Waiver Watch: Burden of Expectations

No player faces more of a burden to produce each night than Carmelo Anthony.

Aside from being the only player to lead his team in scoring each game this season, the Knicks need Anthony to carry the team in the absence of Tyson Chandler

A fractured right fibula is expected to keep Chandler out of the lineup for at least another week, increasing the responsibilities of Anthony.

A pinched nerve to point guard Raymond Felton has kept him out of the lineup for the past three games, further hampering an offense that is producing just 93.3 points per night, the fifth fewest in the NBA.

Through five weeks, Anthony leads New York in offensive and defensive rebounds, 3-point field goals, free throw attempts while ranking second in steals and assists.

Anthony has scored 140 more points than any other player on the Knicks roster but his production has yielded just three victories in 12 tries.

Before the start of the season, Anthony announced his intentions to test free agency this summer and without a strong supporting cast around him in New York, he may leave, even after claiming he wants to retire with the team.

Point Guard

Ramon Sessions– Charlotte Bobcats

Available in 91% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues

Although his minutes have decreased this season, Sessions is still a good option for fantasy owners seeking assists. The 27-year-old guard dished out six assists along with 13 points Saturday night against the Bucks, marking the fourth time this season he has totaled five or more assists. The Bobcats still have one of the most anemic offenses in the league, averaging just 89.6 points per game and increased time from Sessions could help inflate their scoring total.

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Shooting Guard

James Anderson– Philadelphia 76ers

Available in 75% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues

Anderson has started all 15 games and played the second most minutes on Philadelphia’s roster. The 20th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft has made the most of his time on the floor, averaging 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Anderson has scored in double figures in each of his past five outings following his breakout campaign of 36 points on 6-of-8 shooting against Houston two weeks ago.

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Small Forward

Tony Allen– Memphis Grizzlies

Available in 58% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues

Steals are one of the most unpredictable categories in fantasy basketball, but Allen has been among the most reliable performers this season. Allen is averaging 1.8 steals per game and has recorded at least one steal in 11 of his 12 appearances this season. Along with his prolific defense, Allen is averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists this year.

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Power Forward

Glen Davis– Orlando Magic

Available in 80% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues

Davis wasted no time entrenching himself into the Magic offensive attack. The 6-foot-9 forward hasn’t played since last January, twice undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot. Following an 11 month absence and missing the first 11 games of the season, Davis poured in 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field along with two steals against Miami.

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Center

Patrick Patterson– Sacramento Kings

Available in 94% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues

Patterson may regain his starting role after submitting a 21 point, seven rebound, two steal performance against the Clippers on Saturday night. The former Kentucky star lost his starting position to Jason Thompson after six games, after Thompson averaged just 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19.3 minutes, Patterson may assume the role.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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