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Fantasy Basketball Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13
In deeper fantasy basketball leagues, finding useful players on the waiver wire can be a very difficult task. With most popular free agent choices already owned, owners of deeper leagues often have to dig at even less popular names for fantasy production. Here's a look at five players owned in less than 10% of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues* who are worth adding in Week 13.
Statistics (per game averages*): 21:32 MPG, .449 FG%, .758 FT%, 0.6 3PTM, 7.4 PTS, 4.8 REB, 1.6 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.7 BLK, 1.1 TO
With the addition of new point guard Ramon Sessions, Barnes has found a player complementing his high-energy style. In five games since the addition of Sessions, Barnes has averaged 11.4 points, six rebounds, three assists, and 1.2 blocks a game. Averaging over 25 minutes a game during this timeframe, Barnes is a multi-category provider most nights.
Statistics: 14:57 MPG, .541 FG%, .667 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 4.5 PTS, 3.9 REB, 0.4 AST, 0.2 ST, 1.2 BLK, 0.7 TO
Given the multitude of moves made by the Wizards at the trade deadline, the one player on the Wizards roster who has gained the most from the changes is Seraphin. Even though he has returned to the bench for Nene Hilario, Seraphin has earned a role in the team's rotation with decent scoring, rebounding, and block numbers. While his production has dropped a little since returning to the bench, Seraphin is a center to watch for his ability to rack up blocks and rebounds in a hurry.
Statistics: 21:28 MPG, .442 FG%, .815 FT%, 0.7 3PTM, 6.8 PTS, 2.8 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.6 ST, 0.3 BLK, 0.9 TO
With Luke Ridnour moving over to point guard for the injured Ricky Rubio, Webster has gotten a chance to start eight straight games for the Timberwolves. After receiving infrequently playing time earlier in the season, Webster has averaged 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds during his eight starts of March. Shooting a solid 47.6 percent from the field, Webster is slowly becoming a more useful low-end fantasy option.
Statistics: 12:51 MPG, .444 FG%, .733 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 5.1 PTS, 3.1 REB, 0.3 AST, 0.2 ST, 0.7 BLK, 0.6 TO
Never really known for his offense, Lopez has put up solid numbers this month. Averaging 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks a game, Lopez sees his better games when starter Marcin Gortat struggles. While he won't be a huge difference maker for fantasy teams, his value as a center putting up decent numbers could be handy in winning various categories.
PG/SG Roger Mason, Washington Wizards (1% owned)
Statistics: 10:37 MPG, .404 FG%, .900 FT%, 0.9 3PTM, 4.5 PTS, 0.9 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.3 ST, 0.1 BLK, 0.4 TO
Now that Nick Young is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Mason has seen a decent increase in playing time this month. With five double-digit scoring games and 22 made 3-pointers in March, Mason has been solid as of late and could become a more consistent scorer come fantasy playoff season.
*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics accurate as of Mar. 23, 2012. MPG: Minutes Per Game, FG%: Field Goal Percentage, FT%: Free Throw Percentage, 3PTM: 3-Pointers Made, PTS: Points, REB: Rebounds, AST: Assists, ST: Steals, BLK: Blocks, TO: Turnovers.
Matt Barnes Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Martell Webster Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Robin Lopez Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Roger Mason Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
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Austin Chang is a lifelong basketball fan, Golden State Warriors supporter, and fantasy basketball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 72% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.
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