When looking to make a waiver wire pickup this early in the season, you must look at a team's depth chart. Teams that have multiple older players will need a deeper rotation, thus giving more players more playing time on a team. For fantasy players that have injured players on short benches, it is not too risky dropping certain injured players, like Danny Granger (knee), if you have enough firepower at that position. Every start counts. Here are some players who could possibly be on your waiver wire and will provide your team with the depth it needs to succeed.
Jason Kidd, guard, New York Knicks: He is not done yet. Kidd's veteran leadership, on and off the court, has earned him a starting spot on the Knicks. Even though he is playing only 24 1/2 minutes per night, he has shot 58.6 percent from the field. Kidd has scored 8.7 points and has stolen the ball 2.2 times per game. He makes at least one three-pointer per game.
Kidd has played conservatively on the court as he has limited his turnover count and has dished out three assists per game. He is owned in 58 percent of leagues polled. With the point guard spot being scarce, Kidd is a valuable player to have. He can help you in many categories and has a great track record to prove it.
Danny Green, guard-forward, San Antonio Spurs: Green has been able to thrive in a Spurs system with a lot of older veterans. Green can qualify at multiple positions in certain leagues, and he has shot 48 percent from the floor. For those that read my waiver wire reports last season, I suggested to add Green as a late-season pickup. This year, I am telling you to pick him up early, as down the stretch he will be needed to play a lot of minutes. Right now he plays just under 30 minutes a game.
Green has scored 11.3 points and has 1.1 steals per game, which will help you in two categories right there. He is owned in only 57 percent of leagues polled. He is also a starter for the Spurs.
Byron Mullens, forward-center, Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats have a ton of depth at the guard position but are light in size. Mullens has been their standout big man. He has been starting at power forward for the Bobcats and has been playing 32 minutes a game.
He is owned in 52 percent of leagues polled.
Mullens shoots 39 percent from the floor, which is a little worrisome, but he still scores 11.3 points and grabs nine rebounds a game. He has stolen and swatted the ball once per game. Even though he has shot 66 percent from the free-throw line, the positives outweigh the negatives and you need to pick up Mullens now.
Brandan Wright, forward, Dallas Mavericks: As Dirk Nowitzki (knee) continues to recover, Wright is trying to establish himself in the Mavs' rotation. He has been shooting 64 percent from the field and has scored 10.3 points per game. He is only owned in 9 percent of leagues polled. He has 1.3 blocks per game.
Wright is a strong presence inside when the Mavs play him at center at times, showing his ability to play multiple positions. He has grabbed 4.6 rebounds per game. As of now, he is playing 21 minutes a night, and when Nowitzki comes back Wright can still back up Chris Kaman. Owners will just have to hope the Mavs keep Elton Brand backing up Nowitzki.
Alonzo Gee, guard-forward, Cleveland Cavaliers: How is a starter playing 32 minutes a game picked up in only 15 percent of leagues polled? It makes no sense. Are people worried about Gee's shooting percentage of 38.5 percent? Gee can even qualify at multiple positions in certain leagues.
If Gee is on your waiver wire, picking him up would give you the steal of the week. Speaking of steals, he has averaged 1.8 per game. He has scored 10.8 points per matchup and will grab you a few rebounds as well as dish a few assists every night. Gee is very involved in the youthful Cavs offense and will give you great depth off of your bench.