We are now in Week 10 of the 2010-11 NBA season, which means some of those huge injuries that rained down on your fantasy basketball lineup earlier in the season are either forgotten, or their turning around.
Quite a few big names are hitting the court now or will be soon, so now is the perfect time to scour the waiver wire to be sure you don’t let a waiver wire gem slip through your hands.
Here are this week’s top players to be had, while available in at least 51% of all standard Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues:
Mike Miller, G/F, Miami Heat (Available in 58% of all standard leagues)
Miller is flying off the waiver wire at a fast rate, and even though he went 0-for-4 in his 2010-11 debut on Monday night, he brings so much to the table, you have to pull the trigger and grab him. Once fully healthy, there’s little doubt Miller will fulfill his usual role as his team’s 6th man, grabbing rebounds, hitting three’s, and dishing assists. He’s the fourth wheel latched to the “new big three”, but he still brings solid fantasy value.
Nick Young, G/F, Washington Wizards
We know this isn’t the first time we’ve hyped up Young, but people need to take more notice. Gilbert Arenas is out the door, and Young is coming off of an extremely hot week that saw him averaging over 23 points per game. Get him while he’s hot.
Martell Webster, G/F, Minnesota Timberwolves (82%)
Everyone is talking about Kevin Love and Michael Beasley (as they should), but it’s also time Webster got some attention. He’s been absolutely on fire over the past week, as he’s hit 8 three’s and scored in double figures since making his 2010-11 debut five games ago. With solid, consistent production, it doesn’t appear Webster will go away quietly.
Luke Babbitt, SF, Portland Trail Blazers (99%)
This is an ultra deep fantasy sleeper, here, but he’s worth noting and considering in deep leagues, or even leagues where a lot of injuries are impacting your lineup. With so many injuries rocking the Blazers, it’s only a matter of time before the Nevada product starts to make a name for himself. After a brief stint in the NBA Developmental League, where he averaged over 18 points per game, Babbitt could be in line for increased minutes and a spike in fantasy value.
Mehmet Okur, C, Utah Jazz (61%)
Okur lasted two games back from an achilles tear before spraining his ankle, but now’s the time to bite on this sharp-shooting big man. The Jazz will definitely welcome him back again once he’s fully healthy, so stash him to gain an edge in points, rebounds, blocks, and shooting percentages.
The Wild Card: Ben Gordon, G, Detroit Pistons (48%)
He doesn’t make our usual list, as he comes in at just under 50% available, but he’s still not owned in way too many leagues. With Richard Hamilton reportedly becoming a distraction to the team, Gordon will get another crack as a full-time starting guard with Detroit. In his first start on Sunday night, he wasted no time in proving his value, as he dropped 25 points, seven rebounds, and three assists on the Hornets. Go get him.