Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
2015 Draft Prep Guide
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

Waiver Wire: Trouble in Atlanta?

Fantasy Writer
  •  

The loss of Lou Williams last week to a season-ending ligament tear in his knee has created a big hole Atlanta badly needs to fill if it wants to keep its waning playoff hopes alive. Williams wore many hats for the Hawks, working as a backup point guard, crunch-time playmaker or secondary scorer, depending on what the team needed at the time. He had emerged as a strong floor-spacer as well, tossing up five three-pointers per game and hitting 36.7 percent of them.

His absence for the remainder of the season will force a number of players to step up and Fantasy owners seem to be betting heavily that veteran wing Kyle Korver will fill in during Williams' absence. Korver has been the second-most added player in CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues over the last week, jumping from 36 percent ownership to 54 percent.

Korver is a superior floor-spacer to Williams, but he lacks many of the other skills that made Williams such a useful option, both for Fantasy owners and the Hawks. Korver averages just 1.7 assists per game on the season, compared to Williams' 3.6, and will likely be asked to do far less play-making than Williams ever was. Korver's limitations as a ball-handler will make it unlikely that he can fill in totally for Williams, so the Hawks will have to shift some of Williams' responsibilities around.

Still, Korver is exceptional at the things he does well, and it would not be a surprise at all to see the Hawks rely on him more heavily for scoring moving forward. Korver has been starting for much of the season, but has seen an increase to 36.9 minutes per game in the three since Williams suffered his injury. That increase comes in spite of being moved out of the starting lineup as of the team's most recent game.

As a shooting specialist, Korver gets most of his touches off screens and in spot-up situations, and he is among the league's leaders in efficiency in both play types. According to MySynergySports.com, 67.7 percent of Korver's possessions ending in either a field-goal attempt, foul drawn or turnover come via spot-ups or coming off screens. His ability to race around screens puts a ton of pressure on defenses, as Eye On Basketball's Zach Harper covered here. His never-ending pursuit of open spots on the floor clears up plenty of room for him to get open looks. He ranks 17th in the NBA in points per possession on spot-ups and 13th off screens. His movement and shooting prowess helps grease the wheels for a Hawks offense that sometimes struggles to find room with its big lineups.

By necessity, Atlanta will try to approximate Williams' production from a number of different sources, and Korver should be just one. Expect the Hawks to lean on Korver's off-ball movement to create space in the offense even more, with Jeff Teague taking on more ball-handling duties. Korver could end up becoming a 30-plus minutes per game player and is worth snagging off the waiver wire -- especially in category-based Fantasy formats, where his three-point shooting will make an even bigger impact.

Most Added Guards

Devin Harris, Hawks: The other part of the "Replacing Lou Williams" equation is likely to be Harris, a veteran point guard who has been a major disappointment thus far in his time in Atlanta. Harris has been playing some better ball recently and looked to be taking a step forward in Williams' absence, scoring 30 points in 50 minutes over two games after Williams suffered the injury. Harris also suffered an injury of his own shortly after, however that is just a minor ankle injury that is expected to cost him only one or two games total. Harris has his best chance to step up in Williams' absence as the backup point guard, though he will need to improve his play in a big way in order to make an impact. Harris is posting a career-low assist rate of just 17.0 percent on the season. His career mark is 29.9 percent. Harris' assist rate has surely been hurt by the presence of Teague and Williams, so we will need to see whether he can step up with his larger role. Harris has little track record this season to fall back on, but Fantasy owners looking for an upside play can look his way, on the chance that he rediscovers his former All-Star form. (48 percent owned; +17 percent)

Shannon Brown, Suns: Brown has seen his Fantasy value fluctuate all season long, which is to be expected for a streaky jump shooter like him. 69.3 percent of Browns' field goal attempts qualify as jump shots according to Basketball-Reference.com, an unnecessarily high number for someone who shoots just 31.5 percent on those attempts. When the shot is falling, Brown can fill up the scoreboard, as he ranked third among Suns' regulars in field-goal attempts per 36 minutes. He has scored in double figures in four games in a row as of Tuesday, which has prompted resurgence in interest in him. Unfortunately, he had been held to just 6.2 points per game in the team's previous five games. Taking a flier on Brown is fine if you are trying to find a quick spark plug. Just don't expect him to earn a permanent spot in your plans. (43 percent owned; +14 percent)

Jarrett Jack, Warriors: Despite being the backup at point guard, Jack has seen his role continue to increase as the season has gone on. Jack averaged just 24.6 minutes per game in the month of November, a number that has crept to 31.1 in 10 January games. Despite the presence of a potential All Star in Stephen Curry, Jack has had no problems finding the floor, and he saw a slight boost in his floor time last week when Curry missed a few games. Jack's spike in ownership was likely due to concerns that Curry's surgically-repaired right ankle was flaring up and would cost him to miss significant time yet again. Unfortunately, Curry sat out just two games, during which Jack averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 assists. Jack is worth owning in most Fantasy formats, but it is not fair to expect his value to improve too much moving forward. (88 percent owned; +10 percent)

Most Added Forwards

Al-Farouq Aminu, Hornets: Aminu has been rebounding like a madman of late, averaging 10.3 per game over the last 10 contests. His offense, as always, has remained a work-in-progress, however he has shown some real signs of life of late. With Eric Gordon's return from a knee injury, the Hornets have been playing at a much faster pace, a style that almost certainly helps a player like Aminu thrive. With Gordon on the floor, the Hornets sporting a Pace Factor of 93.9, which would rank seventh in the league. Without Gordon, they are at just 89.9, one of the most sluggish in the league. Aminu does his best work offensive in transition and on offensive rebounds, the only types of plays where he ranks among the 100-most efficient players in the league, according to Synergy. The Hornets have stepped on the accelerator offensively recently, and the result is that Aminu has racked up three straight double-digit scoring games, as of Tuesday. If he can continue to find easy points, Aminu might be worth grabbing in all Fantasy formats, however his track record indicates that patience will be key. (66 percent owned; +21 percent)

Earl Clark, Lakers: Clark had all of the makings of a flash-in-the-pan for the Lakers, ala Antawn Jamison and his short-lived flirtation with Fantasy relevance earlier in the season. However, coach Mike D'Antoni made it clear Monday that Clark was here to stay, at least as far as his spot in the team's starting lineup is concerned. Clark has found his calling as a stretch power forward in Mike D'Antoni's offensive system, and he is averaging 10.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over the last nine, since becoming a larger fixture in the rotation. Clark's track record does not suggest that this is the type of production we can expect moving forward, however D'Antoni's offense looks to be turning Clark into a contributor. At the very least, it looks like he can be a useful provider of points and rebounds through sheer energy, given the 30-plus minutes he figures to see per game moving forward. (53 percent owned; +17 percent)

Elton Brand, Mavericks: Brand had been all but left for dead from a Fantasy perspective after the first two months of the season, as he averaged just 6.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game through the first 27 games of the season. Brand was more than a step slow on both ends of the court, and looked to be carrying every one of his 800-plus NBA games played with him each time down the court. Something happened at the start of the New Year, however, as Brand has begun to turn the clock back a bit. Over the last 11 games, Brand is averaging 10.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, despite playing just 23.7 minutes per game off the bench. He has been even better recently, reaching double-figures in scoring in five games in a row, as of Tuesday. Brand is a long way from the All-Star form he showed for so many years, but any signs of life are encouraging after the abysmal start. Brand has emerged as the better option next to Dirk Nowitzki, and it would not be a surprise to see his role continue to increase. I think he could be worth starting in the near future. (56 percent owned; +15 percent)

Most Added Centers

Tiago Splitter, Spurs: Splitter has continued his gradual improvement this season, taking on a larger role in the Spurs' offense with almost no drop in his efficiency. His play of late has been especially impressive, as Splitter has essentially become a full-time player for the first time in his career. Over the last 10 games, Splitter has played at least 26 minutes in all but one game, while averaging 28.9 per game. He has become a contributor on both sides of the floor, and is one of Gregg Popovich's most reliable big men. It looks like Splitter is blossoming into the player he has shown flashes of being in the past. Given how shallow the center position is, Splitter's dual eligibility makes him a worthy pick up, where available. (61 percent owned; +13 percent)

Andre Drummond, Pistons: As expected, it took a while for Drummond to get up to speed in the NBA, after an up-and-down freshman season at UCONN. Lately, however, the only thing standing in the way of Drummond being a true Fantasy force has been his coach's insistence on limiting his minutes. In the first 20 games of the season, Drummond averaged 6.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in just 17.6 minutes per game. He has taken consistent steps in his progress in the last 20 games, but has been rewarded at every step with just small increases in playing time. He is averaging 8.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 22.0 minutes per game in that span, while shooting 64.1 percent from the field. Drummond's inability to sink free throws certainly hurts his chances of seeing significant crunch-time minutes, but the Pistons should probably be more concerned about future development than short-term victories. Drummond is so close to being a big-time Fantasy contributor -- he is averaging over 20 Fantasy points per game over the last month, ranking him in the top-30 among all centers. If he starts seeing 25-30 minutes per game in the second half of the season, he might end up developing into a top-15 center. Smart Fantasy owners will want to squeeze onto his bandwagon before he is taken in every league. (75 percent owned; +5 percent)

Get player news notifications, manage your team and check scores
- all updated in real time. Download the CBS Fantasy App.

  •  
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Rockets G James Harden scores 32 in Wednesday's win
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:17 am ET) Rockets guard James Harden scored a team-high 32 points to lead the Rockets to a 115-109 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday.

Harden shot 7 of 17 from field, including 3 of 10 from 3-point range. He also added seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block. He committed seven turnovers.

The win tied the series at 1-1. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles. 


Clippers F Blake Griffin drops 34 and 15 in Wednesday's loss
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:13 am ET) Clippers forward Blake Griffin scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds during Wednesday's game at Houston, but it was not enough as the Clippers fell 115-109.

Griffin shot 13 of 23 from the field and added four assists, one block and one steal. The 34 points were a game high. The series is now tied at 1-1.


Cavaliers' LeBron James scores team-high 33 in Game 2 win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James bounced back from a Game 1 loss to score a team-high 33 points on 13 of 29 shooting in his team's 106-91 win over the Bulls in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday.

James had his worst shooting night of the postseason in Game 1, making only nine of his 22 shots, but he was able to do his part to stake the Cavaliers to an early 38-18 after one quarter. The Cavs and James didn't look back from there, finding a win to even the series at one game apiece. The forward also added eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes Wednesday.

The Cavaliers head to Chicago to face the Bulls in Game 3 Friday.


Derrick Rose doubles up, Bulls lose Game 2 to Cavaliers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Bulls guard Derrick Rose scored 14 points on just 6 for 20 shooting, including 2 for 5 shooting from behind the arc, as his team fell to the Cavaliers 106-91 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday.

Rose dished out 10 assists to earn his first double-double of the postseason, but he wasn't able to find the scoring touch that helped lead the Bulls to a Game 1 upset. He also racked up seven rebounds and one block in 37 minutes in the loss.

The two teams enter Friday's Game 3 in Chicago with series tied 1-1.


Cavaliers G Iman Shumpert suffers groin injury Wednesday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert was forced to leave Wednesday's Game 2 matchup against the Bulls with a left groin strain, reports TNT.

Shumpert left the game in the second quarter, but he was able to return.


Pelicans G Jrue Holiday undergoes surgery on leg
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday underwent surgery Wednesday to have a screw removed from his leg, the team announced.

Holiday had the screw removed from a rod, which was previously placed in his lower right leg. He does not have a timetable to return to basketball activities. 


Clippers G Chris Paul (hamstring) will not play in Game 2
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Clippers guard Chris Paul has been ruled out of Wednesday's Game 2 matchup at Houston, the team announced.

"He's not moving well," coach Doc Rivers said, per the Houston Chronicle. "That concerns me. It was not that hard of a decision."

Paul is dealing with a hamstring injury, which he suffered during the Game 7 win over the Spurs in the opening round. He also missed the first game of the series against the Rockets because of the injury. Guard Austin Rivers is expected to start in place of Paul.

Rivers added that Paul is expected to do some on-court work Thursday, reports the Orange County Register


Report: Bulls F Jimmy Butler to be named Most Improved Player
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Bulls forward Jimmy Butler will be named the NBA's Most Improved Player this week, sources told ESPN.

Butler averaged 13.1 points last season, but he raised his scoring average to 20.0 during the 2014-15 season. He also set career highs in assists, rebounds and steals. His shooting average also improved from 39.7 percent last season to 46.2 percent this season.

Butler, 25, is set to become a free agent in the offseason.


Report: Pelicans Quincy Pondexter, Jrue Holiday go under knife
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Two Pelicans underwent procedures Wednesday, per The Advocate.

Included is small forward Quincy Pondexter, who had arthroscopic knee surgery. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 7.2 points in 24 minutes per game.

In addition, point guard Jrue Holiday had a screw removed from his leg. He missed much of the season due to a stress reaction and played in three of the four playoff games against Golden State.


Nets want Brook Lopez back, but open to dealing other stars
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The Nets want center Brook Lopez back. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson? Not so much.

General manager Billy King confirmed Wednesday his commitment to sign Lopez if, as expected, he opts out of his contract in favor of unrestricted free agency in July.

"For us to get in the playoffs that stretch, [Lopez] was the guy who carried us," King told the New York Post. "He was our best player. Without Brook Lopez, there's no way we even get to where we go to this year.

"I'll say it again: We want him back. I want him back, [coach] Lionel [Hollins] wants him back, ownership wants him back. We've all said it. There shouldn't be any more doubts about it."

King, however, is open to trading Williams and Johnson.

"We're going to explore all options, as we have [previously]," he added. "Will there be a trade? There could be, but I'm not sure."

Though his numbers were down from the previous year, Lopez was particularly productive as the Nets fought for and won a playoff spot. He finished the season averaging 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.


 
 
 
Top Videos
Rankings