Randy Foye returned from his stomach virus on Thursday and was straight back into the starting lineup, meaning he should find his way into your fantasy lineup as soon as possible.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Foye and the Heat’s Mario Chalmers.
» Randy Foye, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets (47.8 percent owned on ESPN.com)
14 points (5-10 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 1 turnover vs Trail Blazers
Foye is hardly a household name across the country for the casual NBA fan and casual fantasy player. But it’s hard to argue with the numbers he’s been putting up and fantasy basketball is all about the numbers.
Over the past two weeks, Foye has scored 16.3 points per game including three triples per contest, with 2.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists and fantastic shooting percentages. Those sort of numbers are top 30 over that time frame according to Basketball Monster.com’s rankings.
Why is he owned is less than half of fantasy leagues though? A lot of fantasy comes down to name recognition, especially for the casual player and Randy Foye just isn’t a name that moves the needle. That’s where you, the well-learned fantasy savant, should swoop in and take advantage and get him on your squad for the lead up to the fantasy playoffs.
» Mario Chalmers, PG, Miami Heat (45.5 percent owned):
11 points (5-6 FG, 0-0 FT), 1 three-pointer, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers vs. Lakers
Chalmers is one of fantasy basketball’s most underrated players. He has been sitting on many a waiver wire this year and when he got injured and missed only four games, he was dropped in about 20 percent of leagues, leaving his ownership languishing in the thirties.
I didn’t drop him in any of the four leagues in which I own him and for good reason. Chalmers has been Basketball Monster.com’s 85th ranked player for the entire season, on the back of five assists per game, 1.2 three-pointers per game and an elite 1.8 steals per game. Steals and dimes are two of the fantasy categories that are the hardest to find on the waiver wire and to have a guy that produces well in both categories just sitting around is unacceptable.
Don’t be like LeBron & Co. and disparage Chalmers at every turn! Pick him up and ride those steals and dimes into your playoffs.