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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups, Deep League

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 12, 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 11, lesser-owned players like SF/PF Derrick Williams, C Tiago Splitter and PF Jared Sullinger 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 12.

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 12 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 Sunday, January 13, 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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PF John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks

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PF John Henson (7% owned)

Promising performance from Week 11: January 13 – 22 minutes, 19 points (3-4 free throws), six rebounds, two blocks, two turnovers

Henson has really started to shine for the Milwaukee Bucks. Starting to earn morn minutes for the Bucks, he has been a better scorer, rebounder and shot blocker over the past few weeks. His fantasy stock is definitely rising and is worth consideration in deeper leagues.

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C Ian Mahinmi, Indiana Pacers

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C Ian Mahinmi (1% owned)

Promising performance from Week 11: January 12 – 26 minutes, five points (1-1 free throws), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks

Starting center Roy Hibbert hasn’t been the same this season, which has provided an opportunity for Mahinmi. While he hasn’t been the most consistent fantasy option either, he has been a solid bench option who can add some nice rebounding and defensive numbers.

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PG/SG Darius Morris, Los Angeles Lakers

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PG/SG Darius Morris (0% owned)

Promising performance from Week 11: January 13 – 20 minutes, 14 points (2-4 free throws, two made 3-pointers), one assist, one steal, one turnover

Given the team’s injuries and struggles, Morris has developed into a nice contributor on a team filled with All-Stars. Whether it’s as the team’s point guard or as a good defender, he has seen good minutes in his second season and is certainly in a good position for use in deeper leagues.

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SF/PF Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Milwuakee Bucks

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SF/PF Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (3% owned)

Promising performance from Week 11: January 11 – 22 minutes, six points (2-2 free throws), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, two turnovers

Starting for the Bucks due to his defense, Mbah a Moute sees limited minutes considering he’s a starter. That being said, he has been shooting better and has been a good rebounder at the small forward position.

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SG Roger Mason, New Orleans Hornets

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SG Roger Mason (1% owned)

Promising performance from Week 11: January 9 – 16 minutes, 17 points (2-2 free throws, three made 3-pointers), five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block

Known for going on hot stretches, Mason is one of the major scorers off the New Orleans Hornets bench. A good 3-point shooter averaging nearly 20 minutes a game, he’s an overlooked scoring guard with Eric Gordon back in the fold.