Fantasy Basketball: Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

Miles-Plumlee-NBA-Phoenix-SunsFantasy basketball just finished its first week of play. We are starting to figure out which players will get minutes and a few players who will benefit from an early season injury.

I know fantasy basketball isn’t as widely-played as fantasy football and baseball, but it’s a fun game. You have to work the lineups daily like baseball, but need to keep a close eye on how many games a team plays that week.

We look at some of the players who weren’t drafted in most leagues, but are now worth a pickup. The names on this list may surprise you. Two awkward white guys who used to be glued to the Indiana Pacers bench and a player who we all assumed was fantasy irrelevant made the list.

  • Brandon Bass – PF/C (Boston Celtics) – Kevin Garnett is no longer in Boston and someone has to play the position. He’ll be a good source for points and rebounds at his position.
  • Vitor Faverani – C (Boston Celtics) – Yep, two Celtics make the list. He’s holding the spot for Kelly Olynyk, but ride him while he’s getting minutes. He’ll get you a few blocks per game.
  • Trevor Ariza – SG/SF (Washington Wizards) – Fantasy zombie? I honestly had no idea which team he was on this year. He’s a talented player, but he’s never put together a full season as a fantasy option. He came out of the gate scoring double-digit points and rebounds. I don’t know how long this will last, but grab him while he’s getting minutes.
  • Francisco Garcia – SG/SF (Houston Rockets) – Dwight Howard and James Harden will attract double teams all season. Garcia just has to sit in the corner and shoot threes. He has done that thus far and I don’t see him stopping.
  • Lance Stephenson – SG (Indiana Pacers) – Danny Granger is on the shelf and Stephenson will start. Coach Frank Vogel also said that he wants him to also play with the reserves, as he needs to get used to playing with them. He’ll slip into the sixth-man role when Granger’s back in the lineup.
  • Spencer Hawes – C (Philadelphia 76ers) – Philly doesn’t have any other option than to play Hawes. He’s a good source of rebounds and blocks. He’s a nice player to sit on your bench and stream in and out of your lineup.
  • Alec Burks – SG (Utah Jazz) – He’s a player that will fill up categories in fantasy basketball. He’ll get you points, three-point field goals and steals. He has the most upside of any player on this list. He’s coming off the bench, but could play his way into a starting role.
  • P.J. Tucker – SG/SF (Phoenix Suns) – He’s another player that will help you in multiple areas. He’s currently starting and starters are always at a premium. He’ll get you double-digit points, three-point field goals and nice rebounds for the position.
  • Miles Plumlee – PF (Phoenix Suns) – He sat on the Pacers bench all last season and was a throw away in a trade for Luis Scola this offseason. The Suns traded Marcin Gortat to Washington, so Plumlee, by default, will get minutes in Phoenix. The team isn’t very good, but you still want starters on your bench in fantasy basketball.
  • Josh McRoberts – PF/C (Charlotte Bobcats) – This one is for deep leagues. I can’t believe I’m suggesting you pick up another white guy who used to sit on Indiana’s bench. Charlotte is still bad and there’s no other option on the team. He won’t contribute in many categories, but he’ll get you a few rebounds.

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