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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups, Deep League

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 7, 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 6, lesser-owned players like PG/SG Rodney Stuckey, C Robin Lopez and SG/SF Corey Brewer 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 7.

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 7 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 8, 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 Marco Belinelli, Chicago Bulls

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SG Marco Belinelli, Chicago Bulls (9% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 19:41 MPG, .419 FG%, .857 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 7.6 PTS, 1.4 REB, 0.8 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.1 BLK, 0.7 TO

Promising performance from Week 6: December 8 against the New York Knicks – 45 minutes, 22 points (2-2 free throws, four made 3-pointers), four rebounds, one assist, three steals

Starting in place of the injured Richard Hamilton, Belinelli has been a solid scorer for the Bulls. Seeing a large number of minutes in the starting lineup, his contributions in the shooting categories could do a lot of good in deeper leagues.

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PG/SG Toney Douglas, Houston Rockets

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PG/SG Toney Douglas, Houston Rockets (2% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 17:36 MPG, .351 FG%, .938 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 7.2 PTS, 1.4 REB, 1.9 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.0 BLK, 1.4 TO

Promising performance from Week 6: December 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers – 28 minutes, 22 points (3-4 free throws, three made 3-pointers), four rebounds, three assists, two steals

With Jeremy Lin struggling, Douglas has started to earn more playing time at point guard for the Rockets. While Douglas will probably not supplant Lin as the starter, his increased playing time makes him an intriguing option to consider in deeper leagues.

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SG/SF John Salmons, Sacramento Kings

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SG/SF John Salmons, Sacramento Kings (3% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 27:30 MPG, .417 FG%, .762 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 7.8 PTS, 2.8 REB, 2.9 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.2 BLK, 0.8 TO

Promising performance from Week 6: December 8 against the Portland Trail Blazers – 36 minutes, 19 points (4-5 free throws, three made 3-pointers), three rebounds, 11 assists, two steals

After falling out of the rotation at the end of last season, Salmons found himself back in the starting lineup halfway through November. Starting in the Kings’ last 10 games, he has still struggled for the most part but continues to see consistent minutes. Given his contributions in other categories, particularly assists, Salmons is a good add before his stock rises.

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PF/C Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors

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PF/C Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors (6% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 20:41 MPG, .500 FG%, .714 FT%, 0.1 3PTM, 7.1 PTS, 5.1 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.6 BLK, 0.9 TO

Promising performance from Week 6: December 7 against the Utah Jazz – 19 minutes, 10 points (2-2 free throws), four rebounds, one steal

Johnson has had an up and down year in terms of production. Only coming off the bench for the Raptors, there’s speculation that he may replace rookie Jonas Valanciunas in the starting lineup. If this happens, Johnson’s value will certainly increase and could see increases in all categories, making him a valuable fantasy asset.

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PF/C Jason Smith, New Orleans Hornets

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PF/C Jason Smith, New Orleans Hornets (3% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 18:06 MPG, .430 FG%, .917 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 8.4 PTS, 3.7 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.3 ST, 1.1 BLK, 1.2 TO

Promising performance from Week 6: December 7 against the Memphis Grizzlies – 28 minutes, 14 points, five rebounds, three assists, five blocks, one turnover

Still receiving a nice amount of playing time due to Anthony Davis’ injury, Smith has put up decent numbers this year. While he’s dealing with his own knee injury, he has taken advantage of his time at power forward and is a low-end fantasy option until Davis returns.