Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Robin Lopez, Eric Bledsoe and more
At this point in the season, you can begin to see consistent team rotations form. When on your waiver wire, playing time is a huge indicator as to whether you should pick up a certain players. I am not saying that all players who play over 30 minutes are fantasy-friendly and can help your team. A guy that only plays 14 minutes a night is not going to give you the productivity you need on a consistent basis. Remember, it is still early in the season meaning there are a lot of options out there that could make an even bigger impact later on. Here are some more waiver wire targets that could help your fantasy team succeed.
Robin Lopez, center, New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets want to help your fantasy team. Every week it seems that a different player on their team serves as a solid waiver wire option. Lopez, 7-foot, 255 pounds, plays 27 minutes per game. He does not have the reputation that his twin brother Brook has, but is known to be a very rugged player.
Lopez has blocked 1.9 shots per game. He has grabbed only 5.8 rebounds per game but has shot 49 percent from the field, averaging 11.2 points. I do not worry about the lack of rebounds because he is doing well in many other categories. When the good outweighs the bad, especially when the bad is a 7-footer not rebounding, I am comfortable in believing his rebounding totals will improve. He is owned in only 29 percent of leagues polled.
Eric Bledsoe, guard, Los Angeles Clippers: Bledsoe is quickly developing a reputation of being a change-of-pace player. To be able to stand out when Chris Paul is on the same team at the same position is a positive sign that he will be productive on your fantasy team. He is shooting 51 percent from the floor and scoring 10.5 points a game.
Even though Bledsoe is currently playing 20 minutes a game, his lights-out shooting and his 1.5 swipes per game make him a solid backup option. Bledsoe is owned in 14 percent of leagues polled and shoots 84 percent from the charity stripe. He will also grab a couple of rebounds and dish a few assists per game for you as well.
Larry Sanders, forward-center, Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have plenty of height on their team, but Sanders has been stellar. He has blocked two shots per game, while grabbing 6.9 rebounds per night. On the offensive side of the ball Sanders scores only 8.1 points per outing but shoots 60 percent from the field.
Sanders is owned in 34 percent of leagues polled and plays 22 minutes a night. He is a defensive bruiser and if Ersan Ilyasova continues to struggle, Sanders will see even more playing time at the power forward position. This is the time to pick him up!
Nate Robinson, guard, Chicago Bulls: Robinson is always able to provide a spark wherever he goes. Robinson does two things when it comes to fantasy basketball: scores points and turns the ball over. With the Bulls in dire need of guard help, Robinson has been able to help fill the guard void in Derrick Rose's absence.
Robinson has scored 12.8 points per game shooting 45.8 percent from the hardwood. He has been stealing the ball just about once per game and dishing the ball 4.1 times per. He is averaging 2.2 turnovers; however, we have seen worse from him, and this is another situation where the good outweighs the bad. He is currently owned in 29 percent of leagues polled.
Patrick Patterson, forward-center, Houston Rockets: As the young Rockets continue to develop their identity in the West, they are still trying to figure out a consistent rotation. As James Harden has begun to show signs of struggling, Patterson has become one of the more positive contributors. Patterson has played just under 30 minutes and has scored 12.7 points per game. He has been shooting 49 percent from the floor. Every other game he has contributed a steal or block.
Patterson has served as the team's starting power forward and is looking like he is staying in the lineup. He is only owned in 25 percent of leagues polled. The mere fact that he is starting is a good indicator to pick him up.
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. Follow @FenstySports
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