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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 10

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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 9, lesser-owned players like SG/SF Jared Dudley, SG/SF Danny Green, PG/SG Jason Kidd and PG/SG Greivis Vasquez 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 10.

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 10 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 29, 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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SF Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers

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SF Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers (42% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 25:36 MPG, .500 FG%, .760 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 10.8 PTS, 5.0 REB, 1.4 AST, 1.3 ST, 0.9 BLK, 1.3 TO

Great performance from Week 9: December 25 against the Denver Nuggets – 32 minutes, 20 points (1-3 free throws, three made 3-pointers), eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks, one turnover

Barnes has been incredible fantasy force this season. An improved shooter and rebounder, he’s easily become one of the best bench options this season, both in real-life and for fantasy purposes. An all-around provider, Barnes has shown no signs of slowing down.

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SG/SF Dorell Wright, Philadelphia 76ers

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SG/SF Dorell Wright, Philadelphia 76ers (43% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 22:23 MPG, .361 FG%, .839 FT%, 1.5 3PTM, 8.5 PTS, 4.4 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.0 TO

Great performance from Week 9: December 26 against the Memphis Grizzlies – 35 minutes, 28 points (7-8 free throws, five made 3-pointers), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks

Recently receiving a few starts due to a Jason Richardson injury, Wright has received some more minutes as of late. Known for his 3-point shooting capabilities, he has three double-digit scoring games in December and is a rising fantasy option.

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PF/C Kosta Koufos, Denver Nuggets

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PF/C Kosta Koufos, Nuggets (23% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 22:30 MPG, .590 FG%, .585 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 7.5 PTS, 6.4 REB, 0.6 AST, 0.5 ST, 1.7 BLK, 0.7 TO

Great performance from Week 9: December 25 against the Clippers – 27 minutes, 16 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one turnover

A reliable low-end fantasy option, Koufos continues to shoot at a high percentage from the field, rack up rebounds and chip in with the occasional blocked shot or two. At a thin position like center, his numbers are useful for covering the usual “big man” categories.

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PF/C Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

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PF/C Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers (34% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 30:36 MPG, .472 FG%, .615 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 9.2 PTS, 8.5 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.8 BLK, 1.5 TO

Great performance from Week 9: December 29 against the Brooklyn Nets – 36 minutes, 17 points (7-8 free throws), 15 rebounds, one assist, two blocks, two turnovers

With Anderson Varejao missing time, Thompson has heated up and has become a better fantasy option for the Cavaliers. From his increased rebounding, something the Cavaliers surely missed with Varejao out, to more productive scoring, he’s a player worth picking up, especially as more of a short-term option.

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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): 26:06 MPG, .399 FG%, .808 FT%, 2.2 3PTM, 10.9 PTS, 1.7 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.7 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.1 TO

Great performance from Week 9: December 28 against the Clippers – 29 minutes, 28 points (7-8 free throws, five made 3-pointers), five rebounds, one assist, one block, one turnover

Foye has been decent all month with Mo Williams out. As the Jazz’s off-guard, he has been able to focus on his scoring and sometimes put up these great scoring outings with multiple made 3-pointers. Williams is scheduled to return soon, so Foye’s long-term value is limited.