In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Humphries and the Nets’ Mirza Teletovic.
» Kris Humphries, PF/C, Boston Celtics (15.8 percent owned on ESPN.com)
14 points (7-10 FG, 0-0 FT), 0 three-pointers, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers vs. Heat
Humphries was basically an NBA afterthought at the beginning of this season. He was considered a throw-in piece in the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade and was resigned to the bench for the first couple of months of the season.
However, something happened during the Celtics’ New Year’s Eve game against the Atlanta Hawks — Humphries got his first double double of the year — something he was doing with regularity in 2011-12 while with the Nets. Since that game, Humphries has averaged 10.8 points and 9.4 rebounds, also adding 1.7 blocks while shooting 50 percent from the field and an insane 92.3 percent from the free throw line.
Those stats are good enough for 4oth in Basketball Monster.com’s rankings over that time frame, and Coach Stevens has clearly taken notice, inserting him into the Celts’ starting lineup for past eight games. He is definitely trending up and seems like he will be the starter for the foreseeable future.
There aren’t many guys sitting on your waiver wire that will average a double-double while simultaneously helping your percentage categories and blocking shots. I’d suggest making a beeline to your league’s free agent pool and drop some dead weight for Humphries.
» Mirza Teletovic, PF, Brooklyn Nets (0.8 percent owned):
14 points (5-10 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs. Magic
Teletovic is hard guy to get a handle on, peaking and troughing like a roller coaster on steroids. One thing that has stayed relatively constant is his production from beyond the arc. He has made a three-pointer in his past 13 games, averaging 2.7 made triples per contest.
He is the ultimate definition of a stretch four. If you stand 6’9″ tall and average only 3.5 rebounds per game for the season, you probably need to get a bit closer to the basket, but for fantasy purposes, those long range bombs are delightful.
If you are looking for a constant stream of three-pointers, with scoring and a decent field goal percentage to boot, Teletovic should be firmly on your radar in all leagues larger than 12 teams.