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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 5

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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 4, lesser-owned players like Houston Rockets SF/PF Chandler Parsons, New York Knicks PG/SG Jason Kidd, Philadelphia 76ers SG/SF Jason Richardson, Toronto Raptors PG Jose Calderon and 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 5.

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 5 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 Friday, November 23, 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.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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SG/SF Alonzo Gee, Cleveland Cavaliers

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SG/SF Alonzo Gee, Cleveland Cavaliers (33% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 33:12 MPG, .397 FG%, .917 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 12.0 PTS, 3.6 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.9 ST, 0.6 BLK, 2.3 TO

Great performance from Week 4: November 21 against 76ers – 39 minutes, 14 points (four 3-pointers made), six rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks, two turnovers

With Kyrie Irving’s injury, someone had to step up for the Cavaliers. After a stretch of little production, Gee has possibly reemerged as one of the players who serves as a consistent performer for the team. From increased scoring numbers to solid contributions in all other categories, especially his nearly two steals a game average, he should continue to serve as a reliable fantasy option due to the number of minutes he receives every game.

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C Robin Lopez, New Orleans Hornets


C Robin Lopez, New Orleans Hornets (31% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 28:23 MPG, .485 FG%, .765 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 10.9 PTS, 5.9 REB, 1.2 AST, 0.5 ST, 2.1 BLK, 1.5 TO

Great performance from Week 4: November 21 against Indiana Pacers – 33 minutes, 21 points (15-17 free throws), 13 rebounds, one assist, two steals, four blocks, two turnovers

Once Anthony Davis returned from his concussion, Lopez hit a new low in terms of playing time with a season-low 19 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, now that Davis is missing games with a sore left ankle, Lopez has taken advantage of this situation and has served as an excellent source of blocks and a rebounding total that is bound to improve in the future.

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SG/SF Nick Young, Philadelphia 76ers


SG/SF Nick Young, 76ers (26% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 24:23 MPG, .386 FG%, .875 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 10.9 PTS, 1.8 REB, 1.2 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.3 BLK, 0.7 TO

Great performance from Week 4: November 20 against Raptors – 29 minutes, 23 points (6-6 free throws, three 3-pointers made), three rebounds, four assists, one block

Young had a scare earlier this week with an elevated heart rate. After overcoming that, he has looked good from the field and found minutes in the 76ers’ crowded backcourt. If in need of some scoring and 3-pointers in a pinch, Young is a streaky but solid option to consider.

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PF/C Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets

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PF/C Patrick Patterson, Rockets (25% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 28:53 MPG, .504 FG%, .667 FT%, 0.5 3PTM, 12.5 PTS, 5.2 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.2 TO

Great performance from Week 4: November 21 against Chicago Bulls – 38 minutes, 20 points (3-5 free throws, one made 3-pointer), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, two turnovers

A consistent starter for the first time in his career, Patterson has found his role and received his touches despite having offensive-minded teammates in the backcourt of Jeremy Lin and James Harden. While his rebounding numbers aren’t great for a power forward, he is shooting well from the field, contributes with a steal and block every now and then and even chips in a bit with a couple 3-pointers every once in a while, making him a versatile piece for any fantasy squad.

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PG/SG Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers


PG/SG Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers (14% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 18:36 MPG, .516 FG%, .846 FT%, 0.3 3PTM, 10.1 PTS, 2.8 REB, 2.7 AST, 1.4 ST, 0.6 BLK, 2.1 TO

Great performance from Week 4: November 21 against Oklahoma City Thunder – 24 minutes, 11 points (2-2 free throws, one made 3-pointer), three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, four turnovers

While he doesn’t receive too many minutes behind starter Chris Paul, Bledsoe has found a way to stay relevant with solid numbers in the time he does receive. A nice change-of-pace to Paul, he has been a very good shooter with a nice bunch of assists and steals. As the last point guard on a fantasy roster, Bledsoe is a nice candidate for improvement as the season progresses.