2011 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Gems | Week 20


Another week is almost over, and it has opened up our minds to another slate of solid fantasy basketball options that could really help some squads as the fantasy basketball playoffs draw closer.

You still have plenty of time to cover some major ground, no matter your league or format, so check out our new list of guys that are available in no more than 50% of the standard fantasy basketball league that can assist your plight for a title run:

Tracy McGrady, G/F, Detroit Pistons (Available in 74% of all standard leagues)

McGrady replaced Rodney Stuckey in the starting lineup on Wednesday night and put up a near triple-double with 15 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. Head coach John Kuester has said that the switch could stick, which would mean great things for Tracy McGrady’s fantasy value. Stuckey’s, not so much.

Jarrett Jack, PG, New Orleans Hornets (59%)

Obviously Jack has seen a major boost in minutes and production largely due to Chris Paul’s concussion, but Jack had topped at least 10 points in 10 of his previous 11 games before scoring 20+ in each of the past two games. Make that 12 of 13 in double figures, with or without Paul. Jack also can get you some dimes and steals, and isn’t terrible on the boards. His value clearly takes a hit when Paul returns, but he’s still playing at a high level.

C.J. Miles, G/F, Utah Jazz (66%)

Miles has turned in four straight outings with at least 12 points, including two games of 20+ points in those four games. Miles rebounds fairly well and can rack up the steals when he’s on top of his game, so he’s worth a look.

Chase Budinger, G/F, Houston Rockets (55%)

Budinger has displayed consistent, reliable production out of the starting lineup in Houston, yet he’s still available in a good amount of leagues. He’s averaging over 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a steal over the past week. He’s getting much more consistent, so feel free to add him and use him.

Marco Belinelli, G/F, New Orleans Hornets (86%)

Belinelli is another Hornets player benefiting immensely from injuries, but with Trevor Ariza likely to still be out for a while, his consistent performance can no longer be ignored. Belinelli has put up at least 14 points in four straight games and seems to really be taking advantage of the opportunity.

Gerald Henderson, SG, Charlotte Bobcats (85%)

With Stephen Jackson set to return from a hamstring injury, we strongly urge you take this promotion of Gerald Henderson with a grain of salt. While Henderson has churned out two straight 20-point efforts and three straight 16+ point games, the return of Jackson will surely impact his fantasy value. However, hamstring injuries can return and/or linger, so keep the hot-shooting Henderson on your radar.

Hakim Warrick, F, Phoenix Suns (75%)

Warrick has to be one of the hottest names available on the waiver wire right now. With Channing Frye (shoulder) out, Warrick was thrust into the starting lineup and responded with a huge 32-point effort, while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing our four assists. It will be hard for him to match that every night (or even come close), but the potential is there for some solid performances. As long as Frye remains out, Warrick should hold solid value.

Samardo Samuels, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers (85%)

Samuels has calmed down a bit since shocking everyone with a 23-point effort last week, but has still churned out six straight 10+ point efforts. He adds value on the boards and is getting over 30 minutes per game, so he deserves to be rostered.

Tyler Hansbrough, PF, Indiana Pacers (75%)

Hansbrough has put up two straight 20+ point efforts in a row and has taken over as the starting power forward for Indiana. He’s been playing fairly well for over a month now, so the recent high level of play and bigger role should garner him a spot on your roster.

Ed Davis, F/C, Toronto Raptors (84%)

Davis has benefited from Andrea Bargnani being ill, but even despite that, he’s been fairly solid inside for the Raptors. He offers solid all-around value in scoring, rebounds, and steals. He isn’t going to dominate, but he can be a useful Utility add.

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