Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Caron Butler, Kyle Singler and more
All-Star break is just as beneficial to fantasy basketball players as it is to NBA players. Battle for the week ended on Thursday, so you might think you have a four-day vacation. This is the time to focus on what your team is missing. This is the time to negotiate. Search your waiver wire. Groom your team. This is not a vacation. Use this time wisely. Do not make trades based off what you see during All-Star weekend. This weekend is separate from the actual season. If some random, barely heard of player shines in the dunk contest, it likely will not change their role on their NBA team.
Also, do not let your Valentine's Day hangover impairs your judgment when it comes to your team. If someone offers you a trade for your favorite player, take a look at the deal. Do not immediately dismiss it. If you are obsessed with acquiring a player, slow down and do not sell the farm for him. Do not make a trade based on All-Star weekend events! Here are some players that have been helping fantasy owners as of late who could still be sitting on your waiver wire.
Chauncey Billups, guard, Los Angeles Clippers: Throughout his career, Billups has proven that when he is on the court his team succeeds. He has been hampered with injuries all season. Now fully healthy, Billups is back in the Clippers' rotation and can still be on your waiver wire. He is owned in 32 percent of leagues polled.
Since rejoining the Clippers, he has averaged 11 points while shooting 48.9 percent from the floor. He has made at least two three-pointers per game and has shot 93.8 percent from the free-throw line. Billups has also swiped a ball nearly once per game. Billups has not been contributing many assists, but I am fully confident that as he continues getting used to playing every game he will be more of a playmaker. He is barely playing over 20 minutes per game and has been lethal when on the court.
Jermaine O'Neal, center, Phoenix Suns: The Suns play at a very fast pace, and the aging O'Neal has been still able to make an impact on the team. He has been seeing more playing time in the last month. He has eclipsed the 21-minute mark in that time and was playing only 16 minutes a game overall this season.
O'Neal has scored 9.8 points and grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game in the last month. He has swatted 1.7 shots per game and has been shooting 90.5 percent from the free-throw line. From the field, he has been shooting 64.5 percent. O'Neal is owned in only 4 percent of leagues polled. Grab him while he's hot.
Kyle Singler, guard-forward, Detroit Pistons: This is not the first time that Singler has been on this report. He went into hiding for a brief time, as it is very easy to do when playing for the Pistons. He has picked it up in the last month and has been helping in many categories. Singler is owned in 13 percent of leagues polled.
Singler has scored 10.9 points while shooting 46.9 percent from the field in the last month. He has been playing over 30 minutes per game during that time and has grabbed 4.6 rebounds per night. Singler has even contributed in steals, averaging 1.1 per game. Singler will even contribute a block every few games. He is a threat from three-point range and is often left open when his teammates are driving the lane.
Kendrick Perkins, center, Oklahoma City Thunder: When Perkins is healthy he is an aggressor under the basket and helps fantasy owners in typical big player categories. In the last month, he has blocked 1.5 shots and has grabbed 5.6 rebounds per game. In that same period, he has been stealing a ball once every other game.
Perkins is owned in 12 percent of leagues polled, and I anticipate that his rebounding numbers will improve if he can stay healthy. He has been playing 25 minutes per game and shooting 48.6 percent from the field this season. He does not hurt your scoring, even though he only scores six points per game.
Caron Butler, forward, Los Angeles Clippers: Butler is definitely a part of the Clippers' rotation and has been playing about 25 minutes per game this season. He is often left open when the Clippers put the ball in the paint. Teams feel the urge to double DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and even Chris Paul when going inside the arc. Butler has been making 1.5 three-pointers a game. What younger players forget is that he also has the ability to drive the lane and throw down a thunderous dunk.
Butler has been scoring 10.1 points while shooting 42.1 percent from the floor. He is owned in 18 percent of leagues polled. He also shoots 80.6 percent from the free-throw line. Butler will provide slight contributions in rebounds, steals and assists. If his shooting falls well below 40 percent, release him. The Clippers will not tolerate poor shooting and will take Butler out of their deep rotation.
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. Follow @FenstySports
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