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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pick Ups

Weekly Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pick Ups for week starting December 9th.

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Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pick Ups

Hey Fantasy Hoopers, Week Six of the Fantasy Basketball season went out with a bang. First we saw the return of Kobe Bryant, who said, “Right now my form is a horse’s ass form,” but who cares at least you are getting him back in your lineup, and just maybe he will look to pass a little more this season as he works to regain some of his explosiveness back. The other big news was the trade involving Rudy Gay (and Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy) being shipped to the Kings in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, and Chuck Hayes, which should be officially announced on Monday after all players pass their physicals. Essentially the Kings get another gunner and the Raptors add some young depth to their backcourt with Vasquez and save $12.4 million in the deal. It should be interesting, to say the least, seeing how Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins mesh. I think this tweet from a loyal follower sums up the conflict that could lie ahead for the Kings in this deal as he asked what is the over/under for when Boogie Cousins threatens to give Rudy a beat down for shooting too much? Good question seeing that Rudy is fifth in the league in most field goals attempted per game and Cousins is tied for 11th in FGA/Game. While you ponder a number let’s segue into this week’s Wavier Wire Adds of the Week. 

(Note: percentage numbers indicate percentage owned. Also, it may be worth your time to look back at last week's article if you missed it as some players from there may still be available in your league).


* Ramon Sessions CHA (2%) has scored in double-figures in three of his last four games and should get some extended run with Michael Kidd-Gilchrest out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand and Jeffery Taylor dealing with a heel injury as the Bobcats will shuffle around their lineup with Sessions being one of the players who will benefit most, at least in the short-term. (Charlotte has four games this week).

* Nate Robinson DEN (33%) saw only about 18 minutes per game in November, but is now up to about 25 mpg in the month of December where he is averaging 15 points, 1.4 threes, two boards, and three assists, numbers that could go up some as he was limited earlier in the season by some minor injuries.

* Avery Bradley BOS (22%) December has been good, so far, for Bradley who is shooting over 50% from the floor, making 2.3 threes, while averaging 15-plus points and about three more rebounds per game than he did in November. It is a small sample size, so unless you are desperate for a shooting guard who can get you some steals and boards I would consider Bradley more of a deep league own.

* Terrence Ross TOR (less than 1%) should be one of the players who benefits most in the Rudy Gay trade, as he will be one of the first players off the bench and should see some extra shot opportunities now that Rudy is leaving behind over 18 shots per game to be dispersed among current Raptors. Ross’ main fantasy assets will likely be limited to threes made, points, and possibly he could get closer to a steal a game if he can continue to see around 30 minutes a game, but that is not a guarantee as the Raptors could decide to play Vasquez and Lowry together some when DeRozan goes to the bench.


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* Amir Johnson TOR (48%) is unlikely available, but if so, he is worth adding, at least in the short-term, until you see how the minutes will shake out with the addition of newly acquired Patrick Patterson and when Tyler Hansbrough gets healthy.

* Taj Gibson CHI (54%) I recommended him couple weeks ago, so hopefully you jumped on him when his ownership was around 7%. Taj should be your top target if by some slim chance he is still available.

* P.J. Tucker PHO (3%) is both small forward and shooting guard eligible, which helps combat some of the inconsistencies you will get with him. He is averaging over 30 minutes a game this season and is worth adding while he is hot.

* Khris Middleton MIL (10%) the second year player, continues to surprise, and is one of the players I went after this week in my deepest of leagues, mainly because the small forward position is a very top heavy, shallow position. Caron Butler is expected to return soon, so that will limit Middleton’s upside going forward, but the way Middleton has played there is a good chance he will still see plenty of minutes when Butler returns.

* Alan Anderson BKN (less than 1%) has moved into the Nets starting lineup with the injury to Paul Pierce (hand-out for another couple weeks)  and has played over 30 minutes in each of his last three games and should be good to get you points, around two or more threes a game, with a handful of boards, and a steal here and there.

* Patrick Patterson TOR (less than 1% owned) should see similar, if not more than, his 25 mpg with his new team and could provide close to double-double numbers in points and rebounds.


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* Tyson Chandler NYK (36%) same goes for Chandler if he is available pick him up now as he expected to return to action next week.

* Larry Sanders MIL (24%) you will want to add Sanders sooner than later if he is on your waiver wire as he is scheduled to return before Christmas.

* DeJuan Blair DAL (4%) makes another appearance and has become even more appealing as he has moved into the the Mavs starting lineup over their last two games.

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. Best of Luck.


  • 64x64

    Hoop Dreams 09 Dec 15:08 / Reply

    Sorry for the wall of text. I guess I have to use the html command to get new paragraphs. A couple more details on the 10 team league. That one has a 7 move limit per week and there are always some nice FA on the wire like Henson, Steve Blake, Hickson, Koufos, Amir Johnson, Robin Lopez, Glen Davis, and more. With all my injuries I was thinking of maybe using one spot to stream a player each day. I'm just afraid that if I do drop someone like Tobias or tristan tompson, I wont be able to get them back.

  • 64x64

    Hoop Dreams 09 Dec 15:03 / Reply

    K short and sweet this time. heres my 10-team 9cat H2H roster
    Jennings, Holiday, MCW Mayo, Beal George, Hayward, Iguodala, Tobias Harris Love, Tristan Thompson Vucevic, Pekovic I'm want to add Larry Sanders but I can't decide who to drop and whether he's worth adding with all my current injuries already (somehow lost only 4-5 last week). When healthy my team dominates pretty much every category except FG%, turnovers, and blocks. And that's where Sanders comes in. What are your thoughts?

  • 64x64

    I've got hoop dreams, coach! I got em bad! 09 Dec 14:56 / Reply

    Hey! It's me from last time. The "rogue." You recommended Tinafey Mozgov last time. He had a nice little run but I decided last night to part ways with him in my 14 team league (H2H 9-cat w/29 moves left for season). Seemed safe to drop him, plus JaVale should be coming back sometime. I saw an opportunity to add Marcus Thornton who might see a bump. I might regret passing on Ross (definitely not Salmons), but we'll see how it goes. I've also got to start making plans on my next add because Koufos' days are numbered (then again, aren't all of ours?). In addition to the guys your wrote about (Sessions, Alan Anderson), which of these studs is worth keeping an eye on for when I need to make the move? I mean, I'll keep my eye on all of them, but it helps to get another perspective. Jason Thompson, Redick, McGee, James Anderson, Trevor Booker, Nash, Granger, Olynyk, KCP, Gallinari, Bayless I do have another question regarding my 10-team league. I'll post it as a separate comment. My comments get long sometimes...I tend to ramble...Hecman knows about my frequent commenting. He seems ok with it tho...I hope! lol Anyway thanks and good stuff.

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