Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer November 20, 2012
Each Wednesday we’ll take a look at the hottest free-agent pick-ups from around the National Basketball Association to help you in setting your upcoming lineup. Some players might have short-term value, while others might be moving up to have some long-term value. We’ll sift through the names so you can make the best choice for your team.

Shannon Brown, PG, Phoenix: It is surprising to see Brown on the waiver in so many leagues. In fact, he is owned in only about 35-40 percent of Fantasy leagues, although his ownership is steadily climbing. He has averaged 13.4 points per game (ppg) over his 11 contests to date, and he has chipped in with 12 3-pointers, 2.3 rebounds per game (rpg) and 1.8 assists per game (apg). He continues a little bit across the board, but his main focus is scoring. If you need help in this category in Rotisserie leagues, snap him up. However, he has a little more value in head-to-head formats, especially since he is hitting just 41.4 percent from the field.

Vince Carter, SG, Dallas: Carter is owned in about one-third of all Fantasy leagues, although he is starting to get some extra attention because of his scoring. Carter slipped to just 10.0 ppg last season in 61 games for the Mavericks, but he is averaging 12.0 ppg so far through 12 games, and he has already canned 21 3-pointers this season. He is also humming along with 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg and nearly one steal per game. He has even logged nine blocked shots through 12 games, and his 0.8 bpg puts him on pace for his best production in that category since the 2003-04 season when he was with the Toronto Raptors.

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