers play just twice.  I’m benching Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in most leagues this week, and possibly Chris Paul, depending on options.  Toronto's James Johnson and the strong early play by Marvin Williams have been exciting, and both players are covered at the start of Page 2 under Small Forwards.


I'm getting a lot of questions about Andrei Kirilenko, who is still not signed with anyone.  I get the sense he'll play in the NBA at some point this season, but it's not a guarantee.  I stopped holding him in my leagues and if you need an active player, you should probably do the same until we get some concrete information about his plans.


Shallow League: 10 teams or less

Standard League: 12 teams

Deep League: More than 12 teams


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Point Guards


Jarrett Jack Hornets – Jack served a one-game suspension and doesn’t have a huge name, but should be owned in all leagues as the only true PG option in New Orleans.  He’s only played in one game thus far, but had 21 points and nine dimes in his season debut.  Update: He struggled a bit on Friday, but don't let that scare you.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues


Ramon Sessions Cavaliers – Sessions got lost in the shuffle with all the Kyrie Irving hype on draft night, but has been stellar off the bench for his two games, averaging 17 points, six assists and a couple threes.  I’m slightly concerned about him tailing off once Irving gets cooking, but for now, Sessions is nearly a must-own player across the board.  Update: Sessions was also quiet on Friday, but I still think he's worth owning.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues


Andre Miller Nuggets – I have no idea how he’s doing it, but in three games off the bench Miller is averaging a ridiculous 13 points, eight assists, two steals and a 3-pointer per game.  Ty Lawson finally broke out on Thursday night, but Miller still managed a decent line.  I have no idea how long it will last, but for now Miller should be on a roster in all leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues


Kyrie Irving Cavaliers – Irving was a popular pick on draft night and has one good and one weak performance in his two games.  He did have seven dimes in both of them though, and is starting for Cleveland.  Once he gets this NBA thing figured out he should explode, and even if you’re not going to start him right now, he should be owned in all leagues as long as he’s starting.

Recommendation:  Should be owned in all leagues.


Brandon Knight Pistons – He’s only played two games in the NBA and one was fantastic (23 points, 6 assists, three 3-pointers) and the other wasn’t (9 points, 0 assists, three 3-pointers).  The common theme is the threes and he is only going to get better from here.  Knight could end up starting at PG at any time now, but I’m guessing he’s inconsistent until it happens.

Recommendation: Should be owned in most leagues


Lou Williams Sixers – Jrue Holiday is dinged up and Lou is averaging 19 points and 2.5 threes after two games.  Those numbers will come down, but he’s a nice instant-offense option off the Sixers bench, and should offer immediate help to owners in need of threes.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues


Kemba Walker Bobcats – Walker has been fairly consistent in two games and seems to be fitting in well with D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson in Charlotte’s backcourt.  It could start to feel more crowded there soon, but right now it looks like there is nice balance between the three players.  I think DJA’s job is safe for this season, while Walker will continue to see plenty of minutes off the bench.

Recommendation: Worth a look in all leagues


The Rest


Ricky Rubio Timberwolves – Not going to score much, but worth holding if you are thin at PG. Update: (Huge game on Friday!)

Norris Cole Heat – Cooled down after a hot start, but would become must-own if he takes starting job.

Jimmer Fredette Kings – Playing well and getting run, but I still think he’ll be too inconsistent this year.

Jeremy Pargo Grizzlies – If Mike Conley’s ankle keeps him out for more than two games, this is your guy.


Shooting Guards


Paul George Pacers – George is paying off for those of you who took a flier on him, or reached for him in the eighth round of your draft.  He’s at 15 points, three 3-pointers and 5.5 rebounds per game, and is also notching some steals and blocks.  The threes have to slow down and it’s very possible now is a great time to sell high on George.  I own him in several leagues and am planning on holding him, but that doesn’t mean you have to.  Update: Had his first bad game on Friday, but should bounce back.

Recommendation: Should be owned (and starting) in all leagues


Gerald Henderson Bobcats – Henderson is off to a quick start for Charlotte and is playing with a lot of confidence.  He’s averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and a 3-pointer per game.  Yes, we’re only two games into this thing, but it looks like Henderson’s preseason sleeper tag was accurate.  The Bobcats have four games this week and five games in Week 3.

Recommendation: Should be owned in most leagues


Brandon Rush Warriors – Rush was thrown out of Indy like yesterday’s trash after several years of failing to take control of the shooting guard job, but looks like he has new life in Golden State.  I think Mark Jackson really likes Rush and am thinking he could be a legit sixth-man candidate this season.  His shot comes and goes, but he’s averaging 12 points, four rebounds, 1.3 steals, two blocks, 1.7 threes and 27 minutes in three games thus far.

Recommendation: Should be owned in most leagues


Arron Afflalo Nuggets – Afflalo missed training camp and the preseason while working out his free agent deal and finally got it going on Thursday when he scored 19 points.  He’s quietly hit double digits in all three games and while he’s only hit one 3-pointer this season, they should start falling in bunches soon.

Recommendation: Should be owned in most leagues


Nick Young & Jordan Crawford Wizards – Young has been coming off the bench behind Crawford, but that could change after Crawford posted a 0-for-6 disaster against the Hawks in his last game.  Crawford’s probably got another week or so to control the job, but Young appears to be the guy with more confidence right now.  I still like Crawford quite a bit, but it’s going to be a real roller coaster ride with him at times.  Young is coming on, scoring 21 in his last game after going for 16 in the opener, and he looks like the better option of the two for right now.  Update: Young started on Friday and was terrible, while Crawford played well off the bench, but Young should be the more consistent player of the two.

Recommendation: Both players should be owned in deep leagues, with edge going to Young.


Richard Hamilton Bulls – Hamilton looked very good in the preseason, got off to a slow start and then bounced back Thursday with 16 points, a three and two steals on Thursday.  He’s gotten better in each of his three games and I still think he’s going to have a nice year in Chicago.  Hamilton goes four times this week and five times in Week 3.

Recommendation: Not a must-own at this point, but should be owned in deep leagues


Delonte West Mavericks – West replaced Vince Carter in the starting lineup after Game 1 and played very well on Thursday night with 15 points, four boards, six assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.  The Mavs are 0-3 and I have no idea how long West can hold onto the starting job, but for now, it’s his.

Recommendation: Should be considered in most leagues


Marco Belinelli Hornets – Eric Gordon will miss his second straight game with a knee injury, but shouldn’t be out too long, at least for now.  With Gordon, the next injury always feels like it’s around the corner.  And with that being the case, Belinelli is a guy you’ll want to keep an eye on all year.  He had 13 points, six boards, a steal and three 3-pointers in Gordon’s absence on Wednesday and will start again on Friday.

Recommendation: Monitor the status of Gordon before moving on Belinelli.


Have a great weekend and I hope your teams rally for a Week 1 win.  Follow me on Twitter by clicking here.

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