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Fantasy Basketball: Terrence Ross is on fire


Terrence Ross

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Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors put up one of the more bananas stat lines of the season on Saturday night.

In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Ross and the Jazz’s Enes Kanter for deep league consideration.

» Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors (5.6 percent owned on ESPN.com) 

51 points (16-29  FG, 9-10  FT), 10 three-pointers, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers vs. Clippers

One day after Carmelo Anthony went bonkers and dropped 62 points at Madison Square Garden, second-year man Terrence Ross tried to one-up him and came fairly close.

In a career high night, Ross almost doubled his previous best scoring output of 26, which was set earlier this year against the Portland Trail Blazers.  I can say with almost 100 percent certainty that he won’t put up another 50 points, but that’s not to say he can’t be an extremely valuable part of your fantasy squad.

Since Rudy Gay was traded to the Sacramento Kings, Ross has been the unquestioned starter on the wing and now, with DeMar DeRozan injuring his foot, he will be relied upon to play heavy minutes.  Thankfully for Raptors’ fans and fantasy owners, DeRozan’s foot X-rays came back negative, but he still may miss some time with the injury.

Ross, the reigning slam dunk champion, has played in all of the Raptors’ games this season and since the Gay trade on December 10th, has been the starter.  In that time frame Ross is Basketball Monster.com’s 88th-ranked player, averaging 13.2 points, 2.7 three-pointers, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.  Those are the sort of numbers that could help any fantasy team.

The major part of Ross’ game are the three-pointers.  To go along with the 10 he hit against the Los Angeles Clippers, Ross has also hit seven treys in one game and five in another.  He’s drained four shots from downtown three times this season, too.

One of the key statistics to look at for fantasy production is minutes played and with Ross locked into the starting small forward job in Toronto, the numbers are sure to follow, just like the fantasy victories for your team.

» Enes Kanter, C, Utah Jazz (36.0 percent owned):

24 points (11-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 0 three-pointers, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs. Wizards

Kanter was one of the preseason’s sexy sleeper picks.  In fact, I had him quite high on my draft board — as high as number 60 if I recall correctly.

Thankfully, in each draft I was in, someone jumped in ahead of me and snatched Kanter away.  His start to the year has been horrible, having been replaced by Marvin Williams (of all people) in the starting lineup.  I could go on a 5,000 word rant about Ty Corbin and his lineup decisions, but I won’t.

So why am I now recommending Kanter as a waiver wire add?  Because things are starting to turn around for the former No. 3 overall draft pick from Turkey.  In his last six games Kanter has averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in only 23 minutes of  action.  If Saturday’s game was any indication, he is due for a bump in minutes.  Kanter played 30 minutes, while Williams only got 17 minutes of court time.

Even in his minimal bench role, Kanter is ranked 124th on Basketball Monster.com for the past month, solidifying him as a fantasy player to own in all but the shallowest leagues.  I’d get in now and see where this goes, because before long everyone will be grabbing the Utah big man if he continues to play like this.



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