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.
Enes Kanter – Jazz (ESPN 32 percent, Yahoo 52 percent)
For a guy who was drafted on average at pick 117 on ESPN, Enes Kanter sure has been dropped in a lot of leagues. And that is partially understandable given the way Quin Snyder had put a lid on his minutes through the first three games. In those games, Kanter averaged just 22 minutes a contest, scoring 8.0 points and grabbing 3.7 rebounds. But recently, he’s turned things around. In the loss to the Pacers, Kanter, in just 25 minutes, scored 18 points (7-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), grabbed three rebounds, and blocked two shots. This follows on from a double-double Sunday against the Pistons and you can see things turning around for the big man from Turkey. In my head-to-head ranking, Kanter is currently sitting at 142, so it’s just inside the ownable range for 12 team leagues, but with his recent increase in production, if you need a scoring big man, Kanter is providing some nice value in even 10 team leagues.
Lavoy Allen – Pacers (ESPN 0.8 percent, Yahoo 5 percent)
At one stage last season, I added Lavoy Allen in 10 team leagues once news of the Spencer Hawes trade from the Sixers to the Cavaliers came through. Hours later, Allen himself was shipped off to the Pacers, thus destroying my dream and snagging a late addition to fuel my championship drive. But now, with the well-known injury issues in Indiana, Allen is having himself some solid games. He’s a little hit and miss, but for the season, on a per-game basis, I have Allen ranked as my 107th player in head-to-head leagues. That’s not to say I suggest adding him in 10 or 12 team leagues, but any deeper, you must, at least until David West returns.
Against the Jazz, Allen has his first double-double of the season, scoring 12 points (6-12 FG) with 15 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 27 minutes. It’s also the third time he’s had double-digit rebounds this season in just nine games. He has surpassed Ian Mahinmi for value and is outplaying Luis Scola from time to time. For the upside, he’s the backup big man I want out of the Pacers’ stock.
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