Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Gems | NBA Trade After Math

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2011

Hinrich could be a solid fantasy option in Atlanta.
Hinrich could be a solid fantasy option in Atlanta.Greg Fiume/Getty Images

The after math of the 2010-11 NBA Trade Deadline will continue to be felt throughout the remainder of the regular season, but it can also have just as much of an impact in your fantasy basketball league.

We won't know for certain the ultimate value of a lot of players for another week or so, but this is the perfect time to scan your fantasy waiver wire and stash a few guys that could potentially pick up some major steam by the time your fantasy playoffs roll around.

All of the following guys should be available in at least 51 percent of all standard Yahoo! Sports leagues, which should give you a pretty good idea of their availability in most league's waiver wires. In standard and deep leagues, no matter the format, keep an eye on these guys or grab them up if you have the roster room.


Kirk Hinrich, PG, Atlanta Hawks (Available in 51 percent of leagues)

Hinrich just matches our curve, and with the starting point guard spot all his in Atlanta, he should quickly be snatched up in most leagues. He was averaging solid numbers in Washington with over 10 points and four assists per game, but with a bigger role, fantasy owners should expect a solid increase in both areas, as well as in other categories. Hinrich should benefit from a stronger supporting cast, and is a really hot add right now.


James Harden, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder (61 percent)

The big guy everyone is talking about right now is newly acquired center Kendrick Perkins, making Harden's offensive and overall fantasy value dipping below the radar. Well, that should stop pretty quickly. Harden was already averaging over 10 points and three rebounds per game, but with Jeff Green and his 15+ points per game leaving for Boston via a trade, Harden should be called upon for even more offensive production. Look for his minutes to see a slight increase, as he could become a solid Utility play for your team.


Anthony Randolph, F/C, Minnesota Timberwolves (63 percent)

Randolph hasn't had the chance to do anything this season, as he was whithering away on the New York Knicks' bench. However, Minnesota has been high on him, and while he'd likely be working from off the bench, we know from his decent 2009-10 season that he can produce when given the chance. He's not a hot item just yet, but the Timberwolves aren't in playoff contention and could give him some strong minutes as the season draws closer to an end.


Marcus Thornton, SG, Sacramento Kings (68 percent)

Thornton was having a horrible season, dropping his points per game from 14.5 as a rookie, to just 7.8 in 2010-11. He has no secure role yet with the Kings, but they could use some extra help at the guard spot, and he certainly can't do much worse than he had been doing in New Orleans this season. Stash him to see if he has a major turn around, as he could quickly become a hot option.


Kendrick Perkins, C, Oklahoma City Thunder (75 percent)

Perkins should step into the starting center spot immediately for the Thunder, and while he won't be asked to carry the scoring load by any means with the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook running the show, he might improve in that area simply by accident. Perkins is a great post man with a strong defensive presence, and depending on his new minutes and role in OKC, he could end up being a great fantasy big man to end the regular season.


Derrick Favors, PF, Utah Jazz (84 percent)

Favors never really established himself in New Jersey, but he's a rookie and still quite raw, so we'll give him a break. Minutes may be hard to come by now that he's on a better team in Utah, but with the Jazz seemingly falling apart at the seems, they could look to their younger players down the stretch. He's far from a hot add, but could be worth stashing.


Chase Budinger, G/F, Houston Rockets (87 percent)

Budinger is one of our favorite waiver wire adds following the plethora of trades on Thursday. With Aaron Brooks and Shane Battier gone, Budinger could suddenly be vaulted into the starting lineup, and at the very worst, should see extra minutes at both guard and forward. He just went off for 30 points (a career high) and eight rebounds in his last game, displaying great shooting touch and an ability to get to the basket. He's a guy to really monitor closely over the next week or two.


Ronny Turiaf, F/C, New York Knicks (89 percent)

Turiaf won't be confused with an offensive stalwart anytime soon, but considering he already held value as a rebounder and shot-blocker, his new places in the Knicks' starting lineup and increased minutes could make him a nice add. He's still not a focus in the offensive game plan, but as long as he keeps starting and gets consistent minutes, he's certainly worth a look.


James Johnson, F, Toronto Raptors (98 percent)

The Raptors traded for Johnson and were reportedly extremely high on him. So much so, that they were already prepared to stick him in their starting lineup. In 26 minutes in his debut with the Raptors, Johnson scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds, and blocked three shots. It may not be instantaneous, but this performance shows Johnson has the potential to be a quality fantasy performer down the stretch.

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