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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups, Deep League

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 5, 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 4, lesser-owned players like Golden State Warriors SF/PF Carl Landry, Sacramento Kings PG Aaron Brooks and Philadelphia 76ers SG/SF Nick Young 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 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, 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 5 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 Saturday, November 24, 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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C Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks

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C Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks (9% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 24:53 MPG, .550 FG%, .733 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 7.3 PTS, 7.7 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.8 TO

Promising performance from Week 4: November 24 against Los Angeles Clippers – 37 minutes, 19 points (5-7 free throws), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, three turnovers

Despite having lower production this season due to fewer starts, Pachulia has been a productive center in deeper fantasy leagues, particularly when he receives starter minutes. He has put up nice performances in his five starts, as he averages 8.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals a game.

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SG/SF/PF Jeffery Taylor, Charlotte Bobcats

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SG/SF/PF Jeffery Taylor, Charlotte Bobcats (3% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 24:11 MPG, .405 FG%, .750 FT%, 0.8 3PTM, 7.4 PTS, 2.5 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.0 TO

Promising performance from Week 4: November 23 against Hawks – 36 minutes, 16 points (2-2 free throws, four 3-pointers made), two rebounds, three steals, one turnover

A starter for the much-improved Bobcats, Taylor recently had a career-high 16 points with three steals against the Hawks. Known more for his defense than his offensive prowess, he has scored in double digits in three straight games and will continue to serve as a solid fantasy option as long as Gerald Henderson is out with an injury.

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PG Jamaal Tinsley, Utah Jazz

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PG Jamaal Tinsley, Utah Jazz (3% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 19:23 MPG, .263 FG%, .750 FT%, 0.4 3PTM, 2.2 PTS, 2.0 REB, 5.9 AST, 0.7 ST, 0.1 BLK, 1.8 TO

Promising performance from Week 4: November 24 against Kings – 31 minutes, 14 points (four 3-pointers made), two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, three turnovers

Recently receiving a start in place of the injured Mo Williams, Tinsley displayed what he could do with minutes with his first double-digit scoring effort of the season. While is lack of scoring is definitely a deterrent to owning him, he could be of value in deeper leagues with his passing, as he already has three double-digit assist performances this season.

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SG/SF Martell Wesbter, Washington Wizards

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SG/SF Martell Webster, Washington Wizards (1% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 21:36 MPG, .411 FG%, .885 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 8.2 PTS, 3.6 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.1 TO

Promising performance from Week 4: November 24 against Bobcats – 35 minutes, 21 points (10-12 free throws, hree made 3-pointers), four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block

Webster has started to heat up as part of a Wizards backcourt that has floundered without John Wall. Excelling as a bench scorer despite infrequent playing time, he could be a decent option as a scorer, particularly with 3-pointers and free throws, and rebounder.

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SF Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

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SF Draymond Green, Warriors (1% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 11:24 MPG, .324 FG%, .800 FT%, 0.3 3PTM, 2.4 PTS, 2.6 REB, 0.4 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.1 BLK, 0.6 TO

Promising performance from Week 4: November 19 against Dallas Mavericks – 26 minutes, nine points (4-4 free throws, one made 3-pointer), seven rebounds, one assist, three steals, one turnover

Entering this season, Green was expected to see little, if any, playing time with Harrison Barnes, Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson ahead of him in the depth chart. With injuries to Rush and Jefferson along with excellent defense on opposing forwards, he has found a role in the rotation and is quickly receiving more playing time. Green is a player to watch and consider in very deep leagues.