He started off the season as a fantasy sleeper, but the Atlanta Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll is now a full-blown fantasy star, except no one owns him!
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Carroll and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Wesley Johnson.
» DeMarre Carroll, SF, Atlanta Hawks (45.9 percent owned on ESPN.com)
22 points (8-12 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 three-pointers, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnovers vs. Pelicans
Is there a more nondescript top 60 fantasy player than DeMarre Carroll? The Hawks’ starting small forward all season, Carroll has been nothing short of sensational, particularly since center Al Horford went down.
Everyone expected Paul Millsap to elevate his game in the absence of Horford (which he has), but it’s been Carroll who has taken his game to the next level, becoming a much more well-known player now than he was before the season kicked off.
Over the last month, Carroll is Basketball Monster.com’s 18th ranked player, with fantastic averages of 13.8 points, 1.8 three-pointers, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals with shooting percentages of 53.4 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe.
Carroll has scored in double figures in eight of the past nine games in which he has played and he has also managed to nab at least one steal in eight of those nine games as well. Combine that with his penchant for draining multiple three-pointers – in seven of the past nine he has hit at least two three-pointers – and you have the makings of a very solid fantasy contributor.
The way Carroll is playing is reminiscent of the form Kawhi Leonard showed last season, giving the same sort of contributions, but there is nowhere near the hype for him compared with the young Spur. That’s where a winning fantasy owner makes his move, grabbing an unfashionable and unknown name and riding his numbers to fantasy glory.
Swoop fast, as Carroll’s ownership has risen by 38.5 percent in the past week. I don’t think you’ll regret it.