NBA Fantasy Waiver Wire (Jan. 9): Go Get Mike Miller
There are plenty of solid guys out there on the waiver wire , which is exciting news, considering just a week ago the wire was looking fairly bleak.
Injuries have opened the door (and continue to) for a lot of quiet players, while others are raising their names back to the surface by returning from their own injuries.
See how the Gilbert Arenas Saga plays into the fantasy basketball realm, beyond Agent Zero's own fantasy value.
Check out the last edition of waiver wire, as we're still vouching for Kirk Hinrich, Luke Ridnour, and Omri Casspi, but have fizzled on Tyler Hansbrough and Erick Dampier.
Read on for this week's top five Waiver Wire pick-ups, all available in over 50% of leagues:
J.J. Redick, SG, Orlando Magic (Available in 85 percent of leagues)
Redick has been extremely solid off the bench in his last 11 games, topping at least nine points in nine of the 11, while scoring over 11 in four straight.
With Vince Carter sustaining a shoulder injury on Friday night, there's a solid chance Redick could see increased minutes going forward, with decent potential at starter-type production.
For a more in-depth look at Redick's growing fantasy value, click here .
Luther Head, G, Indiana Pacers (83 percent)
Head, while always a solid shooter and a decent role player, has burst onto the fantasy scene as the starting point guard for Indiana in the past four games.
In taking on a huge offensive workload increase, Head has attempted at least 15 shots in all four starts, and has topped 18 points in each contest, as well, including a 30-point effort in his first start.
With not much stability at the point guard position, there's a good chance Head keeps the starting job until he falters.
Martell Webster, G/F, Portland Trail Blazers (68 percent)
With all the injuries mounting in Portland, there's bound to be a few players who rise from the ashes and impress fantasy owners with some solid numbers.
Mark Webster down as one of them.
He's been starting since early November, but the recent slew of injuries for Portland have extended his minutes and role in the offense, helping him top 21 points in three straight games, while also knocking down 14 three-pointers over that span.
Webster is red-hot right now, and with his starting spot secured, he is a must-own player.
Mike Miller, G/F, Washington Wizards (57 percent)
Miller finally returned from a torn calf injury after being out since late November, and dropped a solid line of six points, six assists, and six rebounds in his first game back on Friday night.
Miller only attempted five shots, but was in the starting line-up and logged 39 minutes, erasing any doubt about his health.
With Gilbert Arenas unlikely to be playing for Washington anytime soon, Miller will be holding onto his starting spot, and as long as he shoots the ball more often each game, he could quickly become a top fantasy contributor.
Randy Foye, G, Washington Wizards (55 percent)
Foye, like Miller, should benefit immensely from the absence of Arenas (and already is), as he is in the starting line-up, and possesses a solid role in the offense.
In his first game in the starting line-up, Foye dropped in 20 points and six assists, while scoring 18 off the bench the game before.
His season stat line isn't impressive, but Foye is in too good of a situation to pass up. He should be owned in all leagues.
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