Pick These Guys Up Off Waivers In Fantasy Basketball, Because They’re Hot
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Tony Allen (Grizzlies): The numbers are not eye-popping, but there is some sneaky value in Allen. While the minutes haven’t increased since the trade of Rudy Gay, Allen’s numbers have gone up. In 10 February games, Allen is averaging 11.2 points, 6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.8 blocks, while shooting 58 percent from the field. Allen is especially appealing if you need steals. The Grizzlies have a favorable schedule upcoming with four straight, four-games weeks.
Jermaine O’Neal (Suns): I never thought O’Neal would make this list unless the topic was cranky knees. O’Neal could get injured at any time, as recent history shows, and our prayers are with him as his daughter his scheduled to have heart surgery on March 5. O’Neal has played 10 games in February and is averaging 10.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in just over 21 minutes per game.
Moe Harkless (Magic): He has a very high ceiling, and the Magic want to develop some of their younger talent the rest of the way. Harkless, the 15th overall pick in 2012, has seen his playing time spike to 35 minutes per game in February. In 12 games in the month, he is averaging 11.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks. Some might be worried about the arrival of Tobias Harris, who has played 24:38 and 30:32 in his first two games with the Magic and taken 19 shots from the field. Harkless played 35:14 and 31:17 in those two games, so it’s premature to say Harris cuts into Harkless’ value. It’s something to watch, but hold Harkless. Harris is someone to add, too. The player who might be impacted the most by the potential ascension of Harris is Andrew Nicholson.
Jeff Green (Celtics): Just another reminder to make sure Green is not available in your league. After exploding for 31 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots with Kevin Garnett out on Feb. 22, Green has totaled 17 points the next two games, and an owner who panicked may have cut Green. His role has increased due to injuries, and he is averaging 31:11 minutes in February with averages of 15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.0 three-pointers and 0.8 blocks while shooting 51.2 percent from the field.
Gordon Hayward (Jazz): Since returning from injury on Feb. 19, Hayward has been on fire in his first three games back. He missed 10 games, so he may still be available in some leagues. He is averaging 22 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 three-pointers, 1.0 blocks and 0.7 steals, while shooting 89.7 percent from the free-throw line on 9.7 attempts per game.
Caron Butler (Clippers): We have seen enough to know Butler isn’t reliable for a long period. While he’s hot and if you need someone to fill a roster spot, though, Butler can be considered. Since Feb. 13, Butler has scored 19, 13, 11, 21 and 16 points, with 13 three-pointers and 22 rebounds in those five games.
All statistics entering Wednesday February 27, 2013.