Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Tiago Splitter, Nick Collison and more

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on January 4, 2013 @ 17:00:47 PDT

 


The waiver wire always has options that your team can use. For those in leagues without a moves limit, you can have a carousel of players you pick up and drop throughout the season. In those types of leagues, generally the team with the most waiver wire moves will be a top team. For those in leagues with moves limits, do not sleep on the waiver wire. If you are looking to rebuild your foundation on your team, make a trade. The waiver wire is just as much a helpful tool as trading, if not more so. Here are a few more players who could be on your waiver wire that can help you out.

Tiago Splitter, center, San Antonio Spurs: It is no secret that the Spurs are trying to rest their big three veterans (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili) as much as possible. This means that the Spurs complementary players will be guaranteed playing time. Within the last month, Splitter has upped his game and has scored 10.2 points while shooting over 60 percent from the field during that time.

Splitter has also grabbed 5.2 rebounds per outing. He will help with steals and blocks as he has contributed about one per game in each category over the last month. He plays about 23 minutes a night as of late, and the Spurs let him make moves from the elbow into the paint. He is owned in just 14 percent of leagues polled.

Tiago Splitter, C, San Antonio Spurs

Francisco Garcia, guard-forward, Sacramento Kings: I have said it before, and I will say it again: The Kings are very guard heavy. Somehow, some way, all of the talented shooters on the Kings get their fair share of playing time. It is always helpful when the smaller players on your team can help out in categories that are specialized for bigger players. I am referring to how Garcia has averaged 1.1 blocks over the last month. He has also helped out with steals during that time period swiping 1.2 balls per game.

Garcia also helped out a bit on the offensive end in the last 30 days. He made 1.5 three-pointers, scored 8.0 points and dished 1.5 assists per game. His playing time has improved to 21 minutes per game in December, showing that the Kings have utilized him more. He is owned in only 2 percent of leagues polled.

Nick Collison, forward-center, Oklahoma City Thunder: Collison should always be on your watch list because he helps out consistently in many categories. He only scored six points per game in December. In that same month he grabbed 5.3 rebounds per game. In most games he will record a steal.

When Collison does shoot, he is accurate, as he has made 62.4 percent from the field. He will occasionally grab a block and give you about 20 minutes per game. Collison is for the most often found scoring off an offensive rebound under the basketball. He is owned in 4 percent of leagues polled.

Jeff Green, forward, Boston Celtics: For the first month of the season Green looked lost out on the court. It seems that he is starting to get used to the Celtics' system. Remember, he was out all last season with heart trouble. In the last month, he has scored 10.9 points while shooting 40 percent from the field. He has grabbed 3.6 rebounds and contributed a steal in December. Every other game, based off his statistics he might get a block for you.

He can shoot from the outside, although he is not often asked to. His playing time has improved as he now plays over 25 minutes per game. He is owned in 12 percent of leagues polled, and I see these statistics improving as the season goes on. With teammate Kevin Garnett taking over at center, Green will be relied on to play both forward positions often.

Luke Ridnour, guard, Minnesota Timberwolves: Despite the many point guard options on the Timberwolves, Ridnour always finds a way to get involved. Ridnour is owned in 45 percent of leagues polled, so there is still time to pick him up. The Timberwolves are not afraid to use him in the shooting guard role, as well, giving him more positional eligibility. In the last month, he has scored 11.1 points while shooting 44 percent from the floor.

In December, Ridnour also grabbed 2.9 rebounds and dished 4.0 assists per night. Even when Ricky Rubio (knee) is at full strength, I still think the Timberwolves will utilize both guards in the same backcourt. Both can spread the floor. He has played over 31 minutes per game over the last month and is shooting 86.7 percent from the free-throw line in that same time period. He will still be a big help for your team, because he makes a big impact on his own team.

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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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