Fantasy Basketball: Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

By Austin Chang
Rob Grabowski-US Presswire

To stay ahead of other teams in your fantasy basketball leagues, it is crucial to scour the waiver wire and free agent pool to pick up players that will help your team succeed in the present and future.  In Week 2 of the NBA, players like Phoenix Suns C Marcin Gortat, Miami Heat PF/C Chris Bosh and Dallas Mavericks SG O.J. Mayo all had great performances this week.  Here’s a look at five players, one eligible at each position, who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! Sports fantasy basketball leagues* who are worth adding for Week 3.

The following players are all owned in under 50% of Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues as of November 9, 2012.

PG/SG Luke Ridnour, Minnesota Timberwolves (45% owned*)

Statistics (per game averages)*: 27:23 MPG, .514 FG%, .818 FT%, 1.2 3PTM, 10.6 PTS, 3.6 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.4 ST, 0.6 BLK, 2.2 TO

Last season, Ridnour was a fine fantasy option who played a large number of minutes and provided solid all-around statistics.  To start this season, he has received starter minutes once again due to Ricky Rubio’s absence from the lineup.  A reliable scorer and good passer as the team’s off-guard, Ridnour is a solid glue guy who could provide balance for your fantasy roster.

PF/C Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks (44% owned)

Statistics: 27:11 MPG, .677 FG%, .800 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 12.5 PTS, 8.5 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.3 ST, 3.0 BLK, 2.0 TO

A third-year player out of Virginia Commonwealth, Sanders has broken out as a solid backup center for Samuel Dalembert.  Collecting more minutes in the team’s first four games than Dalembert, Milwaukee’s starting center, he has been a consistent scorer and rebounder for the first time in his career.  If he can limit the number of fouls he commits, Sanders could secure an even bigger role in the Bucks frontcourt.

PF/C Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings (22% owned)

Statistics: 29:30 MPG, .550 FG%, .875 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 9.7 PTS, 5.5 REB, 1.2 AST, 0.5 ST, 1.5 BLK, 0.3 TO

Safely entrenched as the team’s starting power forward, Thompson sees plenty of playing time due to the Kings’ lack of players available at the power forward and center positions.  With rookie Thomas Robinson providing little threat to his starting spot, he has been a solid rebounder and blocker who does not hurt you in the shooting percentage categories.  With a potential to improve offensively, Thompson is a nice low-end option with a favorable fantasy position.

SG Shannon Brown, Suns (15% owned)

Statistics: 21:53 MPG, .471 FG%, .810 FT%, 1.8 3PTM, 15.3 PTS, 2.5 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.7 ST, 0.2 BLK, 2.0 TO

With Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley starting at the guard spots, Brown is the team’s first guard off the bench.  An excellent shooter to start the season, he has been particularly effective from downtown.  Although inconsistent at times, Brown could become a nice pickup if he can sustain his production.

SG/SF Alonzo Gee, Cleveland Cavaliers (14% owned)

Statistics: 30:53 MPG, .389 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 0.7 3PTM, 10.7 PTS, 3.8 REB, 2.5 AST, 2.0 ST, 0.2 BLK, 3.0 TO

Easily forgotten amongst Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao, Gee has been productive as the team’s starting small forward in his first six games.  Fighting off C.J. Miles for playing time, he has always been a solid source of rebounds and steals and serves as the Cleveland’s defensive stopper.  With nice all-around numbers and an elite option when it comes to steals, Gee is a nice pickup for any league format.

*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics accurate as of November 9, 2012.  MPG: Minutes Per Game, FG%: Field Goal Percentage, FT%: Free Throw Percentage, 3PTM: 3-Pointers Made, PTS: Points, REB: Rebounds, AST: Assists, ST: Steals, BLK: Blocks, TO: Turnovers.

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