Fantasy Basketball: Playoff Pickups

Adam Beard

For many of you, the playoffs have begun in your fantasy basketball leagues. If you were one of those who had a successful season and is still in it, let me tell you that the playoffs are all about working the waiver wire.

You can’t afford to have injured players on your team or players averaging low minutes.  You also need to make sure that you have players that are actually playing games this week. Check how many acquisitions you are allowed (if your league has a limit), and cater the wire to your needs. If you are losing in assists, pick up a point guard. If you are losing in rebounds, pick up a big man.

Working the waiver wire can win you a fantasy championship. Here are some hot pickups for the week:

SG, SF – Mike Dunleavy (CHI): This guy needs to be picked up immediately. He logs a lot of minutes and hits threes, gets a good amount of rebounds and assists and will get you 13 points per game.

SF, PF – Terrence Jones (HOU): If he is still available in your league, go get him.

PG – Patrick Beverley (HOU): The hardnosed Rockets point guard is a nice source of steals and can occasionally hit the three ball. The most important thing about Beverley is that he plays a lot of minutes, so you are guaranteed to get some stats out of him.

PG – Kirk Hinrich (CHI): Hinrich is a solid pickup for anyone desperate for a point guard. He will get you about four or five assists per game.

PG – Jarrett Jack (CLE): Jack has been logging a lot of minutes lately and is producing. He does a little bit of everything, spreading the wealth on the stat sheet.

PG – Jordan Farmar and/or Kendall Marshall (LAL): These two point guards are sharing the load as the point guard for the Lakers. If you want assists, Marshall will get you them. Farmar is a good scorer for the number of minutes he plays and gets his fair share of assists.

SG – Tim Hardaway Jr. (NY): The rookie out of Michigan has been lighting it up lately. If you need threes and points, take a gander at Hardaway Jr.