Each week during the 2013-2014 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 of the hottest pickups at each position 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

Darren Collison LAC | PG

Amidst another ridiculous game, CP3 has reportedly suffered a sprained shooting thumb and may miss some time, noting he “…can’t catch a break.” Uh oh. Collison was ridiculous as his fill-in, and was dropped in a ton of leagues when Paul returned. Pick him back up immediately. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Nate Wolters MIL | PG

The trades of Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal at the trade deadline do a good deal to solidify Wolters’ standing for the rest of 2014. It is clear that Brandon Knight is more of a SG than a PG, and Larry Drew seems committed to giving him 30+ minutes the rest of the way. He’s averaging better than 13 / 5 / 5 / 1 over the last 14 days, making him a top 50 play, and should continue to improve. (less than 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues
Editor’s note: Wolters suffered an ankle sprain in Saturday’s game, be sure to check the injury report if you are considering picking him up.

Shooting Guard

Kyle Singler DET | SG

He might be the palest man in the NBA, but Singler is getting minutes lately for the Piston and producing. He’s producing useful across-the-board stats for the Pistons since gaining the starting role, including 2.0 3’s made, 80%+ from the line, 12.5 points, and 1.5 steals. He’s started every game of the new Detroit coaching regime and looks to be entrenched there for the foreseeable future. He’s a strong add in deeper leagues. (less than 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Tim Hardaway, Jr. NYK | SG

Although it was reported that inquiries were made, the Knicks kept THJ untouchable at the trade deadline, a clear indication that they see him as a building block as they look toward the future. It also cements his spot in the Knicks rotation as the 6th man, instant offense off the bench. Hardaway has the green light to bomb away when he’s in the game, and that has produced an average of 2.5 3’s made per game and 14+ points over the last month. He’s like a mini Jamal Crawford, except you can most likely get Hardaway, Jr for free off your waiver wire if your teams needs cheap treys. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Small Forward

Nick Young LAL | SF

Young has been medically cleared to play against the Brooklyn Nets this coming Sunday night after suffering a non-displaced fracture and bone bruise to his knee on Feb 5th. Swaggy P was averaging almost 16 points per game before that and had been building momentum. He doesn’t contribute positively to peripheral or defensive stats, however, so keep expectations tempered as Young plays himself back into game shape. He still makes for a fine speculative addition in almost all leagues. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Tony Allen MEM | SF

Allen finally returned from his hand injury on Friday. He played 20 minutes and posted a 9 / 6 / 2 / 2 / 1 line in a strong win over the Clippers. Since he wasn’t dealt at the trade deadline, it seems likely that Allen will regain his starting role, and his fantasy value (centered around steals) sooner rather than later. If you need defensive stats from the SG/ SF position, keep a close eye on the box scores in Memphis. Allen is a definite add in deeper leagues, and a borderline / conditional add in standard formats. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Power Forward

Markieff Morris PHO | PF

Someone please explain to me why Morris is less than even 50% owned? He’s been a top 100 player for more than the last month, and is now ranked at #85 on the season. He’s a C eligible guy that shoots 3’s, gets blocks, and also crashes the boards, which represents a very rare commodity in fantasy basketball. Better still, he’s white hot over the past week, averaging 17 / 7 / 2.7 / 2 / 1 which computes to the #11 overall line for that time span. Give your waiver wire a quick look and make sure he isn’t there. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Brandon Bass BOS | PF

Bass is back in favor in Beantown. He’s gotten 30+ minutes over the last three games, producing an average of 19 points, 8 boards, 1 steal, and 1 block., numbers that play in all formats. Bass shoots a high percentage from both the field and the free throw line, and if Boston continues to roll him out there as a starter, he could be a fantasy force down the stretch run. This is two straight weeks we’ve detailed that Bass should be added, so your time to make this addition is running out folks. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues


Jordan Hill LAL | C

We’ve played this game before, and I’m sorry to have to play it again. Hill is simply a roller coaster of a player to consider this year, somewhat in part due to injury, but also due to inconsistent play and having Mike D’Antoni as a coach. Hill was shockingly not moved at the trade deadline, so right now the coaster is headed up. He played 27 minutes against Boston on Friday night, posting an efficient 10 points, 12 boards, and 3 blocks on 4-7 shooting. He looks to be first big off the bench until further notice, and is a solid add if you’re needy at C or looking for value in a deeper league. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Byron Mullens PHI | C

I’ll preface this blurb by saying that this pure speculation and nothing more. Mullens was traded to Philly for a second round pick at the trading deadline. He had previously been buried on the very end of the Clippers bench, accumulating virtually zero playing time. But Phily also traded Spencer Hawes, a big man that could shoot 3’s, to Cleveland at the deadline, leaving Arnett Moultrie the lone big man available for Friday night. Rumor has it that the Sixers GM really likes Mullens’ game, and based on the lack of options he could be seeing 25+ minutes very soon. Philly is terrible, but their offensive system made Hawes a fantasy stud, and Mullens has a very comparable skill set. In 41 starts for the Bobcats last season, he averaged 11+ points, 7+ boards, and 1.3 3’s made. Again, it’s pure speculation, but if this sounds useful in your league, keep a close eye on Mullens on Monday against the Bucks. (less than 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues