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Weekly Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups

Weekly Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for week starting January 20th

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Weekly Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups

Hey Fantasy Hoopers, each Monday we will provide you with some players to target off the waiver wire, and this Monday is a special day as you all know it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hopefully you take time to reflect on the legacy that MLKJr. has left behind while you also remember to set your lineups by 1pm. Of the many historical MLKJr quotes I have heard, here is one that sticks out to me:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

I find this motivating when things get rough and not to minimize the true meaning of MLKJr's message, but unfortunately we are at a point in the Fantasy Basketball season where times may be challenging for you, and your team, as you may be reeling from injuries that have you down. Hopefully MLKJr's message will resonate with you in your everyday life, and with your Fantasy team to the point where it motivates you to take on the challenge of trying to overcome any bad breaks you may be dealing with. And with that, here are this week's Wavier Wire suggestions, which we hope help patch up your team and carry you on to victory.

(Note: the percentage numbers indicate ownership and for those of you playing in weekly leagues DEN, GSW, MEM, MIL, MIN, PHX, and SAS have just three games this week and UTA takes the court only twice this week, the rest of the league plays four games this week, except for POR who will play five times).

Guards

* D.J. Augustin (32.7%) why someone like George Hill is 72% owned or Jeremy Lin 95% and Augustin is under 33% owned just shows you how misconceiving name value can be. Over the last 30 days (average):
 

Player

Rank

FG%

FT%

PPG

3PTM

AST

REB

STLS

MPG

Augustin

55

43%

92%

12.6

1.8

6.4

2.4

1.4

29:42:00

Hill

122

44%

86%

9.2

1.3

2.5

3.3

0.6

29:09:00

Lin

196

43%

79%

12.8

0.8

4.3

2.4

0.8

33:38:00

 

* Alec Burks (23%) have to be honest this low percentage of ownership has be a little baffled as Burks has started the last five games while Gordon Hayward remains out with a hip flexor, and even when Hayward returns, Burks carries respectable value as you can see from his starter/reserve splits here:

In eight games as a starter Burks is averaging 14.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and a steal per game.

As a reserve, Burks is averaging very similar production of 12.5 points, 3.3 boards and 2.5 assists

* Ramon Sessions (7%) should get extended playing time while Kemba Walker is sidelined with an ankle injury that he injured on Sunday and has him already ruled out for Monday’s game. Even before Walker’s injury Sessions was trending upward as he has now reached double figures in scoring in each of his last three games and has five assists in each of his last four games.

Check last weeks Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for more info on Randy Foye, Brian Roberts, and some other guards who should be on your list as well.

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Forwards

* Kris Humphries (10%) actually fell a percentage point as owners were quick to bail ship on him after two mediocre performances out of four games last week. Going into last week’s action, as we pointed out previously, Humphries was in the top 10 in efficiency rating among power forwards over his last four games (going into last week’s action) and was averaging 11.5 points (55 FG%), 8.3 rebounds, two assists, 2.3 blocks, and a steal per game over that span while sinking all his attempts from the charity stripe, (which is a bonus for a big man). Humphries got back on track Sunday finishing with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds and has blocked nine shots in his last five games, which should more than help compensate for a lackluster performance here and there from Hump. The Celtics have a couple tough matchups coming up, but again do not get short-sighted with Humphries. Look ahead to their schedule starting on Sunday, January 26 and extending throughout the month of February, you may not find a more favorable team schedule in this span.

* Al-Farouq Aminu (4%) should produce by default with Ryan Anderson and now Jason Smith both out indefinitely. He will not be flashy, but he should get enough minutes to come close to a double-double average in points and rebounds for the time being.

* Patrick Patterson (3%) is worth an add if you need a bump in points and boards as he has scored in double figures in seven of his last nine games and is averaging about six rebounds over that span while playing 24 minutes per game.

* Ryan Kelly (2%) is the Mike D’Antoni flavor of week, or is it the day, who knows with him as he is more fickle than Mike Woodson’s relationship with J.R. Smith. In the meantime, it looks like Kelly can at least provide some upside based on his last three performances:

 

Date

Opponent

MPG

PTS

3PM

REB

STL

BLK

1/19/2014

TOR

37

17

1

5

2

0

1/17/2014

BOS

34

20

2

4

0

1

1/15/2014

PHX

31

9

1

7

2

3


Check last weeks Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for more info on some other forwards who should be on your list as well.

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Centers

* Miles Plumlee (67%) is on the list as he was dropped in over 20% of leagues last week, in part because he injured his ankle on Sunday. Plumlee is worth scooping up, even if he does miss a game or more. Consider, Plumlee was putting up similar numbers to Marcin Gortat and Roy Hibbert over their last five games, while seeing less time.

 

Player

PPG

REB

BLKS

MPG

Miles Plumlee

7.6

5.4

1.3

25.4

Roy Hibbert

7.8

6.2

1.8

26.9

Marcin Gortat

9.4

8.2

1.6

31.2

(For another fun exercise look at the Per 48 minute numbers of these three players, on the season, and you can see the upside with Plumlee if he gets back to the around the 30-plus minutes per game he was seeing to start the month, which he should once he gets healthy).

* Enes Kanter (39%) had a rough outing on Saturday versus Nikola Pekovic, but outside of that matchup, Kanter was/is putting together his best month of the season as he is averaging 15.1 points, 59FG%, 71FT%, and 7.6 rebounds in 22.7 mpg in the seven previous games to start the month of January.

Check last weeks Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups for more info on Jason Thompson and some other centers who you may want to put on your watch list.

Well, hopefully you will find these players as you go waiver wire hunting this week and remember you can always post your Fantasy Hoops questions in the comments section below and/or tweet at me.

For you Daily League players I post my Daily League Recommendations at 5pm est every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the NBA Articles section at Fantasy Alarm.


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