Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 4 Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups
Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 4, Deep League
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 3, lesser-owned players like Atlanta Hawks SG/SF Kyle Korver, Miami Heat SG/SF Shane Battier and Boston Celtics SG/SF Courtney Lee 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 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, 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 4 and for future weeks.
* The following players are all owned in under 10% of Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues. The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Sunday, November 18, 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.
PG/SG Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers
PG/SG Daniel Gibson, Cleveland Cavaliers (7% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 21:46 MPG, .475 FG%, .636 FT%, 2.1 3PTM, 9.3 PTS, 2.1 REB, 1.7 AST, 1.2 ST, 0.1 BLK, 0.7 TO
Promising performance from Week 3: November 17 against Dallas Mavericks – 27 minutes, 16 points (2-2 free throws, four made 3-pointers), one rebound, five assists, three steals, one turnover
Despite sitting out the team’s last game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a stiff elbow, Gibson has been playing well off the bench this season. Now with Kyrie Irving out for a month with a broken finger, his value certainly receives a boost and could start at point guard for the Cavaliers.
PF Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
PF Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns (2% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 19:38 MPG, .354 FG%, .706 FT%, 0.4 3PTM, 7.6 PTS, 4.6 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.3 BLK, 1.0 TO
Promising performance from Week 3: November 12 against Denver Nuggets – 25 minutes, 13 points (2-2 free throws, one made 3-pointer), six rebounds, five assists, three steals
Seeing most of minutes behind Luis Scola, Morris has a decent force off the bench for the Suns. Seeing a decent number of minute for Phoenix, he is a player to watch if he can improve his shooting percentages and be more productive on the offensive end.
SF Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers
SF Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers (2% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 24:37 MPG, .412 FG%, .818 FT%, 0.5 3PTM, 6.9 PTS, 5.0 REB, 1.6 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.6 BLK, 1.0 TO
Promising performance from Week 3: November 17 against Chicago Bulls – 26 minutes, 13 points (2-3 free throws, one made 3-pointer), six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, one turnover
Playing a huge amount of minutes off the bench for the Clippers, Barnes has an important asset for players owned in deeper leagues. With Lamar Odom still lacking a role on the team, he sees a majority of minutes behind Caron Butler and has produced when it comes to rebounding, stealing and making the occasional 3-pointer.
SG Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies
SG Wayne Ellington, Memphis Grizzlies (1% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 16:33 MPG, .460 FG%, 1.000 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 6.9 PTS, 1.2 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.3 ST, 0.1 BLK, 0.1 TO
Promising performance from Week 3: November 16 against New York Knicks – 17 minutes, five points (one made 3-pointer), one assist, one steal, one turnover
While his production recently has been lacking, his showing on November 11 against the Heat was impressive, as he went 7-for-11 from 3-point range and finished the game with 25 points. If he can rekindle that shooting from beyond the arc, he could be a value scorer that sees more playing time behind Tony Allen.
PF/C Troy Murphy, Dallas Mavericks
PF/C Troy Murphy, Mavericks (1% owned)
Statistics (per game averages): 19:00 MPG, .364 FG%, .857 FT%, 0.7 3PTM, 4.9 PTS, 4.0 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.2 BLK, 0.6 TO
Promising performance from Week 3: November 14 against Washington Wizards – 18 minutes, 10 points (4-4 free throws), two rebounds, two assists, two steals
An interesting target for more than just being a center-eligible player who can make 3-pointers, Murphy has helped a Mavericks frontcourt that needed some depth due to Dirk Nowitzki’s injury. Getting a nice chunk of playing time to start the season, he could be a very nice asset in the deepest of leagues.
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