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.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Pistons (ESPN 14 percent, Yahoo 20 percent)
If there’s one main thing I need to get across about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope it’s that new coach Stan Van Gundy places an awful lot of trust in the second shooting guard. How many second year guards would be able to 12.9 attempts per game, and hit just 39 percent of them for the season? I’m guessing not many. But KCP is getting 35 minutes a game and is clearly Van Gundy’s choice at shooting guard, especially with Jodie Meeks out for the foreseeable future.
In the loss to the Wizards Wednesday, Caldwell-Pope had 20 points (8-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt) with two rebounds and one block in another 35 minutes. In his last five games, he’s dropped 15 three-pointers, an impressive number no doubt. He’s not a must-add in 10 team leagues, but in 12 teamers, a starting two-guard who plays 35 minutes could be invaluable. We are still waiting for his steal numbers to rise, as he is averaging just 0.4 per game, compared with 0.9 last season in just 20 minutes. When this defensive numbers return, KCP’s three-pointers, points, and steals will become the hot item on the wire. If you need it, grab him now and see where he takes you.
Anthony Morrow – Thunder (ESPN 0.9 percent, Yahoo 16 percent)
It felt like we were just waiting for Anthony Morrow to return to the court for him to become fantasy relevant, what with all the injuries the Thunder are suffering through. It didn’t take long for the Thunder’s number one free agent signing to show what we were waiting for.
Against the Celtics, playing 31 minutes off the bench, Morrow scored 28 points (11-16 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with five rebounds and one assist. Not bad for his second game back from injury. He could very easily replace either Jeremy Lamb or Lance Thomas in the starting lineup and while the wing will get crowded once Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, and Perry Jones III return, Morrow provides a very specific skill set and will continue to be a valuable commodity once everyone returns.
He could very well start at the two once the stars return, and if not, play the sixth man shooting role to a T. For now, if you are lacking in scoring and three-pointers, particularly in a deeper league, Morrow is a no-brainer add.
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