Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 4
Success in fantasy basketball leagues is often dictated by finding useful players on the waiver wire. With many of the most popular free agent choices already owned, owners sometimes have to look to other players who can provide some sort of fantasy production.
In Week 3, lesser-owned players like Atlanta Hawks PG/SG Lou Williams, Denver Nuggets C JaVale McGee, Philadelphia 76ers SG/SF Jason Richardson and Utah Jazz SG/SF Gordon Hayward all had great weeks for their respective NBA teams as well as for fantasy owners playing these players. Chances are these players are already owned in most leagues, thus owners have to look at other players on the waiver wire in Week 4.
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, valuable waiver wire pickups can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing on a weekly basis. 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 4 and for future weeks.
* The following players are all owned in under 50% of Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues. The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Saturday, November 17, 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.
C Samuel Dalembert, Milwaukee Bucks
C Samuel Dalembert, Milwaukee Bucks (49% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 16:30 MPG, .694 FG%, .818 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 7.4 PTS, 5.0 REB, 0.5 AST, 0.3 ST, 1.1 BLK, 1.1 TO
Great performance from Week 3: November 14 against Indiana Pacers – 18 minutes, 14 points (4-4 free throws), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, three blocks, one turnover
After struggling at the start of the season, Dalembert has finally found his nice with the Bucks. No longer being overshadowed by Larry Sanders, he is a solid source of rebounds and blocks. Fitting in better with his teammates and in his new surroundings, Dalembert is worth picking up if a hasty owner already dropped the effective center.
PG/SG Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets
PG/SG Andre Miller, Nuggets (47% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 25:41 MPG, .474 FG%, .857 FT%, 0.4 3PTM, 9.6 PTS, 3.8 REB, 5.3 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.2 BLK, 2.1 TO
Great performance from Week 3: November 15 against Miami Heat – 26 minutes, 19 points (3-3 free throws, two made 3-pointers), five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two turnovers
Although coming off the bench behind starter Ty Lawson for the past few season, Miller is a veteran with plenty of fantasy relevancy. Still earning more than 50 percent of the minutes played in a game, he is a reliable scorer, sure-handed free-throw shooter and above-average rebounder and passer at the guard position. Take advantage of his well-balanced numbers for help in all categories.
SF/PF Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers
SF/PF Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers (46% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 34:12 MPG, .402 FG%, .800 FT%, 2.1 3PTM, 13.1 PTS, 4.9 REB, 2.1 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.9 TO
Great performance from Week 3: November 16 against Phoenix Suns – 33 minutes, 22 points (3-4 free throws, five made 3-pointers), six rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, one turnover
Despite sometimes being viewed as the “fifth man” of the Lakers’ starting five, World Peace has developed into a reliable fantasy option for any format. From an increase in scoring, particularly from beyond the arc, to his always-reliable rebounding and steal numbers, he is a great glue guy for any fantasy roster.
SG/SF Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks
SG/SF Kyle Korver, Hawks (35% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 28:48 MPG, .483 FG%, .818 FT%, 2.5 3PTM, 10.9 PTS, 3.9 REB, 1.8 AST, 1.1 ST, 0.3 BLK, 0.8 TO
Great performance from Week 3: November 16 against Sacramento Kings – 37 minutes, 22 points (3-3 free throws, five made 3-pointers), seven rebounds, three assists, one steal
More than just a 3-pointer shooter for the Hawks, Korver has found a nice role as the team’s regular starting shooting guard. Aside from averaging 2.5 made 3-pointers a game, he has also been a decent rebounder and stealer in the regular minutes he receives. With Jeff Teague and Devin Harris handling point guard duties, Korver commits few turnovers and is a solid fantasy player with an obvious boost in the shooting categories.
SF/PF Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons
SF/PF Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons (28% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 32:00 MPG, .450 FG%, .786 FT%, 0.5 3PTM, 12.7 PTS, 4.1 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.3 TO
Great performance from Week 3: November 14 against 76ers – 34 minutes, 15 points (1-2 free throws), five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one turnover
Old reliable when it comes to fantasy producers on the Pistons, Prince is the prototypical above-average fantasy commodity. With solid statistics in every category, he has had double-digit scoring in most games this season. With no sign of a decreased role in Detroit, Prince is here to stay and is good for a final spot on your fantasy roster.
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