NBA Waiver Wire: Shallow Leagues (Week 11)

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It's Week 11 – we're about halfway through the season, and the injuries keep piling up around the league. The waiver wire pipeline is flowing powerfully right now, and there are some interesting adds that can help you deal with them or take advantage.

This year, we're tossing out our old convention of separating waiver wire posts into positions, and instead, we're separating them into of league -- standard, shallow, deep, etc. The NBA is trending to positionless basketball, so we at RotoBaller should too.

For shallow (8-10 team) league adds, we use a general rule of thumb of an ownership rate of under 65% on Yahoo. All position eligibility based on Yahoo leagues.

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Shallow League Adds for Week 11

Jonathon Simmons, SG/SF

Ownership: 59%

15.3 PPG / 3.8 REB / 2.2 AST / .482 FG%

If you’ve been following Simmons from his San Antonio days, you probably drafted him as a deep sleeper in your leagues. His performance thus far has been more than what any fantasy owner can ask for. I must say I was very surprised to see Simmons under 65% ownership, he’s been an absolute must add this season. With all the injuries, the Magic have dealt with this season, Johnathon Simmons has been a key part of the offense.

He’s been an absolute stud in the month of December and for those of you who have held on to him until now, congratulations. With his ability to fill up the stat sheet, he’s flirted with a triple double numerous times this month. With Vucevic looking to be sidelined for the 6-8 weeks, look for Simmons to increase his workload offensively. He should be added in all leagues due to his ability to score and provide a steady amount of assists and rebounds.

 

Bismack Biyombo, PF/C

Ownership: 24%

4.1 PPG / 4.3 REB / 1.0 BLK / .500 FG%

It seems like Orlando is the land of opportunity, they’ve been dealing with injuries all season and now they’ll be without their star big man, Nikola Vucevic. This paves the way for Bismack Biyombo to take the starting role for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t already picked him up, now is the time to do so.

Before his huge contract with Orlando, Biyombo was a mini star on Toronto when he got minutes. Bismack started the second half after Vucevic went down and seems to be the guy moving forward for the Magic. Now with the opportunity to see 30+ minutes a game, look for him to contribute towards your field goal percentage, blocks and rebounds.

 

Isaiah Canaan, PG

Ownership 28%

11.2 PPG/ 4.8 AST / 1.2 STL / .400 FG%

Raise your hand if you have been personally victimized by the lineup rotations on the Phoenix Suns. Whether it’s the front court or back court, there is no definitive rotation that seems to stick with this team. Nonetheless, let me tell you why you should take a chance on this Phoenix guard.

Isaiah Canaan agreed to a minimum contract with the Suns for the remainder of the season and with his play so far it seems like quite a bargain. Phoenix parted ways with Mike James which put the starting PG job up for grabs between him and Tyler Ulis and so far, it seems like Canaan is the guy. He’s only been on the roster for five games but seems to have taken the majority of minutes at point guard. With Devin Booker set to come back in the near future, this may provide more opportunity for assists. He’s definitely worth the add if you are in need of steals and assists.

 

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