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The Wire Troll: Shaun Livingston Still Fighting

March 14, 2015 | By McCade Pearson | comment on this post
Dennis Schroder is proving to be a scrappy player for the Atlanta Hawks.
Dennis Schroder has really picked up his play lately. (nbanationaustralia.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy basketball. Despite Kevin Love’s woes, Cleveland has moved into the No. 2 seed in the East; Russell Westbrook apparently helped the scorer award him a board en route to a sixth triple-double in eight games; and Rick Carlisle is very pleased with the development of Rajon Rondo’s play calling.

Without further ado, here are this week’s Fantasy basketball waiver wire picks.

GUARDS

Dennis Schroder, PG, Atlanta Hawks (ESPN: 12.0 per cent; CBS: 43 per cent): Heading into the season, we suggested that Schroder could pose a threat to Jeff Teague’s PT, and while Teague is having a career season, his PT is down slightly, and he’s in a bit of slump, opening the door for the German sophomore, who has been playing really well as of late. Scoring in double figures in his past seven, Schroder is averaging 12 points and six assists since the All-Star break. He isn’t a flashy pickup, but could be a sneaky one that could steal a title for you. Schroder also plays with an edge to his game (see video below), if that means anything to you.

Shaun Livingston, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors (ESPN: 4.8 per cent; CBS: 13 per cent): Livingston is starting to get in a groove. Over the past nine games, he’s averaged 11 points and five assists while doing a solid job on the glass, putting up games of eight and 10 rebounds in that span. If Livingston continues to play he is a great plug and play — especially if the Warriors opt to give Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson some rest down the stretch

FORWARDS

Tony Allen, SF/SG, Memphis Grizzlies (ESPN: 6.0 per cent; CBS: 23 per cent): If you’re in a Roto league and need steals, look no further, as Allen is your man. Averaging 2.3 steals, he can provide a huge boost there, and isn’t too big of a pain in other categories.

Michael Beasley, SF/PF, Miami Heat (ESPN: 1.7 per cent; CBS: 9 per cent): Yes, Beasley is back in the league and yes, he might be worth a look as a deep Fantasy league option. He has walked back into Miami and is averaging 24 minutes and 10 points and is only getting more comfortable. Beasley is a deep pick but with Chris Bosh out for the season who knows what this former phenom is going to do the rest of the way.

CENTRES

Cole Aldrich, New York Knicks (ESPN: 2.8 per cent; CBS: 11 per cent): There is a lot of minutes to go around on the Knicks and Aldrich has been rebounding well of late. He had possibly his best game of the season on Tuesday when he had 17 and 13 against the Jazz. Aldrich is another low risk pickup with not the biggest reward but a big enough one, considering how tough it is to find help at this position at this time of the season.

Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets (ESPN: 1.2 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): In mid-December, we recommended Biyombo as a block specialist, and while he didn’t pot many field goals in December, he was well worth owning in January based on his rebounding work. Unfortunately, a knee woe cost him all of February, but he’s back now and is worth another look thanks to injuries to both Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller. Biyombo got the start Friday and managed a double-double despite foul trouble. You know when this dude gets the minutes, the boards and blocks will come, so he’s a perfect short-term addition as long as Big Al is ailing.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy basketball waiver wire pick of the week is.

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2 Responses to “The Wire Troll: Shaun Livingston Still Fighting”

  1. Jim wilson says:

    What about Rodney hood? Is he a long term answer?

  2. McCade Pearson says:

    Jim, if you don’t know, I’m a Jazz season ticket holder, so I’ve seen a good amount of Rodney Hood this season, including his 27-point game at the Summer League in Vegas. First thing I want to address is the injury concern. Rodney has sat out for a foot injury three different times this season in spans of 10, seven and 12 games. With rumours of him being injury prone I am fairly confident this is one fluke injury. Now moving forward, Hood will be the starter the rest of this season but with Alec Burks returning from shoulder surgery next season, where will that leave of Hood? The feel in Jazz Nation is that Hood will continue to start although that doesn’t mean he will continue to play big minutes. The Jazz desperately needed some help with its outside shooting and he has provided that. There is speculation that the Jazz could trade Burks giving Hood a chance to get big minutes. If Hood is able to get those minutes he can be a real help in Fantasy leagues, turning into a stable three point specialist. Think a 13-4-4 guy like Kyle Korver or Manu Ginobli. The percentages won’t be as good as Korver, obviously, but Hood does have a super high shot IQ so they will be pretty good. Hood is also an underrated passer and ball handler. This guy has the motivation, drive and work ethic to take his game to the next level. For example that 27-point game in Vegas was against Jabari Parker and the Bucks. While he and Parker have a great friendship, Hood felt disrespected that he fell in the draft so far and went undetected. In a dynasty league Hood is for sure worth a roster spot but he isn’t a guy I’d force onto your roster and depending on how the offseason goes for the Jazz he could be a sleeper next season.