Each morning, I’ll scour the previous night’s NBA games like a crazy person with a metal detector at the beach. I’ll be looking for players like the Wizards’ Martell Webster and the Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts, who may be just sitting there on your fantasy basketball league’s waiver wire waiting to be turned into fantasy gold.
As a brief explanation, I’ll suggest two guys who can help out — one of whom is owned in up to 75 percent of ESPN leagues — and a second, deeper cut, who is owned in less than 20 percent of ESPN leagues. Without further ado, here’s January 18th’s “All Wired Up”!
Martell Webster, SG/SF, Washington Wizards (18.2 percent owned)
14 points (5/8 FG, 0/0 FT), 4 threes, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover
Webster was one of the league’s hottest player earlier this season. Injuries to teammates Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza vaulted him into the starting lineup, but since the middle of December (when Beal returned from his leg injury), Webster has been unfairly dropped in many, many leagues.
He’s started to get it going again in the past three games, averaging 12.3 points, three triples and a steal per game – ranking him 82nd during that span, according to Basketball Monster.com. The Wizards’ bench isn’t exactly strong and Webster is the clear number one option among their reserves. He’s only one injury away from becoming a legitimate top 50 fantasy player, so now may be an opportune time to add him.
Deep League Diamond
Josh McRoberts, PF, Charlotte Bobcats (2.0 percent owned):
17 points (6/8 FG, 0/0 FT), 5 threes, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover
McRoberts definitely isn’t the most enticing name in basketball, but his production sure has been thus far. Although he’s only averaging 7.9 points per game, his strength comes from his contribution in the other, harder to find categories. He has started all season over Cody Zeller and there is no indication that that will change anytime soon.
As a power forward, to average four assists per game over the course of the entire season is a phenomenal effort. A steal and a block in each contest is just the cherry on top. As evidenced by his line against the Magic, he is a threat to go off offensively as well. A good chunk of his shot attempts have come from downtown (45 percent to be exact), leading to a solid 1.2 treys per game.
McRoberts can probably be added in most standard leagues, but as a deep league player, he is absolute gold.