NBA Fantasy Lab
To stay ahead of the curve in fantasyland, digging on the waiver wire is a prerequisite. Unfortunately, you're going to have to dig a few holes to unearth the rare gems and if at first you don't succeed, try, try again That's the beauty -- nay, necessity -- of keeping a "soft or "rotating" roster spot, especially during the first month of the season.
But you've chosen a smarter path to success; you're inside the Fantasy Lab. Too cocky? Not if the Lab can back it up. And the Lab is going to back it up ... and dump it. Looking at players
Hickson is probably one of the hottest pickups in all of basketball right now and there are quite a few reasons why, starting with the monster alley oop cram on a feed from
The silent "H" in his name must be for the silent hustle he's working on right now. Dude is scheming, without fantasyland really knowing, to push
Thabo is next on this list because he is similar to the aforementioned Jones in many ways: Both are wingman defensive specialists who found life on a new team because they hustle and their coach appreciates it. But this Swiss import, much like his home country's famous Army knives, has a bunch of useful tools. Scoring isn't his forte as his 6.2 ppg will attest, but he's very close to averaging the coveted "triple-single." With 0.8 threes, 0.8 blocks (great from the SG spot!) and a category-swaying 1.7 steals per game, he's nearly achieving the infamous milestone. Add in 5.4 rpg and Thabo makes for an excellent Big Ball Strategy guard.
So who is this
Despite not looking anything like a star basketball player, Dudley was studly as the BMOC at Boston College. He toiled away for what was likely a frustrating season-and-a-half with
Frankly, the Lab isn't a fan of the man known around these parts as Vlad Rad. A lack of focus on anything but hoisting up tons of ill-fated three-balls has led Radmanovic to a third team in a year. Despite his 6-10 frame, he only grabs rebounds by accident. The next shot he blocks? That'll double his total for the year. Defense would be an afterthought for him, if he actually had logical basketball thoughts. All of these reasons help explain why he's a perfect fit for the mad genius known as
And now for a dip in the giant vat that is the 1 percent owned player pool. Thanks to some crazy league parameters, dumb luck and blood relatives, there are actually quite a few players who are owned in "one" percent of Yahoo's definitely-rounding-up, decimal-less fantasy leagues. The following guy could see that number skyrocket to two, three, maybe even five times his current ownership in the next week or so. From there, the sky is the limit.
Actually, the Lab has heard more than one Dallas official reference that exact cliché "the sky is the limit" when discussing the rookie Beaubois. A late first-round pick originally hailing from the island nation of Guadeloupe, Beaubois is an incredibly speedy shooting guard trapped in a point guard's body. Think