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Fantasy Basketball 2013: Ranking NBA's Hottest Pickups After the First 2 Weeks

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Fantasy Basketball 2013: Ranking NBA's Hottest Pickups After the First 2 Weeks
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The NBA is a superstar-driven league. It's been that way for decades.

Surely no impactful fantasy producers slip through the cracks, right?

If that's really your stance as an NBA fantasy owner, chances are your season is already finished. In the middle of November.

Truth is, fantasy titles are often won and lost on the waiver wire. Big guns might carry your team through stretches, but every team in your league should have some heavy artillery. If that's not the case, then start shopping for a new league. Unless of course there's money on the line, then by all means do everything in your power to keep the league alive as long as possible.

For the rest of us, though, our associations with similarly sharpened basketball minds give us fantastic conversation, but also a never-ending commitment to identifying fantasy trends.

Roles can shrink or expand over time. Injuries may open some doors, while shooting slumps close others. Stat categories bare these fluctuations.

So how can you ever stay on top of all this madness? It's pretty simple actually—just pay attention and keep reading.

 

*Unless otherwise specified, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com.

**To be considered for this list, a player must be available in at least 70 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues. If you missed the boat on Michael Carter-Williams, Lance Stephenson or Markieff Morris, those ships have long ago set sail.

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