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Waiver Wire: Start making some sense

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The convoluted nature of the Lakers' offense this season has been the source of much Fantasy intrigue. From Metta World Peace's improbable re-emergence as a factor to the surprisingly lackluster play of formerly elite big man Pau Gasol, they have been incredibly hard to peg.

Arguably the most difficult player to make sense of has been veteran forward Antawn Jamison, whose Fantasy star seems to be improving thanks to a small bit of improved play over the last few games. Jamison, who was expected to provide his typically unconventional brand of scoring off the bench for the Lakers, was owned in the majority of Fantasy leagues after Draft Day. His ownership cratered to 13 percent a week ago, but has been building back up over the last week.

Jamison is now owned in 42 percent of all leagues, making him the third-most added player heading into Fantasy Week 6 (Dec. 3-9). The question is, what can Fantasy owners expect from him moving forward? The 36-year-old has scored 83 points total through the first 15 games over the season, with 35 of them coming over the course of back-to-back nights against Memphis and Dallas last week. Add in a double-double effort and 25-plus minutes in a crowded frontcourt over those two games, and it is easy to see why Fantasy owners would expect a bounce back from one of the more consistent scorers in the league over the past decade moving forward.

The assumption seems to be that Jamison is a more natural fit for Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni's offensive system than Gasol, who seems lost at times in the offense. That seems logical on the surface, but there is little evidence that it is true. The Lakers have played four games with D'Antoni as the head coach, and Jamison has scored in double figures twice. He has three points combined in the other two.

Fantasy owners can hardly be blamed for taking the chance on a guy who scored 17.2 points per game as recently as last season, but it is unlikely that this waiver-wire move proves particularly fruitful. It seems like we should still expect Jamison to be a non-factor more often than not.

Most Added Guards

Jeremy Pargo, Cavaliers: It is entirely unsurprising to see Pargo near the top of the list of most-added players, as he is averaging 15.2 points per game since taking over as Cleveland's starting point guard in the wake of Kyrie Irving's finger injury. Pargo is also averaging 4.0 assists while playing 33.7 minutes per game in that span. His track record is largely non-existent, as the 26-year-old spent time after college playing in Europe before coming stateside to a minor role last season with Memphis. Pargo has built his solid run on a reliable jump shot, as he is shooting at least 40 from every shot distance tracked by Basketball-Reference.com. It seems like the Cavs are going to give him solid minutes moving forward, which means he remains worth adding in most leagues where he is still available. (60 percent owned; +40 percent)

Aaron Brooks, Kings: Brooks is another bit player who has been thrust into a bigger role over the last week-plus, and he at least has more of an NBA track record than Pargo. The Kings have started him in their last five games at the point guard position, and he has responded by scoring 10.8 points per game. Don't be fooled by his solid mark, as he is shooting a wholly unsustainable 63.6 percent on 6.6 shots per game. There simply are not many shots available in a Kings offense with plenty of options and little in the way of opportunity, and he is unlikely to continue averaging double figures given this role. Brooks is a 41.3 percent shooter from the field in his career, so once the shots stop falling, his Fantasy value should plummet with it. (41 percent owned; + 20 percent)

Jamaal Tinsley, Jazz: It has been an awfully long time since Tinsley was a viable Fantasy option. He last averaged double figures in scoring back in 2007-08, when he spent 39 games as the Pacers' starting point guard. He has been asked to bear a surprisingly large role for the Jazz in his age-34 season, and he has responded with arguably his most productive stretch in years. Over the last four games, he is averaging 9.0 assists and 8.5 points per game, while reaching double-figures in each category at least twice. His role has increased as a result of a lingering foot injury that has cost Mo Williams three games in a row. Before Wednesday's game against New Orleans, Williams told reporters he is close to getting back, so Tinsley is likely just a few days returning to Fantasy irrelevance. This is probably the peak of Tinsley's Fantasy value. (16 percent owned; + 14 percent)

Most Added Forwards

Markieff Morris, Suns: Both of the second-year Morris twins have surprisingly jumped into Fantasy relevance after mediocre rookie seasons, but it is the elder -- by seven minutes -- Markieff, who is on Fantasy owners' minds as he entered the starting lineup for the Suns. Morris scored in double figures in three games in a row last week, and has now started four games in a row for a Phoenix team that at times seems unsure as to how they would like their front court rotation to look. Morris was a lottery pick a year ago, so the talent to be a productive player is there. After seeing unpredictable playing time last year, he is averaging 15.2 points per-36 minutes this season. I would not recommend relying on Morris as a starter at this point, as Suns' coach Alvin Gentry seems to be changing his rotation on a whim recently. That being said, his place in the team's plans makes this waiver-wire flier a smart decision by most owners. (63 percent owned; + 45 percent)

Patrick Patterson, Rockets: Of anyone on this list, Patterson's recent play has been the most impressive, which makes it difficult to understand why he is just the fourth-most added player and only just broke through to being owned in a majority of leagues. Patterson has scored in double-digits in seven games in a row, including three 20-point efforts in his last four games. He plays for the fastest-paced team in the league, and has played fewer than 20 minutes in just one of his 14 games. After a 27-point game during which he was arguably Houston's most impressive player against the Thunder, it would not surprise me if Patterson's ownership shot up sharply yet again -- deservedly so. Patterson is the only regular for the Rockets that is shooting better than 50 percent from the field, largely because he takes 45% of his shots from within nine feet of the rim and shoots 63.8 percent on those attempts. Patterson has avoided bad shots, and has even added a somewhat reliable three-point shot to his arsenal, making 12 in 15 games. Patterson continues to impress this season, and is worth adding in all Fantasy leagues. 57 percent owned; + 23 percent

Kyle Singler, Pistons: Singler turned a high-profile four-year career with the illustrious Duke Blue Devils into a second-round draft selection and a ticket to Europe last season, as no NBA teams seemed all that interested in his services. Just a month into his rookie season, Singler has managed to make the Pistons look good for investing a guaranteed contract in him this offseason, as he has provided a big spark to an offense that often seemed moribund before his role increased. In eight games since inserting him into the starting lineup, Detroit has gone 5-3, with Singler providing 12.0 points per game. He probably won't continue shooting better than 50.0 percent from the field, but Singler seems to be a truly above average shooter, something that is in short supply in Detroit. Singler has been very smart about his shot selection, taking 81 of his 114 shots from either within three feet of the rim or from three-point range; and has scored 129 of his 159 points this season on these shots. There seems to be little reason to expect Detroit to scale back his minutes, so go ahead and add him. (40 percent owned; + 23 percent)

Most Added Centers

Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors: It took a while for Valanciunas earn the trust of his coach, Dwane Casey, as he played 30-plus minutes just once in his first 11 NBA games. He has topped that mark in four of the last five games, and he just missed it in the fifth, playing 28 minutes Wednesday against the Grizzlies. He has shown more of a comfort level on offense than we expected initially, reaching double figures in scoring in seven of 16 games, averaging 9.3 per game. Given how shallow the position is, Valanciunas ranks 28th among Centers in scoring. The Raptors are probably going to lean on the 20-year-old even more heavily as the season goes on, so Fantasy owners should expect him to be worth starting as a low-end option before long. Keep snatching him up. 70 percent owned; + 15 percent

Jermaine O'Neal, Suns: O'Neal was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Pistons due to an undisclosed injury. Given O'Neal's recent injury history, the fact that he was able to return to the game should probably confirm the Suns' medical staff's league-wide reputation as miracle workers. The fact that O'Neal has even been an effective player for Phoenix also leads me to believe that the Fountain of Youth may be located somewhere deep within the bowels of US Airways Center. O'Neal looked completely washed up over two injury-shortened seasons in Boston, scoring in double figures just six times total over the course of 49 games. He has reached double-digits in points in five of the last seven games, while playing an unexpectedly large role in Phoenix's offense. The Suns seem to have soured on Marcin Gortat and his inconsistent effort this season, which has opened a door for O'Neal. The Suns have more talented – and younger – options in the frontcourt, so it would be a legitimate surprise if O'Neal keeps seeing extended run through the season. Despite an unexpectedly competent start, I wouldn't risk relying on the 34-year-old at this point. 14 percent owned; + 12 percent

Other thoughts: Most dropped players -- Alexey Shved, Derrick Williams, Isaiah Thomas, Dorell Wright, E'Twaun Moore, Spencer Hawes, A.J. Price ... Most traded players -- Jeremy Lin, Dwyane Wade, Josh Smith, Pau Gasol, Greivis Vasquez, O.J. Mayo ... Ricky Rubio was cleared for practice and should be able to make his debut in two weeks. He is already owned in 94 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and should be a worthy starting guard, especially in category-based Fantasy formats, once he gets up to speed.

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Omer Asik ready to clean up in return to starting role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Last season was a rough one for Omer Asik, who had to deal with returning to a reserve role after really shining as a starter the previous year. He should be much happier with his role this season, as the Pelicans acquired him this offseason with the intention of installing him as the starting center.

The Pelicans should have a fearsome frontcourt with Asik starting next to Anthony Davis, and Davis' presence should free Asik up to do the kind of work he excels at. Asik isn't a great offensive player, but he can be a dominant offensive rebounder, and should have many chances to clean up the boards with teams keying in on Davis offensively. Among players who have logged at least 5,000 minutes in the NBA, Asik is 22nd all-time in offensive rebounding percentage.

Asik had trouble staying healthy last season, but that was the first time he had ever missed a regular-season game in his career, so we can probably write that off as a fluke. He averaged a double-double with 1.1 blocks per game in 30.0 minutes per game two years ago, and should be capable of similar production as he returns to a starting role.

Asik should be viewed as a starting Fantasy option this season, though he may not have the upside of some other younger centers at this point. 


Tobias Harris' Fantasy value a mystery at this point
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Perception is a funny thing. Just ask Magic forward Tobias Harris, who enjoyed by far the most productive season of his career in 2013-14 but was somehow viewed as a Fantasy disappointment.

Part of that stemmed from Harris' issues with availability, as he missed 20 games and got off to a slow start to the season as a result. It really took until January for Harris to find his stride, but he averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game from Jan. 1 on, without missing a contest.

Harris was probably better than the general perception of him a year ago, but the power of expectations hurt him. And now he enters his fourth season as something of a career crossroads, and it is hard to say just how Fantasy owners should approach him this season.

The Magic added Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon to the roster this season, further confusing what was already one of the most crowded frontcourts in the league. Harris can play both forward spots, but he is probably best used as a small-ball power forward; the presence of Frye, one of the league's elite stretch-fours certainly complicates matters for Harris, then.

At just 22, Harris still has a world of potential ahead of him. However, he probably profiles best as a reserve Fantasy option heading into the season, given concerns about his role.   


Hype may be too high for Giannis Antetokounmpo
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) No matter what he accomplishes in his second NBA season, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely to be a historical outlier, given his age. The question is, how much of a leap can the now-20-year-old take next season.

Only 15 players in NBA history have logged as many minutes in a single season as a teenager as Antetokounmpo's 1,897, so he is occupying fairly rarified air already. His age is a big part of why he is considered a big-time breakout prospect for Fantasy purposes, but he has a long way to go from a statistical standpoint.

Antetokounmpo was good for a 19-year-old rookie, but his season averages of 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game left a lot to be desired. It is easy to dream about a Antetokounmpo taking a big step forward, but that next step is never guaranteed -- for every Anthony Davis there is a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist whose development follows a slower, less linear path. 

Antetokounmpo was very good -- for a 19-year-old. However, Fantasy owners don't get extra points, rebounds or assists if the degree of difficulty is higher, so you are betting on Giannis taking a huge step forward at the age of 20. Antetokounmpo has become something of an internet darling, and his play in Summer League and the FIBA World Cup dominated much of the offseason discussion, which only helped build the hype to potentially unsustainable levels. 

He is a lottery ticket, for sure, but he is one that might not be worth the cost at this point. 


Improved jump shot all Jimmy Butler needs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had the breakout season many expected from him a year ago, but there were still plenty of flaws apparent in his game as he finished his third NBA season. With a better team around him, Butler just might have enough help to vault him to stardom.

Butler's jump shot abandoned him last season, especially after a toe injury forced him to miss 11 games in November and December. He was shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range prior to the injury, but connected on just 39.3 percent of his shots overall and 27.1 percent from three-point range from that point on.

We can blame Butler's season-long shooting slump on the injury or his increased offensive role, but he should have neither excuse available for him this season. Butler should be healthy, and the Bulls added plenty of offensive firepower this offseason, in the form of Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott, not to mention a hopefully healthy Derrick Rose. Butler took 154 shots off the dribble last season, per Stats.NBA.com, and made just 30.7 percent of them. With a better team around him, Butler should get many more opportunities to shoot with his feet set.

Butler has the skill set to be a tremendously efficient offensive player, given how often he bullies his way to the free-throw line. Last season, Butler filled up the box score extremely well, but his poor shooting limited his Fantasy value somewhat. If a new role helps his efficiency, he could be one of the very best guards in the league in category-based formats. 


Lance Stephenson set for bigger role in new setting
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Though there were fits and starts, Lance Stephenson finally began to live up to his considerable promise last season. Now in a new home in Charlotte, will Stephenson take another step forward in 2014-15?

By the end of last season, the Pacers were a mess, and Stephenson caught plenty of the blame for that. Still, he might have been arguably the team's most consistent player throughout the season, averaging between 25.8 and 29.7 Fantasy points per game from before and after the All-Star break as well as the playoffs. For as much of a mess as that team was, Stephenson emerged as something of a rock, at least for Fantasy purposes.

The Hornets are actually built in a somewhat similar way to the Pacers, so there wont' be much of a stylistic shift for Stephenson to get used to. Per MySynergySports.com, 11.8 percent of the then-Bobcats' possessions ended in post-ups, actually down from the 13.2 percent mark the Pacers' posted. Stephenson struggled at times with his post-entry passing, though his off-target feeds might find their mark more often when being lobbed in to the soft hands of Al Jefferson, as opposed to Roy Hibbert.

The Hornets might lean even more heavily on Stephenson than the Pacers did, since Indiana liked to spread the ball around with their starting five. The Hornets, on the other hand, look to be extremely top-heavy, and Stephenson will get plenty of chances to be the second or third option. We have him projected for 29.1 Fantasy points per game, and consider Stephenson a borderline top-50 Fantasy option for this season.  


Move to Houston won't alter Trevor Ariza's trajectory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Trevor Ariza parlayed a career-year into a lucrative free-agency contract with the Rockets this offseason -- stop me if you've heard this story before.

Ariza was largely a disappointment in his first stint with the Rockets, though it did lead him to the best per-game numbers of his career. Still, Ariza was obviously miscast as a primary offensive option the last time he was in Houston, and that won't be a problem this time around.

Ariza joins a Rockets team with two established stars, and will likely spend much of his time trying to fill the departed Chandler Parsons' role. That should suit him nicely, as Ariza has just enough of an off-the-bounce game to serve as the team's third ballhandler when the shot clock gets deep. Ariza attempted 11.1 field-goal attempts per game last season, and should see a boost given Parsons' role; he attempted 13.3 shots per game.

Ariza's improved three-point shot seems legitimate, as he is shooting 38.6 percent from long range over 738 attempts since 2012. However, he will no longer have John Wall feeding him for juicy corner 3-pointers; Wall to Ariza was the league's most productive corner-three combination last season. His shooting numbers may take a hit with his move.

Even acknowledging the loss of Wall's help, we know the Houston offense is set up to get every player the most efficient shots possible, so Ariza shouldn't see much of a dip in his efficiency. His ability to fill up the box score makes him a perfect No. 2 option at forward in category-based leagues, especially now that he is a high-volume shooter. 


Despite new role, don't write off Isaiah Thomas entirely
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Suns guard Isaiah Thomas might see one of the biggest dropoffs in his Fantasy value from last season to this, as he joins the crowded Suns' backcourt.

The Suns might have three All-Star caliber guards in the backcourt now, with Thomas likely to backup Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe this season. That should put a serious dent in Thomas' value; Thomas finished 13th in Fantasy scoring among guards a year ago, but is projected to finish just 43rd this season.

Still, Thomas is definitely someone you'll want to add to your team when drafting, and almost certainly before the rest of the No. 4-type guards he is grouped with. Thomas is likely to see his numbers fall off from the 20.3 points and 6.3 assists he averaged a year ago, at least at first. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him end up starting upwards of 25 games throughout the year, given Bledsoe's injury-proneness. Bledsoe has missed at least 25 games in two of the last three seasons for knee issues.

Thomas probably profiles as more of a bench option for Fantasy purposes next season, but you'll be targeting him much earlier than nearly any other reserve. His upside as a handcuff option for either Bledsoe or Dragic is sky-high, and will make him well worth your attention on Draft Day. 


Eric Gordon cleared for contact
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been cleared to take part in full-contact offseason drills ahead of training camp, The Times-Picayune reports.

Gordon underwent season-ending knee surgery last April, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. 


Jrue Holiday cleared for contact ahead of camp
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was able to participate in full-contact offseason drills last week, the first time he has done so since undergoing season-ending surgery last January.

"Getting out playing has been a joy," Holiday told The Times-Picayune. "I've been running and jumping and stuff, but getting my rhythm back on the court is definitely a big thing right now for me."

The Pelicans open training camp Sept. 30, and Holiday is not expected to have any limitations as the team prepares for the start of the season. Holiday averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season prior to the injury.


Kent Bazemore focused on conditioning in recovery
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Newly signed Hawks guard Kent Bazemore did not pick up a basketball until August, preferring to focus on conditioning in his recovery from foot surgery in April.

"I think the injury was definitely a blessing," he told the Daily Press, "because I was able to step away from the game of basketball. I took myself out of my element all summer. I did stuff I'm not used to doing."

Bazemore signed a two-year deal with the Hawks this offseason, and is expected to compete for playing time on the wing immediately, as he is fully recovered from the surgery. 


 
 
 
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