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Friday, March 08, 2013


If some fantasy owners woke up today feeling slightly aimless, it may have something to do with the fact that a significant number of fantasy leagues (including leagues with Yahoo default settings) saw their trade deadline come and go on Thursday. With that in mind, this here edition of the Stew will be focused on players you might be able to find on waivers. But we begin with a couple of players who
 
SHOULDN'T BE ON WAIVERS

Tobias Harris (42 percent owned in Yahoo leagues): He should already be gone in most competitive leagues, so this is mainly just a quick reminder to continue grinning obnoxiously if you added him. Harris was not backing down from LeBron on Wednesday night, and finished with 16 points, seven boards, a steal, a block and a trey in a tough matchup against Miami (and would've had more had he not fouled out on a dubious late charge call). The 20-year-old has averaged 16.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 spg, 0.9 bpg and 1.0 3s in his first seven games with Orlando, and it's worth sticking with him even if/when a few ugly performances pop up in the near future.

Bradley Beal (68 percent owned): To be clear, I'm not trying to pretend that he's actually available in your league. Instead, this is just a reminder to those whose trade deadlines haven't passed yet – make an offer for Beal pronto. The 19-year-old has been playing with a silly amount of confidence (20.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.9 bpg and 2.1 3s in his last nine games), has a great schedule (four straight four-game weeks coming up), and the current ankle injury should be providing a small (and soon to be gone) discount in a potential trade.

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POSSIBLY ON WAIVERS

Jermaine O’Neal (18 percent owned): His next injury may be just minutes away, but O’Neal has been playing well enough lately to warrant an add (last 10 games: 11.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg), and should get even more chances with Marcin Gortat (foot) likely done for the year. Meanwhile, the schedule is practically screaming at fantasy owners to get the most from O’Neal now – Phoenix goes 4-4-3-3-3 the next five weeks.

Moe Harkless (16 percent owned): He has hit double figures in scoring in 10 consecutive games, averaging 13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 spg, 0.7 bpg and 1.1 3s during that run. The 19-year-old is still inconsistent, and has just two four-game weeks left (3-3-4-4-2 the next five weeks), but is worth a look if still available.

John Salmons (16 percent owned): Nothing to get too wildly excited about, but Salmons has posted 13.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.6 bpg and 3.3 treys in his last seven games. He’s been hit-or-miss lately, but is averaging 33 minutes during this recent run, so you could do worse if he’s still out there in a shallower league. Note: Sacramento has just two games next week, and goes 4-3-3-3 in the four weeks after that.

Markieff Morris (4 percent owned): He’s slated to join the starting lineup in Gortat’s absence, and though I like his potential for points, 3s, boards and blocks, the simple fact that he’s starting doesn’t mean he’ll be consistent. In 11 games as a starter this year, Morris has averaged 11.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.5 spg, 0.6 spg and 0.9 3s. I’d expect him to post some big lines here and there, but overall I’d be surprised if he establishes himself as a consistent factor.

Alec Burks (3 percent owned): The No. 12 pick in the 2011 draft, Burks has posted 12.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg and 0.8 3s in his last 10 games. Those aren’t earth-shaking numbers by any means, and he’d be a better add if Mo Williams (thumb) hadn't just returned after a two-plus month absence. On a positive note, Burks still posted a 14-4-4 line in 27 minutes in Mo's first game back, and Utah’s schedule has some intrigue with a 3-4-4-4-2 slate the next five weeks.

Dante Cunningham (4 percent owned): With Nikola Pekovic (abdomen) out the last three games, Cunningham has posted 11.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.7 spg and 0.7 bpg in an average of 30 minutes per game. With Pekovic already ruled out for Saturday and Sunday, there’s some short-term appeal in daily leagues, with the potential for more if Pekovic misses additional time.

Wes Johnson (2 percent owned): I don’t really trust him, but I’d keep a close eye out as Phoenix continues to play meaningless games down the stretch. Johnson is still wildly inconsistent, but has posted two productive lines in his last four games (14 and nine with two steals and two threes on Feb. 26, and 15 and six with two steals, a block and three treys on March 1).

OTHER NOTABLE RECENT STREAKS

Ricky Rubio (last 10 games: 13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 9.7 apg, 4.3 spg) – Yes, he shoots badly (34.6 percent in his last 10 games), doesn’t hit enough 3s (0.4) and turns it over too much (4.6 in his last 10), but Rubio has been pretty insanely dynamic otherwise. Along with the Knicks, the Timberwolves are the only team in the league with a full slate of four-game weeks the rest of the way.

Gordon Hayward (last seven games: 18.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.9 3s) – It’s a little frustrating that he waits until the end of the season to really crank up his stats, but otherwise there’s no reason to complain right now. As mentioned before with Alec Burks, Utah’s schedule goes 3-4-4-4-2 the next five weeks.

Amare Stoudemire (last eight games: 16.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.8 bpg) – This is an interesting one. Amare looks terrific offensively right now, and is giving the Knicks a huge boost off the bench in real life, but in fantasy leagues his upside is a bit limited. Yes, he’s helping in points, field goal percentage and blocks, but without much to offer elsewhere, he’s the No. 110-ranked player in Basketball Monster’s 9-category rankings during his last eight games. He’s obviously a strong play for as long as Carmelo Anthony (knee) remains out, but fantasy owners should expect some frustration and inconsistency from Amare once Melo is back.

Al-Farouq Aminu (last 11 games: 7.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.9 bpg) – Like few players in the league, Aminu is providing standout value right now without scoring much at all. Despite hitting double figures in points just four times in his last 11 games, he’s the No. 25-ranked player in Basketball Monster’s 9-category rankings during that stretch. New Orleans’ schedule goes 3-3-4-3-4 the next five weeks.



Matt Stroup covers basketball, baseball and football for Rotoworld.com. You can find him on Twitter here .
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