So it’s week two and you are already combing the waiver wire. Luckily, quite a few players broke out pretty early in the first few games which means teams who drafted Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki can get some quick relief. Here are the top nine guys that most likely can still be had in your league.
Omer Asik (~50% Owned): You can call him the Squeegee Man because this guy can seriously clean the glass. Although points have come at a premium for him, he grabbed 34 rebounds over his last two games. Add a couple blocks here and there and you have yourself a better version of Kris Humphries.
Jordan Crawford (<10% Owned): With John Wall out until at least the end of the month, Crawford has stepped up in the Wizards backcourt and put up 32 points in his first two games. Though he won’t be playing over 30 minutes per game and he certainly won’t make over 40% of his shots, Crawford can add about 15 PPG, and 3-4 RPG and APG off your bench.
Richard Hamilton (~20% Owned): If points are what you are after, this wily vet can definitely help after putting up 19 points in both of his first two games. At the same time, he only scored four points and played under 20 minutes against New Orleans and is a season ending injury waiting to happen so he may not be worth dropping anyone of real value.
J.J. Hickson (<25% Owned): The Portland big man looks to be a double-double machine this year after averaging 12 PPG and 11 RPG over the first three contests. He played 36 minutes against the Rockets which is another good sign for things to come.
J.J. Redick (~15% Owned): The other J.J. Is having himself a pretty nice start as well averaging 22 PPG and 6 APG while playing over 35 minutes in both games. He has been shooting much better than we have seen before and can be a monster from behind the arc.
Carl Landry (<10% Owned): Landry is getting more playing time and he is running with the opportunity. Over the first three games he has averaged 20 PPG and 7 RPG with an impressive .657 FG%. With Andrew Bogut slowed by an ankle injury, Landry’s role is even greater.
Jarrett Jack (<5% Owned): Jack won’t blow you away in any particular category but he brings a little bit of everything to the table. With Brandon Rush‘s season over following a torn ACL, Jack may even improve his 10 PPG, 7 APG, and 4 RPG. Last season Jack averaged 15.5 PPG and 6.5 APG for the Hornets before suffering a foot injury.
Danny Green (<5% Owned): Consider him a poor man’s J.J. Redick as far as fantasy numbers go. Green is averaging 14.3 PPG and 3 RPG and can be a nice three-point threat off your bench. At the same time, his 21 point effort against Utah and his 33+ minutes in all three games should bode well for the Spurs’ shooting guard.
Larry Sanders (>1% Owned): Not only is he named after the best HBO sit-com of all time (presumably), he is arguably the most underrated fantasy player right now. Available in 99% of leagues, the Bucks’ breakout center has 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 blocks through the first two games. With 30 minutes on the court against the Cavs and a reduction in Samuel Dalembert‘s time, Sanders may well end up this year’s Serge Ibaka.