Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Gems: Marcus Thornton Is King of Fantasy

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Week 19 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Gems: Marcus Thornton Is King of Fantasy
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Thornton is on a hot streak.

Kirk Hinrich has taken over in Atlanta. Mike Bibby will look to do the same in Miami. Come to think of it, several roles are changing dramatically in the aftermath of all of the big NBA trades, and it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon.

As we all try to catch our breath and make sense of all the different role changes, new faces in new places and the usual injuries, the fantasy basketball season continues to drive on.

In order to hop back on the train without having our fantasy rosters fall apart, one key ingredient of every fantasy sports season is inspecting your league's waiver wire. It's not different in Week 19 of the fantasy basketball season. We're back at it again, getting you quality fantasy players who are out there in at least 51 percent of all standard fantasy basketball leagues (per Yahoo! Sports).

Here are the top guys available for Week 19 on the fantasy basketball waiver wire:

 

Marcus Thornton, SG, Sacramento Kings (51 percent)

He just meets our waiver-wire listing requirements, but Thornton is a super-hot name right now and a fantasy stud in the making. He dropped out of favor in New Orleans, but he is averaging over 21 points per game in his four games since joining the Kings. All he does is score, but as long as he keeps it up at this volume, that should be just fine with you.

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Wes Johnson, G/F, Minnesota Timberwolves (55 percent)

Johnson is really starting to establish himself in his rookie year, as he's topped 11 points in five of his last six games and topped 17 in three of his last four. He's averaging over 17 points and five boards over the past week, so keep an eye on him as he tries to continue his solid stretch.

 

Austin Daye, F, Detroit Pistons (92 percent)

Detroit keeps changing their lineup around, which may not bode well for Daye. However, for the moment, it's exactly what the young forward needs. He's started the past three games and has put up at least 18 points in two of the three contests. As long as he keeps starting, the minutes and production should be there. Stash him if you have the room.

 

Samardo Samuels, F, Cleveland Cavaliers (92 percent)

Samuels is another young guy who is starting to benefit from some roster shake-ups. It's hard to trust him yet, but if his last 23-point and 10-rebound performance tells us anything, he has more to show us. He has scored in double figures in three of his last four contests as well, so it's not like he's only put up one good game. Take it all with a grain of salt—after all, it's the Cavaliers—but he's add-worthy.

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Randolph is getting more minutes.

 

Kenyon Martin, PF, Denver Nuggets (79 percent)

Martin has struggled with injuries and inconsistency for most of the season, but has recently began to work himself back into the fold. He's consistently starting again and he has put up at least 10 points in five of his last seven games. Martin also holds decent value in rebounds, along with random breakout games in assists and blocks. Martin's days as a stud fantasy performer are gone, but if he can keep up his 14 and 10 averages of the past week, he's at least worth a look.

 

Anthony Randolph, F/C, Minnesota Timberwolves (61 percent)

Randolph isn't ready for your lineup's rotation quite yet, but he might not be far away. He's broken into Minnesota's rotation and burst onto the scene with 19 points and 10 rebounds in his last game. Watch him until he can establish a role and maintain consistency, but if you can, monitor from your own bench, as he's shown he can contribute in the past and he may be close to doing it again.

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