We’re only five weeks into the 2010 fantasy basketball season, and already fantasy owners are scrambling to find replacements for their fantasy lineups due to injuries.
We’ve seen David Lee go down, Greg Oden be lost for yet another season, Steve Nash have an unexpected sit, and Brandon Roy struggle with having no friggin’ meniscus in his knees. Yes, either of them.
With that said, there’s still some talent to scrape off of your league’s waiver wire, so let’s go get it. The following players are available in at least 51% of all standard Yahoo! Sports fantasy basketball leagues, and could be solid additions to any fantasy basketball roster:
Jose Calderon, PG, Toronto Raptors (Available in 38% of standard leagues)
True, Calderon doesn’t fit under our regular 51% available criteria, but the guy just lost some major competition at the point guard position, and should look to regain his form and spot in the starting lineup. Forget about his numbers so far this season. If he’s out there, go get him and wait til his minutes and production are where they were two seasons ago.
Jonny Flynn, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves (78%)
Flynn is still not ready to come back top full-time NBA action, and it doesn’t appear that he’ll be back in November like he originally predicted. Still, he’s expected back within the next 2-3 weeks at the latest, and with no one truly stepping up and locking down the starting point guard job in Minnesota, he’s definitely worth hanging onto.
Wesley Matthews, G, Portland Trail Blazers (56%)
Matthews is a reliable player that works hard at filling up the stats sheet. The fact that Brandon Roy continues to miss action and could miss more action as the season goes on only adds to the case to add Matthews right now. In three starts, Matthews has at least 16 points per game, along with 8 three pointers. He’s consistent when he gets the minutes, so snag him if you need the guard help.
Grant Hill, G/F, Phoenix Suns (61%)
Hill isn’t ultra explosive and doesn’t fill up the stat sheet, but his season line isn’t bad (13 ppg and 4.8 rpg), and he’s been producing quite well in his last four games, scoring no less than 14 points during that span. He’s in a high-octane offense and starting, so there’s also always room for growth, even at the ripe age of 38 years old.
Sonny Weems, G/F, Toronto Raptors (68%)
Weems has exploded onto the scene ever since stepping up while Linas Kleiza deals with a foot injury. Weems has been spectacular, scoring at least 12 points in eight straight contests, while topping 20 points in two of those games. He’s still quite raw, but as long as he’s getting the minutes he’ll hold fantasy value.
Kyle Korver, G/F, Chicago Bulls (88%)
Korver isn’t explosive in any sense of the word, but he’s been very consistent as of late, and appears to have found his niche as a role player in Chicago. With Derrick Rose’s improved vision and passing skills, Korver simply has to get open and he can be productive. With at least 10 points in four of his last five games, he’s proving to be a reliable asset, while also knocking down at least two treys in his last five games. He’s not usually good for much else, but if you need three’s, Korver can be useful.
Kris Humphries, PF, New Jersey Nets (67%)
Humphries has battled back from being third on New Jersey’s depth chart, to making his name known in the starting lineup. With Troy Murphy battling injuries and rumored to be on the way out of New Jersey, Humphries’ solid play is even more encouraging. He’s recorded three double-doubles in his last six games, while averaging over 11 points and 11 rebounds since entering the starting lineup. There’s no telling if it’ll stay like this forever, but Humphries is producing, and it’s time for you to take notice.
Tiago Splitter, C, San Antonio Spurs (73%)
Splitter hasn’t done anything to ensure consistency or reliability going forward, but what he did in 26 minutes of action in San Antonio’s last game showed his vast potential (18 points, 5 rebounds). You may not be ready to pick him up just yet, but keep an eye on Splitter.