The NBA season has 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 most standard leagues. Make sure you also check out the “Deep Diving” pieces as there’s standard league value in those as well, especially with today’s take on Courtney Lee.
Donald Sloan – Pacers (ESPN 61 percent, Yahoo 39 percent)
First of all, I hope you got the Entourage reference in the title. Secondly, who could’ve predicted that a third-string point guard would be one of the hottest players in fantasy basketball the second week of the season. Well, Donald Sloan is just that, riding that wave that is increased playing time, right into our hearts. When I was looking for today’s target for the All Wired Up column, I skipped over Sloan, because I just assumed he would be owned in more than 80 percent of leagues. I was shocked, more so when looking at Yahoo, to see how many leagues he was still available in.
Against the Wizards, albeit an overtime game, Sloan had 31 points (10-21 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 7-10 FT) with six rebounds and seven assists in 43 minutes and is now averaging 15.6 points, 1.8 three-pointers, 5.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 0.8 steals in 36 minutes and that sort of court time looks to continue with George Hill still “a ways away” according to coach Frank Vogel and C.J. Watson sidelined with a persistent foot problem. As I said all through the preseason, you drop three to four players from your roster by the end of the season, so you may as well have one spot dedicated to the hot player whose situation dictates them as a must own. If you missed the Tony Wroten boat, jump on the next best thing, the Donald Sloan express.
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