Had to slide that in there, purely for my own enjoyment. Hopefully, a little nostalgia for a few of you as well. At any rate, the man of the hour is Mario Chalmers! No, surprisingly, this isn’t a joke! Chalmers has gone crazy since being traded to the Grizzlies, with a scoring average of over 18 points a game. Over the 3 game stretch, he also has 7 treys and 5 steals, while shooting an insane amount of high-percentage freebies. Do I think this torrid pace will continue? No. I do think it’s a very good sign for his future though. The Grizzlies desperately need scoring, and Rio should get the ball a lot when he’s on the floor. I highly recommend him if you need help in scoring, 3s, and FT%.
Lets get to it!
- Will Barton – SG/SF – 65% – Barton has made the most of his early season opportunity, putting up a Yahoo ranking of 18th overall so far this year. Obviously, he shouldn’t be on any wires right now. I do think he comes down to earth and loses significant playing time, once Nurkic and the rest of the big man rotation are healthy though. For now, he’s a guy that needs to be plugged in, til he cools down.
- Kris Humphries – PF/C – 8% – Mr. Kardashian has been having a very solid year, bordering on top 100 value, but he’s still barely owned. Kris made a major change to his game over the off-season, and it has led to averaging 1.6 threes per game so far this year. The minutes tend to fluctuate with him, but the out of position 3s make him close to a must own. Plus, a minutes bump would definitely push him into must own range. I highly recommend him.
- Mario Chalmers – PG/SG – 24% – (Covered above)
- Jerryd Bayless – PG/SG – 26% – The utility man for the Bucks has been getting a ton of run with multiple injuries on the team. He has been taking full advantage though. On the season, he has 2.2 threes per game, over a steal, and 12.6 points. The most important thing is that his minutes have hovered around 30 since the year started. This almost always signals solid production.
- Jeff Green – SG/SF – 35% – About as unsexy as they come. Green has been averaging over 30 minutes for the last 3 games though, so he does become relevant. In two of those games he put up over 20 points. With Green, you can expect solid production across the board. Nothing flashy, but if the minutes stay up, he’s probably worth grabbing.
That wraps up the hot new names for this week, but we’re going to kick off a new section, now that we’re further into the season. It’s time for our new trade section! Please submit trades you want to be analyzed, or just deals you thought were interesting. Worst case, submit one you got a steal on, so we can all hate you!
(Dammit, I spelled Tristan wrong… Please ignore. On second thought, he is kind of like a stain. You hate having him on your team, but you can’t seem to get rid of him and his stupid high rebound totals. Plus he’s a Canadian, and who wants a Hoser on their team?? Merica!!! [Don’t hate me Matty!])
This deal went down the other night in one of my RCLs. It’s an intriguing deal, primarily because of the name involved. Anthony Davis has been pretty spectacular when he’s played, but he has been in and out of the lineup a lot. Given his fragility so far, and the fact that the Pelicans are not going to contend, I think moving The Brow isn’t the worst idea. That brings us to the rest of the deal. Tristan Thompson is borderline waiver, since he’s purely a rebound specialist. Klay Thompson should bounce back to the top 20 player he is. That leaves the big Lithuanian. Jonas Valanciunas is kind of a source of contention among fantasy owners, some believe he is poised for a breakout, while some think he’s a dud, and the rest just don’t care. Personally, I belong to the second and third groups. Valenchewnus doesn’t do anything outside of points and boards, plus his minutes have been fairly unstable this season. Unless he somehow acquires some blocking ability out of nowhere, the future doesn’t look too bright from a fantasy perspective.
The moral of the story is, don’t panic as a Brow owner. If you’re the impatient type, then at least get a top 10 player in the deal.
In other news, I have officially kicked off the RazzWired Twitter account, which I will try to update regularly, but that partially depends on the following I can get. So if you want last-minute waiver advice, follow me @RazzWired in between articles. Be sure to comment here for questions, but feel free to hit me up for waiver or trade advice on that account as well!