Week 14 Fantasy Basketball Stock Market: Waiver Wire Buys and Sells
DeMarre Carroll (Owned in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues): I’ve spilled a lot of digital ink on Carroll the last couple of weeks and he continues to be a burning value available in most Yahoo leagues. Now healthy, Carroll is averaging 15.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 threes, and 1.4 steals over his last five games. He’s also shooting 62.5 percent from the floor and 55 percent from downtown. Those percentages are bound to level out but he can still be a solid multi-category fantasy basketball contributor.
Andray Blatche (39 percent): He had an off-day last week against Dallas but if we remove that one game, he’s averaging 18.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, a steal, and over one block per game over his last five. Outside of the Dallas game, he’s gotten at least 11 field goal attempts in every game over that stretch and should be able to put up double-digit points and a solid flow of rebounds, blocks, and steals most nights.
Jodie Meeks (55 percent): Meeks needs to be owned in every league. It’s pretty amazing that he isn’t. Here’s a guy who’s scored double-digit points in 14 straight games and in 21 of his last 22. He’s also averaging 17 points, two steals, 2.5 threes, and a few rebounds and assists over those 22 games. How much more consistency do you need here? Grab him and ride this streak.
Randy Foye (54 percent): Foye has scored double-digit points in 15 straight games and, while he doesn’t help with steals like Meeks, he provides a steady flow of points, threes, and is usually a more efficient shooter. Over his last 13 games, Foye is averaging 17.2 points, 3.1 threes, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and is shooting 42 percent from downtown (very helpful, considering he’s averaging 7.3 three-point attempts per game).
Derrick Williams: Williams had a nice little run with Rudy Gay dealing with an ankle injury, posting double-digit points and/or double-digit rebounds in four straight games leading up to Wednesday’s tilt against the Grizzlies. With Gay back in the lineup, however, Williams was back to fewer than 20 minutes off the bench and scored just eight points while bringing down a lone rebound. Unless Gay continues to have ankle issues, time to cut Williams loose.
Marcus Thornton: Like Williams, Thornton had a nice three-game stretch before last night’s game with Gay out, posting double-digit points in those games, including a 42-point explosion last week against the Pacers. With Gay back, Thornton played just 17 minutes off the bench and scored just two points. He had scored single-digit points in nine straight games before that 42-point performance so, you know, don’t bank on that.
Ramon Sessions: With Kemba Walker back as soon as Friday or Saturday, Sessions’ value is about to take a serious hit. Walker consistently plays 40 or more minutes per game while Sessions regularly played in the low-20s before Walker got hurt.
Brandon Bass: Bass is owned in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues, a number that’s incomprehensible since he has played 23 or fewer minutes in seven of his last eight games, despite starting the last three. Brad Stevens’ lineup tinkering, and the fact that Bass is averaging just 22.2 minutes, 9.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game, don’t leave much optimism for a brighter future.