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The Wire Troll: Is Eric Dampier Really Second Best?

January 6, 2008 | By James Morris | comment on this post

Remember when the waiver wire was easy? Back in week one or two, guys were available and you had your pick of the litter. Well, now it is week 11 and even I have a hard time coming up with realistic names to go after at this point of the NBA season. I could see people flocking to add a Kyle Korver after the trade to the Jazz. But, even though I think he provides a nice amount of threes and decent points to a team, he isn’t someone I have been willing to wholeheartedly recommend just yet. So, who do I see on the wire that is worth having then? Read on partner and find out!

Erick Dampier: Dampier is the self-proclaimed second best centre in the NBA. Didn’t you know that? Well, no, neither did I! But, over the past week, Dampier has been playing well enough to post 12.5 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and three blocks per game. For a Fantasy centre, that is actually fairly good. Dampier is prone to go into a cold spell where he is worth next to nothing, so pick him up now and keep a very close eye on his minutes and stats. Of course, Dampier has missed the past two games with a knee injury, so you’ll want to check his status before picking him up.

Antonio Daniels: Gilbert Arenas is out for at least six more weeks and now that Daniels has returned from injury and is in the starting lineup, he is worth being owned in all league formats. I’d pick him up today if you need a PG before someone else figures the same thing out. Certainly, after his double-double today, Daniels will gain even more traction.

Mike Conley, Jr.: Conley has taken over the starting PG spot for the Grizzlies and is a viable option if you need assists and steals. You are not going to get very much offense out of him, so don’t drop anyone terribly important to get him, but if you need assists to pick up lost ground in your roto league, give Conley a look. If Memphis deals Damon Stoudamire as rumoured, Conley’s role will be solidified even moreso.

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