All Wired Up: Manu Ginobili

The NBA season and kicked off and knowing lots of fantasy owners, you’ll all be eager to action your trigger fingers and make a grab at free agents on your waiver wire from the get-go. In these “All Wired Up” posts, which I’ll endeavour to have up daily, I’ll look at the best performances from players who are on the waiver wire in standard leagues, and in deeper leagues.

Manu Ginobili – Spurs, (ESPN 52 percent, Yahoo 72 percent owned)

Manu GinobiliWell, there is life in the old dog yet. Ginobili dropped 20 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT) with two rebounds, six assists, and two steals in just 28 minutes. The problem with Ginobili is his healthy. We didn’t know how he was gong to look after missing the FIBA World Cup with a stress fracture in his leg and playing in only four preseason games, but he looked great when things kicked off in earnest. When he does play, he is still a super productive player, providing an above average amount of assists for a shooting guard, but just be prepared, he is going to miss a lot of games. A lot. When he does get hurt, you just return to whence he came and enjoy the production in between.

Devin Harris – Mavericks (ESPN 1 percent, Yahoo 12 percent)

Sure, there was no Raymond Felton, but Harris looked very good in his backup role behind Monta Ellis and Jameer Nelson. Harris scored 17 points (6-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with five assists and two steals in 29 minutes and Felton will miss at least the next few weeks with both his ankle injury and a suspension. Even when he does return, the Mavericks guard depth is not great and Harris could easily retain the sixth man role and become a nice guy in 14 team leagues. I wouldn’t panic and drop anyone of value to get him, but he should be owned in more leagues than he currently is.

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