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2012 Fantasy Basketball: NBA Week 7 Waiver Wire

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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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Nikola Pekovic MIN | C

Yet again Darko has proven that he isn’t a good basketball player and he has been passed on the depth chart by Pekovic. At this point it looks like he will continue to get the minutes, and if he does he should average close to a double double. Pekovic doesn’t have a lot of competition in Minnesota, and I think he has a really big upside at this point. (about 30% owned)

Jeremy Lin NY | PG

Lin has bursted onto the fantasy scene and has made a big impact. The return of Baron Davis is something to be concerned about, but Lin has too big of an upside to keep on the wire. He is going to come back down to earth a tad once everyone is healthy in New York, but if he continues to get the minutes he should put up solid numbers. (about 20% owned)

Randy Foye LAC | PG/SG

The Billups injury is going to open the door for Foye to get a lot of minutes, and he should be able to put up solid point totals moving forward. Foye doesn’t do much more than score, but he should have solid value for the rest of the season. (about 15% owned)

Tayshaun Prince DET | SF/PF

Considering how well Prince has played lately I was somewhat surprised to see that he was only owned in about half the leagues. The Pistons should continue to look at Prince to take a lot of shots, and I like him moving forward. He doesn’t have a huge upside, but I think he could average about 15 points and 5 boards moving forward. (about 50% owned)

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Alonzo Gee CLE | SG/SF

The Cavaliers are finally starting to give Gee more minutes, and he is taking full advantage. He isn’t going to do much more than score, but he can help with steals and free throw made. Gee is only 24 years old, and I think the Cavaliers are ready to give him some major minutes. (about 20% owned)

Greivis Vasquez NO | PG/SG

Even with Jack coming back from his injury I think Vasquez could have some value moving forward. He is going to come off the bench more than likely, but he should still get enough minutes to have value. The former first round pick out of Maryland has a lot of talent and if Jack goes down again he could be a huge pickup. (about 40% owned)

Linas Kleiza TOR | SG/SF

Kleiza has the potential to score and be a solid rebounder, now that he is healthy he is starting to do just that. It might be hard for him to find the starting lineup, but even coming off the bench he has solid value. If Kleiza can stay healthy he can be a nice addition for most teams. (about 15% owned)

Rudy Fernandez DEN | SG

With Gallinari out for about a month this is going to open the door for Rudy to take some more shots, and get more minutes. When given the minutes Rudy has no problem scoring around 15+ points per game, and he has blow up potential as well. He doesn’t exactly fill up the stat sheet, but I still really like him as a short term solution. (about 25% owned)

Trevor Booker WAS | PF

The Wizards really don’t have much to play for at this point so they might as well see what their young guys can do. Booker was a first round pick in 2010, and he has been able to put up solid numbers when given the minutes. I don’t think he has a huge upside, but I don’t think averaging close to a double double is out of the question if he is consistently over 30 minutes per contest. (about 25% owned)

Jerryd Bayless TOR | PG/SG

Bayless is a streaky player, but when he is hot he can really score the basketball. He is mainly just a scorer, but he will help out in free throws made and steals. Toronto should continue to give Bayless a decent amount of minutes, and he should continue to have value. He might take a slight hit when Bargnani comes back, but I still think he is worth an add in most cases. (about 25% owned)

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Kenyon Martin LAC | PF/C

Martin is back from playing over seas and he should have some value on the Clippers. At this point I think he is only worth keeping an eye on, but if there is an injury he could average close to a double double. The Clippers have somewhat of a crowded front court, but he still has the ability to give them some solid minutes if he is called upon. (about 15% owned)

J.R. Smith NA | SG/SF

Smith is still stuck playing over in China, but it looks like he will be back in the NBA at some point. There have been rumors that the Knicks might be a likely candidate, but he should have value wherever he ends up. Smith has never really been more than a point and three point specialist, but he is really good at what he does. (about 15% owned)