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.
Iman Shumpert – Knicks (ESPN 41 percent, Yahoo 34 percent)
Iman Shumpert had been in the league for three seasons before the beginning of this season, but you wouldn’t know it, considering the last two season he has been a non-factor due to an ACL injury suffered in the playoffs of his rookie season. Finally looking fully recovered (it’s often said an ACL is a two-year injury), Shumpert is excelling under new coach Derek Fisher, playing as the starting shooting guard, but also playing a good chunk at the point and being a defensive menace in general. In the close loss to the Hawks, Shumpert was at it again, scoring 19 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with four rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 35 minutes. Shumpert has started all seven games for the Knicks, with the last four games going over 30 minutes as Fisher gets more settled with who he wants as his two guard. In the last five games, Shumpert has averaged 15.8 points, 2.6 three-pointers, 3.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 0.6 steals, while shooting 51 percent from the field. With those sort of numbers, which could be sustainable, Shumpert should be owned in all but six team leagues. An added bonus to adding Shumpert to your fantasy roster, his athleticism is back and is a super fun player to watch, not to mention a top five NBA hairstyle.
Solomon Hill – Pacers (ESPN 1 percent, Yahoo 17 percent)
If you looked at Solomon Hill’s rookie numbers, he’s hardly the sort of player you would’ve thought would be able to make a dent in the collective consciousness of fantasy basketball owners. The first round pick averaged 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8 minutes a game, hardly inspiring. But, with no Paul George, Lance Stephenson, and now, no Rodney Stuckey or C.J. Miles, Hill has been forced to assume a larger role and he has thrived. Against the Wizards, Hill set a career high with 28 points (10-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-11 FT), six rebounds, one assist and three steals in 43 minutes. Even when Miles and Stuckey were healthy though, Hill was the starter and with his current form, Frank Vogel would be wise to keep him in that role and develop him for the future. He has no scored in double digits in five straight games and is averaging 16.5 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the past seven days. If you are in a 12 team league, Hill shouldn’t be floating on your waiver wire, so f you have an underperformer, you should look to bring in the Pacers’ emerging talent. They’re going to need him and so might you.
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