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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 9

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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 8, lesser-owned players like PG Jose Calderon, PF/C Larry Sanders, SF/PF Metta World Peace and PG/SG Jordan Crawford 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 9.

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 9 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 22, 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 Jarrett Jack, Golden State Warriors

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PG/SG Jarrett Jack, Golden State Warriors (49% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 27:18 MPG, .492 FG%, .870 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 12.0 PTS, 3.3 REB, 5.2 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.0 BLK, 1.7 TO

Great performance from Week 8: December 22 against the Los Angeles Lakers – 38 minutes, 29 points (three made 3-pointers), three rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one turnover

Jack has continued his tear as one of the Warriors’ key contributors off the bench. From his unstoppable scoring with his ability to handle the ball and create for others, he is a must-add for any squad, for his role will probably not diminish anytime soon.

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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): 25:53 MPG, .542 FG%, .780 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 11.2 PTS, 5.5 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.6 ST, 1.9 BLK, 1.4 TO

Great performance from Week 8: December 19 against the Los Angeles Clippers – 28 minutes, 22 points (2-2 free throws), nine rebounds, one assist, two blocks, two turnovers

Lopez has continued his consistency as a scorer in what has been a breakout season for the fifth-year center. With better rebounding numbers as of late, he’s becoming a solid all-around center that can fill up the stat sheet and figures to be a major part of the team’s rotation even as Anthony Davis gets healthier.

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SG/SF Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Bobcats

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SG/SF Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Bobcats (38% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 26:11 MPG, .415 FG%, .821 FT%, 0.8 3PTM, 13.7 PTS, 3.6 REB, 2.1 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.4 TO

Great performance from Week 8: December 18 against the Lakers – 38 minutes, 19 points (4-4 free throws, three made 3-pointers), nine rebounds, four assists, one turnover

Playing well since returning from a foot injury, Henderson has been averaging 13.7 points per game. While he’s still in a bench capacity, it will only be time before he returns to full strength and serves as a solid free agent pickup available in many leagues.

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PF/C Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors

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PF/C Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors (13% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 21:48 MPG, .517 FG%, .763 FT%, 0.1 3PTM, 7.4 PTS, 5.7 REB, 1.2 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.9 BLK, 0.9 TO

Great performance from Week 8: December 21 against the Orlando Magic – 35 minutes, 10 points (2-2 free throws), seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks, one turnover

It appears that Johnson has the early advantage over Ed Davis with regards to who will perform better and see more playing time for the injured Andrea Bargnani. Now that Jonas Valanciunas is also hurt, Johnson should continue to receive minutes, which has been the one thing that has limited his fantasy value in the past.

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SG Shannon Brown, Phoenix Suns

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SG Shannon Brown, Phoenix Suns (30% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 27:00 MPG, .424 FG%, .843 FT%, 1.2 3PTM, 13.2 PTS, 2.6 REB, 2.0 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.2 BLK, 1.5 TO

Great performance from Week 8: December 19 against the Bobcats – 34 minutes, 26 points (1-1 free throws, five made 3-pointers), four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block

As the starting shooting guard, Brown has been a solid scorer for the Suns. While his shooting percentages could definitely be better, he’s been productive in the points and 3-point shooting categories and should definitely be owned in more leagues.