While it’s great to get some advice on which guys to sit or start, how many games a team plays each week, or which guys are “maybe” available in a league, it’s usually pretty difficult to find the deep, comatose gems hiding at the bottom of the waiver wire.
They are so deep, in fact, that we wouldn’t even look for them. We don’t happen upon them, we don’t type their name in the search box, and we usually hear very little about them in the box-score.
Here are the hottest players available in less than 10 percent of Yahoo! fantasy basketball leagues, how they’ve been doing, and what their value could/should be going forward:
Nicolas Batum, G/F, Portland Trail Blazers (Available in 93% of leagues)
Batum hadn’t been used at all in the 2009-10 season until injuries ravaged the Blazers line-up, catapulting Batum into the regular rotation, where he now averages well over 20 minutes per game.
In nine games this year, Batum is averaging just over nine points and four rebounds per game, while shooting blistering percentages (58.8% from the field, and 47.4% from three).
As long as his minutes stick, he could start turning into a more consistent, reliable fantasy option.
Donte Greene, G/F, Sacramento Kings (95%)
Greene had been starting quite a bit earlier in the season, but with mixed results. However, he’s been granted 10 straight starts, and has begun to take advantage of the extra playing time over the past few games, notching at least 12 points in three straight, including an impressive 31-point outburst on February 5th.
Greene will likely continue to struggle with consistency, but the minutes have definitely been there in the past eight games for him to make a nice fantasy impact.
He could also be a nice gem to stash on your bench, as star guard Kevin Martin has been featured in several trade rumors.
A.J. Price, PG, Indiana Pacers (98%)
Price has started the past two games, logging over 21 minutes in each contest, while averaging 8.5 points, four assists, and three rebounds in those games.
While he’s not bordering on elite status quite yet, Price’s increase of playing time raises his value, while his five straight games of at least eight points in scoring show his consistency.
He still has to compete with T.J. Ford and Luther Head for minutes at the point, but if he continues getting minutes, he’s worth a stash in deep leagues.
Anthony Tolliver, F/C, Golden State Warriors (98%)
Tolliver has displayed glimpses of solid scoring and rebounding ability, notching two double-doubles in his past nine games, while topping 10 points or more in five of those contests.
With five starts over that span, and six games of 25+ minutes, Tolliver is slowly developing into a true sleeper in the Warrior’s constantly changing line-up. If Tollivercan at least garner some consistent minutes, regardless of his status as a starter, he could end up being a real fantasy steal.
Jarvis Hayes, G/F, New Jersey Nets (98%)
Hayes has put up some solid numbers of late, as he’s earned four straight starts, while logging 22 or more minutes in his last five games.
Hayes isn’t the most explosive scorer, but he has hit double figures in scoring in four of his last five games, and with consistent minutes, is quietly turning into a fairly consistent fantasy option.