Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire: Maurice Harkless, C.J. Miles and more

by Justin "Fensty" Fensterman on February 8, 2013 @ 13:56:59 PDT


Your waiver wire is filled with players who can get you through the week. Now is the time to keep your move maximum in mind if you have one. Even though I have always said that people that are very active on the waiver wire are more likely to succeed, you still need to be conservative to a degree. It is one thing if you have 70 moves you are allowed to make and have made fewer than 10 at this point. Go crazy. Take chances. If you are in a secure spot in your standings and are winning each week consistently, play it safe. Here are some more players that have been hot lately and can help your team in multiple categories.

Trevor Ariza, guard-forward, Washington Wizards: We all know that Ariza is a big help in the steals category. The Wizards coaching staff has been very generous to Ariza when he shoots well. He plays more and often gets the green light to shoot from the outside. Ariza also is capable of running the break, as well, on transition and is owned in just 25 percent of leagues polled.

In his last few games, Ariza has scored 9.5 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. For the season, he has been shooting under 40 percent. Ariza has made one to two three-pointers per game. He has been playing 24 minutes per night and has grabbed 4.5 rebounds, on average, this season. Ariza also swipes the ball 1.5 times per game and will even get you a block every other game.

Marreese Speights, forward-center, Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs are enriched with fantasy potential. They have had a deep rotation all year and have given their younger players a chance to blossom. Speights has averaged less than eight points again this season; however, over the last three games he has averaged 16.3 points. He has been shooting 52.5 percent from the floor and 85.7 percent from the line during that time. A center that shoots over 80 percent from the free-throw line is always a safe option, because they tend to go to the line more.

Speights has seen a lot more playing time recently, as he is used to playing under 20 minutes per game. In the last two weeks, he has been getting just more than 25 minutes of playing time per contest. He has grabbed 5.1 rebounds this season and will even contribute a block in the majority of games. Speights is owned in just 24 percent of leagues polled.

Maurice Harkless, Orlando Magic

Maurice Harkless, forward, Orlando Magic: Harkless is a valuable pick up, because the Magic's coaching staff gives him a lot of playing time. Like Speights, Harkless is also used to playing under 20 minutes per game. Since Feb. 1, he has been playing 38.5 minutes per game. Harkless' statistics have improved since getting more playing time.

Harkless is very aggressive and has grabbed 6.9 rebounds and swiped two balls a game over the last few weeks. He has contributed blocks and very few turnovers. He has also scored 10.8 points per game over his last four games. Harkless is owned in just 5 percent of leagues polled. For now, he is a great shot-term solution.

C.J. Miles, guard-forward, Cleveland Cavaliers: As stated above, the Cavs are the gift that keeps on giving for fantasy basketball players. Miles has had a very streaky month. The weather for Miles is currently sunny and warm and you should pick him up. Two weeks ago, he had a stretch in which he was shooting just 38 percent from the field. In the last two weeks, Miles has picked it up and has scored 11 points while shooting 45.7 points per game.

Since the Cavs are in experimentation mode, Miles has seen his playing time dip slightly. He has been one of the best free-throw shooters this season, as he has shot 92.5 percent from the charity stripe. Miles is owned in just 8 percent of leagues polled. He will contribute a few rebounds every game, as well.  

Byron Mullens, forward-center, Charlotte Bobcats: Mullens has been one of the most effective big men in the league over his last three games. During that time, Mullens has averaged 13.5 points while shooting 42.9 percent from the field. He has also contributed eight rebounds per game. Mullens has been playing 30.5 minutes per game this season. He is owned in 37 percent of leagues polled.

Looking at his last few games, Mullens has contributed a couple of assists, a steal and a block per game. He has even shot 80 percent from the free-throw line during that stretch. Charlotte does not have much of a frontcourt, so Mullens will always have a spot in the rotation. The playing time alone that he gets makes him a valuable fantasy commodity.

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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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