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 20 of the NBA season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.

Point Guards

Eric Maynor POR | PG

Maynor has exploded off the Portland bench in the last week. He’s playing about 20 minutes per game right now, averaging 14 points, 4 assists, and 2 boards while shooting a staggering 67% from the field. He’s well worth a bench spot, and if Damian Lillard were to go down, Maynor would be the hottest FA pickup on the market. (less than 10% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Jerryd Bayless MEM | PG

Deep leaguers, this one’s for you. We’ve discussed Mr. Bayless before, only to watch him disappear back into his hole for extended periods. This Grizzly has returned from hibernation, and is demanding some attention. Over the last week, he’s averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 boards, 2.0 assists, and 1.5 3PM. He’s getting 20+ minutes of run, even though he’s in a timeshare with Tony Allen. Since he’s also the main backup for Mike Conley and has proven he can produce given the minutes (earlier this season), Bayless makes for an interesting end-of-the-bench stash. (less than 10% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Shooting Guard

Shane Battier MIA | SG

This is your weekly Shane Battier service announcement. He’s still largely unowned. He’s still posting a top 75 line, and he’s still making 2.8 three pointers per game. Sure he’s old, but this is a numbers game. And in a week where he plays 3-4 times, he can more or less win you 3PM in H2H formats. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Alec Burks UTA | SG

I’ve almost written about Alec Burks several times over the past couple of columns, always opting for someone a little more high profile. Alec, this is your week. He’s a deep league special at less than 10% owned, but he has definitely carved out a nice bench role in Utah. His line includes 10 points, 4 boards, 2 assists, and a steal per game while playing about 27 minutes. This line won’t knock your socks off in 10 and 12 team leagues, but it definitely plays in 14 team and deeper formats. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Small Forward

Matt Barnes LAC | SF

Barnes is a volatile player on the court, and represents the same in fantasy. When he’s on, he can disrupt the game completely, score, and play lockdown defense. He’s on in real life and in fantasy at the moment, and you want to play him. He’s averaging 2.0 3’s, 12 points, 2+ rebounds / assists, and 2+ combined steals + blocks over the last two weeks, all while shooting a strong percentage. At 25% owned, he’s floating around on many waiver wires in standard formats, and is an excellent add. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Maurice Harkless ORL | SF

We’re going to sound the Harkless alarm again here. When I mentioned him last week, he was more of a speculative add, as we didn’t really know what he could do, just that he had the opportunity. 14 days later, he’s posted a top 100 line that includes strong percentages and contributions in all counting stats. If you need SF help in a 12 team league, this guy should be on your short list. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

C.J. Miles CLE | SF

The facts are these: Miles has scored in double digits in 9 of his last 10, and 11 of his last 15. In only one of those games did he fail to bury a 3. He generally helps out in boards, steals, and free throw percentage as well. If you’re lucky, he’ll even throw in a block now and again. Now knowing that, also know this: he’s trending up, and is completely on fire right now, hitting 2.3 3’s per game to go along with 12 points and 1.7 steals. It all averages out to a top 50 line, which is ridiculous value for a guy who is probably on waivers in your league. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Power Forward

Al-Farouq Aminu NO | SF

Aminu has been killing it. He’s somehow managed to post a top 50 line without scoring even 10 points per game over the last scoring period. 1.3 blocks, 1.9 steals and 9+ rebounds per game will do that for you. How is this guy not owned in at least 50% of leagues at this point? (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Kenyon Martin NYK | PF

He’s old, and somewhat broken down, but he’s a big man on the Knicks, and they just lost Amare for the remainder of the season. He played 22 minutes on Saturday, and responded with 10 points, 6 boards, and 2 steals. Martin makes for an excellent deep league stash. (less than 10% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Tobias Harris ORL | PF

Man, Harris sure has escalated quickly. He was finally promoted to the starting lineup on March 8th, and it was both well earned and overdue. He’s posting a top 75 line that includes 15 points, 6 boards, and more than 1.5 steals + blocks per game, all while shooting over 53% from the field. Most folks know about Harris at this point, but I’m including him because I can see him floating around some 10 team waiver wires. Definitely consider Harris if you need SF / PF help – Orlando is all but eliminated from playoff contention and he should play big minutes down the stretch. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues


Jason Maxiell DET | C

With Andre Drummond still out (with no timetable, no less), the Pistons have needed someone to step up alongside Greg Monroe. The Max has done the job, and done it well. He’s averaged 7+ points and boards along with 1.7 blocks and 50%+ shooting, which is good for a top 100 line over the scoring period. Don’t be scared off by his poor FT% – he’s taking less than 2 from the stripe per game, so he’s not going to kill you. Plus, at less than 10% owned, he’s a deep league freebie that shouldn’t be passed up. (less than 10% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues, watch in standard leagues

Jermaine O’Neal PHO | C

Jermaine O’Neal, how are you still fantasy relevant playing basketball on two shredded knees? Modern medical science is a wonderful thing. With Gortat gone for the season, O’Neal gets one final chance to dominate, and he’s making the most of it. 12+ points, 9+ boards, 2+ blocks, and strong percentages, including 90%+ from the charity stripe averages out to a top 50 line. I’ll make it simple: Stop reading this column. Go grab O’Neal. Win your league. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues