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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 3 Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 3 Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 3 Deep League
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In deeper fantasy basketball league formats, finding useful players on the waiver wire can be a tough task. With most popular free agent choices already owned, owners in deeper leagues often have to dig at even less popular names for players who can provide some sort of fantasy production.

In Week 2, lesser-owned players like Denver Nuggets SG/SF Corey Brewer, Dallas Mavericks SG Vince Carter and Utah Jazz SF Marvin Williams found ways to produce for their respective NBA teams as well as for fantasy owners willing to start these players. Unless they are already the owners of these players, owners in deeper formats do not usually have the luxury of finding these players on the waiver wire in Week 3.

Whether these players have recently obtained a starting role, either short-term or long-term, or have become the likely beneficiary from a teammate’s injury, deep league waiver wire pickups can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing a week in the long run. Here’s a look at five players, one eligible at each position, who are owned in less than 10% of Yahoo! Sports fantasy basketball leagues who are worth adding for Week 3 and for future weeks.

The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues are accurate as of Sunday, November 11 and player statistics are accurate as of November 10, 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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Kosta Koufos-Denver Nuggets

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PF/C Kosta Koufos, Nuggets (8% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 24:30 MPG, .523 FG%, .600 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 7.9 PTS, 6.4 REB, 0.3 AST, 0.7 ST, 1.9 BLK, 0.7 TO

Promising performance from Week 2: November 9 against Jazz – 25 minutes, 15 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks

Starting ahead of JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov, Koufos has some nice fantasy value as the team’s starting center. Playing alongside a talented fantasy lineup, he does not need to worry much about scoring and can instead be an asset as a rebounder and shot blocker. A player who has improved since joining the league in 2008, Koufos is a solid option for “big man” statistics.

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Thabo Sefolosha-Oklahoma City Thunder

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SG/SF Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City Thunder (7% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 26:30 MPG, .500 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 1.0 3PTM, 6.0 PTS, 4.7 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.7 BLK, 0.8 TO

Promising performance from Week 2: November 6 against Toronto Raptors – 25 minutes, 11 points (three made 3-pointers), five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, one turnover

The departure of James Harden and additions of Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb has not affected Sefolosha’s value and playing time this season. Still starting as the Thunder’s two-guard and resident elite wing defender, he can be counted upon for the occasional 3-pointer, a nice number of rebounds for a wing player, and some help in the other non-shooting categories.

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Amir Johnson-Toronto Raptors

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PF/C Amir Johnson, Raptors (5% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 18:53 MPG, .529 FG%, .733 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 7.8 PTS, 5.5 REB, 1.2 AST, 1.2 ST, 0.8 BLK, 1.0 TO

Promising performance from Week 2: November 7 against Mavericks – 29 minutes, 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, one turnover

While rookie Jonas Valanciunas has cut into his opportunity to potentially start for the Raptors, Johnson is still a solid player off the bench. Recently putting up a double-double performance against the Mavericks, he has been a usable center in fantasy leagues since joining Toronto several seasons ago. Johnson is a solid pickup particularly in deeper fantasy formats for his ability to contribute in numerous categories.

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Gary Neal-San Antonio Spurs

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PG/SG Gary Neal, San Antonio Spurs (4% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 19:30 MPG, .582 FG%, .846 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 11.6 PTS, 2.7 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.0 ST, 0.0 BLK, 1.0 TO

Promising performance from Week 2: November 10 against Portland Trail Blazers – 32 minutes, 27 points (two made 3-pointers), seven rebounds, one assist, one turnover

Since joining the Spurs, Neal has always been a reliable scoring sparkplug off the San Antonio bench. Recently scoring 27 points against the Trail Blazers, he has recently seen more minutes with Tony Parker dealing with a stomach virus. Utilize him while you can during the time when he receives starter minutes.

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Alexey Shved-Minnesota Timberwolves

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PG Alexey Shved, Minnesota Timberwolves (2% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 19:53 MPG, .357 FG%, .818 FT%, 0.7 3PTM, 7.2 PTS, 3.2 REB, 4.0 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.2 TO

Promising performance from Week 2: November 9 against Indiana Pacers – 21 minutes, 11 points, three rebounds, seven assists, one block, one turnover

As long as Ricky Rubio is out, the rookie from Russia will be guaranteed playing time at the point guard position. Despite seeing limited minutes at times, he has been a cheap source of 3-pointers, rebounds, and assists. View Shved as a good low-end fantasy value in any fantasy format as the primary backup to J.J. Barea.