Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Mike Dunleavy, C.J. Miles and more

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on December 21, 2012 @ 18:23:05 PDT


As we are about to turn the page to Month 3 of the fantasy basketball season it is time to start digging. I am not talking about dropping one of your star players who are horribly underperforming. Look at team's depth charts and know who is hurt. As you will see below, one player being out can be beneficial for multiple players on a team. Start looking at biweekly statistics, as you will need to watch for trends, especially when it comes to playing time.

Mike Dunleavy, guard-forward, Milwaukee Bucks: It is hard to believe that a veteran sharpshooter like Dunleavy is owned in only 35 percent of leagues polled. He shorts 44.3 percent from the field and makes at least one three-pointer per game. He scores 10.9 points and will get a steal and block every other game. I am impressed that Dunleavy is still able to find an offensive rhythm considering both Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis love to shoot.

Dunleavy also make some smaller contributions to your fantasy team. He grabs five rebounds and dishes 2.4 assists per game. I am comfortable starting Dunleavy consistently as long as he still plays at least 20-23 minutes per game.

Amir Johnson, forward-center, Toronto Raptors: Johnson is the first of two Raptors mentioned in this article due to Andrea Bargnani's elbow injury. Johnson, owned in only 10 percent of leagues polled, has grabbed 7.1 rebounds per game over the last two weeks. He has also scored 8.4 points per game over that time, shooting 57.9 percent from the field.

Johnson has been playing about 21 minutes an outing this season. He has also contributed an assist and a steal per game. He will even contribute a block every couple of games. Johnson showed last year how good of a waiver wire option he was when Bargnani went out. When history repeats itself, take advantage, because Bargnani will not be back for a while.

Mike Dunleavy, G/F, Milwaukee Brewers

Shannon Brown, guard, Phoenix Suns: It is not often that you find a starting shooting guard on the waiver wire, and Brown is owned in only 26 percent of leagues polled. Brown has scored 13.2 points while shooting 42.4 percent from the field. Always look at players who are starters. With Goran Dragic running up and down the floor and drawing the double, Brown can often be seen being open at the elbow or behind the arc.

Brown also contributes with 2.6 rebounds and 2 assists per game. He nearly grabs a steal per game as well. He shoots at least two free throws a game and shoots 84.3 percent from the line. This guy is an every-game starter for your fantasy team at your utility spot. He has had multiple games in which he has scored over 20 points.

C.J. Miles, guard-forward, Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs offensive attack has been very guard dominated. Miles has been involved in that flow, even with Kyrie Irving activated. Over the last two weeks Miles has been scoring 16.8 points while shooting 44.7 percent from the field. Miles has been playing about 28 minutes per game over the last couple of weeks. He is owned in just 15 percent of leagues polled.

Miles has also been shooting over 92 percent from the free-throw line. On a rebuilding team, they will be more likely to go with a whatever works attitude when it comes to a rotation and this is Miles chance to keep blooming and further bring himself into the Cavs' offensive plans.

Ed Davis, forward-center, Toronto Raptors: Meet the other member of the Toronto Raptors who benefits from Andrea Bargnani's elbow injury. Davis was a name in the fantasy basketball world last year, along with his teammate Amir Johnson. Over the last two weeks, Davis has scored 9.8 points while shooting 58.2 percent from the floor. He also has grabbed 6.5 rebounds and a block a game over that time period.

Davis is owned in only 29 percent of leagues polled. He will get you about a steal per game and shoots 87.5 percent from the free-throw line. Like he did last season, Davis will help in many categories in spurts, but with Bargnani (elbow) out indefinitely Davis could also take full advantage and increase his minutes, which are currently at 24 per game over the last two weeks.

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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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