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Week 18 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Kyle Korver's Role Increasing

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Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IFebruary 23, 2010

It's Week 18 in the 2009-10 NBA season. With just seven more weeks remaining, it's important to make the final moves that will have your fantasy roster set for the playoffs.

There are plenty of guys that have been impacted by the trades pulled last week, both negatively and positively.

Read on for the top available players on your waiver wire (each guy is obtainable in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues).

 

WAIVER WIRE:

Al Thornton, F, Washington Wizards (Available in 53 percent of leagues)

Thornton has found himself a solid role in Washington since coming over in a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers a few days ago.

Thornton has topped at least 10 points in all three of his games with Washington, while scoring more than 17 points twice. As long as he continues to average over 28 minutes per game, he will hold solid value at the forward spot.

 

C.J. Watson, G, Golden State Warriors (75 percent)

Watson has gotten solid minutes all season, but has recently emerged as a scorer, shooting the ball at least 10 times in his past four games.

Watson had a breakout performance with 40 points, six assists and seven rebounds three games ago. He has also netted at least 15 points in each of his past four games.

He's getting great minutes and good looks on offense, making him a solid utility add for most rosters.

 

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C, Free Agent (73 percent)

Ilgauskas hasn't logged a single minute with Washington, and isn't expected to, as he's reportedly nearing a buy-out.

But wherever Ilgauskas goes, there's a good chance his services will be needed, and he'll get some decent grind in preparation for the playoffs.

He's no lock to make a killing in fantasy, but if he can get back to the minutes and production he was putting up last season, then he'd be a solid addition as a center to any fantasy roster.

 

Eddie House, G, New York Knicks (83 percent)

Nate Robinson is gone, which left the door open for House (who was acquired in a trade with Boston) to take over that same role; he has done exactly that.

House doesn't have very good point guard skills, but he has always been a fantastic combo guard in the NBA. He has jumped into his new role in N.Y. with ease, averaging 15 shot attempts and 17 points in his first two games with the Knicks.

Also averaging 34 minutes per game, House looks like he'll keep a strong role off the bench. He can thrive in Mike D'Antoni's offense, so he could be a great add if you're hurting at the guard spot.

 

Chase Budinger , G/F, Houston Rockets (96 percent)

Budinger has been solid over the past five games, and even with the addition of Kevin Martin, he's still kept his minutes and has even shown more consistency within the offense.

Budinger has dropped at least 10 points in five straight contests, while registering 18 points in his most recent game.

Keep an eye on his minutes in relation to Kevin Martin. However, Budinger has proven he's too solid (even for a rookie) to reduce his playing time, making him a worthy add in deep leagues.

 

Kyle Korver, G/F, Utah Jazz (97 percent)

Korver has seen extended action due to an injury to Andrei Kirilenko, logging 28 minutes and scoring 13 points in his last game.

Kirilenko should be back by the end of the week, but with Ronnie Brewer gone to Memphis, Korver's minutes should stay up above 20 per game. He should start to see a more consistent role in the offense.

 

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