Each week, we'll gather the RotoExperts team of fantasy basketball analysts together to ask them a relevant fantasy basketball question. On to this week ...
The time between the draft and the start of the NBA season can be a tough time for any fantasy player. Your draft cheat sheets are in a crumpled pile, your team is set and you spend your free time secretly second-guessing your own picks while openly second-guessing everyone else's. After all, it never hurts to undermine your competition's confidence.
Then opening day comes along and everything changes. That guy you thought was going to make the jump to superstar status is wallowing in mediocrity while benchwarmer Bob is putting up numbers that make MJ jealous. So now it's a mad race to the waiver wire with everyone in your league looking to grab one of the early surprises of the season.
I asked some of the experts who they decided to snatch off the waiver wire, and here is what they had to say:
Upon first glance, it looks like Azubuike has to compete with
My first inclination was to pick up
It's always interesting to see how injuries open up opportunities for players.
I'm bulldozing over dudes to pick up Hawes. The Kings drafted Hawes with the 10th pick in last year's NBA draft, and he spent his rookie season adjusting to life in the NBA, averaging only 13 minutes a game. With
We've taken a lot of flack for ranking
I have to agree with Tommy on the Chalmers pick; he has looked very good in the first few games of the season. Both Beasley and Haslem do a great job of opening up for 15-foot jumpers, which gets the rookie a couple of easy assists every night.
Hawes was a predictable pick, but he has been very impressive so far. A big man who rebounds, blocks shots,
Azubuike is an interesting target, but one that could pay off. The kid has some serious talent, and if he gets enough minutes he won't disappoint.
Daniels, on the other hand, just screams mediocrity to me. Maybe Huang sees something I don't, or maybe I just can't get past the fact that Daniels always looks like he's about to fall asleep. In either case, I personally just can't see him having any lasting value this year.
As for me, the guy I have been targeting is
So there you have it, the experts have revealed their top waiver wire picks for the beginning of the 2008-09 season.