Fantasy Basketball: Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups Week 14-1/24/14

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Both the Heat and the Lakers are among the teams with just two games on the schedule this week. Find out who has more opportunities to help your fantasy basketball team below. In this picture, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dunks the ball during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA rolls into the second-to-last week before the All-Star break with a varied schedule that fantasy hoops owners need to pay attention to in order to get the right lineup constructed for the 14th week of the season which starts January 24 and runs through February 2.  This week there are five teams with the dreaded two-game week.

The defending champion Heat are among the teams with a bit of a break this week and are joined by the Mavs, Nuggets, Lakers, and Blazers.  The two-game week may help the team get healthy and be good for them long-term, but it’s killer on their fantasy production.  On the flip side, the Hawks, Clippers, Grizz, Bucks, Timberwolves, Thunder, Magic, Sixers, Kings, and Raptors all have four games.

While you still want to start your stars regardless of the number of games they play, it’s good to remember who plays more if you are adding a piece from the waiver wire.  For example, Mario Chalmers will only get half the games of Greivis Vasquez, so Vasquez will probably put up bigger totals this week.

Here’s my top five pickups of the week to bolster your backcourt and five more to fortify your froutcourt:

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Topics: Andray Blatche, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Demare Carroll, Derrick Williams, Detroit Pistons, Fantasy Basketball, Fantasy Basketball Sleepers, Greivis Vasquez, Markieff Morris, Ramon Sessions, Rodney Stuckey, Sacramento Kings, Shelvin Mack, Waiver Wire, Waiver Wire Pickups, Week 14

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