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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 6

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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 5, lesser-owned players like Detroit Pistons PG/SG Brandon Knight, Houston Rockets PF/C Patrick Patterson, Boston Celtics PG/SG Jason Terry and Dallas Mavericks PF/C Elton Brand 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 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, 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 6 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, 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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PF Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Lakers

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PF Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Lakers (46% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 18:23 MPG, .473 FG%, .667 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 7.3 PTS, 4.6 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.3 BLK, 0.8 TO

Great performance from Week 5: November 30 against Denver Nuggets – 33 minutes, 33 points (2-2 free throws, five made 3-pointers), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, three turnovers

When Mike Brown was in town, Jamison was languishing on the bench, having some of his worst numbers of his career. Now with Mike D’Antoni in charge, he’s put an emphasis on playing Jamison, as witnessed by his huge output against the Nuggets. With a renewed interest in playing the veteran, Jamison’s playing time and value will surely increase, making him a viable fantasy option once again.

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PG/SG Randy Foye, Utah Jazz

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PG/SG Randy Foye, Utah Jazz (36% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 25:23 MPG, .414 FG%, .824 FT%, 2.4 3PTM, 11.4 PTS, 1.3 REB, 1.9 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.2 TO

Great performance from Week 5: December 1 against Rockets – 32 minutes, 20 points (four made 3-pointers), two rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block, two turnovers

Since taking Gordon Hayward’s place in the starting lineup, Foye has been a solid, yet inconsistent scorer. Very hot from 3-point range, his contributions there are what give him some fantasy value. One encouraging sign for improvement in the future is that he has averaged about 28 minutes a game over his last five starts.

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C Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

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C Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors (31% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 24:06 MPG, .512 FG%, .769 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 9.2 PTS, 5.8 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.2 ST, 1.2 BLK, 1.4 TO

Great performance from Week 5: November 27 against Rockets – 32 minutes, 12 points (2-3 free throws), five rebounds, two assists, one block, two turnovers

Despite suffering an ankle injury last week, Valanciunas has shown some great signs in his rookie season. When he receives minutes, he is pretty productive with them, as he has been rebounding and blocking shots at a higher rate than earlier in the season. As he continues to grow in the Raptors starting lineup, Valanciunas should become a viable fantasy starter.

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SG Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats

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SG Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats (24% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 24:36 MPG, .438 FG%, .839 FT%, 2.1 3PTM, 13.9 PTS, 2.2 REB, 2.8 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.5 BLK, 2.0 TO

Great performance from Week 5: November 28 against Atlanta Hawks – 27 minutes, 26 points (5-5 free throws, seven made 3-pointers), four rebounds, three assists, one steal, two turnovers

Like Foye, Gordon isn’t expected to contribute much outside of scoring. As Charlotte’s first guard off the bench, he has thrived in this role with his new team, scoring in bunches as of late and serving as the team’s hot-hand in crucial situations. For any scoring needs, view Gordon as a more-affordable Jamal Crawford-type fantasy player.

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SG/SF Kyle Singler, Detroit Pistons

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SG/SF Kyle Singler, Pistons (22% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 27:00 MPG, .512 FG%, .775 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 10.0 PTS, 3.4 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.6 BLK, 0.9 TO

Great performance from Week 5: November 26 against Portland Trail Blazers – 36 minutes, 16 points (1-1 free throws, three made 3-pointers), 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block

Starting at shooting guard ahead of struggling Rodney Stuckey, Singler has done great things for the Pistons in his rookie season. From making shots at a high rate to contributing on defense, he is a nice fantasy option who is able to contribute a little bit in each category.