The NBA season has kicked off and knowing lots of fantasy owners, you’ll all be eager to action your trigger fingers and make a grab at free agents on your waiver wire from the get-go. In these “All Wired Up” posts, which I’ll endeavour to have up daily, I’ll look at the best performances from players who are on the waiver wire in most standard leagues. Make sure you also check out the “Deep Diving” pieces as there’s standard league value in those as well, especially with today’s take on Bojan Bogdanovic.
Draymond Green – Warriors (ESPN 70 percent, Yahoo 68 percent)
If Draymond Green’s ownership isn’t at 100 percent by the end of the week, I’ll be shocked. Firstly, there is no David Lee for the next two weeks, at least. Secondly, and most importantly, Green is absolutely destroying box scores all over the place at the moment, highlighted by his monstrous night Sunday against the Suns. In the Warriors’ first loss of the season, Green scored 22 points (7-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT) with nine rebounds, one steal, and four blocks in 36 minutes in a nother display that shows me, at least, that he’ll be this team’s starting power forward all season, even when Lee returns.
In his last three games, Green has averaged 20.0 points, 2.7 three-pointers, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.3 blocks on 53 percent shooting from the field. Those are top 10 numbers. Yet, he remains available in 30 percent of leagues. Interesting. One thing is for sure, new coach Steve Kerr loves what he can do and knows how to use him and Green could be a sneaky tip to be this season’s most improved player if this form continues. If he is available in your league, he must be owned, unless you have the greatest fantasy lineup of all time. In that case, I’ll give you a pass.
Bojan Bogdanovic – Nets (ESPN 0.4 percent, Yahoo 3 percent)
In somewhat of a surprising move, the Nets announced rookie Bojan Bogdanovic would be their starter at small forward before opening night. The Croatian rookie has remained in that position all season, and Sunday, had the best game of his NBA career in the victory over the Magic. Bogdanovic, who was drafted back in 2011, scored 22 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with six rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 32 minutes. In fact, in the last two games, Bogdanovic has played over 30 minutes and his form in the past week has improved his fantasy stocks markedly. In the past four contests, Bogdanovic has averaged 12.8 points, 1.8 three-pointers, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals, shooting 54 percent from the field and has yet to miss a free throw, all season. If you are in a league of 14 teams or deeper, Bogdanovic must be owned, as he appears to be a key cog in the Nets’ rotation, playing no less than 23 minutes all season. As a rookie, particularly an international one, the transition to the NBA can be difficult, so we can only expect improvement as the season progresses. Getting him now may end up as a huge windfall for your team.
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