It seems more injuries are affecting fantasy lineups with each passing week, and Week 12 in the 2010-11 NBA season has been no different.
Whether it’s Caron Butler, Danilo Gallinari, or another player with a lingering injury, the Week 12 fantasy basketball waiver wire has all the answers you need.
Here’s a list of a few players available in at least 51% of all standard fantasy basketball leagues that could help your team:
Ramon Sessions, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers (Available in 74% of all standard leagues)
Sessions isn’t a sexy name in fantasy basketball, but considering not a whole lot is going right in Cleveland, sometimes you have to roll with the punches. It works the same way when injuries are rocking your fantasy roster. Sessions is flat-out getting it done over the past week, as he’s put up over 16 points and seven assists per game over that span. He’s logged at least 27 minutes in four straight games, and it looks like his role is getting more consistent.
Keyon Dooling, PG, Milwaukee Bucks (88%)
Dooling has taken over for the injuried Brandon Jennings as the starting point guard in Milwaukee, and while he hasn’t blown us away just yet, he’s been solid enough to keep an eye on. Over the past two weeks, Dooling has put up over 10 points and five assists per game. He’s a mediocre play, but he has the ability to score the ball as long as he keeps getting the minutes. Stash him if you have the roster room.
J.J. Redick, SG, Orlando Magic (76%)
It might only be a matter of time before Gilbert Arenas takes over as Orlando’s 6th man, but with the way Redick has been playing, there’s a strong argument that it shouldn’t happen at all. Redick has scored at least 10 points in eight consecutive games, while connecting on 22 three’s over that span. With improved numbers in rebounding and assists during that stretch, it’s becoming fairly difficult to ignore Redick in fantasy leagues. His value is the highest it’s been all season, so stash him if you have the room.
Tracy McGrady, G/F, Detroit Pistons (62%)
Holy crap. Don’t look now, but the seemingly dismissed and forgotten McGrady is slowly creeping back to fantasy relevancy. McGrady won’t rediscover his explosiveness or athleticism, but he still brings versatility and scoring ability to the table. He put his still solid talents on display on January 3rd, when he was one rebound away from a triple double. McGrady has reached double figures in scoring in five of his last seven contests, while starting the last four games. We never thought we’d say it, but it might be time to add Tracy McGrady.
DeAndre Jordan, F/C, Los Angeles Clippers (53%)
Most fantasy owners who were hurting at center were likely looking to Jordan for a few spot starts during some dark moments, but the Clipper’s big man’s last two performances warrant serious “add” consideration. Jordan is averaging 16 boards over his last two games and over nine rebounds per game since the beginning of December, so if you’re hurting in the rebounding department, he could be your savior. There’s still no news on Chris Kaman’s return, so run this well dry. Oh, yeah, and over the past week, he’s averaging six blocks per game. Sick.
Marcin Gortat, C, Phoenix Suns (74%)
Gortat is still losing minutes to the original Suns center, Robin Lopez, but has slowly been proving his worth as a quality role player in the Suns’ rotation. He’s also topped 10 points in four of his last five games, while scoring 12 points and grabbing nine boards in his first start as a Sun on January 5th. You’ll still have to worry some about Lopez, but Gortat’s role and play is very encouraging. Grab him before he’s hot.