During the NBA season FST brings you our Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups, which breaks down players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. Let’s take a look at some players at each position that might be worthy of scooping off the waiver wire heading into Week 18 of the NBA season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.

Point Guards

Beno Udrih ORL | PG

Udrih was dealt to Orlando at the trade deadline as part of  the J.J. Redick deal. While this move makes it clear that the Magic are preparing to be bad in the near future, Udrih has the potential to be nothing but good for your squad. He’s more of a deep league add at this point, but Jameer Nelson’s injured patellar tendon suggests that strong minutes are in Udrih’s future. He should at very least soak up many of Redick’s minutes off the bench.  Consider the Yugoslavian for a stash spot at the end of your deep league bench. (less than 10% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Chauncey Billups LAC | PG

Mr. Big Shot came back a bit too early from his previous injury, and had to shut it down again pretty quickly. It seemed to many, including this fantasy gamer, that this would be the rhythm of the remainder of his season at his ripe age. Chauncey, however, is not to be denied. Since week 16, he’s averaging 12+ points, 2+ 3PM, 93% from the stripe, less than 1 turnover, and over 50% from the field. It’s anyone’s guess if he can keep this up, but those numbers add up to a top 75 play, making Billups a strong add in standard and deep formats. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Kirk Hinrich/Nate Robinson CHI | PG

It seems as though I use this forum to discuss Bulls guys on a weekly basis, so this time around lets discuss both point guards. Hinrich missed both the Thursday and Friday night games with the same elbow pain that cost him the previous 7 games. He was, however, able to play 30+ minutes on Tuesday, to the tune of 10 assists, 3 steals, 2 boards, and a three. Robinson has filled in admirably in Hinrich’s stead, and has been a strong play for several weeks. He can help you in 3PM, PTS, STLS, and ASTS. The point is this – The strong Chicago starting lineup of Boozer, Noah, Deng, and Hamilton lends itself to highly fantasy relevant points guards, even if they aren’t’ named Derrick Rose – You’ll want to own whoever runs the offense in Chitown. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Shooting Guards

Shane Battier MIA | SG

Battier hasn’t had a single game in February with less than one three made per game. He’s had one game with 5, two games with 4, and two with 3 three pointers made.  He’s shooting over 50% from the field, and for what it’s worth, has overtaken Ray Allen for marksman minutes on the Miami Heat. He’ll chip in a grab-bag of rebounds, steals, and blocks every so often, but Shane’s main game is to drain from long range (see what I did there?). Add him in deeper leagues if you’re in need of 3’s. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Bradley Beal (again) WAS | SG

We’ll go over Bradley Beal once more, and only once more. Here’s the advice: If he’s available, make the add. Every team has a guy at the end of the bench that’s expendable, unless you’re playing in a 4 team league. I’ll present one piece of evidence in support of this argument: Beal’s stat line on Friday night. Real Deal Beal scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, hit 2 3’s and 9 of 11 free throws, and for good measure, chipped in 2 blocks and steals each. He’s starting now for a resurgent Washington squad playing with some heart, and the sky is the limit. If he’s still hanging around, stop reading this article and add him. (about 65% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Thabo Sefolosha OKC | SG

Over the last two weeks, Sefolosha had a rough couple of games, and owners deposited him back onto waivers (including myself).  Foolish! He’s picked it back up with a vengeance, including averaging 3 3PM, 1+ steals, 1+ blocks, and 61% from the field per game. Thabo isn’t ever going to average 20 points per game, but his excellent percentages, three point shooting, and defensive stats make him a perfect glue-guy add for almost any team, especially in deeper formats. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Small Forwards

Martell Webster WAS | SF

Last call for Martell Webster. He stands at around 20% owned in most leagues right now, so he’s probably available to you after a few duds right before the All-Star Break. However, in the Wizards win over Denver on Friday, and I’ll Martell you the stat line: 15 points, 7 boards, 2 assists, 3 3PM, and a steal. He’s done that more nights than you’d think lately, and can help owners in almost any format as a no-risk, high-reward waiver addition. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Maurice Harkless ORL | SF

Harkless is another Magic player who looks to gain from the J.J. Redick trade. He’s a long athletic wing player who will always contribute defensively, and lately has been turning things up a notch offensively. On Friday night, he played 45 minutes for a shorthanded Magic team (clearly this won’t be usual, but still) and scored 19 points with 9 boards and a block, a steal, a three, and an assist. He’s a young, cost-controlled building block on a team that has just committed to a total rebuild, and his meter is trending up. Don’t be left Harkless-less. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Carlos Delfino HOU | SF

The trade that sent Patrick Patterson and some bums to Sacramento in exchange for Thomas Robinson and some other bums will definitely have a positive effect on Carlos Delfino, who was already a top 100 play before the trade deadline. Delfino started at PF on Friday, and according to reports, this may be a regular occurrence. All he did was knock down 6 three pointers, grab 5 boards, and hand out 5 assists. You have to feel like Thomas Robinson is the future at PF for the Rockets, but Delfino is worth an addition just based on upside in the fast-paced Houston offense. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Power Forwards

Jeff Green BOS | PF

This is the second week in a row for the appropriately named Mr. Green. Not only does he play for the Celtics, but he’s been cashing big money stat lines lately. Green is a legit top 30 play over the last 14 days, notably averaging 1.8 blocks, 52% shooting from the field, 100% from the line, and 15+ points per game. He’s still only 33% owned, but he’s playing as large as the left field wall they named after him in Fenway. Add some Green to make some in your fantasy league. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Thomas Robinson HOU | PF

Someone, somewhere should be shaking Daryl Morey’s hand right now for his total and complete fleecing of the Kings at the trade deadline. For the amazingly low price of 2 bums and Patrick Patterson, he acquired the #5 pick in the 2012 NBA draft (and another bum plus Francisco Garcia, who may be useful off the bench). The only ownership group that would sign off on this trade would be one that is on the way out, like the Maloof regime. Robinson has enormous upside and his per-36 averages include 10+ rebounds per game. He’s averaged only 15 minutes per game while aboard dysfunctional Sacramento, but his lottery-pick pedigree should have him starting for the Rockets in no time. ( about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Andre Drummond DET | PF

Drummond hasn’t played since early February, when he injured his tailbone and was reported to be out 4-6 weeks. At the time of his injury, he was  a top 50 play and widely considered one of the rising big men in the NBA. It is now 19 days later, and I’m serving you notice – add this guy before it’s too late. That day may not be today, but keep your eye on his player updates – He’s reportedly feeling “great” and “he feels like he could play”.  Detroit will take no chances with their young stud-in-the-making, but once he comes back, he could be a playoff-altering force. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues


Jonas Valanciunas TOR | C

A quick review: Since we last spoke, JVC has averaged 7+ points, 8+ rebounds, 1+ blocks, 55% from the field, and 89% from the line. He also manufactured a solid line of home, mobile, and automotive electronics, but we’re just here for the numbers. Centers should get boards, hit shots, and block shots – He’s doing all three, and also contributing from the line. Toronto has been playing some excellent basketball lately, and with their playoff push effectively over, there isn’t any reason left to not play Valanciunas a ton. Get him into your bench spot in standard leagues, and add him at all costs in deeper formats. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Jermaine O’Neal PHO | C

Jermaine O’Neal was a dominant center in his prime. He’s not in his prime any longer, but he sure has been playing like it over the last two weeks. Averaging 11 points, 10 board, and 2 blocks, along with 56% from the field and almost 85% from the line, he’s been a top 50 play for some time now. Will he get injured? Inevitable. He always does. But while uninjured and red-hot, saddle him up and enjoy the ride. ( less than 10% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Since I don’t feel strongly about any other C’s to add this week, in lieu I shall give you a strong list of guys I’m watching for our next two-week scoring period, in no particular order: Alec Burks, Samuel Dalembert, Lavoy Allen, Bismack Biyombo, Jamaal Tinsley, John Lucas III, Shaun Livingston, C.J. Watson, Brian Roberts, Alan Anderson, Alonzo Gee, Charlie Villanueva, Austin Daye, Kendrick Perkins