Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.

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Iman Shumpert NY | PG/SG

The rookie out of Georgia Tech has been getting a lot of playing time for the Knicks as of late. It’s going to be a mess once Davis gets healthy, but Shumpert could hold onto a lot of those minutes. It’s yet to be seen if he will find the starting lineup if everyone is healthy, but I think he could still have value as the Knicks 6th man. (about 35% owned)

Tyrus Thomas CHA | PF/C

Thomas has yet to live up to the hype, but this could be the year. The Bobcats have a decent amount of young talent with their big men, but Thomas has a big upside. I expect him to get at least 25+ minutes, and he should be a good source of blocks and rebounds. (about 55% owned)

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Baron Davis NY | PG

The Knicks could use a healthy Davis to run their offense, and he could have some value in deeper leagues. If Davis is able to get healthy he could easily average over 10 points and be a great role player assist guy. It looks like Davis could be back in a couple weeks, so you might want to snag him now if you need help with assists. (about 45% owned)

Tristan Thompson CLE | PF

The Cavaliers are actually winning a few games, but I still expect Thompson to get more minutes as the season goes on. He has put up amazing numbers with the amount of minutes he is currently getting, and if he gets closer to 25 minutes per game he could be a nice role player for blocks and rebounds. (about 20% owned)


Derrick Favors UTA | PF/C

Favors has a huge upside, the only problem is how crowded the front court is for the Jazz. Favors would start for most NBA teams, and if he gets a chance for consistent minutes with the Jazz he is going to be a double double machine. (about 40% owned)

Evan Turner PHI | SG/SF

Turner has been somewhat inconsistent this year, but I think he needs to be owned in more leagues. The thing I like most about Turner is his rebounds from the guard position. If there is an injury in Philly that increases Turner’s playing time then he could put up big numbers. (about 30% owned)

Gordon Hayward UTA | SG/SF

Hayward ended last year on fire, but he hasn’t exactly picked up right were he left off. He has been very inconsistent, but I have high hopes that he will be a solid fantasy option later this year. He has the ability to fill up the stat sheet and as long as he continues to get the minutes he should put up solid numbers. (about 55% owned)

Markieff Morris PHO | PF

The Suns have a lot of young talented big men, but Morris has played well enough to continue to get solid minutes. He was the Suns 1st round pick in 2011 and they seemed committed to see what he can do. As long as he continues to play 25+ minutes he should be a double double threat. (about 15% owned)

Drew Gooden MIL | PF/C

When healthy Gooden still has the ability to pull down some boards and score. He isn’t going to do much else, but if you need help in those categories he could be a decent pickup. He isn’t a very exciting player to own and he will not offer much trade value, but he is a decent add if he can stay healthy. (about 15% owned)

MarShon Brooks NJ | SG

The Nets are awful and they are having a hard time finding a spark on offense. Brooks has quickly become one of the only bright spots on this young team and I see no reason why his minutes will be taken away. He isn’t going to do much more than score, but I could easily see him averaging over 15 points per game. (about 45% owned)

Brook Lopez NJ | C

Lopez is right on schedule with his recovery and it looks like he could be back in about a month. That is not that long to wait for a guy that could give you over 20 points per game and solid blocks and rebounds. There is always the chance of a setback, but Lopez is too good not to be owned. (about 70% owned)

Byron Mullens CHA | C

Mullens has put together an impressive stretch over the last 5 days and he has proven he can put up decent numbers with limited minutes. The Bobcats don’t have a ton of options with their big men so I see no reason why he can’t keep getting at least 20+ minutes a game. If for some reason he starts playing close to 30 minutes he will easily be a double double guy. (about 15% owned)

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Goran Dragic HOU | PG/SG

Dragic proved that he can put up big numbers if he gets the minutes, so we need to keep a close eye on the Lowry injury. The current injury to Lowry doesn’t seem serious, but if Lowry goes down again Dragic is going to be a hot pickup. (about 10% owned)

Kenneth Faried DEN | PF

I have no clue why Faried is owned in about 30% of leagues, but I do think he is someone worth keeping an eye on. If he gets the minutes he could be a nice role player rebounder and blocks guy. There probably needs to be an injury to Hilario or Harrington for Faried to have a lot of value, but if one of those guys goes down then he is worth a look. (about 30% owned)

Chris Singleton WAS | SF

The Wizards are the worst team in the league and at some point they have to give their young guys more playing time. Rashard Lewis is not happy about his current situation and I wouldn’t be surprised if they start phasing him out. The Wizards have nothing to play for this year so they might as well see what their 1st round pick from 2011 can do. (about 5% owned)

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