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NBA Waiver Wire: Working the Wire-Week 22

Charlie Zegers

Charlie has covered the NBA, NFL and MLB for RotoWire for the better part of 15 years. His work has also appeared on,, the New York Times, ESPN, Fox Sports and Yahoo. He embraces his East Coast bias and is Smush Parker's last remaining fan.

Working the Wire
By Charlie Zegers
RotoWire Hoops Editor

As I write this week's column, NBA teams have an average of between eleven and twelve games remaining in the regular season… but Houston has just nine, while Philly and New Orleans have thirteen each. That means a Sixer or Hornet player is far more valuable than a Rocket with a similar fantasy profile.

Remaining Games (as of 3/25):

  • Philadelphia - 13
  • New Orleans - 13
  • New Jersey - 12
  • New York - 12
  • Toronto - 12
  • Cleveland - 12
  • Detroit - 12
  • Orlando - 12
  • Miami - 12
  • Charlotte - 12
  • Utah - 12
  • L.A. Lakers - 12
  • Phoenix - 12
  • Sacramento - 12
  • San Antonio - 12
  • Dallas - 12
  • Memphis - 12
  • Milwaukee - 11
  • Indiana - 11
  • Atlanta - 11
  • Denver - 11
  • Portland - 11
  • Oklahoma City - 11
  • Minnesota - 11
  • Golden State - 11
  • L.A. Clippers - 11
  • Boston - 10
  • Chicago - 10
  • Washington - 10
  • Houston - 9

Picks for the Week

The first set of picks is for players in standard leagues - guys who will typically be available in your average 10 team/15 player roster league. The second group is for owners in very deep leagues, and will be based more on speculation than actual numbers. The third batch of players will be guys I've mentioned in previous columns that still seem to be available in a lot of leagues and worth a look.

Standard Leagues:

Gilbert Arenas (WAS) - Agent Zero is reportedly coming back on Saturday. Can't hurt to take a chance this late in the year, right?

Hilton Armstrong (NOR) - Starting in place of Tyson Chandler, who aggravated his ankle injury and has missed the last three games.

Quentin Richardson (NYK) - Larry Hughes' toe injury opened up playing time for Q-Rich, who has posted three-straight games with double-figure scoring, including 33 against Orlando on Saturday.

Deep Leagues:

Chris Douglas-Roberts (NJN) - Last week we touted Keyon Dooling, but CDR has been one of the main beneficiaries of Devin Harris' injury. With the Nets due to fall out of the playoff race any day now, Douglas-Roberts should get an extended look.

Anthony Randolph (GSW) - Could be pressed into service if the Warriors shut Stephen Jackson (toe) down for the rest of the season.

Will Bynum (DET) - The Pistons are extremely shorthanded in the backcourt with Rip Hamilton and Allen Iverson hurting... Bynum has made the most of the opportunity, scoring 19-plus in three of Detroit's last five games.

A Second Look:

Article first appeared on 3/25/08