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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Welcome to the first installment of Waiver Wired for the year. Before we get to that, I’d like to comment on leagues that use a trade veto policy.  I get that some of you want to ensure that every trade is perfectly fair, but in my experience, once a league starts vetoing trades, it can quickly spiral out of control. Pretty soon, every trade becomes controversial and with every veto that happens, owners become more and more agitated and the threats to quit the league start rolling in.


I hate trade vetoes.  If I sell a rookie on a deal I like, I should be rewarded for my work and sales skills. If the other guy thinks it’s a good deal for his team, it should stand. The only time a trade should be vetoed is if something shady is going on and there is collusion. Otherwise, in my opinion, every trade should be allowed to go through, as long as both owners are engaged and think they’re helping their team. Just my two cents.


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Point Guards


Michael Carter-Williams Sixers 88% owned


Yes, I know he’s too obvious for this list, but I’m guessing he was owned in about 20% of leagues five days ago. Let’s just take a second to marvel at what the rookie has done in three games. He’s averaging 20 points, 4.5 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 4.3 steals and 2.7 3-pointers. He’s shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from downtown, with the only blemish on his resume’ being his 66.7 free throw percentage thus far. Can he keep up this pace? No way. Is he the ultimate sell-high candidate? Maybe. But, as I have been saying all summer and fall, there is no one else to play point guard in Philly. The kid is long and can obviously play in the NBA, and I’m more interested in riding him out and seeing where he takes us than I am watching him play for someone else’s team. Sell high if you want, but make sure you get plenty in return, because I don’t think he’s going away. And if you’re in one of those 12% of leagues where he’s not owned, stop what you’re doing and take care of it now.


Jarrett Jack Cavaliers 44% owned


Jack is getting close to being over his knee injury and has looked good in three games for the Cavs this season, averaging 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and is shooting 52 percent from the floor. The coaching staff loves him and he’s only going to get better as the season progresses. Now’s the time to get Jack and at least stash him away, if not start him right now.


Jordan Farmar Lakers 13% owned


Steve Nash really looks like he’s on his last legs to me and Farmar can probably run three times faster than Nash can right now. Farmar is averaging 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 3-pointers and is shooting 48 percent on the season. Yes, it’s possible that Nash eventually gets healthy and ruins Farmar’s value, but I just don’t see that happening in the next few weeks.


Ramon Sessions Bobcats 8% owned


Sessions has always been able to score off the Bobcats’ bench and this year is no different. He’s averaging 15 points and 3.7 assists, but that’s about all you’ll get out of him on most nights.


Avery Bradley Celtics 57% owned


Bradley hasn’t exactly been killing it for the Celtics in his two games this season, averaging just 8.0 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 turnovers, and has fouled out of both games. The good news is we still don’t know when Rajon Rondo is coming back, and simply put, Bradley can’t play worse than he has. Check out his line from Sunday night and if he’s showing signs of life and you need a PG, give him a look.

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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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