Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Ben Gordon, Wilson Chandler and more

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on December 14, 2012 @ 19:08:56 PDT


Many of the teams throughout the league have multiple sensational fantasy options. You should not shy away from having two players from the same NBA roster on your fantasy team. It is even OK to have two players on the same team that play the same position as long as you are assured that both get ample playing time. Some teams have multiple superstars on their team, meaning it is not crazy to have three players from the same team on your fantasy basketball team. Yes, you want to make sure you have people playing every night of the week, but you are looking for consistent stat-packed options on your teams. Here are some waiver wire options that could help you win your week and notice that two are from the same team.

Wilson Chandler, guard-forward, Denver Nuggets: You cannot short-change a player coming back from injury who has a history of filling up the stat sheet. He will be coming off of the bench as the change-of-pace guard. He will help in points and steals on a weekly basis. Chandler is grabbing five boards a game. He is only owned in 34 percent of leagues polled.

Wilson Chandler, G/F, Denver Nuggets

Since coming back from hip surgery, he is already playing close to 20 minutes a game. He has averaged 13.7 points throughout his career and nearly a block per game as well. It is time to pick him up. He will continue to get more playing time as he integrates himself further in the lineup.

Matt Barnes, forward, Los Angeles Clippers: Barnes is the NBA's neighborhood cat as he always finds a way to make an impact on a team just when you think he's fallen out of the league. Somehow, he is averaging 25 minutes of playing time on a deep Clippers team. Barnes is scoring 9.4 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. Barnes is owned in only 10 percent of leagues polled.

Barnes also helps with rebounds and steals. He plays good perimeter defense, which keeps him out on the floor and swipes the ball 1.4 times per game. Barnes is aggressive and grabs 5.1 rebounds an outing.  He makes at least one three-pointer a game, showing that his versatility translates from his reality attributes to his fantasy attributes.  

Kosta Koufos, forward-center, Denver Nuggets: Have I mentioned that Denver has a lot of depth? Koufos is slowly stealing playing time away from the likes of JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried. Koufos has been playing 21 minutes per game, scoring 6.8 points and grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game. He is owned in only 8 percent of leagues polled.

Koufos will also help out in the blocks category as he swats 1.5 shots away. He has also been shooting an impressive 55 percent from the field. He does a little bit of everything and qualifies at multiple positions.

Ben Gordon, guard, Charlotte Bobcats: Gordon is another NBA journeyman who always finds a way to stick with a team and play a positive role no matter how good or bad the team ends up being. For fantasy purposes, you want this guys on your team for his scoring. I mention constantly when writing about Charlotte is how many quality guards they have. Gordon has found a way to break through their fountain of youth and play 23 minutes an outing. In that time he has scored 13.5 points shooting 43 percent from the floor.

Owned in 38 percent of leagues polled, Gordon also contributes by grabbing two rebounds and dishing 2.5 assists per game. Gordon also shoots 86 percent from the line. The Bobcats are currently at full strength and Gordon is still getting consistent playing time showing that he is in the Bobcats season long-term plans.

Andray Blatche, forward-center, Brooklyn Nets: Coming into the season Blatche was an afterthought on a horrible Wizards team. How he has been able to resurrect his career and get playing time on a very deep Nets team. He has been able to steal minutes from Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. Blatche scores 11.9 points and grabs 6.6 rebounds per game. He also steals the ball once per outing.

He is owned in 46 percent of leagues polled and shoots 49.2 percent from the field. Blatche also blocks a shot almost every other game. Right now he is playing 21 minutes a night, but as the season goes on Blatche's role will improve as the Nets' second team will need a big man to spare Lopez. Pick him up until you see his minutes decrease.  

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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.

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