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2011 Fantasy Basketball: Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Waiver Wire is our weekly look at players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. We’ll be here all season to let you know which players to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly, who to pick up. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.

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Jose Calderon TOR | PG

It is an unwritten rule in the NBA, you do not lose your starting job to an injury. This is a rule fantasy owners must learn. Calderon was owned in the majority of leagues until an injury shut him down for a few games and thrusted Jerryd Bayless into the starting gig. During his time starting Bayless played amazing causing owners to drop Calderon since they believed he was not going to get the job back. All the great play of Bayless did was motivate Calderon and upon his return he is averaging a double double with points and assists. Go get him. (about 75% owned)

Beno Udrih SAC | PG

Beno is starting again and is playing fantastic. The thoughts of Luther Head taking over the starting job is well in the rear view mirror and with Evans banged up Beno might be asked to do even more going forward. Even with Evans in the starting line-up Beno has been close to a 20-4-4 guy his last four games so he is worth grabbing either way. (about 70% owned)

Kirk Hinrich WAS | PG/SG

Hinrich is on pace for his best season since 2007 and one major reason is his minutes. Due to injuries in Washington he has been playing well over 30 minutes a game. Now that Arenas has been traded there is no reason to think these numbers will not continue. If you need help in assists or steals you found you man. (about 65% owned)

Tyrus Thomas CHA | PF/C

With a new coach in Charlotte there is a good chance that Thomas will see more minutes. When given time on the floor Thomas has always put up good numbers, and if he see 25+ minutes he is going to be in the top 5 in blocks. (about 75% owned)

Shane Battier HOU | SF

Battier just does not hurt you and helps you in literally every single category. We hate just to run off stats but for the month of December he is averaging 10 points, 5 boards, 3 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.3 blocks, and over 2 threes a game. He flies under the radar because none of those numbers really jump out at you but now you know so go get him. (about 60% owned)

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Corey Maggette MIL | SF/PF

Maggette is a scorer and that is what the Bucks need. He is coming off an injury and even when he starts playing bigger minutes he will be coming off the bench. That does not mean he will not get his shots by any means. Expect points out of Maggette and if you are in a league that counts foul shots made, he gets an added bump as he is great at getting to the line. (about 50% owned)

Troy Murphy NJ | PF/C

The Nets came out and said they are no longer interested in Melo. This is what we call a lie. Of course the Nets want Melo, they just want him sooner than later so they are trying to force the Nuggets hand. If the trade gets done Murphy should be apart of it and could go back to his double double with two threes a game ways. It’s risky to grab him since the trade deadline is not until February but at least keep a close eye on the situation. (about 60% owned)

James Harden OKC | SG

Harden is quickly becoming an interesting fantasy player. His minutes still fluctuate a good bit, but he has been consistently scoring in double digits. Harden has proved that he can be a scorer, and if there are any major injuries for the Thunder he could be a stud. (about 40% owned)

Wes Johnson MIN | SG/SF

The Wolves first round pick has slowly started to pick up his production. The thing we like about Johnson is his potential to fill up the stat sheet. He should only continue to get more minutes, and he should only get better as the year goes on. (about 40% owned)

Kenyon Martin DEN | PF

Last season Martin averaged 11 points, 9 boards, 1 steal, 1 block, and had a good field goal percentage – certainly worthy of any fantasy roster. He is back from a injury and is playing more and more minutes. There is no guarantee the older Martin will go back to these ways but if you are in a deeper league he is worth grabbing and seeing if it happens. (about 15% owned)

If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.