Contributed by Mike Gallagher
George Hill: Hill scored 23 points in 38 minutes on Monday. He is a no-brainer must-own guy and should have a very strong finish
Rodrigue Beaubois: Were you burned by a Frenchman this weekend and didn‘t pick up Hill? Roddy Beaubois can not only fill your multi-cultural quota, he can fill up the box scores, too. Roddy had back-to-back 22-plus point performances in the first two games sans Jason Terry. Beaubois has fantasy game as sweet as an éclair with great shooting (50 percent on the season), attempts from behind the arc (five 3PA per game in his last four, and solid free throw shooting (81 percent). Although Roddy-Roddy isn‘t a point guard he‘ll contribute a moderate amount of assists (3.5 per in his last four).
Beaubois is only going to be a short-term fix for owners since Jason Terry could be returning in as little as one week. Worse yet, Terry‘s orbital bone surgery shouldn‘t linger, thus it‘s unlikely that R.B. will be getting much run in a couple weeks. Standard league owners might want to consider Rodrigue only if they are desperately trying to make up ground in the standings.
Carlos Arroyo: Arroyo is one of my favorite scoops in the past month for two reasons: One is that he is a point guard. The second is because his minutes have taken a considerable jump recently. Arroyo is averaging just 18 MPG this season, but played 39 minutes per contest in his last three. Arroyo was probably added by savvy owners after he posted two very nice lines to start his week (15.5 PPG, five APG, 1.5 SPG, and zero turnovers in those two), but Carlos may have been hastily cut after his two-point stinker.
Arroyo shot 1-of-8 from the floor and only had three dimes in a Rafer-esque line. The positive side of this story is that Miami did win the game and Arroyo played 40 minutes vs. the formidable Hawks. If you missed out on Jrue Holiday last week, C.A. will be a nice backup plan.
Terrence Williams: T-Will has been in my doghouse as a New Jersey fan for his ugly 38 percent shooting from the floor this season. However, he has really stepped up his game over his last four games. In those four his averages are 13 points, six assists, 6.5 rebounds, and one three in 30 minutes per game. Williams has been running the point for New Jersey second team which explains the higher assist totals.
Williams was added by several fantasy teams for fairly consistent double-digit point production with a half steal and decent three-point contributions. Williams was jettisoned (rightfully so) by fantasy teams once Chris Douglas-Roberts got into the swing of things, Yi returned from a injury, and the Nets had seemed to figure out their rotation.
Fast forward to March, Yi Jianlan is going to miss some time with an ankle injury which has really paved the way for Williams. The Louisville Cardinal should be added by desperate teams, but it remains to be seen if he and Yi can coexist in the Nets‘ offensive game plan.
Leandro Barbosa: The Blur could be making his debut when the Suns play on Friday. Barbosa has missed 21 games with a wrist injury and has been going through some light practice drills for a large chunk of that time to stay in shape.
The buzz kill on Barbosa is that J-Rich has really excelled in his absence. Richardson scored 20-plus in six of his last eight games and L.B. will need a very strong showing to pry those minutes from him. Goran Dragic hasn‘t been too shabby either with a few nice showings in the interim.
Barbosa isn‘t going to be the player he was a few years ago and don‘t forget he is only averaging 10.6 PPG this season. On the other hand, he does have over one 3PM per game this season, decent steal totals, and crazier things have happened. If your team is sitting pretty and you can afford to take a chance on someone with nice long-term upside, why not give Leandro a go?
Will Bynum: Rodney Stuckey availability is unknown at the moment which translates to very nice value for Will Bynum. Bynum had a 12-point and 11-dime line in 42 minutes against Houston on Sunday. Willy B-man should not have invisible juice on the waiver wire and needs be added until there is a concrete return date for Stuckey.
Reggie Williams: This guy had 28 points in Don Nelson system. It is my duty to put at least one Warrior in the Waiver Wire Scoops every week. I would be remised to exclude Williams when he shot 10-of-16 on Monday. Williams stole Anthony Tolliver‘s thunder when he played 34 minutes to Tolliver‘s 26. Many owners (including myself) have fallen victim to adding guys like Coby Karl in hopes of finding the net Anthony Morrow. Williams isn‘t much of an option until he can prove it once Monta Ellis returns in the near future.
Toney Douglas: The Sergio Rodriguez experiment hasn‘t exactly gone to plan. Spanish Chocolate played just 21 minutes in his last five games his numbers have been underwhelming to say the least. Those numbers include just 8.6 PPG, 4.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, and 0.2 3PM per game.
Before the trade deadline, Mike D‘Antoni indicated that younger guys like Toney Douglas would get a chance to run the show in hopes to ascertain what the futures holds for them with the team. Obviously, things took a turn for the worse for Toney when T-Mac, Eddie House, and Sergio came into town.
Remember why how I mention I liked Carlos Arroyo so much this week? It‘s because other point guards will have much less upside. Toney probably won‘t amount to much, and turning the ball over in the closing seconds on Monday‘s game won‘t help his chances. Leave him for deep leagues right now.
Johan Petro: Chris Andersen and Kenyon Martin are both hurting. Johan will need both of them to miss time to be relevant. If they are both out, deep league owners might have to consider Petro to fuel their teams big man needs.