Rick’s Tips: Waiver Watching

Here we are, smack dab in the middle of the fantasy playoffs. Players are going off, players are going down, and — believe it or not — players may still be available on your waiver wire…

Ben Gordon

Not sure why it took so long for Gordon to join the party. Maybe he couldn’t find the party… maybe he had another party to attend before the aforementioned party … or maybe he’s into the whole fashionably late thing.

Regardless, Gordon officially joined the fantasy party last Wednesday against the Nuggets with 45 points on 9-of-9 from three-point range (BTW, that many makes without a miss has only been done three times: twice by Gordon, once by Latrell Sprewell).

Rodney Stuckey has missed the past three games with a toe injury, and the Detroit News is reporting he’s a game-time decision for Monday’s game against the Wizards. If Stuckey continues to miss time, obviously Gordon remains a viable player during the fantasy playoffs.

However, even if Stuckey comes back, Gordon’s playing time should remain consistent. To wit, in the last game with Gordon, Stuckey, and Brandon Knight in the rotation (March 18 vs Clippers), Gordon played 37 minutes off the bench, Stuckey played 36 minutes as the starting two, and Knight logged 40 minutes as the starting one.

Kevin Seraphin

Seraphin introduced himself to the fantasy world with three consecutive strong games in between the Nene-McGee-Young trade and Nene’s debut with the Wizards. While the burly Brazilian was slowly making his way from Denver to D.C., Seraphin averaged 11.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks in 32 minutes.

Nene had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in two of his first three games as a Wizard, but once again fell prey to the injury bug on Sunday, sitting out with back spasms. Seraphin started and gave the Celtics 15 and 11 in 37 minutes.

It’s a four-game week for the Wizards, so if Nene is going to sit for a game…or two…or five, then Seraphin should be considered a fantasy starter — yes, even in a playoff scenario.

Carl Landry

Landry got back to work last Saturday after missing 23 games with a knee injury. He had 15 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes, and looked great doing it, dunking, driving, and helping the Hornets scare the heck out of the Spurs. Landry’s timing is perfect, as he returns just in time for a 5-game week for the Hornets.

If you need blocks and steals from your forward, then Landry is NOT your guy. But if you’re in a deep league (like yours truly, who made it to the Finals of a 30-team league thanks to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving), then Landry should help you in points, rebounds, and the percentages.

In the first week of the 30-Deep Finals, I am starting Landry over Derrick Williams, who once again had his minutes mutilated by Rick Adelman in Sunday’s win over the Nuggets. Williams saw the floor for only 18 minutes (7-1-3), while Anthony Tolliver (10-6-3) played 34 minutes, third-most on the team.

Kindly hit me up @NBATVRick on twitter for theories on why/how a journeyman could play almost twice as many minutes as a second overall pick. I need help from the fantasy masses because I don’t get it…

Gordon Hayward

With Josh Howard (knee) and Raja Bell (adductor) on the shelf with injuries, Hayward has surfaced as the wing player to have from the Jazz.

In the last four games, Hayward has averaged 15.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 1.8 steals in 40.4 minutes. That was easily the best all-around week of his two-year NBA career, and with the Jazz in a playoff push, I see no reason for those numbers to go south anytime soon.

Charles Jenkins

The rookie out of Hofstra went off for 27 points Sunday in a start for Nate Robinson, who was held out to rest a hamstring injury. I wouldn’t get too crazy about Jenkins, however, because an AP report said Robinson “should be back against Portland on Sunday night”.

While Lil Nate’s injury looked scary when it happened on Saturday, and despite that fact he missed that game against Portland, it doesn’t sound like a serious injury. As such, go ahead and pick up Jenkins as Curry/Robinson insurance, but with Robinson listed as day-to-day, it’s tough to confidently start Jenkins in the fantasy playoffs.


  1. Trixie I love you says:

    Dont waive these players they are great but if things dont work out trade the player

  2. prix says:

    Stuckey is just in the wrong team..Pistons is a curse team…reason for using A.I and destroying his career… nobody like the Pistons anymore..Rip make a good move getting out of there and went for the Bulls…

  3. BelizeBoy says:

    That’s some nice shooting by Ben and doing it twice just lets us know it’s not a fluke. He was so sick on the Bulls but seems to have lost his love of the game.

  4. charles says:

    Stuckey seems like a better shooting guard than a point guard…..when will he go for the scoring title? This guy is clearly a talented scorer.