Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups, Deep League

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 11, 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 10, lesser-owned players like SG/SF Carlos Delfino, PF/C Patrick Patterson and SG/SF John Salmons 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 11.

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 9 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, January 5, 2013. 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 D.J. Augustin, Indiana Pacers

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PG D.J. Augustin, Indiana Pacers (4% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 15:14 MPG, .316 FG%, .791 FT%, 0.7 3PTM, 4.4 PTS, 1.1 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.0 BLK, 1.0 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: January 2 against the Washington Wizards – 37 minutes, 18 points (9-10 free throws, one made 3-pointer), four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two turnovers

Augustin started at point guard for the injured George Hill and averaged 13.7 points, 5.3 assists and 2.0 made 3-pointers a game. Despite returning to the bench, he has still played well and has some useful numbers as a deep-league fantasy point guard.

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SF/PF Austin Daye, Detroit Pistons

Daye
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SF/PF Austin Daye, Detroit Pistons (2% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 15:42 MPG, .515 FG%, .500 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 6.1 PTS, 3.3 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.1 ST, 0.4 BLK, 0.5 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: January 4 against the Atlanta Hawks – 22 minutes, 20 points (0-1 free throws, two made 3-pointers), six rebounds, one assist, two turnovers

Daye is starting to heat up and has started to score at a high rate. Finally starting to show the promise made him a first-round pick in 2009, this invigorated play could be the sign of him being a worthwhile fantasy option down the line.

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SG/SF Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings

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SG/SF Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings (2% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 18:18 MPG, .388 FG%, .778 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 6.0 PTS, 1.5 REB, 1.1 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.9 BLK, 0.4 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: January 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers – 34 minutes, 14 points (two made 3-pointers), six rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks

Garcia has been an occasional starter for the Kings and has been a decent low-end option when receiving minutes. A nice well-rounded contributor for deeper leagues, he has benefited from the absence of Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton.

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SG Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers

Stephenson
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SG Lance Stephenson, Pacers (3% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 26:56 MPG, .481 FG%, .621 FT%, 0.8 3PTM, 7.6 PTS, 3.3 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.1 BLK, 1.1 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: December 31 against the Memphis Grizzlies – 33 minutes, 10 points (2-2 free throws, two made 3-pointers), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two turnovers

Starting for Danny Granger since the start of the season, Stephenson has been a nice overall producer as a Pacers starter. Averaging almost 30 minutes a game and with Granger still out until the end of the month, he’ll remain a good producer in points, rebounds and steals.

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PF/C Lavoy Allen, Philadelphia 76ers

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PF/C Lavoy Allen, Philadelphia 76ers, (3% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 23:18 MPG, .463 FG%, .794 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 6.5 PTS, 5.3 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.3 ST, 0.9 BLK, 0.8 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: January 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers – 18 minutes, 10 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block, one turnover

A consistent starting center for the 76ers, Allen averages about seven points and five rebounds a game. While these aren’t impressive numbers for a top fantasy option, his reliability in deeper leagues are useful for end-of-the-bench production for field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 11, Deep League

Waiver
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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 10, lesser-owned players like SG/SF Carlos Delfino, PF/C Patrick Patterson and SG/SF John Salmons 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 11.

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 9 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, January 5, 2013. 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 D.J. Augustin, Indiana Pacers

Augustin
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PG D.J. Augustin, Indiana Pacers (4% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 15:14 MPG, .316 FG%, .791 FT%, 0.7 3PTM, 4.4 PTS, 1.1 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.0 BLK, 1.0 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: January 2 against the Washington Wizards – 37 minutes, 18 points (9-10 free throws, one made 3-pointer), four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two turnovers

Augustin started at point guard for the injured George Hill and averaged 13.7 points, 5.3 assists and 2.0 made 3-pointers a game. Despite returning to the bench, he has still played well and has some useful numbers as a deep-league fantasy point guard.

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SF/PF Austin Daye, Detroit Pistons

Daye
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SF/PF Austin Daye, Detroit Pistons (2% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 15:42 MPG, .515 FG%, .500 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 6.1 PTS, 3.3 REB, 0.9 AST, 0.1 ST, 0.4 BLK, 0.5 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: January 4 against the Atlanta Hawks – 22 minutes, 20 points (0-1 free throws, two made 3-pointers), six rebounds, one assist, two turnovers

Daye is starting to heat up and has started to score at a high rate. Finally starting to show the promise made him a first-round pick in 2009, this invigorated play could be the sign of him being a worthwhile fantasy option down the line.

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SG/SF Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings

Garcia
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SG/SF Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings (2% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 18:18 MPG, .388 FG%, .778 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 6.0 PTS, 1.5 REB, 1.1 AST, 1.0 ST, 0.9 BLK, 0.4 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: January 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers – 34 minutes, 14 points (two made 3-pointers), six rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks

Garcia has been an occasional starter for the Kings and has been a decent low-end option when receiving minutes. A nice well-rounded contributor for deeper leagues, he has benefited from the absence of Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton.

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SG Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers

Stephenson
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SG Lance Stephenson, Pacers (3% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 26:56 MPG, .481 FG%, .621 FT%, 0.8 3PTM, 7.6 PTS, 3.3 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.1 BLK, 1.1 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: December 31 against the Memphis Grizzlies – 33 minutes, 10 points (2-2 free throws, two made 3-pointers), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, two turnovers

Starting for Danny Granger since the start of the season, Stephenson has been a nice overall producer as a Pacers starter. Averaging almost 30 minutes a game and with Granger still out until the end of the month, he’ll remain a good producer in points, rebounds and steals.

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PF/C Lavoy Allen, Philadelphia 76ers

Allen
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PF/C Lavoy Allen, Philadelphia 76ers, (3% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 23:18 MPG, .463 FG%, .794 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 6.5 PTS, 5.3 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.3 ST, 0.9 BLK, 0.8 TO

Promising performance from Week 10: January 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers – 18 minutes, 10 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block, one turnover

A consistent starting center for the 76ers, Allen averages about seven points and five rebounds a game. While these aren’t impressive numbers for a top fantasy option, his reliability in deeper leagues are useful for end-of-the-bench production for field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks.


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