Each morning, I’ll scour the previous night’s NBA games like a crazy person with a metal detector at the beach, looking for that precious fantasy gold that is most likely on your waiver wire.
As a brief explanation, I’ll give two guys who can help out, one of whom who should be around in most standard leagues and is owned in less than 75 percent of ESPN leagues and a second, deeper cut, who is available in less than 10 percent of ESPN leagues. Without further ado, here’s January 11th’s “All Wired Up”!
J.J. Redick, SG, Los Angeles Clippers (53.8 percent owned)
19 points (8/15 FG, 2/2 FT), 1 three, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 0 turnovers
J.J. Redick returned from a five-week layoff due to a broken hand and damaged elbow ligaments and was inserted straight back into the starting lineup for the Clippers. He only played 22 minutes, but still managed to ring up 19 points against the hapless Lakers.
This is likely your last chance to snap Redick back up from the owner who dropped him when he was injured, so make the most of this rare opportunity to grab a high scoring, three-pointer draining, high efficiency fantasy player.
Deep League Diamond
Kris Humphries, PF, Boston Celtics (2.6 percent owned):
16 points (5/10 FG, 6/6 FT), 0 threes, 14 rebounds, 0 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 0 turnovers
Do people remember that Kris Humphries was a top 60 fantasy player for the entire 2011-12 season? What a drop off this guy has suffered both professionally and personally. I’m sure I don’t need to rehash his sham marriage to professional celebrity Kim Kardashian.
This was just his second start of the year for the Celtics, replacing Jared Sullinger. Whether his value holds is another matter, as Sullinger put up a 21-and-11 game off the bench. Regardless, he seems to have more value than guys such as Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani, so if he plays 30 minutes from the starting center position or as the first big off the bench, he’ll give you value in your league.
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