When everything is on the line in fantasy basketball, you need to rely on consistency. On your waiver wire there is generally a lot of hit or miss players that you do not know much about. Sometimes though, you do find a recognizable name or two in that player pool that can put together a week or two of good stats because you know they have done it before.
Surprisingly, you can still find some of these known veterans on your waiver wire, thus giving you a boost to march on in your season or playoffs. Here are a few players that can help your team and some of these guys are recognizable veterans that have had monster weeks as of late.
Fantasy basketball players should not ignore Ben Gordon....
Ben Gordon, Guard, Detroit Pistons - For those who have not heard of Gordon in a while, let me make sure you know he is still in the league on a very young Detroit Pistons team and has had a very impressive couple of weeks. With Rodney Stuckey banged up, Gordon has received over 27 minutes of playing time over the last two weeks and has averaged almost 19 points per game while shooting a shade under 50 percent from the field.
Gordon can also help you in the steals category; during the last two weeks he has averaged about two steals per game. Gordon is an established veteran combo guard and is owned in only 42 percent of leagues polled, so there is still time to pick him up and he did have a 45-point game less than a month ago.
Jason Smith, Forward-Center, New Orleans Hornets - I do not understand how Smith is only owned in 16 percent of leagues polled. This guy is a fantasy steal!
Over the last month he has averaged 13 points, almost seven rebounds, a block and almost a steal per game as well. He has also been shooting almost 53 percent from the floor. Smith helps you out in at least four categories in standard leagues.
He plays almost 30 minutes per game for the Western Conference's worst team, showing that the Hornets are open to giving their young players a lot of opportunities. In fantasy, it is not about team performance at all. You should always be focusing on individual statistics and not get dissuaded if a player you are targeting is on a bad NBA team. As long as the player is getting sufficient playing time on a consistent basis, you can trust these types of guys on bad teams. On that note, did I say that Smith is a steal?
Randy Foye, Guard, Los Angeles Clippers - He would probably not admit it, but Foye has benefitted most from Chauncey Billups going down with a season-ending injury. Owned in 28 percent of leagues polled, Foye can score ... he has averaged over 15 points and 3.5 three pointers made per game.
Foye will grab you a few assists per game and does shoot over 42 percent from the field. He has played 29 minutes per game over the last two weeks showing the Clippers faith in him.
Glen Davis, Forward-Center, Orlando Magic - Even though he does not like to be called "Big Baby", he is getting treated like one by fantasy players. Davis is owned in just 19 percent of leagues polled. For most of the season, Davis has averaged nine points and five rebounds per game. However, in the last two weeks, he has picked it up: He is averaging almost 12 points and over seven rebounds per game.
During that timeframe he also played 22 minutes per game. He is in Dwight Howard's shadow; however, when Howard gets in foul trouble, that will give Davis a ton more playing time. He also will not hurt your shooting percentage, as he has been shooting 45 percent from the floor over the last few weeks and qualifies in both power forward and center positions.
Marvin Williams, Small Forward, Atlanta Hawks - With small forward being one of the more scarce positions in fantasy basketball this year, it is hard to come by a player that can quietly help you in multiple categories. Williams is that guy and he is owned in just 17 percent of leagues polled.
Not only has Williams been playing over 29 minutes per game over the last month, but he has averaged over 11 points, almost five rebounds and over a steal per game. He has also been shooting over 45 percent in the last month and, in the last two weeks specifically, he has been shooting over 48 percent from the floor. A multi-category helper if you ask me.
Those are some of the players that you can still possibly find on your waiver wires.
For those that read last week, Kawhi Leonard, shooting guard/small forward for the Spurs, continues to show his dominance and he is still owned in just 36 percent of leagues polled. He is still a great sleeper that you can find on your waiver wire.
Good luck and continue to dominate as the end of the season is approaching.
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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