In many head to head leagues this is the last week of regular season play of fantasy basketball and, with playoff spots on the line, you should be on that waiver wire EVERY DAY!
Because this season is different than most, there are still players out there who played overseas during the lockout that are just signing with NBA teams now. With your season at stake, you must maximize every opportunity possible, and that is where I come in.
Wilson Chandler should be on your radar
Here are a few players that could be on YOUR waiver wire that can help save your season and give you that final push your team needs to clinch a playoff spot.
Wilson Chandler, Guard-Forward, Denver Nuggets - After playing the last number of months in China due to the NBA lockout, Chandler returned to America with a new contract from the Denver Nuggets and wasted no time as he scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and even had two steals along with a block in about 28 minutes of playing time in his season debut.
Owned in 40 percent of leagues polled, Chandler can you help you out in the points, rebounds, blocks and steals categories. Last year Chandler averaged 14 points, over five rebounds and a block per game. With Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari out for several weeks with a thumb injury, that helps Chandler grab more playing time and his position eligibility at both shooting guard and small forward makes him even more beneficial to your team.
Zaza Puchulia, Center, Atlanta Hawks - Looking for a guy that can help in the rebounds department? In the last 30 days Pachulia has averaged over 10 rebounds per game ranking him as one of the top-10 rebounders in the NBA over the last month. He is owned in just 32 percent of leagues polled.
He has also been getting almost 35 minutes of playing time per game, showing that the Hawks make him an integral part of their game plan every night. He has averaged over a steal and over eight points per game over the last month, which shows he does help out in other categories as well.
Mike Dunleavy, Guard-Forward, Milwaukee Bucks - If you need help in shooting and free throw percentage as well as scoring, take a look at Dunleavy. He has averaged almost 15 points per game over the last month while shooting just under 49 percent from the floor and over 93 percent from the free throw line.
There is still time to snatch Dunleavy off your waiver wire, as he is owned in just 40 percent of leagues polled. The Bucks sending Stephen Jackson out west will benefit Dunleavy even more, as he had been averaging nearly 30 minutes of playing time per game over the last month. He is also eligible at both shooting guard and small forward, which is always a plus.
Derrick Williams, Forward, Minnesota Timberwolves - 48 must be Williams' lucky number as of late because he is owned in 48 percent of leagues polled and is shooting 48 percent from the field over the last month. In the last 30 days the second-overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft has averaged over 11 points and nearly seven rebounds per game. Williams will be able to start at both forward positions in your lineups and has been playing 25 minutes per game over the last month.
Nate Robinson, Guard, Golden State Warriors - While Stephen Curry suffers from yet another ankle injury, Robinson has taken full advantage by helping out in both point guard and shooting guard categories. In the last month, Robinson has averaged 11.5 points per game along with four assists and even 1.5 steals per game. The former multi-time NBA Slam Dunk Champ is not afraid to shoot, as he has taken four threes per game.
He has been shooting 40 percent from the floor over the last month while playing 26 minutes per game. He might hurt your team in shooting percentage every couple of games, but Nate has shown his aggressiveness and will try to make it up to you the very next game; be aware of erratic shooting though.
Those are a couple of players that can help you make the playoffs. This is a time not to be tentative, as you must look for the hotter players that stand out, even over the bigger named players.
Good luck as the 2012 fantasy basketball playoff push continues!
About Justin "Fensty" Fensterman
Fensterman covers fantasy basketball for KFFL and joined the team in 2012. He is a Sports Radio Producer on SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports Radio channel, the first channel dedicated solely to fantasy sports. An avid fantasy basketball player, Fensty's biggest accomplishment in the fantasy sports world was in 2004 when he had an undefeated season in a Yahoo! Sports Fantasy NBA league and was ranked in the top 30 among all players in the world.
A native from Oyster Bay, NY, Fensty left New York to study Broadcast Journalism at American University in Washington D.C. in 2005. Fensty has previously worked for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, MTV and News 12: Long Island.
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