In the wake of Chris Paul’s recent knee injury and impending surgery, new starting point guard Darren Collison is a must-grab waiver wire gem.
He performed well in his eight spot-starts earlier in the season, and dropped 17 points and 18 points in his first start with Paul out on Friday night.
Those types of numbers may not be the norm going forward, but Collison (still available in 64 percent of leagues) is clearly a guy that needs to be owned in all leagues. Grab him up if he’s still available, and read on for the rest of the guys that deserve to be on a roster in this week’s edition of our waiver wire watch:
Note: Only players available in over 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues are candidates for this list.
Rafer Alston, PG, Miami Heat (Availble in 85% of leagues)
Alston is a hard sell, and you should definitely be taking any promotion of him (including ours) with a large grain of salt. He’s in a shooting slump, and isn’t known for great shooting percentages anyways, and has also been very inconsistent with assists since joining the Heat.
However, an injury to back-up point guard Mario Chalmers could (and should) give him almost all the action at the point for the foreseeable future, giving him a solid chance at becoming a decent fantasy option. Be weary if you add Alston, but the potential for big minutes and solid production is there.
Marcus Thornton, SG, New Orleans Hornets (72%)
Speaking of guys that will benefit from Chris Paul’s absence Thornton, who we already quietly plugged in previous waiver wire columns, stands to see extra (consistent) minutes, going forward.
He was already posting over 10 points per game on the season, along with excellent shooting percentages. Add the fact that he’s topped 10 points in 12 of his last 13 contests, and he’s officially a hot add.
Carlos Delfino, G/F, Milwaukee Bucks (52%)
This is likely the last time we can (or will) promote Delfino, as he’s barely hanging on in the waiver wire in many leagues. He’s become consistent on the offensive end, and continues to clean the glass, grabbing at least five boards in seven straight games.
He’s started the past six games, and as long as that sticks, his value should only continue to rise.
Brandon Rush, G/F, Indiana Pacers (60%)
Rush has found a niche in Indiana’s starting line-up, and has slowly convinced us all that he’s worthy of a roster spot in most leagues.
He can still be had, and considering his decent offensive out-put (over 12 points in six straight), along with his solid potential, he’s worth the add.
George Hill, G/F, San Antonio Spurs (76%)
Hill has started the past seven games for the Spurs, while topping 12 shot attempts in five of the seven games, and has averaged well over 34 minutes per contest.
With Tony Parker dealing with an ankle injury, Hill, who has topped 16 points in three straight, should continue to play a big role in the offense.
Brad Miller, C, Chicago Bulls (58%)
Miller has benefited from Joakim Noah’s injury, and has seen over 20 minutes per game in the last four contests for the Bulls.
During that time, he’s scored between 10-25 points on each night, and has contributed decent overall lines. He’s also hit two three’s in three of the last four games, giving him an extra boost of value. Add him as a stop-gap until Noah returns, and then gauge his performance based on his time on the floor.
Other guys we like: Mike Miller, J.J. Redick, Jerryd Bayless