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

Point Guards

Greivis Vasquez TOR | PG

With the Raptors likely having lost Terrance Ross for the season to a hip injury, Vasquez may finally have the chance to show that he can be a starting option in the NBA. He played 31 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, posting a strong 21 / 5 / 4 line that included 3 3’s made. His opponents this coming week are very favorable – Boston (twice), Cleveland, and Orlando. Notably, the Raps play a back to back on the 25th and 26th, so PG owners may want to target dropping someone else on the 24th and grabbing GV’s 2 great matchups in 2 days. GV has shown the ability to explode before, and could be a fantasy playoff difference maker. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Reggie Jackson OKC | PG

Jackson’s status is mostly dependant on the Russell Westbrook prognosis. If Westy sits after this recent injury scare, Jackson becomes a must-own, must-start player during the fantasy playoffs. Reggie went for 25 points and 12 boards while playing 42 minutes on Friday, and could post similar lines if given the chance. He makes for a decent streaming add even if Westbrook plays however, but owners should be expecting something more like the 13 / 4 / 6 / 1 line he posted the previous game in 27 minutes against Cleveland. He was excellent filling in for Westbrook earlier this season, so PG needy owners need to keep a sharp eye on this situation. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Shooting Guard

Ramon Sessions MIL | SG

Sessions has been completely on fire for about a week now, and the loss of Nate Wolters has solidified his minute totals off the bench. He’s leading the second unit and playing around 30 minutes per game for the Bucks, and he’s putting up numbers (15 / 2 / 4, 80%+ from the line) that can be a huge help to fantasy owners. If you’re in need of some cheap PG stats, Sessions certainly makes sense as an addition this coming week against the Lakers and Pistons. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

J.J. Redick LAC | SG

Redick isn’t back just yet, but we would be remiss if we didn’t discuss his impending return. He could be back Monday, and owners would be wise to make sure he’s owned if / when he does come back. Redick was dominating in the Clippers offense before going down, accounting for 2+ 3’s per game, 15+ points, and over 90% from the foul line. If you’re advancing into next week, and he’s out there, make the add. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Small Forward

Nick Young LAL | SF

Another week, another round of Lakers to pick add. Young returned from injury on Friday against the Wizards, scoring 21 points including 4 3’s made. He looked to pick up right where he left off, and the Lakers have three extremely favorable matchups coming this week. He should be owned by all playoff teams in need of scoring and 3’s.(about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL | SF

With the Bucks tanking spectacularly, the Milwaukee brass has finally made the decision to play their burgeoning stud the rest of the way. A Nate Wolters fractured hand also helped accelerate the decision. Fantasy owners in need can take advantage – in 31 minutes on Thursday, he threw together a 11/8/4/1 line that included 5-6 from the line. He makes for an excellent streaming option on the 27th, against the Lakers, and again on the 31st against Detroit. (less than 15 owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Power Forward

Drew Gooden WAS | PF

The Wizards pulled Gooden off the street instead of signing an up-and-coming D-leaguer, and there was much whining and complaining by this Wizards fan. I’ve been forced to eat a strong helping of crow. Gooden has been amazing since NeNe went down, anchoring the Wizards second string to the tune of 12+ points, 6+ boards, .5 unexpected 3’s, and strong percentages. He’s PF and C eligible, and if you’re in need of a big man on a fill-in day, he’s an excellent choice. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Jordan Hill LAL | PF

Hill had not played in some time until finally making a start on Friday against the Wizards. He played 27 minutes, scoring 9 points with 14 boards and 4 blocks. He’s virtually un-owned and with eligibility at both PF and C, and the Lakers with 4 easy games coming this week (NY, ORL, MIL, MIN) Hill is looking like a strong streaming option. (less than 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues


Timofey Mozgov DEN | C

This potential add is all about opportunity – J.J. Hickson has torn his ACL and is out for the season. Mozgov stands to remain the starting C for the floundering Nuggets and gain additional minutes of playing time. He’s not a remarkable fantasy play, but he can really rack up the boards and blocks if you can play him in the right matchup. He could make for an excellent playoff streamer. (less than 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Gorgui Dieng MIN | C

Deing, starting in place of an injured Nikola Pekovic, first blocked 6 shots in a game and followed that up with a 22/21/4/1 line that included 10-11 from the foul line. He’s probably owned in most competitive leagues already, but if he’s available in your league, I’d rate him the top streaming and pickup option for the upcoming playoff week and advise an immediate pickup. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues