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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 11

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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 10, lesser-owned players like PG/SG Lou Williams, PG Jameer Nelson, PF/C Nikola Vucevic and PG Isaiah Thomas 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 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, 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 11 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, January 6, 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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SG/SF Carlos Delfino, Houston Rockets

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SG/SF Carlos Delfino, Houston Rockets (11% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 25:11 MPG, .404 FG%, .750 FT%, 2.3 3PTM, 9.5 PTS, 3.6 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.1 BLK, 1.3 TO

Great performance from Week 10: December 31 against the Atlanta Hawks – 30 minutes, 22 points (six made 3-pointers), four rebounds, eight assists, one steal

Missing two games at the end of 2012 due to flu-like symptoms, Delfino came back for Week 10 action and has put up great numbers, including two 22-point games featuring six made 3-pointers in each game. While he hasn’t been the most consistent fantasy performer, his recent hot streak from beyond the air has made him a player worth owning.

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PF/C Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets

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PF/C Patrick Patterson, Rockets (28% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 27:41 MPG, .511 FG%, .757 FT%, 0.8 3PTM, 12.9 PTS, 4.8 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.4 ST, 0.7 BLK, 1.2 TO

Great performance from Week 10: January 2 against the New Orleans Hornets – 23 minutes, 15 points (one made 3-pointer),10 rebounds, two assists, one turnover

Making his way back from a foot injury, Patterson currently plays behind his replacement Marcus Morris. So far looking good in January with three double-digit scoring games off the bench, it shouldn’t be long before he returns to the starting lineup and plays like a valuable fantasy option.

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SG/SF John Salmons, Sacramento Kings

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SG/SF John Salmons, Sacramento Kings (16% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 29:11 MPG, .435 FG%, .769 FT%, 1.1 3PTM, 9.7 PTS, 2.9 REB, 3.3 AST, 0.8 ST, 0.3 BLK, 1.1 TO

Great performance from Week 10: January 4 against the Toronto Raptors – 35 minutes, 20 points (5-7 free throws, one made 3-pointer), two rebounds, four assists, one steal, two turnovers

Continuing to play well with Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton hurt, Salmons has been a solid scorer and passer in the Kings’ starting lineup. He’s a good add for owners looking for points, a good number of 3-pointers and multiple assists from the shooting guard/small forward position.

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PF/C Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets

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PF/C Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets (23% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 20:30 MPG, .493 FG%, .752 FT%, 0.1 3PTM, 11.1 PTS, 6.1 REB, 1.1 AST, 1.1 ST, 0.8 BLK, 1.5 TO

Great performance from Week 10: January 5 against the Kings – 27 minutes, 15 points (1-1 free throw), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, one turnover

Putting together back-to-back double-doubles to start the new year, Blatche has been great in bunches when he receives a decent amount of playing time. With Brook Lopez’s health always providing some level of concern, his production rate is good to have in stretches where he’s on his game.

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PG/SG Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers

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PG/SG Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers (14% owned)

Statistics (per game averages): 18:30 MPG, .471 FG%, .817 FT%, 0.3 3PTM, 8.7 PTS, 2.7 REB, 2.6 AST, 1.5 ST, 0.7 BLK, 1.8 TO

Great performance from Week 10: January 5 against the Golden State Warriors – 30 minutes, 17 points (one made 3-pointer), three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, one turnover

Known more for his defense on opposing guards, Bledsoe experienced a drop in production after injuring his hip in mid-December. January could be a different month for him, as he’s starting to see over 20 minutes a game again and as is making a great deal of his shots.