In order to win a fantasy basketball championship, you must watch your waiver wire at all times. Injuries come and go. Often you will see injured players on waiver wires. You must keep track of their return dates. When Gerald Henderson (foot) returns in a couple weeks, he will immediately get his spot back in Charlotte.
Each week, I will provide players who you should immediately look for on your waiver wires. Don't be impatient; be observant. I am not telling you to drop a high-profile player on your team that is struggling. Some of these players on your waiver wire could help you in multiple categories. Remember, positional eligibility is very important in fantasy basketball. Here are a few players I suggest taking a look for.
Zaza Pachulia, center, Atlanta Hawks: The reason I start with Pachulia is for the fact that he never seems to get the respect he deserves. It does not matter who on the Hawks is in or out of the lineup. Pachulia always finds a way to fill up a fantasy stat sheet. Al Horford being back in action has not fazed Pachulia so far. He has scored more than eight points and grabbed over nine rebounds and dished a few assists, on average, in his first three games of the season. He has shot above 60 percent from the field.
For some reason, though, he is only owned in 11 percent of leagues polled. It makes no sense, because he plays nearly 30 minutes a game and does not interrupt the Hawks' offensive flow. He hardly shoots. Last season, with Horford out, he was still available on waiver wires. If you want a good rebounder off your bench, pick up Pachulia. Until he plays less than 20 minutes a night, he should always have a home on a fantasy team.
Ramon Sessions, guard, Charlotte Bobcats: We all know that the Bobcats have enough guards to go around. Sessions is one that matters. He has earned himself a reputation of being a consistently solid backup combo guard. His role is to back up Kemba Walker, but because how much of a change of pace player he is, the Bobcats will work him in at both guard spots.
As Walker's backup, Sessions has played 28 minutes a night on average scoring nearly 17 points per game. He has been shooting over 41 percent from the field. The Bobcats will let him shoot. He is owned in 43 percent of leagues polled. His six assists-per-game average further proves that he can fill the point guard role.
Al-Farouq Aminu, forward, New Orleans Hornets: I do not understand how Aminu, a starter, is owned only in 50 percent of leagues polled. He has proven that he can give you a little bit of everything and plays one of the scarcer positions in fantasy basketball. Is his 34 minutes of playing time a night unappealing? Do yourself a favor and pick him up.
He has scored 12.5 and grabbed over nine rebounds a night. He has shot better than 50 percent from the field. He has stolen the ball twice and swatted the ball at least once per game. Aminu has a solidified starting role and is another player who should be on ALL fantasy basketball teams.
Jason Thompson, forward, Sacramento Kings: Thompson is another starter in the league who is known for grabbing rebounds and blocking shots but is somehow owned in only 17 percent of league polled. He has played over 28 minutes per night. Just because he is not a top offensive option does not take away from what he can bring to your fantasy teams.
Thompson has scored over eight points shooting 50 percent from the field. That helps you in two categories right there. He has grabbed over five rebounds per game, which I am telling you will improve as the season goes on. He has 1.6 blocks per game. Thompson can come off of your fantasy team's bench as a starter in the league. If you question his health, this is the kind of situation where the value is just too good if you can grab him off of your waiver wire.
Carlos Delfino, forward, Houston Rockets: I put Delfino on this list as a high-risk, high-reward pickup. His field goal percentage is a bit inconsistent on a given night. I cannot promise you that he won't chuck up his fair share of shots. What I will tell you is that after watching the first of Houston's games, he seems to have earned his spot as a role player in the new-look Rockets system.
Delfino has scored 10.8 points, grabbed 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in his first few games of the season, on average. He has played over 25 minutes a night and, depending on your league's player eligibility rules, can qualify possibly at both shooting guard and small forward. He is owned in just 14 percent of leagues polled. The Rockets are a young team now, and Delfino is one of the few veteran players on this roster.