As I’ve said many times before, at this point in the season, the only way you’re getting any kind of impact talent off the NBA waiver wire is do to injury replacement.
Over the weekend, the NBA saw the unfortunate injury to Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. While unfortunate, it opens up all kinds of opportunities for his teammates. Most of Rondo’s fellow Celtics are already taken in most fantasy leagues, but there could still be some help out there for your team.
Courtney Lee, for example, appears to be the biggest available beneficiary of Rondo’s absence. Lee is available in most leagues, mainly because he hasn’t been all that productive this year, averaging just seven points and two rebounds per game on the season. But he got his first start of the season in the Celtics first game without Rondo, and while he didn’t do much with it, the lack of scoring was due mainly to a poor shooting night. Keep an eye on Lee and see if he continues to start and get 25-30 minutes per game. If so, he could be a help to your team.
Looking outside of Boston, there’s Ben Gordon of the Bobcats. Despite being on a terrible team, Gordon is scoring at a nice rate, hitting double-figures in his last four games and seven three-pointers in his last three. He’s always been a good three-point shooter and he puts up good percentages, and on a bad team, he’s getting plenty of opportunities to shoot.
A lot was expected of Michael Beasley this season after the Suns said during the pre-season they wanted him to shoot more, but we haven’t seen the results until lately. Beasley has hit double-figures in three of his past four games, including a 25-point effort on Saturday. He’s still shooting, so as long as he’s making enough of them, he climbs back into fantasy relevance.
Another injury beneficiary has been Jerryd Bayless in Memphis, who has taken advantage of the time Mike Conley has missed. Bayless has scored more and more of late, including a 21-point effort on Monday, and has at least five assists in each of his past three games. His value is directly tied to Conley’s injury, so keep an eye on that, but as long as Conley is still out, Bayless has value.
There’s not a lot out there this week, but as always, look for injuries. Even the most minor injury, something that lasts for even a week, can give other players enough value to add to your team for a short period of time.