Fantasy championships are won with smart waiver wire moves. Scooping up that player who is coming into his own during the course of the year can propel your team to a fantasy championship.
Each year, big name players go down, players are traded and bench players shine. It is up to us savvy fantasy owners to realize when a player is for real and not just a flash in the pan.
Just like Mike Vick was a waiver wire steal in fantasy football, a group of players, who were over looked on draft day, are proving their worth. Lets just hope you had a quick enough to pull the trigger.
Kris Humphries is becoming a household name. It could be because he is linked to Kim Kardashian or it could actually be for his basketball ability. Let's hope it's the latter.
Humphries has been rather a bust in his first six years in the NBA. After being drafted by Utah in 2004, Kris went from Utah, to Toronto, to Dallas and now finds himself in New Jersey. He has finally started to show some of the potential that scouts picked up on in his college days in Minnesota.
Statistically a poor shooter, he has really picked it up this year, shooting .534 percent from the field. He has averaged nearly a double-double, racking up 9.4 RPG and 8.8 PPG. His free throw percentage is a mere .697 percent.
Outside of the poor free throw shooting, Humphries is seeing plenty of court time, 25.7 MPG, which really allows for him to do some damage. With Brook Lopez slumping this year, Kris has stepped up for the lowly Nets.
If your team was hurting in rebounds, Humphries has been a real blessing in disguise.
Brandon Bass is coming into his own with the Orlando Magic. Bass is seeing plenty of playing time and is making the most of it. He had a scare with a knee injury during the season, but has shown his toughness in playing through it.
With Rashard Lewis, Marcin Gortat and Vince Carter being shipped out of Orlando, Bass has been relied on heavily.
In playing nearly 25 MPG, Bass has posted 11.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, and nearly one BPG. That kind of numbers are hard to come by off of the waiver wire. Bass sees plenty of playing time and plays for a winning team, which always helps since they will be in more games than not.
Bass is seizing the opportunity with the Magic, and you should seize the opportunity to grab him.
When Chris Kaman went down, the Clippers looked to be without an option at the center position. They had to rely heavily on a young rookie, who missed the previous season, which was not something coach Vinny Del Negro wanted to do. It turns out rookie Blake Griffin has blossomed into a star and DeAndre Jordan was more than capable of taking the reigns in the front court.
Jordan and Griffin are quickly becoming a formidable front court pairing out West. Jordan might not be putting up All-Star stats, but he can fill a void on your fantasy roster.
In 25 MPG this season, Jordan is shooting an incredible .667 percent from the field. Couple this with averaging 1.6 BPG and you have a can't miss stud. With Kaman still out, Jordan will have the center position all to himself.
Is any player more on fire than Ryan Anderson right now? At the PF position, not many players can knock down threes with as much consistency as Anderson. Over his past five games, he has hit 18 three-pointers. The man is deadly from long range.
He is another player who has benefited from the Magic's mid-season shake-up. In January, he has averaged 25.1 MPG. That is a huge increase from the beginning of the season when he hardly got on the floor. The big man can also pull down the boards, average 4.7 RPG.
If Anderson is still available, which he is in nearly 50 percent of leagues, go and grab him. He could be the pick up of the year.
Grant Hill might be 38-years old, but the man is not showing any of his age. He could possibly slow down during the second half of the season, but he will probably prove everyone wrong and finish on fire.
Hill is having one of his best statistical season for the Suns this year and helping to take the load off of Steve Nash's shoulders. Hill is averaging 14.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG and nearly one SPG. Not too shabby for a 15-year veteran.
Hill also shoots from the floor and the charity stripe well, .503 percent and .835 percent respectively.
The Suns are lacking many bright spots on their roster this season, but Grant Hill has been shining.
Batum came out of the game like a man on a mission in the first few weeks of the season. He went through a tear in middle of November, averaging 16 PPG and 4.5 RPG. He then hit a cold spell and fell found himself in the dog house.
In January, Batum has come back to life. He has posted nearly 16 PPG and 5.5 RPG once again. He also has shown some quick hands on the defensive side of the ball, swiping .6 SPG.
With Brandon Roy out for quite some time, Batum has been one of the guys to step up and try to fill the gapping whole Roy's departure has left in the Trail Blazers back court.
Kyle Lowry filled in nicely for Aaron Brooks this season. With Brooks down with a sprained ankle, Lowry posted fantastic numbers averaging nearly 13 PPG and eight assists. Numbers like that are hard to come by on the waiver wire.
Lowry might have been a product of just being in the right place at the right time, but even with Brook back and his minutes being cut, Lowry is still posting 11.2 PPG, 6.5 ASG and 1.6 SPG. He can also be deadly from downtown, knocking down 1.3 threes-per game.
Lowry can be a streaky player and will have his share of ups and downs, but if you can ride out the storm, he is worth a start in all fantasy leagues.
Arron Afflalo is known for his defense more than anything else, but that does not garner a look in fantasy basketball. What he can also provide for you is fantastic three-point production. He shoots .429 percent from beyond the arc. Afflalo finds himself a perfect fit for the high-scoring play of the Nuggets where this kind of production can really be showcased.
Arron sometimes has complete dud performances and does not shoot the ball nearly enough, but when he does, he scores .514 percent of the time.
His scoring abilities make him a nice fantasy option.
Nick Young does one thing, but he sure does it well. He scores.
With Gilbert Arenas gone, Young has had the opportunity to produce and he has. He might not get you the well-rounded production you would like, but he can score in bunches. Each month, his PPG have increased—13.2 in November, 18.2 in December and 21.5 in January. Let's not over look his 43 point performance against the Kings.
The Wizards might not have won a game on the road all season, but you can put up fantasy wins with Young on your roster.
The league leaders in blocks include names like Andrew Bogut, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Darko Milicic and Amare Stoudemire. All of these names were surely taken in your draft, but what about Serge Ibaka? He was unheard of until this year and yet he blocks nearly as many shots as Dwight Howard—Dwight has 2.21 BPG and Serge has 2.1 BPG.
Ibaka hits .569 percent of his shots from the field, pulls down 7 RPG and posts phenomenal block numbers. Talk about top round production from a guy who went unselected in nearly all drafts.
Serge is another up and coming star on a young, powerful Thunder team.
If anyone has benefited from Brandon Roy's injury, it has been Wesley Matthews.
Matthews showed flashes of greatness last season, but flew under the radar because of Brandon Roy and his stellar performance. With Roy missing nearly the entire season, it is time for Matthews to burst on the scene.
In his first game as a starter, playing 43 total minutes, Matthews dropped 30 points and the rest is history. From that point on, he has been playing on another level.
In the last two months, he has averaged 18 PPG and 1.5 SPG. Matthews also has the ability to distribute the ball and as he matures as a player, his APG will continue to rise.
Move over Brandon Roy, the Trail Blazers have a new sheriff in town.