NBA Waiver Wire: Week 10

Dan BentonCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2008

This week we've got some new additions to the Waiver Wire, and as we plow through week 10; the NBA in general has pretty much been solidified. It will be interesting if over the last 50 games or so, a team can make a big run and get into the "elite team" mix.  

Right now however, this looks like a six-to-eight team league, and everyone else is just building for next year.

Well, while the foundation of your fantasy team probably relies on these six-to-eight teams, it is indeed among the rest where you'll win or lose your league. That's where we come in, and I, Tommy D, will get you five players you can scrape off the Waiver Wire who can contribute to your squad.  

I'm a big believer in trends, but not streaks, so you can be sure I'll let everyone know the difference between the two.

The first two players are on what I like to call "streaky trends." This means that last week, they were nowhere to be found, and suddenly this week, they're virtual must-starts.  However, since one was a Waiver Wire staple last year, I lean towards "trend."  Let's take a look; it's the NBA Waiver Wire for Week 10!

Point Guard

Luke Ridnour - PG - Milwaukee Bucks - New team, same result for Ridnour.  The main difference is Ridnour is now a full-time starter. Finally, in his fifth season, he's gotten the opportunity to show what he can do on a team that's likely going nowhere.

Ridnour isn't disappointing either. He's putting up some pretty sweet numbers from the PG spot; certainly good enough to be your backup.

The only problem with Ridnour in fantasy land is that he's just a three-position player (PG, G, and Util), so he's not all that versatile; which is obviously what you want in a backup.

However, knowing Ridnour's past history on the wire, and knowing that he's the starter for the Bucks, I feel confident enough to recommend him to you as a waiver wire add. You'll be glad you did.

Here's what Ridnour has done over the last month: 10.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 6.2 APG, 1.6 TO, 2.2 SPG, and he's shooting 46 percent from the field, and 85.2 percent from the line.

He'll also hit the occasional three for you, but certainly don't count on big production there as much as you might have in the past. He's committed to being a truer point guard, so you're going to see less three-point attempts.

His field goal percentage might drop a bit in the near future too. It's around his career average, but he's hit 30 of his last 57 shots, so certainly that's bumped the number a bit.  Ridnour is currently owned by 38 percent of fantasy owners, so there's a good chance he's available in your league.

Shooting Guard

Marco Belinelli - PG/SG - Golden State Warriors - In his second season now, not only is he getting his chance to play, he also appears to be getting the opportunity to start. Don Nelson is just throwing everyone out there, trying to find a combination that works; and it seems like he's hit on to something with Belinelli.

As I mentioned in the opening, I don't have as great feel for Belinelli like I do for Ridnour. I only have six starts to base things on, and I'm in danger of recommending a streak here.

But from what I've seen to this point—it's worth it.  Here's what he's done over the last month: 15.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.9 TO, 1.1 SPG, 46.4 field goal percentage, 89.7 free throw percentage, and he's making two three-pointers/game.

That's some really solid backup guard play, and unlike Ridnour, he's a five-position player, so you can plug him in virtually anywhere. Belinelli is currently owned by 25 percent of fantasy owners, so there's a good chance he's available in your league.

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