Christopher Gingrich: Fantasy Fix: Unheralded players to grab off the hoops waiver wire


This past week in the NBA saw players showcasing their talents before the All-Star weekend, which is about two weeks away.

Kobe Bryant and Lebron James both had triple doubles, DeAndre Jordan, of the Los Angeles Clippers, had a 20 rebound game, and underrated Luke Ridnour showed that he can block shots with three on Saturday.

There were several players I snatched off the waivers who made immediate impacts on my fantasy teams last week, as well.

The most notable of these acquisitions was Peja Stojakovic, of the New Orleans Hornets. He finished the week with 63 points, 11 3-pointers, and shot 51 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe.

Not too bad for a waiver wire pickup.

The second player to make an impact off the waiver wire for me was Jason Thompson, of the Sacramento Kings.

He recently was injected into the Kings' starting five and in his past three games, he's averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block and has been great from the field and free-throw line. He is owned in only 35 percent of leagues right now, so jump on the bandwagon while there's still time.

DeAndre Jordan, of the Los Angeles Clippers, has seen more playing time as of late and has been humming along to the tune of 15.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game.

He's likely to continue seeing increased playing time while Chris Kaman is sidelined with a bum foot. His field goal percentage should improve as well, but I'm not convinced he'll be a very good free-throw shooter, so keep that in mind if you decide to pick him up off the waiver wire. There are other players worth a look and maybe a roster spot if your team is in need of a little boost.

The first player that I think is worth a look is Mario Chalmers, of the Miami Heat. Be forewarned: He is a rookie, so he can be inconsistent for stretches, but when he is on, he's on all the way.

In the past week, he averaged 13 points, 5.5 assists, and 3 steals. He's showed that he's got what it takes on defense, where he is averaging nearly two steals a game on the year.

Ramon Sessions, of the Milwaukee Bucks, skyrockets in value as Michael Redd is done for the season with an injured knee.

The Bucks will need Sessions to do a little bit of everything in Redd's absence, so I recommend you go out and pick him up if you need a guard right now.

That's it for this week, folks. I'll be back next week with more fantasy basketball news and waiver wire grabs.


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