One of the early season surprises was the Phoenix Suns’ Miles Plumlee, who for some reason has been dropped in a multitude of fantasy leagues.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Plumlee and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Steve Blake.
» Miles Plumlee, PF/C, Phoenix Suns (47.8 percent owned on ESPN.com)
8 points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), 0 three-pointers, 10 rebounds, 0 assists, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers vs. Bulls
As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend.” Enter Miles Plumlee. A throw-in in an off-season trade that saw the Suns also acquire Gerald Green and a first round draft pick from the Indiana Pacers, the second-year big man was installed as the starting center from opening night.
The early season injury woes of fifth overall draft pick Alex Len probably helped Plumlee land the job, but he started the season off with a bang, notching back-to-back big double doubles. Admittedly, his form, and his minutes, have dropped off since November, when he was one of the hottest adds in the world of fantasy basketball.
But Plumlee remains the starting center for one of the most entertaining and surprising teams in the NBA. Over the last week, he has started to contribute to the box score again averaging 6.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. Those sort of numbers are useful in 12 team leagues and even in 10 team leagues, particularly if you are lacking in big man numbers.
There seems to be no real competition for his starting job, with the Suns using Len cautiously and liking using the Morris twins off the bench. While a lot of people have been casting Plumlee aside, an astute fantasy owner (and if you’re reading this, you qualify as that) will grab him and see what he can give your team in the second half of the season.