This article is part of our Category Strategy series.
There's a natural ebb and flow to the waiver wire. Even as the league's scoring boom is in full force, the waiver cupboard is pretty bare for managers in need of points.
Meanwhile, threes are available in abundance. If you're in a season-long roto league, then you should follow the advice of an old timey villain, and "get while the gettin's good". Scorers will emerge eventually, so build up your advantage in threes while the wire is loaded with sharp-shooters. If you're in a head-to-head league, then plan for the fact that your opponent will have an easier time adding threes than points this week.
Regardless of what strategies your pursuing, the players below should help you in your categories of want.
In general, we'll focus on players available in at least 50% of ESPN, Yahoo!, and CBS leagues. That said, since the ownership can vary significantly from one site to the next, sometimes we have to fudge those rules a bit, especially early in the season.
POINTSJonathon Simmons, Magic
(Ownership: ESPN – 30%; Yahoo! – 45%; CBS – 52%)
Simmons has become a primary scoring option for the Magic. He's had double-digit field goal attempts in six straight games, averaging 15.7 points in 25.0 minutes over that span. Those numbers are barely better than his season-long numbers, so it's not as though this is some short-term boost in value. Simmons has found a stable scoring role for this team, and barring an injury or trade, it doesn't