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NBA Bench Risers: Waiver Wire Sleepers for Fantasy Basketball (Week 11)

NBA teams have a multitude of players coming off the bench, each with a unique role to fill. As a fantasy owner, you need to decide which of those players can contribute across multiple categories and have the potential to make the most of their time on the court.

To find bench players that can contribute more than just energy and defense during their time on the court, I will analyze usage rate and Per 36 statistics. Below are my Week 11 bench risers and waiver wire adds for fantasy basketball. These are some bench players whose stock should be rising based on their recent play and could be great fantasy pickups for deep leagues.

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Rising NBA Bench Performers

Note: I will only be selecting players who are not regular starters and who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

Malcolm Brogdon (PG/SG, MIL) 48% owned - Those who follow fantasy NBA have surely heard Brogdon's name by now. The rookie guard from Virginia didn't take long to make an impact, scoring 26 points while collecting eight assists and seven steals in a two-game span during the second week of the season. Like most rookies, he's had ups and downs, but his role is expanding recently. He played a season-high 38 minutes on New Year's Eve and finished +22 while on the court.

Among all rookies, he currently ranks second in assists with 7.6, second in steals at 2.0, and seventh in points with 17.3 per 48 minutes. On a 36 minute basis, which falls in line with his current playing time, Brogdon averages 13 points, 5.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals this season. All fairly good numbers, but even more impressive is his .431 three-point percentage. Matthew Dellavedova's finger injury has kept him out of the starting lineup for three games so far. Brogdon may keep him out of the starting spot permanently.

James Johnson (SF/PF, MIA) 37% owned - You may be reluctant to take a chance on another one of the journeymen Miami brought in to fill their roster this season, but Johnson's recent numbers can't be ignored. With only Luke Babbitt and Willie Reed competing for playing time at the power forward position, Johnson should continue to see steady minutes. Johnson's stock is rising after back-to-back 20 point games that included 10 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks.

On a per 36 minute basis, Johnson is enjoying career highs in points (16.6), rebounds (7.3), and field goal attempts (12.6). His recent surge suggests those numbers could climb even higher with more consistent playing time. He doesn't stand out in one particular category, but can provide depth at the forward position in deeper leagues. If you noticed a DNP for Johnson on Tuesday night, don't worry - it was simply due to a stomach bug.

Justin Holiday (SG/SF, NYK) 5% owned - The elder Holiday brother was acquired in the Derrick Rose deal to add depth in place of Jerian Grant. That move is paying off while Courtney Lee nurses a wrist injury. With nearly ever Knicks starter banged up recently, Holiday could hold onto a starting role a while longer, especially if he continues to produce. Holiday recently scored in double-digits two of the last four games, largely as a result of a big jump in minutes. He is shooting a respectable 37% from three-point land to go along with 86% from the free throw line this season.

Holiday is more of a jack-of-all-trades for fantasy purposes. Not a pure shooter, Holiday is averaging 5.3 three-point attempts per 36 and draining two of them. He's also chipping in 5.7 REB, 2.2 AST, 1.7 STL with only one and a half turnovers per 36 minutes. His shooting percentages and rebounding totals have climbed in each season he has played in the NBA, so there is still room for growth with increased playing time. Holiday is worth an add in deeper leagues at least for the next couple of weeks while the Knicks get right health-wise.

By popular demand, RotoBaller has aggregated all of our fantasy basketball NBA waiver wire pickups into a running list of NBA waiver options, so bookmark the page and check back often for updates.