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December 2010 NBA Fantasy Waiver Steals

Posted by Phil Partington Categories: Fantasy, NBA,

Peja StojakovicOne month of the 2009-2010 NBA season is nearing an end and the rabid excitement of many fantasy basketball team owners has calmed a bit, which is why now is the perfect time to grab those waiver wire steals. There are several factors that can suddenly change the stripes of a fantasy player, including injuries to other players, trades, and other changes in circumstances. Here are players to nab if they’re still available in your league’s waiver wire or free agent listings:

Peja Stojakovic, New Orleans Hornets
Need three-point shooting? Peja’s sunk 15 treys in the last three games. With Chris Paul out for a month, Peja’s trying to be more of a leader and is getting more shots as a result. He barely gets any turnovers and usually shoots solid percentages, so go ahead and grab him if he’s available.

Dahntay Jones, Indiana Pacers
Jones has earned a spot in the starting rotation and the return of Troy Murphy shouldn’t hurt his minutes at all. Murphy’s return will probably have more of a negative effect on center Roy Hibbert’s minutes. Jones is a do-it-all forward, almost like a poor man’s Danny Granger. In the last four games, he’s averaged 19.5 ppg, 4.5 rbpg, 2.0 spg, and 1.8 bspg, while shooting 51% from the field.

Darren Collison, New Orleans Hornets
Collison is a rookie and he hasn’t collected as many threes or steals as one might want in a point guard, but in Chris Paul’s absence, he’s been solid, averaging 15.0 ppg and 7.0 apg with low turnovers, while shooting 94% from the line in four games. He should only get better as he gains more and more confidence as the team’s starting point guard.

James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
OKC is beginning to carve out more playing time for its top rookie. Harden’s responded by averaging 16.0 ppg, 2.0 spg with 2.8 treys per in the last four games. He’s also shooting 94% from the line.

Anthony Morrow, Golden State Warriors
Coach Don Nelson is fickle with his starting lineup, but Morrow seems to be getting the minutes of late and is averaging 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rbpg, 2.7 treys per, while shooting 57% from the field in the last few games. Of course, he struggled in one of those games, so consistency might be an issue, but Morrow’s capable of launching threes.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, New Jersey Nets
There’s no telling if CDR’s numbers will be affected once Devin Harris comes back to true form, but in the last few games, he’s averaged 27.3 ppg, 8.7 rbpg, and 1.7 spg, while shooting 48% from the field and 83% from the line.

Keep an eye on…

Emeka Okafor, New Orleans Hornets
Rumor has it that the Hornets may be shopping Okafor to create cap flexibility. His value might increase or decline depending on where he’s shipped to.

Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
McGrady’s injury woes are common knowledge, but word is he’d like to be traded to the New York Knicks. Playing under Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun system could benfit McGrady for the few games he’s actually healthy.

Golden State Warriors players
Apparently, Don Nelson is sticking around to catch Lenny Wilkens record for winningest coach of all time. After that, he’s rumored to be stepping down. A new coach might drastically change that lineup, or at least how that lineup is used. Keep a close watch. If some of the Warriors guards are traded, as they ought to be, the value of other guards who remain might increase. Also, players like Andris Biedrins and Anthony Randolph might see a rise in value. Of course, that’s assuming the new coach were to choose a style that didn’t completely mirror Nelson’s wacky “small ball” approach.



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