Week 20 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Watch

Taylor SmithAnalyst IMarch 8, 2010

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Injuries to prominent players all around the league recently have caused guys with lesser roles to step up and deliver more than usual.

Have those injuries significantly hindered your team's chances? Or do they give you the opportunity to make up ground late in the season?

With the playoffs looming, let's take a look at which players may be available in your league that could help give you a boost down the stretch.


George Hill, PG, San Antonio Spurs (Available in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues)

With lead guard Tony Parker out approximately six weeks with a broken hand, Hill's role will increase.

His stock was already rising prior to Parker's injury, so your opportunity to snatch him up may be dwindling.

Hill had already been playing big minutes for San Antonio and averaged 37.4 over his last five games.

Over those same five games, the second-year guard averaged 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1 steal per game.

With Parker out, expect Hill to be playing much more point guard, and for his assist numbers to increase as a result.

Hill is the No. 1 pickup this week, so get him as soon as you can.


C.J. Watson, G, Golden State Warriors (61 percent)

Watson, similarly to Hill, is stepping in and performing well in place of an injured star player. In this case he's replacing Monta Ellis.

Watson has been scoring exceptionally well lately, averaging almost 17 points per game over his last five contests. He's also been picking up steals at a rapid rate, something that could prove to be a valuable commodity down the stretch.

As long as Ellis is out, Watson will be in. If available, snag him now.


Shane Battier, F, Houston Rockets (82 percent)

Battier has stepped up his overall game in the absence of Trevor Ariza, and is capable of providing a boost in several areas.

Believe it or not, the 6'8" Battier ranks second in the Western Conference in blocked shots since the All-Star break, trailing only Brendan Haywood of Dallas.

He's been shooting at a decent clip from three-point range recently, and can also add help in the rebounding department.

While he's likely not going to put you over the top, Battier is a guy that can help you out in many different areas on any given night.

Rodrigue Beaubois, G, Dallas Mavericks (99 percent)

Beaubois has made the most of his extended minutes since Jason Terry went down with an injury.

He enjoyed the best game of his very young career in Saturday night's win over the Bulls, tallying 24 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

He's an efficient scorer and is shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range on the season.

He should continue to receive plenty of playing time with Terry out this week, and, chances are he's available in your league.


J.J. Hickson, F/C, Cleveland Cavaliers (81 percent)

Hickson's minutes have gone back up due to Shaq's injury, and he responded well at first.

He threw down lines of 17 points and 9 rebounds and 20 points with 13 rebounds in two recent games, only to score five total points in the two games after that.

However, he's clearly got plenty of potential, and he's still available in a large majority of leagues.

The O'Neal injury turns Hickson (and Anderson Varejao) into a much more valuable commodity.