• Week 1 was truly brutal for injuries and a lot of the add/drop action has already taken place.  We have a deep waivers article that runs mid-week and the idea here is to capture a snapshot of what is out there.  This article will run on Sundays and then I shift into the Waiver Wire Show for premium members later tonight at 5:30 p.m. PT.

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    This grouping is a bit light but for intermediate 12-team leagues and beyond there is actually some pretty good value.

    De’Aaron Fox: He was added in a lot of drafts but it’s possible he was skipped over in yours.  The Kings are already relying on him when they need playmakers and it has only been three games.  If anything happens to George Hill he has mid-round potential and he might just bring late-round numbers right out the chute.

    Status: Must-own in almost any format

    Evan Turner: The departure of Allen Crabbe really clears things up for Turner as he fits a need on offense and the Blazers benefit greatly from his defense.  He’s a lock to bring back late-round numbers this year.

    Status: Must-own in competitive 12-team formats

    Spencer Dinwiddie: I cleaned up in DraftMasters leagues with Dinwiddie basically wherever I wanted to take him, usually after Round 20 in 12-team formats.  He looks like a high-end backup PG with starter potential and he’s going to wiggle his way to the front of the line in Brooklyn, made easier by the injury to Jeremy Lin.

    Status: Must-own in competitive 14-team formats and solid grab in 12-team formats

    Danny Green: Green has enjoyed life without Kawhi Leonard a bit and he’ll settle in once Leonard returns.  Passed over in drafts for a lack of upside, he could be leaned upon just a little bit more and be a solid late-round guy for owners this season.

    Status: Must-own in 12-team, 9-cat formats


    J.J. Barea will be productive for however long Dennis Smith is out and might keep it up to a lesser degree after Smith returns.  Terry Rozier and Delon Wright are great deep league targets.  Dejounte Murray will be unbalanced and has issue in money counting stat categories but he’ll be fun for the next month.


    Joe Ingles: Because there are leagues out there that don’t read Hoop Ball and you might have just found us.

    Status: Must-start player

    Gorgui Dieng: He always has a slow start for whatever reason and then figures out his role and gets down to business.  A top-40 player when he’s getting 30 mpg, and very serviceable if he’s getting 22-25 mpg, there’s no reason to be jumping ship in Week 1.  Pick him up if he was dropped.

    Status: Must-own player

    Lauri Markkanen: There are going to be issues with his stat set as a stretch big that won’t produce gobs of defensive numbers, will hit a low percentage of shots and possibly struggle rebounding.  He’s getting his run of the yard with Bobby Portis punching Nikola Mirotic (and himself) out of the rotation.  When his minutes dip he might struggle for late-round value but it’s also possible the Bulls push the issue there so they can promote not being terrible.

    Status: Worth a short-term add in 12-team formats

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: RHJ might have been overlooked in smaller, more beginner leagues and he’s setting up to enjoy the Nets’ frantic, up-tempo box scores.  Can he keep it up?  We’ll see.  He’s always sort of regulated himself on that front.  He looks like a strong bet to finish with early late-round value and upside beyond that.

    Status: Must-own player

    Dillon Brooks: He was a post-draft pickup for me in 30-DEEP after I autodrafted my way out of a backup small forward.  Knowing the Grizzlies were planning for the future and with Brooks profiling as one of their better young players, I was sort of happy to see him there among the three other remaining free agents in a league with 400 rostered players.  He has shot off like a cannon early on and I don’t see why he can’t stay in a 25-minute role with upside beyond that.

    Status: Worth a look in 12-team standard leagues, must-own in 14-team formats


    Al-Farouq Aminu is probably going to be an easy 12-team guy with consistency issues this year. Trevor Booker is well worth a look for his regular first few months of the season surge.  DeMarre Carroll fits the same description.


    Kelly Olynyk: Just like with Joe Ingles, if you weren’t sure how the Hoop Ballers were rolling now you know.  Olynyk will be a late-round guy whenever Hassan Whiteside is healthy and he’s a guy that gets injured somewhat frequently.  The Heat are trying to manufacture Olynyk minutes, too.

    Status: Must-own player in standard formats

    Willy Hernangomez: This one is so Knicksy but it’s hard to see him getting less than 22 mpg this season.  It’s hard to see him not getting 25 mpg and there is obviously upside beyond that if Scott Perry can start getting any say around there.  It’s going to be a bit hard to stomach for the next few weeks but this is a top-100 asset in the waiting and he can climb higher than that.

    Status: Must-own player in leagues that aren’t overly prohibitive to stashing

    Skal Labissiere: Skal has looked very good to start the year in relation to where he needs to be and he has been productive when getting the minutes, too.  He has serious upside so it makes sense to have him on rosters while the going is good early on.  Still, expect speed bumps for the foreseeable future.

    Status: Must-own player in competitive 12-team standard leagues


    Lucas Nogueira could jump back on the scene quickly if anything happens with Jonas Valanciunas. Larry Nance is the early winner in the Lakers frontcourt and owners can probably plan on that until he gets hurt.

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I have all three of the first guards listed (Fox, Turner, Dinwiddie) in my 16-team keeper. ha



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