During the 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 players at each position that might be worthy of scooping off the waiver wire heading into Week 12 of the NBA season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.

Point Guards

Nate Robinson CHI | PG

The stat line shows the story – Nate has the potential to be great. He’s averaged a shade over 21 minutes per game, but brings a strong complement of stats to the table despite limited run. Of note, his 2 three-pointers made per game and 1.5 steals are especially useful, and he’s managed to keep his FG percentage respectable while limiting turnovers. Kirk Hinrich has been wholly underwhelming as the Bulls PG while D. Rose is out, and if he were to go down, Nate Robinson could become a huge contributor. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deep leagues, watch in standard leagues

Alexey Shved MIN | PG

Try to ignore the low FG% – the Shvedder has been dicing defenses at will for weeks now, and the loss of Kevin Love and injury to Barea will only serve to keep his minutes above 30. Tuesday night he exploded for 12 points (2 3’s), 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Rubio is on his way back, it’s true, but Alexey seems to have the SG spot locked down. Add and start with confidence. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Andre Miller DEN | PG

If you watch Andre Miller play, you’ll quickly conclude he might be the slowest and least athletic looking player in the NBA. He really might be both, unless Eddy Curry is still kicking around somewhere. Miller makes up for his lack of physical attributes with excellent ball handling, years of experience, and general sneakiness. He’s gotten more minutes recently with the spotty play (and Achilles injury) of Ty Lawson, but either way he’s firmly entrenched as the #2 PG in Denver, getting 25+ minutes per game. Can you name another backup PG who hands out 7 assists pergame? If you’ve lost Mo Williams and Raymond Felton to injury recently, take a low risk flier on Miller. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Shooting Guards

Thabo Sefolosha OKC | SG

Are you impressed by any of these numbers at first glance? Clearly not. But Fabo Thabo remains a top 50 play in all formats right now. Combine high shooting %’s with 2+ combined steals + blocks per game and almost 0 TO’s, and you have one very efficient player. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deep leagues, watch in standard leagues

Carlos Delfino HOU | SG

Simply put, Delfino has been lights out. He’s shooting near 40% from 3-point range, contributing in other categories, and most impressive – for him anyway – staying healthy. In the Rockets high-octane attack, Delfino has free reign to bomb away. Excellent add for those in need of 3’s. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deep leagues, watch in standard leagues

CJ Miles CLE | SG

Since taking the starting job from a struggling Dion Waiters, Miles has been a fantasy difference maker. He’s making 3.0 three-pointers per game, averaging 26+ minutes, and has a 33 point explosion against Brooklyn to his credit as well. You’d like to see better counting stats, especially defensively, but Miles has definite value while starting, especially if you’re in need of 3’s. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deep leagues, watch in standard leagues

Small Forwards

Matt Barnes LAC | SF

Barnes is playing out of his mind right now. Expect random off nights, but over the last 14 days he’s a top 50 play regardless of format. Barnes is my kind of player — he scores, hits 3’s, gets block and steals, and throws in a few rebounds and assists to boot. His team is completely on fire, and you want to ride Barnes while he’s hot. He can help any team, in any format. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Kawhi Leonard SAS | SF

Leonard has truly hit rock bottom, right? He’s gone from preseason hyped sleeper to universally owned, to fantasy afterthought. He’s been dropped in many leagues, and that’s why he’s on my list this week. None of the numbers jump out at you, but despite that, Leonard is still almost a top 100 play. Eventually Pop will take off the leash, and you’ll want to be there when he does. If available, snatch him up while he’s free. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

John Salmons SAC | SF

Salmons? Also out of his mind right now. Who knows if it will last, but you want to ride this point-forward while he’s hot. I love his combination of strong percentages and counting stats, and very low turnovers. Salmons and Thomas are great examples of how one can find excellent fantasy value on a very poor team. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deep leagues, watch in standard leagues

Power Forwards

Ersan Ilyasova MIL | PF

The change in coaching in Milwaukee seems to bode well for Ersan. He’s been on the rise anyway, and started for the first time since November on Tuesday, to the tune of 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 three pointers made. He’s fairly highly owned, so this is your final warning to check the waiver wire and make sure he isn’t out there. (about 70% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Andre Drummond DET | PF

Drummond is a total, complete, beast. He couldn’t shoot a free throw to save his life, but if he ever gets 30 minutes a night, get out of his way. Detroit is terrible and going nowhere, and it shouldn’t be long before they decide a youth movement is the best thing for their future. Snag Drummond, and his excellent big man stats, while you can.
(about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deep leagues, stash in standard leagues

Derrick Williams MIN | PF

Kevin Love is out 8-10 weeks after having surgery on his hand….again. I know, Love owners, I’m crying myself to sleep too. I dropped him in a league today, but could see how you could hold him for a bit and hope for some good news. In the meantime, add Derrick Williams. He’s a former #2 overall pick. He’s going to get some solid minutes, and it’s probably his last chance to prove he’s not a bust. And after scoring 17 and 18 in his last 2 games, now is his time to shine. Cunningham may be starting, but Williams is the add here. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deep leagues, stash in standard leagues


Kosta Koufos DEN | C

As a Koufos owner, I’ll give this recommendation: don’t watch him. He’s truly ungainly and lumbers around the court like a hibernating bear. But this bear shoots a high percentage from the field, and has been double-doubling with decent regularity. 1.7 blocks per game is very useful as well. If you’re down a Love or a Varejao, call on Mr. Koufos for some help. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Tristan Thompson CLE | C

Anderson Varejao is out 6-8 weeks with a split quad. In standard formats, if you can pick up Thompson, do so quickly. He’s been averaging almost a double-double thus far, and the news of the surgery today locks him into heavy minutes for the next two months at least. You won’t get Varejao production, but Thompson is only 21, and continuing to improve. He should be owned everywhere by tomorrow. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Tyler Zeller CLE | C

So you’re in a deeper, more challenging league, and Tristan Thompson is long gone. Need a fill-in at Center? Zeller could be your guy. He’s averaging 34 minutes per game over the last two weeks, sports a 70%+ FT, and is bringing in 1.6 blocks per game. I also like the two assists he’s been providing. He’s still young and maturing like Thompson, but it seems likely his FG% will rise as he grows more accustomed to heavy minutes and the NBA schedule. (under 10% owned)
Recommendation: Stash in deep leagues, watch in standard leagues