Jan 25, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison (2) during their game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Clippers beat the Raptors 126-118. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Top Waiver-Wire Adds for Week 23

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Darren Collison has a favorable four-game schedule in Week 23 and is owned in just 31.8 percent of fantasy leagues (Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s crunch time in fantasy basketball.

For many owners, this coming week will be your league’s championship.  Whether you win or lose could hinge on who you add off your waiver wire.

The Los Angeles Clippers’ Darren Collison and Matt Barnes are two lesser-owned players with favorable schedules that fantasy basketball owners should be considering in Week 23.

» Darren Collison, PG, Los Angeles Clippers (31.8 percent owned on ESPN.com): 

Collison has thrived in his 30 games as a starter this season, averaging 13.9 points, 5.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers.  He was putting up better numbers when he replaced Chris Paul in January, but his March numbers of 14.7 points and 3.8 assists are nothing to make light of.  Those numbers have him ranked 48th on Basketball Monster.com over the last month.  J.J. Redick isn’t likely to come back till the postseason, and Doc Rivers seems content with Jamal Crawford in a Sixth Man role, meaning Collison should continue to start.  The Clippers play four games in Week 23, including matchups with the T-Wolves and Lakers, who are 28th and 24th vs. opposing point guards over the past month.

» Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers (38 percent owned):

Like Collison, his Clippers teammate, Barnes has taken on an expanded role over the past month.  After a disappointing start to the season that was marred with injuries and inactivity, Barnes has really come on of late, becoming a catalyst for the surging Clippers.  In his last 12 games, the 34-year-old has averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 2.3 triples.  More importantly, he’s playing 32.2 minutes per game over that span.  He’s also managed at least one steal in 13 of his last 14 contests and has hit a three in 17 straight.  As mentioned above, the Clippers have games vs. the Wolves and Lakers, who are no better at defending small forwards as they are point guards, ranking 21st and 28th against the position.


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