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 Lakers’ Jodie Meeks and the Nets’ Andray Blatche, who could just be 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 21st’s “All Wired Up”!
Jodie Meeks, SG, Los Angeles Lakers (74.5 percent owned)
16 points (4-10 FG, 6-6 FT), 2 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers
The window to grab Jodie Meeks is closing rapidly. His ownership percentage is quickly rising, but if he’s still around in your league, you’d be wise to snap him up. His production has been extremely consistent all season, starting in all but seven of the Lakers’ games. For the season, Meeks is the 76th-ranked player according to Basketball Monster.com and anyone who is in the top 100 is a guy that should be 100 percent owned.
When Kobe Bryant returns, his value is due to take a bit of a hit, but when Kobe came back the first time, Meeks still started five of the six games. Over the past month Meeks is averaging 16.3 points, 2.2 three pointers, 3.1 assists and a super impressive 3.0 steals per game, and I doubt there are many fantasy teams that wouldn’t benefit from that kind of production.
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Andray Blatche, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets (10.3 percent owned):
19 points (8-12 FG, 0-0 FT), 1 three-pointer, 12 rebounds, 0 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover
As soon as it was announced Brook Lopez would miss the season with another foot injury, people rushed to grab Blatche. However, his form since then hasn’t been anywhere near what owners were hoping for and many quickly dropped him back into the forgotten land of the waiver wire. He won’t reside there much longer.
Over the past two weeks — despite playing just two games in the last nine days — Blatche ranks 78th, comfortably residing in the top 100 players. He has doubled-doubled in his past two games, also going for 20 points and 14 rebounds vs. the Hawks in London. If he has truly turned the corner, he may be a player who decides the fantasy championship one way or the other, and I would recommend adding him in leagues as shallow as 12 teams.