Wesley Johnson (Guard, Forward) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Max Loudermilch - RotoBaller

Baller Move: Add in 12 Team Leagues

Analysis: Nick Young's two week departure is a big hit to owners’ fantasy warships, and opportunities abound when new talent has a chance to flap its wings. One would-be high-flying eagle is Wesley Johnson, who stands to benefit most from the situation. Since January, in games where Johnson played heavy minutes (read: 30+), he’s averaging 15 (2 threes) points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists 1.2 blocks, and 1.3 steals. He manages to scrape up some all-around value, and he seems poised to become one of the better defenders in the league. The silver lining on the Johnson pick is that he has proven to do poorly without significant time on the floor. The 26-year-old’s future rests in Mike D’Antoni‘s crystal ball, which tends to tell a tale of highly sporadic minute distribution and a series of misfortunate events. In a word, a correct inference of the Lakers locker room is “uncertainty”: about the coaching staff and the starting lineup. However, Wesley Johnson has shown us his potential to do great things for this ball club and our fantasy rosters. Strongly consider adding the man in 12+ team leagues.