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 20 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

At one point Collison was the hot add because Chris Paul was out for multiple weeks. He was excellent in relief, but relinquished the starting job when CP3 returned. Now, J.J. Redick is out, perhaps for the rest of the season, and Jamal Crawford is also out with a calf strain. Guess who’s starting at SG? His run of heavy minutes will theoretically come to an end when Crawford comes back, but as a PG3 or last guy on the bench, he has a ton of upside. He should be owned in way more than 25% of leagues. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Eric Bledsoe PHO | PG

Just a programming note here, more than a pickup, since he’s owned in most leagues at this point. It looks like Bledsoe will make his return (at least to limited minutes) sometime in the next week, so for one: Make sure he’s owned in your league and not randomly floating on waivers, and two: Realize that if you’ve been riding Gerald Green, that run is about to come to an end. If you can trade Green for anything at all, I’d look into doing so. (about 80% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Shooting Guard

Kent Bazemore LAL | SG

Since we discussed Bazemore last week, all he’s done is continue to dominate, win my faith, and remain the steady part of the Lakers’ extremely shaky rotations. His ownership only went up about 8%, which means he’s still floating on waivers in most leagues. He’s killing it and I see no reason for him to stop – grab this guy now. (about 33% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Wesley Johnson LAL | SG

Yeah, the Lakers got blown out by the Clips last night at home by 48. Pretty ludicrous. Wesley even had a terrible game here, and is going to get dropped in a bunch of leagues. Whatever. I’m undeterred. He’s averaging 9+ points, 5+ boards, and 3+ (!) combined Steals + Blocks over the last 14 days, which is good for a top 50 rank. He’s a stud on the defensive end with offensive upside, and if he’s the last guy on your bench, you have a damn good team. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Small Forward

Caron Butler OKC | SF

First off, how can you not want to add a guy whose nickname is “Tough Juice”? That has to be the best recent nickname in sports. But I digress. Butler was signed by the Thunder, and nobody really cared, except that Thabo Sefolosha is now out for the remainder of the season. There’s a 25-30 minute starting slot there to be filled, and it looks like Butler is the man for the job. He played 29 min in their last game and hit 4 3’s. As he gets more acclimated, I expect the stat line to continue to rise. I love Butler as a grab just in case he absolutely blows up in the OKC high-powered offense. (less than 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Matt Barnes LAC | SF

That Barnes. So hot right now! How can you not consider adding a guy who is averaging 3.3 / 17 / 6 / 2 / 1 on excellent percentages over the last 14 days? That calculates out to the #6 player in all of fantasy over that period. I’m not cherry picking stats here to make a point – he’s just been dominant lately, and there’s not a single reason he shouldn’t be way more widely owned. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Power Forward

Andray Blatche BKN | PF

As a hater of this guy when he was terrible on the Wizards, it galls me to recommend him as worth a look….but I have to. I’ve talked about him before – there really isn’t anyone else on the Nets that can play 30 solid minutes at this point (Garnett? Plumlee? Nope.) and Jason Kidd seems to be gaining trust in Blatche. He went for 19 and 13 with 3 steals recently, and also had a game where he posted 3 blocks. If the Nets decide it’s time to start him at any point, he’s going to explode on the fantasy scene. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Khris Middleton MIL | PF

Middleton has slowed down a bit over the last couple games, but I remain very bullish on his upside. He’s been a top 100 player for awhile now, and has careened into the top 50 on occasion. He’s got dual position eligibility, and can get you 3’s, STLS, and PTS, and strong percentages from the PF slot. He’s the perfect kind of glue guy that every good team needs to fill out their roster. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues


Pero Antic ATL | C

When Pero was moved into a starting role awhile back, I loved his profile, wrote about him, added him virtually everywhere, and got a ton of egg all over my face when it went bad. Gah! But, after many crappy performances and a fairly serious ankle injury, Pero made his return against the Blazers on March 5th, scoring 10 points (2 3’s) and grabbing 4 boards in 16 minutes. He’s not your typical C who gets REB and BLK, but he can fill it up from beyond the arc while adding solid percentages – any boards and defensive stats can be considered a bonus. He’s not a standard league add just yet, but with Al Horford out for the year and Paul Millsap still out as well, the Hawks need a 25+ useful C minutes every night, in the worst way. Could Pero be the Hero? (less than 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Byron Mullens PHI | C

When tanking Philly shipped out Spencer Hawes at the trade deadline, fantasy pundits everywhere (myself included) were simultaneously wetting themselves about the potential that Mullens could just pick right up where Hawes left off – the floor stretching, 3-ball shooting, athletic C that Brett Brown’s system seems to favor. Mullens does have that skillset after all, so it wasn’t that far-fetched. It hasn’t happened at all yet, and general interest in Mullens, as well as ownership, has waned. I’m not quite ready to ship him off to the Andes just yet, however. He had a string of poor games where his shot wasn’t falling, but finally on March 4th, he put it all together, producing a 15 / 6 / 2 line with 3 3’s in only 20 minutes on the floor. The Sixers are tanking hilariously at this point, and starting god-knows-who at C (Moultrie? Sims?). So if Mullens can continue to contribute at even the most base level, he should earn more playing time as a scoring option on a team with very few. Don’t make the add just yet, standard leaguers, but keep those eyes on the box scores. Mullens could bust out and be a must-add before you know it. (less than 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues