Monday, November 19, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Options Heading into NBA Week 4

Now that we are several weeks into the 2012-13 NBA season, it may be time to make some tweaks for your fantasy roster(s) either due to injuries, lack of performance, etc.

I've put together a list of players worth adding that are owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues that are worthy of consideration.

While some players that are owned in 60, 70, 80 percent of leagues could certainly make for better additions than the players on this list, the thought behind the 50-percent cutoff is that there is a better chance than not that the players on this list are actually available in your league(s).

Here are some players to consider adding in fantasy leagues (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

PG - A.J. Price, Wizards (28 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Until John Wall (knee) returns from injury, Price has decent value as the team's starting point guard.  Price is averaging 9.9 points, 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game through the first eight games of the season.

PG/SG - Jordan Crawford, Wizards (47 percent)

The Wizards backcourt of the future is clearly Wall and Bradley Beal, both top-three picks in 2010 and 2012, respectively.  Not only is Wall out with an injury, but Beal was benched in favor of Crawford on Saturday.

Crawford has scored 20-plus in 34-plus minutes in back-to-back games.  On the season, he is averaging 12.4 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

PG/SG - Eric Bledsoe, Clippers (12 percent)

If given a larger opportunity, Bledsoe could really deliver for fantasy owners.  In only 18 minutes per game, he is averaging 10.6 points and 1.6 steals per game.  In addition, he is shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 86.4 percent from the line.

PG/SG - Alexey Shved, Timberwolves (13 percent)

Coming off a season-high 22 points, Schved has scored in double-digits in three consecutive games and is averaging 17 points during that span.  Over his past five games, Schved has at least five assists in four games and is averaging 5.4 dimes during that span.

SG/SF - Tony Allen, Grizzlies (38 percent)

While he won't help you in many categories, he will help you in one: steals.  Allen is averaging 1.8 steals per game, which is his average over the past three seasons.  Especially for a guard, Allen also helps with blocks (0.7 per game).

SG/SF - Kyle Korver, Hawks (36 percent)

In his past six games, Korver has averaged more than 30 minutes per game and has knocked down 19 of his 20 threes in those six games.  During that span, he is averaging 13.8 points and is shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 100.0 percent from the line.

SG/SF - Alonzo Gee, Cavaliers (17 percent)

With 17 points against the Sixers on Sunday, Gee has scored in double-digits in four of his past five games.  In addition, he has multiple steals in six of his 10 games played this season.  On the year, he is averaging 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.

SF/PF - Tayshaun Prince, Pistons (29 percent)

Prince is not great in any one individual category, but he contributes some in them all.  On the season, he is averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  In 11 games, he also has five three-pointers, seven steals and five blocks.

SF/PF - Derrick Williams, Timberwolves (21 percent)

Williams, the second overall pick in 2011, scored 23 points and had four blocked shots, both season highs, in his last game.  Although his minutes will continue to vary once Kevin Love returns, Williams has played 12, 23 and 37 minutes in his past three games, respectively.

SF/PF - Shawn Marion, Mavericks (46 percent)

Although he's not a big scorer, Marion has the ability to contribute in multiple categories for fantasy owners, especially rebounds, steals and blocks.  Marion is averaging 7.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in his six games played this season.

SF - Kyle Singler, Pistons (seven percent)

Before Singler became a starter, the Pistons were 0-8.  Since then, they have won two of three games.  In those three games, Singler has scored at least 14 points in each game.

On the season, Singler is shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from behind the arc.

PF/C - Larry Sanders, Bucks (49 percent)

As a reserve, Sanders is averaging 24 minutes (and 5.0 fouls) per game.  Sanders is averaging 8.3 points and 2.4 blocks per game and is shooting better than 60 percent from the field.

PF/C - Jason Thompson, Kings (43 percent)

Through 10 games, Thompson is averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.  Not only is Thompson shooting above 50 percent from the field, he is shooting 76.5 percent from the line as well.  Considering Thompson is shooting 66.8 percent from the charity stripe in his career, it's likely his free throw percentage dips.

PF/C - Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers (27 percent)

Thompson, the fourth overall pick in 2011, has back-to-back double-doubles and four of them on the season.  Despite being 6-foot-9, Thompson has only three blocks on the season, but he is averaging 9.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

PF/C - Patrick Patterson, Rockets (18 percent)

Patterson logs nearly 30 minutes per night and is averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.  In addition, he will make the occasional three.

C - Samuel Dalembert, Bucks (49 percent)

Although Dalembert starts, he is averaging less than 17 minutes per game.  He has been more effective lately although his playing time has not jumped significantly.  In his past four games, Dalembert has scored in double-figures three times and is averaging seven rebounds per game during that span.

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