Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Wonders: Tyler Hansbrough Is Blowing Up

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IMarch 10, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 15:  Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball during the NBA game against the  Miami Heat at Conseco Fieldhouse on February 15, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Another week is almost over. It has opened up our minds to another slate of solid options who could really help some squads as the fantasy basketball playoffs draw closer.

You still have plenty of time to cover some major ground, no matter your league or format, so check out our new list of guys who can assist your plight for a title run. 

These players are available in no more than 50 percent of the standard fantasy basketball leagues:


Tracy McGrady, G/F, Detroit Pistons (available in 74 percent of all standard leagues)

McGrady replaced Rodney Stuckey in the starting lineup on Wednesday night and put up a near triple-double with 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Head coach John Kuester has said that the switch could stick, which would mean great things for McGrady’s fantasy value.

Stuckey's, not so much.


Jarrett Jack, PG, New Orleans Hornets (59 percent)

Obviously, Jack has seen a major boost in minutes and production largely due to Chris Paul's concussion, but Jack had topped at least 10 points in 10 of his previous 11 games before scoring 20-plus in each of the past two games.

Make that 12 of 13 in double figures, with or without Paul.

Jack also can get you some dimes and steals, and he isn't terrible on the boards. His value clearly takes a hit when Paul returns, but he's still playing at a high level.


C.J. Miles, G/F, Utah Jazz (66 percent)

Miles has turned in four straight outings with at least 12 points, including two games of 20-plus points in those four games.

Miles rebounds fairly well and can rack up the steals when he's on top of his game, so he's worth a look.


Chase Budinger, G/F, Houston Rockets (55 percent)

Budinger has delivered consistent, reliable production out of the starting lineup in Houston, yet he's still available in a good amount of leagues.

He's averaging more than 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal over the past week. Budinger is getting much more consistent, so feel free to add and use him.


Marco Belinelli, G/F, New Orleans Hornets (86 percent)

Belinelli is another Hornets player benefiting immensely from injuries. But with Trevor Ariza likely to still be out for a while, Belinelli's consistent performance can no longer be ignored.

He has put up at least 14 points in four straight games and seems to really be taking advantage of the opportunity.


Gerald Henderson, SG, Charlotte Bobcats (85 percent)

With Stephen Jackson set to return from a hamstring injury, we strongly urge you to take this promotion of Gerald Henderson with a grain of salt.

While Henderson has churned out two straight 20-point efforts and three straight 16-plus point games, Jackson's return will surely impact his fantasy value.

However, hamstring injuries can return and/or linger, so keep the hot-shooting Henderson on your radar.


Hakim Warrick, F, Phoenix Suns (75 percent)

Warrick has to be one of the hottest names available on the waiver wire right now.

With Channing Frye (shoulder) out, Warrick was thrust into the starting lineup and responded with a huge 32-point effort, while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing our four assists. It will be hard for him to match that every night (or even come close), but the potential is there for some solid performances.

As long as Frye remains out, Warrick should hold solid value.


Samardo Samuels, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers (85 percent)

Samuels has calmed down a bit since shocking everyone with a 23-point effort last week, but he has still churned out six-straight 10-plus point efforts.

He adds value on the boards and is getting more than 30 minutes per game, so he deserves to be rostered.


Tyler Hansbrough, PF, Indiana Pacers (75 percent)

Hansbrough has put up two straight 20-plus point efforts in a row and he has taken over as the starting power forward for Indiana.

He's been playing fairly well for more than a month now, so the recent high level of play and bigger role should garner him a spot on your roster.


Ed Davis, F/C, Toronto Raptors (84 percent)

Davis has benefited from Andrea Bargnani being ill, but even despite that, he's been fairly solid inside for the Raptors. He offers solid all-around value in scoring, rebounds and steals.

He isn't going to dominate, but he can be a useful utility add.


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