When making waiver claims awareness is a key factor to success. I always stress how important it is to know all of your league's rules. Fantasy basketball waiver wire strategies differ depending on how many waiver pickups you can make. There should always be a move maximum; otherwise people will be making waiver claims everyday, picking up all of the gems off of the wire. For those in leagues with moves limits and a waiver wire budget, when making pickups focus on the position with the least amount of depth. As important as star power is in fantasy sports, depth will ultimately win you that championship. Here are some players who can be possibly found on your waiver wires that can give your team a boost.
Kyle Korver, guard-forward, Atlanta Hawks: On the new-look-guard-dominated Hawks, Korver has stepped up and filled the starting small forward void well. Korver, known for his shooting has made 43 percent from the outside. He makes at least two threes per game. He has scored 10.8 points and logged a steal per game.
Korver is owned in 46 percent of leagues polled, which surprises me, because he is a starter playing about 30 minutes per game and is shooting as consistently this season as he has been his whole career. He also shoots 85 percent from the free-throw line. Korver is a very safe pickup and could qualify at multiple positions in your league.
Shawn Marion, forward, Dallas Mavericks: Rather than entering the Matrix, pick him up and benefit from all of the rebounding help you are about to get. Owned in 49 percent of leagues polled, Marion has always been known more for his defense and unique style of shooting throughout his career. He has been really helping the Mavs on the defensive end by grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game,
Marion also has been shooting 49 percent from the floor while contributing 9.4 points a game. Marion will also help your assists category slightly by contributing two per game. Even though he has been around for a while, he still plays 28 minutes per game and has shown that he can still make an impact.
Dorell Wright, guard-forward, Philadelphia 76ers: To fill Andre Iguodala's role, the Sixers have been using both Wright and Evan Turner. Turner is the starter, but Wright has been a dependable backup. He will help your team in rebounding as he grabs 4.8 per game and steals the ball 1.3 times per contest. He will even compile a few blocks for you as well.
Wright plays 23 minutes a game and is owned in 43 percent of leagues polled. Wright has been shooting 90 percent from the free-throw line and scores 8.5 points per game. He is a consistent contributor in many categories.
Jermaine O'Neal, Center, Phoenix Suns: Don't laugh; we have seen a lot of older veterans be productive this season. O'Neal has been blocking 1.7 shots and grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game. The Suns have a good amount of frontcourt options, and it surprises me that O'Neal plays 18 minutes per game.
O'Neal has scored eight points a game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field. He is only owned in 13 percent of leagues polled and is a great pickup while he is hot. If the Suns have faith in him surviving their fast paced game-play, so should you. If his minutes start to drop, cut him.
Kyle Singler, guard-forward, Detroit Pistons: It is wide-open in Detroit and the team is looking for a go-to scorer. Singler was a leader at Duke, and is now starting to draw attention in the NBA. He is playing about 26 minutes per game and is shooting 51.8 percent from the floor.
He is scoring about 10 points a night and is grabbing 3.3 rebounds per game. He is owned in just 20 percent of leagues polled. He will post the occasional block and will record a steal every so often. He knows how to run the floor well and will continue to develop in this new Pistons offense. Singler can play both the outside and inside, and I see him getting more playing time as the season progresses.