Looking at short-term progression of a player is great, but you must also focus your research on regression of your players. It might not be worth keeping a player that has a reputation of persevering in one category and is actually hurting your team. You can always find players who can help your team for a week. You must also watch how many moves you make if you have a move maximum. I have said it before and will say it again, if your league does not have a move maximum, you should be adding and dropping players multiple times a week. Here are a few players that have exceeded expectations in the last two weeks and could be sitting there on YOUR waiver wire.
Mario Chalmers, guard, Miami Heat: It is very surprising that the starting point guard on the leading team in the Eastern Conference is owned in only 43 percent of leagues polled. Chalmers does not provide as much on the assist front, because the Heat have a ton of players who can setup the play. Chalmers has been on a bit of a scoring friendly as of late, though. He has still been playing under 30 minutes per game but has scored 15.8 points while shooting 52 percent from the field.
In that same time period, he has committed 1.6 steals and 3.4 assists per game. He has made nearly four three-pointers a game, as well. Chalmers does play an important role on the Heat and never will shy away from taking the open three-pointer when Dwayne Wade and LeBron James draw the double-team. Nevertheless, he is the starting point guard on a top team and is reliable.
Tyler Zeller, forward-center, Cleveland Cavaliers: With Anderson Varejao (lung), done for the season, Zeller's frontcourt contribution is desperately needed. Zeller has been a monster on the glass in the last few weeks, while playing just about 35 minutes per game. He has pulled down 8.7 rebounds and has blocked 2.5 shots per game. He is owned in 24 percent of leagues polled.
His field goal percentage during that time has been an unattractive 32.7 percent, but his free-throw accuracy has been 90.5 percent. He will help you a bit with steals, as he will grab one every few games. When looking at Zeller, do not be alarmed by his lousy field goal percentage, unless you are last in the category in your league. If there is one thing I can assure you, it is that Zeller will be playing closer to 40 minutes per game as the season progresses.
Jannero Pargo, guard, Atlanta Hawks: With Devin Harris (ankle) hurting and Lou Williams (knee) done for the season, Pargo has been taking advantage as the Hawks' backup point guard. He just recently signed with the team and is trying to steal minutes from Harris. Pargo is known for his outside shooting and since being signed has made three three-pointers a game. He has scored 12 points, shooting 52.9 percent from the field, and has stolen the ball once per game.
Pargo is owned in just 1 percent of leagues polled. If you need depth from a player at arguably the scarcest position in fantasy basketball, you have to pick him up. He is doing nothing but helping at the moment; if Harris comes back and Pargo is buried on the bench, it will be looked at as a good short-term investment. Remember, he has always been a threat from beyond the arc. In recent games, he has averaged more than 20 minutes per game.
Jason Maxiell, forward, Detroit Pistons: Maxiell has been a streaky player throughout his young career, and he is currently in the middle of one of his heat waves. In the last two weeks, he has grabbed 7.3 rebounds while swatting 1.8 shots per game. On the scoring front, he has been scoring seven points while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.
The Pistons continue to show their aggressiveness, and Maxiell has been a catalyst lately. He is owned in just 6 percent of leagues polled and will even get you a steal every couple of games. He is a defensive player worth taking a shot on until his rebounding numbers regress.
Jimmy Butler, guard-forward, Chicago Bulls: The complexion of the Bulls is about to change as Derrick Rose (knee) is getting closer to returning to the team. As of now, Butler must be looked at as a short-term solution to your team. In the last two weeks, he has played over 27 minutes per game. He has scored 10 points, while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor during that time. He has also connected on 92.6 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe.
On the defensive side, he has grabbed 4.6 rebounds and a steal in just about every game as of late. He will even contribute an assist or two every game. If you are lacking in scoring, Butler is the perfect candidate at this point to help improve your situation. He is owned in just 6 percent of leagues polled. I see his playing time dropping a bit once Rose is fully back in the Bulls' rotation, but that should not be for at least another month.