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.
Jose Calderon – Knicks (ESPN 43 percent, Yahoo 78 percent)
I know Jose Calderon has missed a chunk of time, but the fact that he’s sitting on over half of ESPN’s waiver-wires should be corrected immediately. We saw how the Shane Larkin experiment in New York, so there is no competition for Calderon’s job and he went out Wednesday and showed us what he can do.
Against his former team, the Mavericks, Calderon had 21 points (7-13 FG, 7-9 3Pt), 10 rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes. This won’t happen every night, obviously, but the ability to hit three-pointers, while shooting good percentages is something Calderon has established a reputation for. He should not be unowned in 12 team leagues, nor should he be in 10 teamers, as his role is unquestioned and the numbers will be there. If someone had to drop him, you need to make their misfortune your gain.
Isaiah Canaan – Rockets (ESPN 1 percent, Yahoo 2 percent)
Isaiah Canaan has very little fantasy value in a perfect world for the Houston Rockets. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, so the Rockets are without their starting point guard, Patrick Beverley, for at the least the next couple of weeks due to a hamstring aggravation. Enter Isaiah Canaan. Against the equally undermanned KIngs, Canaan exploded for 24 points (9-16 FG, 6-10 3Pt), six rebounds, four assists, and four steals in 32 minutes. Like Beverley, Canaan is not a great source of dimes for a point guard, but what he will do is give you points, three-pointers and steals. In the eight starts he’s had this season, Canaan is averaging 12.5 points, 2.6 three-pointers and 1.4 steals, numbers which warrant ownership in leagues of 12 teams or more. In 2 teamers though, I wouldn’t drop anyone with lasting value, but as the primary backup when everyone is healthy, in deeper leagues he should be owned. Beverley is not the healthiest of players, so you could be getting nights like this more often than you expect.
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