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 11 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

Chris Paul just went down for a minimum of 3-5 weeks, and perhaps longer. Collison now takes the reins of a Clippers team with a very high scoring potential, both in real life and fantasy. Collison has been an effective starting PG in the past, and is the clear top pickup for this week. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Kendall Marshall LAL | PG

Marshall is quite literally the last PG standing for the Lakers. They’ve lost Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry, and of course, semi-PG Kobe Bryant. Marshall was dominating the D-league before his recall, and he went off for a 20 / 6 / 15 line in his first game with starters minutes. He’s a strong addition for owners with a short-term need at PG. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Shooting Guard

Iman Shumpert NYG | SG

Shumpert has been a complete train wreck in 2013. Until this week. He’s blown up in his last two games, nailing 6 3’s in each and contributing 20+ points and decent supporting stats as well. He’s getting 30+ minutes at the moment, and is an excellent add at SG. The Knicks have always liked his talent, and can use all the help they can get at the wing positions. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Terrance Ross TOR | SG

The Raptors have been completely on fire for about a week now, and Ross one of the reasons why. Over the last 7 days, he’s averaging 3+ 3’s made, 15+ points, 4+ boards, and 1+ steals on excellent percentages. Not surprisingly, Toronto is 5-0 in those games. The Rudy Gay trade opened up some serious wing minutes, and it looks like the big winner here is Ross. He’s playing 30+ minutes at the moment, and if he continues to do so should be a top 75 play for the rest of the season. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Small Forward

Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL | SF

Despite being only 19 years old, the appropriately nicknamed “Alphabet” has one of the highest upsides of a FA pickup I’ve ever seen. He’s 6’9, 210 pounds, and has arms that seem to be twice as long as normal. He looks like a spider on the court, and has already made multiple highlight plays. He contributes 3’s, defensive stats, and excellent percentages already, and his offensive game is growing daily. How he’s still available in 70% of leagues is beyond me. This future stud should be 100% owned. Find room for him on your team, right now. You’ll thank yourself later. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Jodie Meeks LAL | SF

Meeks has been another beneficiary of the rotating PG situation on the Lakers. He’s being asked to handle the ball more as a backup PG since the Lakers depth is so thin, and the results have been immediate – 6 assists to go with 3 3’s, 18 points, and 3 boards in 30+ minutes. He’s getting the playing time and is a consistent scorer on a team with little offensive punch at the moment. Until Kobe returns, Meeks should be a top 75 play. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Power Forward

James Johnson MEM | PF

At one time, JJ was a high draft pick by the Bulls, and although he’s now in Memphis, he’s been showing some of his tantalizing upside recently. It’s time for owners to take notice. In under 25 minutes per game over the last 14 days, he’s averaging over 3 BLK + STL, shooting 48% from the field, and contributing almost 10 points per game. Add it all up, and you’ve got a top 50 player over that span. His minutes will fluctuate, but if the Grizzlies can find him 25 a night, he’ll be a strong fantasy play at the PF position. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Andray Blatche BKN | PF

Sometimes in fantasy, opportunity outweighs talent. The reason you should add Blatche is one of those times. He’s kind of a big sloth without much basketball IQ or drive to excel, but he’s a big body that will be playing big minutes in the absence of Brook Lopez, lost for the season with a broken foot. Andray was a hot pickup a week or so ago, but has missed the last couple of games dealing with a personal issue. He’s been dropped in many leagues as a result, but savvy owners should pounce of his rest-of-season upside. (less than 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues


Taj Gibson CHI | C

With the plethora of injuries that have struck the Bulls, the one consistent piece in the lineup has been Gibson. He’s played both C and PF, and has been a key contributor, both off the bench and down the stretch in the 4th quarter. He’s locked into 25+ minutes per games, and has averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game over the last two weeks. He’s valuable already with the current playing time, but if an injury were to befall Carlos Boozer or Joakim Noah, Gibson would become an instant top 50 play. He’s well worth a stash at the end of your bench. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Pero Antic ATL | C

Antic is more of a speculative deep league special here, but I really like his potential moving forward. The Hawks have lost Al Horford for the year to a torn biceps, and the only real candidates to take his place in the lineup are Mike Scott and Antic. Scott has been relatively unimpressive thus far, while Antic posted 16 points, 7 boards, 4 3’s made, and a steal against Golden State his last time out. Centers that can hit 3’s can be incredibly valuable, and if the Hawks decide to invest starters minutes in Antic for the balance of the season, he should return strong value from the C position. (less than 5% owned)
Recommendation: Watch in all leagues, Add in deeper leagues