Fantasy Basketball: Working the Wire

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Excuse us if we're late to the party, but the gents here at The Fantasy Factor like to make an entrance worthy of your attention.

Alright, I can't stand the guilt. I can't lie to you. T

We've been too busy crying ourselves to sleep after our fantasy football teams got bounced from the Super Bowl to do much of anything.

But we're back, and we'll be focusing on some fantasy Association talk up until pitchers and catchers report. Today we'll take a look at some guys on the waiver wire you might want to take a look at.

Just like football, it's tough to let go of the guys you know that are nothing but mediocre, in exchange for someone you've never heard of. But it's a necessary evil and if you want to win, you'll pay attention.

Eric Gordon, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
11.3 PPG, 1.1 STL, 1.7 AST

Averaging 24 ppg over his past four contests, Gordon is starting to break out in a big way for the Clippers now that free agent superstar Baron Davis is down with an injury. Word out of the West Coast is that Davis might miss the teams upcoming three game road trip that begins tonight against the Mavericks.

This team doesn't have too many other options and if there's one thing Gordon can do, it's fill up a stat sheet.

Hakim Warrick, PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
11.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 0.5 BPG

When this high flying talent came out of Syracuse I thought we'd see big things from him. Unfortunately Warrick's never progressed enough to the point where many expected.

But he's been surging as of late, despite coming off the bench to play behind rookie Darrel Arthur. No matter though, as Warrick's averaging 17 PPG over his past six and has had at least one block in four of those contests. If you're in a rotisserie league and in need of some decent rebounding and blocked shots, Warrick might be a nice pickup.

Brook Lopez, C, New Jersey Nets
10.1 PPG, 8 RPG, 1.9 BPG

Most might remember Lopez from his antics during the days leading up to the NBA Draft this year with his twin brother. But you should be paying attention to this young man's swift transition to the NBA style of play and how each night he seems to be getting better.

Lopez is tough around the rim and is a rebounding machine. The last time he had less than six rebounds in a game was back in the second week of November. Night in and night out you can count on his rebounding production and his abilities as a shot blocker are severely underrated. In a league where finding a good Center is always a difficult proposition, Lopez is finding a way to stand out amongst he giants.

J.R. Smith, SG, Denver Nuggets
13.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.2 APG

If you've already seen the news, you know that Carmelo Anthony may be out for an extended period of time with a fracture in his hand. It's going to be extremely difficult to replace the offense Anthony provides and chances are the Nuggets will look to Smith for added production.

The downside here is that Smith's FG% certainly leaves something to be desired and is capable of single handedly destroying you in that area. But if you're looking for someone who can score in bunches and shoot the 3-ball, Smith might be your man.

Earl Watson, PG, OKC Thunder
6 PPG, 6 APG, 0.8 SPG

Really Matt? Earl Watson?

Typically I'd tell you to stay away from anyone outside of Kevin Durant on this team. They're in the hunt for their fifth win of the season and can't do anything right. But Watson is 16th in the league in assists with six per contest and is coming off back-to-back scoring games for only the third time this season.

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Guys, I like that you are doing basketball, but you need to put this out on a Monday since most of the weekly leagues have a Monday deadline. Thanks

Olsen responds: Just shaking off the rust Ed, we'll be getting back our regularly scheduled programming before you know it.

Be on the lookout for some rankings and matchup analysis this week too.

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