I love watching the Utah Jazz. There are so many young, exciting players, like Alec Burks, who are great to watch, but also great to own in fantasy basketball.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Burks and the Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Scott for deep league consideration.
» Alec Burks, PG/SG, Utah Jazz (30.0 percent owned on ESPN.com)
26 points (9-14 FG, 7-8 FT), 1 three-pointer, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers vs. Kings
Alec Burks has oscillated between the starting lineup and the sixth man role all season. At first, he filled in at point guard for the injured Trey Burke, then played the shooting guard slot when Gordon Hayward missed time with a hip strain.
But no matter where he lines up, Burks has been able to contribute to fantasy teams and also has helped the Jazz go 12-12 over the past 24 games, a massive improvement from their early season form.
Since returning to the bench, Burks has scored in double digits all four games, averaging 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists while also shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Although the Jazz are exciting and young, one thing they are not is deep. This only means good things for Burks, in that his minutes are going to be around 30 all season. For fantasy purposes, you can’t ask for more for a sixth man. With the way Burks has been putting up numbers, he deserves ownership in all fantasy leagues.