NBA Pickups

Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 16

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

Well, the cold season is back. No, I’m not talking about someone’s shooting percentages, I’m talking about the sick kind. After mentioning that I haven’t actually been sick in quite some time, of course the very next week I’m here laying in bed with an army of medication and a Netflix queue longer than Santa’s Christmas list. From the medication haze and the recent Star Wars marathon (not on Netflix, don’t freak out) I had a dream Marcus Smart actually stabbed the fan he pushed with a lightsaber last night so it’s safe to say that if there is any ramblings on why Jar Jar Binks was ever created or why Boba Fett had to die in a not so cool way then let’s just blame it on the medicine okay (and George Lucas)?

Anyway, I’m taking a pretty big defensive stance on Dion Waiters this week, which just like posted above, I can’t be blamed if he totally tanks after publishing this. Just because his shooting percentage is lower than a stormtrooper’s doesn’t mean he’s totally useless. As always the ownership percentages are from ESPN and this week’s calendar will actually be extended from 1/10 to 1/23 because of that pesky All Star break. Stats are listed as of the conclusion of the Sunday games.

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 14

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

If there’s anything I’ve learned from this season it’s to seize the opportunity. With so many injuries and fluctuation through many lineups it’s become easier to ride the hot hands instead of sticking with the more stable and reliable guys. This week, the players being featured are either in a nice position to continue to produce (even for the short term) or a hot hand who can definitely give you a bump in some categories.

As always ownership percentages are from ESPN and this week’s schedule is from 1/27 to 2/2.

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 13

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

I’m going to save you the time by not throwing in an embarrassing personal story this week (By the way, I’m not passing out on the rec center courts anymore) because I’m watching American Psycho for the first time while working on this article and I really have no idea what’s going on. I was thrown off right when he started naming off body soaps and what lotions he uses for his face. If I would’ve seen this movie before the Batman trilogy, I would totally be thinking of him in the axe scene the whole time.

Anyway, this week we have a couple guys that are worthy of an add for specific categories and another guy we should ride while he has the hot hand. As always the ownership percentages are from ESPN and the schedule this week is from 1/27 to 2/2.

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 12

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

After playing basketball for what seemed like an eternity today, I have a new respect for these athletes in the NBA. Maybe I realized this laying on the side of the court after my fourth straight full court game begging to be taken to heaven and seeing The Backstreet Boys in concert (I just watched This Is The End, stay with me) but thankfully that didn’t end up happening. Despite my depressing lack of basketball talent, mostly due to me sitting around all day this past semester and critiquing other players as I sit back and enjoy another beer, I still honor the fantasy sports code and bring you trusted advice no matter how many open three pointers I may have missed.

This week we’re looking at guys who will rise from the fall of others or who will benefit from recent trades. Speaking of trades, the NBA trade deadline is creeping closer and closer so be on the lookout for moves that could affect your line up or maybe start looking to make a move for someone who could benefit with a change of scenery. As always ownership percentages are from ESPN and games played this week is from 1/13 to 1/19.

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 11

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

So who else had their resolution revolve around reading more TopTeamFantasy and bringing home a fantasy basketball championship? Well talk about your two birds and one stone because you’re doing both right now! Congrats it’s almost been a week and we’re still going strong! I’m also trying to tweet less (to help both my phone battery and friends), be a little less introverted and cut down on the drinking but we all know that’s not going to happen. I’m already looking forward to the next party so I can tweet random rap lyrics and start on a new six-pack all while enjoying the corner of the room. Okay, maybe we’re getting a little side tracked here so let’s get back to basketball. This week features a guy it took me four times to try and spell, a replacement for an injured star player and a guy to be patient with who was on my preseason list of players I loved this year, I can be a little biased.

As always ownership percentages are from ESPN as of Monday when the article was written. Unfortunately our editor was out of town and not able to publish this at that point, but the advice still stands. Let’s get started. Continue reading

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 9

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

Well, it may be the most wonderful time of the year but it’s a pain for fantasy owners. Bad news, you’re schedule may look a little empty with the calendar now on the week of Christmas. Good news? Everyone else is dealing with the same problem, especially the weekly line up owners. So in this edition, let’s look for the players that can help you out the most in a rather limited week. As always ownership percentages are based off ESPN, let’s get to it.

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 8

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

What a turn of events last week was. We saw trades (Rudy Gayin case you missed it covered here), the return of one of the greatest ever (Kobe Bryant), players cleared for practice (Rajon Rondo) and others very close to returning (Danny Granger). We’re going to start seeing shortened schedules coming up with the holidays right around the corner so even though it’s nice to pick guys that can immediately help, remember that this is also the time to make sure you set your team up for the playoffs and find guys that will pay off more in the long term. This week’s article, is geared to a little bit of both. So with that let’s get to it, remember all ownership percentages are from ESPN.

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 7

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

Well after a few fantasy football seasons have probably ended due to Snowpocalypse 2013 (mine certainly did), it’s time to give our direct attention to the sport where every game is played indoors, basketball.  I will now direct my energy from hating Matthew Stafford and asking the fantasy gods why Gronk and Welker had to go down, to improving your Fantasy Basketball lineups. As always, all ownership percentages are from ESPN leagues.

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 6

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

Reasons why we should poison all of Auburn:

Wait…wrong post…

So, err, yes basketball okay yeah let’s talk about fantasy basketball. Apologies for last week and the missing article I didn’t realize my twitter would blow up from readers asking about it (slight exaggeration) but you can always send your tweets to any of the TopTeamFantasy staff regardless of an article being posted or not. Seriously, we enjoy it. Last week my 3-2-1 would have been: Kirk Hinrich, Rodney Stuckey and Kosta Koufos as adds, Iman Shumpert and Omer Asik as drops, and Brandon Knight as a hold. My only regret would be having Hinrich as a pick up, he’s going to get the minutes but he’s not going to score enough to become a reliable starter for your team. If Trey Burke is still available, go that route instead. Higher upside and brings value in more categories compared to Hinrich. If it wasn’t for me listing Brandon Knight as my hold last week he would be in this week’s addition as a pick up. He’s still available in 49.1% of ESPN leagues and this is after nearly posting a triple double against Boston, he’s a must pick up. Let’s just all cross our fingers he can stay healthy. Okay so we’ve caught up from last week, let’s dive into this week. As always, ownership percentages are from ESPN.

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Waivers are as Easy as 3-2-1: Week 4

By Tyler Dalton (@tylerd91)

Injuries, injuries everywhere. In dire times like these it’s important to be successful plucking from the waiver wire. You could form a pretty decent line up with so many players out right now but this is just another opportunity for another player to step up and produce. For the three adds this week I’m going to focus on the PF position, due to injuries and opportunities these three guys are worth the add. For drops, we’re entering the sad stage of seeing former stars beginning their end.

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