Mother lode or fool's gold?
With the fantasy trade deadline most likely a thing of the past in your league, the waiver wire is your only option for new blood. Here are three guys who could be good waiver wire additions.
The rookie out of USC was not highly regarded coming out of college, which explains why he fell all the way to the Bulls at the 26th pick on draft day. Gibson, however, has found has niche in Chicago and is starting to garner some fantasy attention with his minutes and role increasing largely due to the trade of
To be fair, the increase and consistency of Gibson's minutes, along with his improved production, can also be attributed to
Another factor in Gibson's favor is that the Bulls have one of the best fantasy playoff schedules going four, four, three and four from Weeks 21 through 24 (most fantasy leagues' playoff schedules align with these four weeks). Gibson is definitely worth picking up and should contribute nicely in points, rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage for the rest of the season. He gets a Mother Lode from me.
The second-year player has seen an increased role with the Spurs over the last month, which has made him a popular waiver wire pickup. Even with his recent surge he is still available in 62 percent of Yahoo! leagues as of March 1. Can Hill be considered a sure thing at this point or is he just riding a hot streak?
When he gets 35 minutes a night his point and three totals are above average and his rebound and assist production becomes more of an asset. He also throws in a few blocks and his percentages don't really suffer, either. In addition, I would expect the odd steals trend to reverse at some point since there is no logical reason he would average more steals with fewer minutes. Fortunately for Hill's fantasy value I think he will continue to get at least 35 minutes a night because of the team he is on.
Another factor in Hill's favor is the Spurs' schedule. San Antonio has 16 games in fantasy playoff Weeks 21 through 24 including five back-to-backs.
Besides the obvious increase in Hill's totals with these 16 games in four weeks, he should also get close to 40 minutes per game in either the first or second game of the five back to back's since Popovich plans to take it easy on his veterans, especially Duncan, in these back to back situations. Hill should continue to get big minutes, which means he gets another Mother Lode from me.
Hill is an interesting player, and I really like his potential. But San Antonio needs wins, and in order to get those they are going to have to push Parker, in particular. Tamer already mentioned Hill needs at least 35 minutes a night to be fantasy relevant, and I just don't think that's a luxury San Antonio has this time around. Hill gets a Fool's Gold from me.
The second-round pick out of LSU is making a late bid to be this year's
Thornton has been a major contributor over his last 15 games in points (19.3 per game) and threes (2.3 per game). This is all he has really provided fantasy owners, however, even with his increased playing time (31.5 minutes per game) in these 15 games. His field-goal percentage is OK, his free-throw percentage is good but his attempts are low and the production in the other categories is minimal.
Once Paul returns Thornton should see his minutes drop into the low 20s, which will mean that even the production he offers in points and threes will be limited. I believe he will see reduced minutes because
*All Stats up to date as of 3/2/10