This week’s article is extremely short simply because there is not a lot out on the waiver wire right now. Most of you that are still alive likely have strong teams, and I would not sacrifice one of your players for what is out there at the moment. However, if you’re in a deeper league or suffered an injury, maybe one of these players can provide some sort of replacement.
*All league ownership percentages are courtesy of ESPN.com
Danilo Gallinari (Den SF, 41.1% of leagues): I’ve been hesitant on Gallinari because like most three-point shooters, he can be streaky. However, I’m finally putting confidence in him because he has had a wonderful month. In March, he averages 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.6 three-pointers. That includes a career-high 40 points on the 22nd, which vaulted him into the scoring lead in Denver. Granted, the Nuggets don’t have a ton of talent at this point, but playing better than Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson should be noticed. He plays the most minutes behind Lawson and could be most valuable in category leagues that factor in threes. On the season, he averages 4.8 three-point attempts per game, but that number has increased to 6.9 in March. More attempts obviously mean a higher probability for more makes. Statistically, Gallinari is actually having his worst season since 2008-09. However, he started off this year extremely slow with injuries and lack of playing time. As I’ve mentioned previously, the Nuggets are quite awful and will most likely just go with whatever is working at the time. While Gallinari is the trending topic in Denver, roll with him.
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Anthony Morrow (OKC SG, 9.6% of leagues): Morrow is in a similar boat except instead of rebounding, he shoots threes. He shoots .486 behind the arc while averaging 6.4 attempts per game. With Kevin Durant out, Russell Westbrook (try as he might) cannot score ALL of the Thunder’s points. Three 20-point efforts from Morrow in March bodes well for his value down the stretch.
Brandan Wright (Pho PF/C, 11.2% of leagues): Wright will only be valuable in deep leagues due to his rebounding. He needs minutes in order to stack the stat sheet, so his production will be here and there. Proceed with caution.
Guys I’ve mentioned previously who are still worth a pickup: Elfrid Payton (Orl PG, 50.5% of leagues); Zaza Pachulia (Mil C, 10.0% of leagues); Brandon Bass (Bos PF, 15.6% of leagues); Alexey Shved (NY SG, 39.5% of leagues)
Guys I would be comfortable dropping or trading: Kevin Durant (OKC SF, 71.2% of leagues); Josh Smith (Hou SF/PF, 70.0% of leagues)
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