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Fantasy Basketball: Top 5 Waiver-Wire Adds in Week 12

John OtanoContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2017

Fantasy Basketball: Top 5 Waiver-Wire Adds in Week 12

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    Injuries have ravaged NBA teams this season.
    Injuries have ravaged NBA teams this season.Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

    Week 12 presents a misnomer in the schedule for Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets owners, as the teams travel across the pond to play in London on Jan. 17. 

    The Detroit Pistons also face a shortened slate in Week 12, with only two games on their plate. 

     

    Week 12 Schedule 

    4 games: BOS, CHA, CHI, DAL, DEN, HOU, LAL, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHO, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

    3 games: CLE, GSW, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIN, NOR, PHI, POR

    2 games: DET 

    1 game: ATL, BKN

     

    Unless noted otherwise, all stats courtesy of NBA.com/stats and Basketball-Reference.com.

Gerald Green (PHO, SG/SF)

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    Gerald Green is a must-own player now.
    Gerald Green is a must-own player now.Joe Murphy/Getty Images

    This marks the third time that I've written about Gerald Green in this space. This is your final call to cash in on one of the very best three-point shooters in the league. 

    As I outlined here, Green is one of the best catch-and-shoot players in the entire league. He's one of 11 players to average at least two "catch and shoot" three-pointers per game. 

    With guard Eric Bledsoe sidelined indefinitely, Green slides into the starting rotation, and thus, his fantasy value will rise.

    Last call. He's owned in 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues.  

Jared Sullinger (BOS, PF/C)

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    Jared Sullinger was inexplicably dropped in many leagues.
    Jared Sullinger was inexplicably dropped in many leagues.NBA Photos/Getty Images

    Last week, I vouched for Kris Humphries to be picked up as his minutes and effectiveness have coincided. Humphries had 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks against the Warriors on Friday night. He should be owned in all formats.

    Yet, I still believe there's room for Jared Sullinger to be a fantasy contributor while Humphries plays bigger minutes. Sullinger played 32 minutes on Friday against the Warriors, scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds. He also connected twice from beyond the arc. 

    The 40-percent owned Sullinger should be reconsidered if his minutes stay above 25 in Boston. With little opposition from the rostered frontcourt, I'd bet on Sullinger in Week 12 with four games. 

    Sullinger is owned in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues

Brian Roberts (NOR, PG/SG)

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    Jrue Holiday's injury opens the door for Brian Roberts.
    Jrue Holiday's injury opens the door for Brian Roberts.David Sherman/Getty Images

    This is your classic case of when an injured player creates a hot pickup off the wire. With Jrue Holiday out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his leg, backup point guard Brian Roberts becomes a must-own player.

    Roberts started against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday and was mostly ineffective in the Pelicans' 17-point loss. Roberts scored nine points with seven rebounds and just one assist. It's Roberts' job to lose in New Orleans.

    He's currently owned in 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues.  

Randy Foye (DEN, PG/SG)

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    Randy Foye is picking his play up while starting in Denver.
    Randy Foye is picking his play up while starting in Denver.Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images

    Randy Foye is in a shooting groove that could single-handedly win you the week. In his past two games, Foye has connected on 13 three-pointers in 21 attempts from deep. 

    With Wilson Chandler battling a hip injury, Foye has started the past two games for the Nuggets. Even though Foye has averaged 25 minutes per game as a bench player for Denver, Foye has netted 61 three-pointers. With Denver playing four times in Week 12, Foye is a strong play against the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. Both teams are among the worst defenders against the three-point shot this season. 

    Foye is owned in 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues

J.J. Redick (LAC, SG)

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    J.J. Redick is flying off the shelves since his return.
    J.J. Redick is flying off the shelves since his return.Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

    This is more of a disclaimer than any sort of fantasy advice. You don't need me to tell you to pick up J.J. Redick. He's a good player in a good system, and he'll continue to contribute in three-point shooting with good percentages. There's no earth-shattering analysis to be offered other than Redick is back and if there are owners asleep in your league, it may be worth checking your wire to see if he's still there. 

    He scorched the Lakers on Friday for 19 points with one three-pointer in 23 minutes. The Clippers only play three games in Week 12, so Redick may be a hold in weekly leagues. Feel free to play him at will in daily leagues. 

    Redick is owned in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues

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