The Phoenix Suns’ P.J. Tucker – one of the more unfashionable names in fantasy basketball – has been putting together a solid run of performances lately.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Tucker and the Mavericks’ Devin Harris for deep league consideration.
» P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns (2.7 percent owned on ESPN.com)
13 points (5-14 FG, 2-2 FT), 1 three-pointer, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 0 turnovers vs. Cavaliers
It’s safe to say that in most 10-12 team leagues, P.J. Tucker will be sitting idly by on the waiver wire, just waiting to be added to a smart fantasy owner’s team. And why wouldn’t you want him? Tucker has started for the Suns in every game this season, and has really staked his claim for ownership in fantasy leagues over the last month.
In his past 16 games, Tucker has averaged 9.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals, while also hitting 87 percent of his free throws and only turning the ball over 0.9 times per game. Those numbers have him ranked 83rd on Basketball Monster.com, which is well within the range of guys that should be owned in most standard leagues.
I’ve said it numerous times, but the most important fantasy statistic is minutes played — and Tucker is getting them at a consistent rate. He is averaging 30.4 minutes each time he suits up, which is gold for your fantasy squad. Given the relative weakness of the shooting guard position as a whole, Tucker’s numbers should be garnering him a greater slice of fantasy owners’ attentions.
There aren’t many shooting guard eligible players who have grabbed double digit rebounds on six separate occasions and that’s exactly what Tucker has done. If you’re in need of boards or productive shooting guards in general, you’d be unwise to continue to look past P.J. Tucker.
» Devin Harris, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks (0.1 percent owned):
14 points (4-7 FG, 4-4 FT), 2 three-pointers, 1 rebound, 7 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs. Pistons
Devin Harris has been a forgotten man in fantasy NBA circles, but he may not be for much longer. Harris is back where he started his career as a rookie — in a Dallas Mavericks’ uniform. The former Wisconsin Badger played for the Mavs from 2004-2008 before getting traded to the then New Jersey Nets, but has only been able to play five games in his most recent tenure in D-Town.
After coming back from a long term toe injury, it took him the first three games to get his legs back under him, but his last two games have shown that his value is coming back from a fantasy perspective.
Harris has scored 14 points (including two three-pointers) in both of the last two games, also adding seven assists in Sunday’s game against the Pistons. More importantly, he was able to play 24 minutes on Sunday. If he continues to get those sort of minutes backing up Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis, he looks like Harris will be a decent add for fantasy owners in deeper leagues.
If you have the roster space, I would add him in 14-team leagues and see how things play out, but in anything deeper, Harris should be snapped up immediately.