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

Point Guards

Brian Roberts NO | PG

Roberts should have been owned long ago in all leagues with Jrue Holiday out, except that before about a week ago he’d proven nothing other than his mediocrity. Things have changed. He’s started looking for his shot more and has gotten more in the flow with the Pelicans offense. He’s averaging almost 14 points, 4+ assists, 1+ steals, and 1+ 3’s over the last 14 days, and with no timetable for Holidays’ return Roberts looks like a strong add for at least the short term, if not longer. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Kendall Marshall LAL | PG

Marshall had been studly for some time, but he was dropped in a ton of leagues when the Steve’s (Blake and Nash) returned along with Jordan Farmar. Anyone with half a brain knows that Nash can’t be trusted at this point, Farmar is hurt again, and Blake actually seems to still be hurt. Kendall went off for 14 points and 17 assists against the Thunder on Thursday. He’s clearly the Lakers PG to own for the rest of the season. Make certain that he’s not available in your league, no matter how shallow. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Shooting Guard

Jodie Meeks LAL | SG

He’s been hurt recently, and therefore dropped in a ton of leagues. People have forgotten that he’s ranked well inside the top 75 on the year (56th overall). He’s a 3’s machine that also contributes in points, FT%, FG%, and throws in 1.5+ steals per game to boot. Of all the Lakers ‘reinforcements’ coming back after the break, he’s the closest to returning and also the healthiest. There’s zero reason not to stash Meeks if he’s floating on the wire in your league. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Small Forward

Corey Brewer MIN | SF

This basically just comes down to opportunity. The T-Wolves lost Kevin Martin, his 30+ minutes, and his 19+ points per game to a broken thumb last week. Someone has to replace him, and it looks like, at least in part, that man will be Brewer. He went for 22 points and 5 steals in 36 minutes on Wednesday and looks like a strong add for the short term that you can easily cut loose for another hot free agent once Martin returns. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Chase Budinger MIN | SF

The other gentlemen that will be replacing the aforementioned Martin is Chase Budinger. He hasn’t attracted much hoopla after missing the entire season so far after rehabbing from knee surgery, but it’s time to give him a look. He’s averaged 12+ points, 1.8 3’s, and 3+ boards over a couple of starts this past week, and should be locked into 25+ minutes of run for as long as Martin is out. If you need steals, add Brewer, but if you need 3’s, Budinger is your guy. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Power Forward

Andray Blatche BKN | PF

I’m giving you this one with a caveat: Blatche is extremely frustrating to own. One moment he looks like the starting C for the Nets, and the next he completely disappears for a week. But with Brook Lopez out for the year, and KG a shell of himself and only playing just over 20 minutes a night, Andray has a gigantic opportunity and possibly the biggest upside of any 30% owned player found on most waiver wires. If he can get his act together, he’s capable of being a 20/10/1 player on a nightly basis with 25+ minutes. That’s a big ‘If’, but he’s at least worth the last spot on your bench as a speculative add. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues


Chris Kaman LAL | C

The capricious tradewinds of the Lakers rotation have blown Kaman’s way, and he’s making the most of the opportunity. Kaman has double-doubled in 3 straight games, contributing strong percentages and a couple of blocks for good measure. Looking at the longer term, Pau Gasol will return, or Kaman will get hurt, or Mike D’Antoni will randomly decide again that he hates Kaman – it’s all but guaranteed. But in the short term, Kaman is red-hot, and should be added by all owners that need big man stats. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues