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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups, Deep League

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 6, 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 5, lesser-owned players like Detroit Pistons SG/SF Kyle Singler, Charlotte Bobcats SG Ben Gordon and New York Knicks SF/PF Steve Novak 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 6.

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 6 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, December 1, 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 Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs

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C Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs (8% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 18:41 MPG, .573 FG%, .733 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 8.6 PTS, 4.5 REB, 1.2 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.7 BLK, 1.2 TO

Promising performance from Week 5: November 26 against Washington Wizards – 23 minutes, 15 points (7-8 free throws), 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks, one turnover

Splitter has been a mixed bag for fantasy owners this season. While he’s receiving consistent minutes, he’s only recently started to pick up production, particularly in the shooting categories and rebounding numbers. While he’ll never be a big-time producer as a backup, Splitter’s production could be of value in deeper leagues.

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PG/SG Gary Neal, San Antonio Spurs

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PG/SG Gary Neal, Spurs (8% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 24:00 MPG, .444 FG%, .862 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 11.1 PTS, 3.2 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.0 BLK, 1.5 TO

Promising performance from Week 5: November 29 against Miami Heat – 32 minutes, 20 points (4-4 free throws, two made 3-pointers), four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, six turnovers

While Splitter has struggled to find minutes, Neal has been very effective in the Spurs’ starting lineup. Starting due to injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson, he’s been producing as a double-digit scorer in his last four games. From 3-pointers and steals to his abilities as a good rebounder at the guard position, Neal will continue to have very good fantasy value as long as he receives extended minutes.

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PF Jason Maxiell, Detroit Pistons

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PF Jason Maxiell, Pistons (7% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 26:48 MPG, .512 FG%, .689 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 8.7 PTS, 6.5 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.4 ST, 1.4 BLK, 1.4 TO

Promising performance from Week 5: December 1 against Dallas Mavericks – 37 minutes, 10 points (2-2 free throws), 12 rebounds, two steals, five blocks, two turnovers

While not the fanciest fantasy option, Maxiell has been a productive power forward for the Pistons. Averaging a career-high 8.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game, he has been a productive all-around contributor, particularly when it comes to Rotisserie leagues. With no signs of him losing his starting job, Maxiell receives the minutes desired for deeper formats.

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SF Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers

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SF Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers (6% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 25:36 MPG, .449 FG%, .810 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 8.4 PTS, 5.4 REB, 1.1 AST, 1.3 ST, 0.8 BLK, 1.3 TO

Promising performance from Week 5: November 28 against Minnesota Timberwolves – 25 minutes, 13 points (one made 3-pointer), six rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks, one turnover

Although not as efficient as a scorer from mid-November, Barnes has continued to contribute in the non-scoring categories. From his eight-rebound, three-block game against the New Orleans Hornets to a two-steal, two-block performance against the Timberwolves, he continues to add value to fantasy rosters in a variety of ways.

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SG/SF Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets

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SG/SF Jerry Stackhouse, Brooklyn Nets (1% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 16:36 MPG, .491 FG%, .857 FT%, 1.5 3PTM, 7.3 PTS, 1.4 REB, 0.8 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.2 BLK, 0.6 TO

Promising performance from Week 5: November 28 against Boston Celtics – 22 minutes, 17 points (2-2 free throws, five 3-pointers made), one rebound, one assist, three steals, one turnover

Despite only seeing minutes in 10 of the Nets’ games, Stackhouse has been productive in the games he does see time in. The 38-year-old no longer starts and plays heavy minutes, but he continues to be productive as a 3-point shooter. Averaging 22 minutes and 14 points per game in his last three outings, Stackhouse continues to be productive as a bench option.