Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Nick Young, Jerryd Bayless and more

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on February 1, 2013 @ 16:33:12 PDT


With trades occurring in the league, you must be paying attention to everybody involved in the deal. When Rudy Gay was traded to the Toronto Raptors, from a fantasy standpoint, Ed Davis is just as important as Gay because of switching teams, as well. There were other players, such as Jose Calderon and Tayshaun Prince, who also were part of the deal. When you see ANY trade occur in the league, make sure you look at all players involved. You can rely on KFFL to examine their new situations to determine if they warrant consideration.

Courtney Lee, guard-forward, Boston Celtics: With Rajon Rondo (knee) out for the rest of the season, Lee and other Celtics shooting guards and small forwards will have to carry the load. Lee is a player who will do a lot of little things for your team. In the last few weeks, Lee has been scoring 9.3 points while shooting over 40 percent from the floor. He has grabbed a handful of rebounds and dished a few assists per game, as well, during this time.

The most impressive of Lee's recent statistics: He swiped the ball 1.6 times a game. He does not turn over the ball much, as he averages 0.6 turnovers per night, and Lee has been playing 22 minutes per game lately. That will improve as the season rolls on. He is owned in 28 percent of leagues polled and is a valuable pickup.

Jerryd Bayless, guard, Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies have been showing off their depth by playing both of their point guards (Bayless and Mike Conley), and Bayless has been benefitting lately by getting more playing time. His playing time has improved by five minutes per night over the last few weeks; he now plays a little over 27 minutes per game. I have been saying for month how scarce the point guard position is, and Bayless is owned in 18 percent of leagues polled.

When Bayless is on the court with Conley, he does take over the point guard role and in his last few games he has dished 4.6 assists per game. Bayless gets a steal nearly every game. He has also been a scoring threat, shooting 53 percent from the field, scoring 10.8 points per game. He has even grabbed a few rebounds per game, which makes him even more valuable of a guard.

Jerryd Bayless, Memphis Grizzlies

Nick Young, guard-forward, Philadelphia 76ers: Young has become a lethal scoring option as of late. Available in only 25 percent of leagues polled, Young has been averaging 15.3 points while shooting 41.8 percent from the field in his last few games. During that time, he has hit two three-pointers and grabbed over three assists per game. His playing time during this stretch has improved to 33 minutes per game.

Young is a streaky shooter, so you have to watch his field goal percentage. Lately, he has been a big part of the 76ers' offense. When Jrue Holiday drives the lane and draws the extra defender, Young is often left open for a three-pointer or midrange jumper. He also has no problem of his own driving the lane and will even contribute a few assists and a steal in most games, as well.

Bismack Biyombo, forward-center, Charlotte Bobcats: If you are looking specifically for a boost in scoring and free-throw percentage, do not read forward, because Biyombo is a specialty waiver wire pickup. He has blocked 2.4 shots per game over the last couple of weeks. He has also grabbed 7.3 rebounds during this time. He has been playing 27 minutes per game during that stretch.

Biyombo is the Bobcats' only solid frontcourt contributor. They are very guard-heavy. Biyombo will always have a spot in the rotation and is owned in only 19 percent of leagues polled. He gives you an immediate boost in both rebounds and blocks but is very raw otherwise. Add with caution, and drop if you see regression in shooting percentage.

P.J. Tucker, guard-forward, Phoenix Suns: The Suns have been brought up a few times in trade discussions. This is the time to be watching the Suns' rotation and look at all of their talent. One smaller talent on the Suns who has been playing 31 minutes a game in the last two weeks is Tucker. During that time, Tucker has scored 7.8 points per outing while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor. He has also contributed by dishing three assists and grabbing 1.2 steals per game.

There is a possibility that Tucker can be shipped off to another team, so this is the time to keep an eye out. His statistics show that he helps out in many areas. That is a good selling point to a team looking at acquiring Tucker as part of the package. He has improved each week and is currently owned in just 2 percent of leagues polled.

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About Justin "Fensty" Fensterman

Fensterman covers fantasy basketball for KFFL and joined the team in 2012. He is a Sports Radio Producer on SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports Radio channel, the first channel dedicated solely to fantasy sports. An avid fantasy basketball player, Fensty's biggest accomplishment in the fantasy sports world was in 2004 when he had an undefeated season in a Yahoo! Sports Fantasy NBA league and was ranked in the top 30 among all players in the world.

A native from Oyster Bay, NY, Fensty left New York to study Broadcast Journalism at American University in Washington D.C. in 2005. Fensty has previously worked for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, MTV and News 12: Long Island.

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