For some head-to-head fantasy basketball players, the playoffs have begun, meaning that there is absolutely ZERO room for error. For those who are still in season, the opportunity to rise in the standings further diminishes as the weeks go on. It is not too late to find a treasure in your waiver wire pools.
Greg Stiemsma has quietly averaged two blocks per game....
With seasons at stake, here are some lesser-known players, who are still on a lot of waiver wires according to leagues polled that can help save your season. There is still time to garner fantasy basketball success, and these players will lead your teams to victory.
Kawhi Leonard, Guard-Forward, San Antonio Spurs - As the Spurs continue to age, head coach Gregg Popovich is not afraid to use his youth. Leonard has shown over the last few weeks that he has not only earned his spot out there for the Spurs, but his stats show that he is a major part of their game plan. Leonard is owned in 25 percent of leagues polled and has averaged over 30 minutes of playing time over the last two weeks.
In that time span, he has averaged over 11 points and over seven rebounds per game, while shooting 52 percent from the floor. He has averaged 1.5 steals per game, too. Popovich has shown that he is not afraid to rest his veterans, such as Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and that gives Leonard more opportunities down the stretch. Leonard's position eligibility also makes him more valuable, as he can fill both shooting guard and small forward slots.
Gordon Hayward, Guard-Forward, Utah Jazz - If you need a player that can really help improve your shooting and free throw percentages, Hayward is that guy that can help and has been especially for the last month. Hayward shot over 90 percent from the free throw line and over 47 percent from the floor. He has been averaging a little under 30 minutes of playing time per game and he will even pick up a few rebounds and assists, as he has averaged four and three respectively over the last month.
Hayward is owned in 49 percent of leagues polled, so there is still a strong possibility that he is on your waiver wire. Over the last two weeks, he has even picked up a steal and a block per game. His multi-position eligibility is also a benefit; you can start him at shooting guard and small forward.
Chandler Parsons, Forward, Houston Rockets - This combo forward has been up and down all season as he started hot and cooled off. For the last two weeks, at least, he has been a stat machine! Chandler, a rookie, has been really coming through and keeping the Rockets in the Western Conference playoff hunt; he is owned in just 31 percent of leagues polled. Over the last two weeks, Parsons has averaged over 13 points and just fewer than eight rebounds per game. He has also been averaging over four assists and a steal per game over that time period, while playing over 35 minutes per game.
Parsons in not afraid to shoot as he has taken over nine shots per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor over the last month. While Parsons is still hot, he is too valuable not to have on your team.
Greg Stiemsma, Center, Boston Celtics - Sometimes it is the little things that matter. For the Boston Celtics to stay alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race, they need the big players to matter. With Jermaine O'Neal done for the season, Boston lacks front court depth and Stiemsma has been playing a big part in making sure rugged defense has turned into immediate Celtics offense.
Over the last month Stiemsma has been a top-five blocker in the league averaging two per game. He also has averaged over a steal per game over the last 30 days. Owned in a mere four percent of leagues polled, Stiemsma is what I call a "cosmetic" type of player. He helps in specifically one category, which is blocks and may help you a little in other categories.
If you have a more complete player on your team that helps strongly in multiple categories, do not drop them for him! If you need a boost in blocks and have the roster space to do so, only then would I suggest picking up Stiemsma.
Those are a few of the lesser-known players that can make impacts on your fantasy basketball teams. It is near the end of the season, meaning hot players for even a week are worth a lot. Don't ever shy away from your fantasy basketball waiver wire and good luck down the stretch!
About Justin "Fensty" Fensterman
Fensterman covers fantasy basketball for KFFL and joined the team in 2012. He is a Sports Radio Producer on SiriusXM's Fantasy Sports Radio channel, the first channel dedicated solely to fantasy sports. An avid fantasy basketball player, Fensty's biggest accomplishment in the fantasy sports world was in 2004 when he had an undefeated season in a Yahoo! Sports Fantasy NBA league and was ranked in the top 30 among all players in the world.
A native from Oyster Bay, NY, Fensty left New York to study Broadcast Journalism at American University in Washington D.C. in 2005. Fensty has previously worked for MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, MTV and News 12: Long Island.
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