Jan 8, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall (12) reacts to a play during the first quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Waiver Wire Gems to explore


If you are like me, injuries can and usually do cripple your fantasy basketball team.

However the key to staying in contention is to explore the waiver wire as there is plenty of help to be had out there right now.

Jan 7, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) handles the ball during the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Jan 7, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert (21) handles the ball during the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Here’s a look at five guys who can help your team immediately and help you get through a possible tough stretch of injuries.

1. Kendall Marshall- With injuries to both Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, the former North Carolina Tar Heel has taken the ball and run with it. Playing in Mike D’Antoni‘s offense, which has been notoriously great for point guards to put numbers up, Marshall has the opportunity to keep doing well. This month in four starts, Marshall is averaging 37.5 minutes per game.

In that span he’s putting up respectable numbers as he has average 13.0 points, 11.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. Marshall’s shooting is up and down as he is coming off a 2-for-13 performance against the Houston Rockets, but he is shooting 44.4 percent from the floor, 36.8 percent from behind the arc and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe this month. Overall they aren’t great numbers, but he is a guy that can help you in a pinch.

2. Iman Shumpert- Welcome back Iman Shumpert. After a horrendous start to toe 2014 season, Shump seems to have figured things out once the calendar flipped to 2014. He has slowed down after two big games to start the month and Knicks head coach Mike Woodson still doesn’t seem willing to give him more minutes than J.R. Smith, but Shump has averaged 16.8 ppg. In four games this month while shooting 60 percent from the floor and 61.9 percent from three-point range. He’s also grabbed 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Because of Woodson, Shumpert is still a bit risky, but I would be tempted to grab him up and see if the hot streak can continue.

3. Darren CollisonChris Paul‘s injury gives Collison the opportunity to become a viable fantasy option again, at least for about a month. So far he has done well, averaging 15.9 points and 5.0 assists per-36 minutes with Paul on the bench this season. He’s also putting together a nice January, which he is shooting 64.3 percent from the floor. He’s a guy that may have been snatched up already, but if he hasn’t go get him. He’s going to get minutes and will be a good third guard option.

4. Gerald Green- If you need three-point shooting, see if Green is available as he has become one of the  better high-volume three-point shooters in the league, and is averaging a career-high 13.4 points per game. Eric Bledsoe is banged up so Green’s role has increased. He doesn’t offer up much besides scoring, but if you need shooting, Green is a nice option that could be available.

5. Kris Humphries- Humphries has been in and out of the Boston rotation, but he has averaged 11.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game over the last five games. Keep an eye on the Celtics’ injury situation, but as long as Humphries is getting minutes in the short term, he is a guy who can help you out in a few categories.



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