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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 7

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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 6, lesser-owned players like PF/C Larry Sanders, PG Jameer Nelson, PG/SG Jordan Crawford and PF Antawn Jamison 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 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, 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 7 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 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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PG/SG Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons

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PG/SG Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons (31% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 28:41 MPG, .370 FG%, .824 FT%, 0.7 3PTM, 10.6 PTS, 2.9 REB, 4.2 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.3 TO

Great performance from Week 6: December 7 against Chicago Bulls – 36 minutes, 24 points (8-8 free throws, two made 3-pointers), one rebound, seven assists, two steals, one block, two turnovers

Despite still coming off the bench and competing with Kyle Singler, Stuckey is starting to heat up and serve as the team’s best playmaker. From averaging nearly seven assists a game in December to having his first 20-plus point game, he is a fantasy option whose low stock is quickly rising.

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C Robin Lopez, New Orleans Hornets

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C Robin Lopez, New Orleans Hornets (46% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 27:11 MPG, .542 FG%, .772 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 11.9 PTS, 5.5 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.7 ST, 1.9 BLK, 1.4 TO

Great performance from Week 6: December 5 against Los Angeles Lakers – 26 minutes, 15 points (1-2 free throws), four rebounds, one assist, five blocks, one turnover

Known more for his defense, Lopez has also grown as an offensive weapon for the Hornets. With more double-digit scoring games than single-digit scoring games this season, he has been a productive fantasy center despite not having the greatest rebounding numbers this year.

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SG/SF Corey Brewer, Denver Nuggets

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SG/SF Corey Brewer, Denver Nuggets (15% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 23:11 MPG, .433 FG%, .647 FT%, 1.5 3PTM, 11.4 PTS, 3.1 REB, 0.8 AST, 1.4 ST, 0.3 BLK, 1.0 TO

Great performance from Week 6: December 3 against Toronto Raptors – 21 minutes, 19 points (one made 3-pointers), five rebounds, four steals, one turnover

Currently having his best season since serving as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ starting small forward in the 2009-10 season, Brewer has put together a string of great outings off the bench. Always valuable when it comes to steals and the occasional 3-pointer, he has also been a decent rebounder and has fired off more shot attempts this season without ruining his field goal percentage. His numbers in specific categories plus recent hot streak makes Brewer a nice add right now.

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SG/SF Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs

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SG/SF Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs (44% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 29:11 MPG, .436 FG%, .909 FT%, 2.2 3PTM, 10.3 PTS, 3.5 REB, 1.4 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.8 BLK, 1.1 TO

Great performance from Week 6: December 8 against Charlotte Bobcats – 24 minutes, 23 points (seven made 3-pointers), four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, one turnover

Dropped in a large number of leagues due to recent injuries, Green has made his way back into the lineup and is showing signs of producing like he did back in the beginning of the season. Very productive from long range, he looks to be back on the way up now that he is healthier.

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PF/C Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets

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PF/C Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets (36% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 20:06 MPG, .479 FG%, .741 FT%, 0.1 3PTM, 11.2 PTS, 6.6 REB, 1.2 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.6 BLK, 1.3 TO

Great performance from Week 6: December 7 against Golden State Warriors – 35 minutes, 22 points (5-9 free throws, one made 3-pointer), 15 rebounds, two assists, four steals, two turnovers

Starting in place of the injured Brook Lopez has certainly increased the stock and value of Blatche. Starting in the Nets’ last four games, he has put up excellent all-around numbers and will definitely have a major role in the team’s rotation once he returns to the bench. Now with a major role on the team, Blatche should maintain some of his long-term fantasy value after finding his way on a new team.