I balked at picking up Barnes due to history and variability of his Coaches rotations, but I cannot ignore what this player has done over the last month. 45/81/2.4/13/5.9/3.1/1.1/1.1/1.6 is a beautiful thing, good for 29th by average over the last month. Since he started getting play on Nov. 24, he's posted the 20th best overall numbers, including a 0.49 FG%. Add in his show capability of posting 30 and 25 pt nights and I see a high ceiling. If Nellie were a fantasy manager Barnes would be getting 40 minutes a night and we might be looking at second round numbers or better, but irl what are the possibilities of even what we've seen so far continuing?
I've reserved judgement on his consistency until I see him on the court with a healthy Warriors team (including, but not limited to J-Rich, Davis, Pietrus, Ellis, Murphy and Diogu). Oh wait, but that'll never happen! Yeah, he could be this year's WW gem...
The Thrill wrote:I've reserved judgement on his consistency until I see him on the court with a healthy Warriors team (including, but not limited to J-Rich, Davis, Pietrus, Ellis, Murphy and Diogu). Oh wait, but that'll never happen! Yeah, he could be this year's WW gem...
That is a good point. It's really hard to tell because the Warriors are apparently in a perpetual state of injury. As long as one or two players are out, Barnes will consistently see minutes and should continue producing decent numbers.
However, in the case that Troy and Ellis comes back and the warriors lineup are in full swing, I see Barnes producing much more sporadic numbers and definitely won't be as consistent as he is playing now.
If you have someone good to drop for him, then I think its worth a shot, but don't hold your breath for too long.
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I plugged him in for this week, but I don't have high hopes for down the line. Murphy/Ellis/J-Rich will eventually be good to go for solid minutes and Barnes will have the occasional solid game when they are in foul trouble or out with an injury. In a roto league I think he's someone you should have for the time being, but in my h2h I have no trouble dropping him for someone with more potential down the road. My eye is on the playoffs, and I can't see Barnes having solid consistent value by the time we get there.
H2H Main League PG: Nash, Mo Williams, Alston
SG: R. Brewer, Raja Bell, R. Davis
SF: Gay, C. Brewer, C. Butler
PF: Nocioni, Maxiell,
C: Camby, B. Miller, Chandler
David Lee is hands down the best waiver wire pickup in my opinion. He's consistent, has excellent FG%, decent FT%, is averaging a double double, and gets a good amount of steal and blocks all while maintaining moderately low TO numbers.
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