This week's lesson revolves around in-season signings. Teams that suffer from ongoing injury issues will do anything to fill a void. This is where recently retired players or top NBA Developmental League prospects get tested. If a player was good a season or two ago and is now resurfacing, make sure you take a look at them. Read the practice reports. That player can turn into a gem as they reclaim a position in the league. Here are a few waiver wire options that could possibly help your team.
Corey Brewer, guard-forward, Denver Nuggets: Denver is enriched with fantasy basketball talent. Their rotation is deep, and Brewer is benefitting. He has scored about 11 points per game, shooting 42 percent from the field. Brewer has been swiping the ball 1.4 times per game. He will also help you in the rebounding department, as well, as he grabs three a game.
Brewer is owned in 11 percent of leagues polled and is playing 23 minutes a game. Denver will not abandon their strategy of playing a ton of players every night. He is clearly involved in the Nuggets' offensive plan.
Tayshaun Prince, forward, Detroit Pistons: How can you not want one of the top defenders in the league over the last 10 years on your team? The Pistons are rebuilding, but you can still benefit from having their players on your team. Prince has been scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds a game.
Prince plays over 32 minutes a game and is only owned in 38 percent of leagues polled. He is the veteran presence on the young Pistons team and is heavily relied on night in and night out. He will also grab you a steal every other game and will dish a couple of assists per game.
Steve Novak, forward, New York Knicks: Novak's sharpshooting ability landed him a four-year contract with the Knicks. He would serve as a solid backup. He is a streaky shooter, meaning you will have to be careful starting him versus the top defensive teams.
Novak is owned in 25 percent leagues polled, and you should pick him up only if you need a boost in scoring. He is playing 24 minutes a game scoring 8.7 points. Novak has been shooting 42 percent from outside (his specialty). Other than his ability to score, he might grab you a couple of rebounds per game and tally the occasional steal. He will be a big help in improving your field goal percentage.
Mickael Pietrus, guard-forward, Toronto Raptors: The Raptors have taken a chance on an unsigned veteran. This has worked before and so far so good for Pietrus. He has only played in a few games and is already playing over 30 minutes a game, showing the Raptors faith in him. Pietrus has been scoring 10 points shooting 40 percent from the field.
Pietrus is only owned in 5 percent of leagues polled and will be relied on heavily especially in close games. He is known for providing excellent perimeter defense. Pietrus has been stealing the ball once per game as well. He can also shoot from the outside as he has made at least one three per game.
Alexey Shved, guard, Minnesota Timberwolves: Shved has turned into one of the leagues standout rookies early. He is showing he can play both guard spots if needed. When Ricky Rubio (knee) returns, the Timberwolves will have a ton of guards to play with. Shved has been playing 25 minutes per game and has been contributing 3.6 assists.
Shved has scored 10.8 points per game, partly by shooting 40 percent from the field. Shved will also provide you with a block and steal every few games. Shved also will grab you a few rebounds per contest. He is only owned in 19 percent of leagues polled, and I see his playing time continuing to improve.