Fantasy basketball owners are always looking to add the next hot player off their league’s waiver wires. Owners in shallow leagues will probably have an easier time streaming players on a day-to-day basis, but in order to take home the title, those of you in deeper leagues will need take risks on guys like the Utah Jazz‘s Marvin Williams and the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ C.J. Miles.
This article is geared towards hardcore fantasy basketball owners and suggests some players with minimal ownership in 12-team leagues and up. All ownership percentages are based on ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, Utah Jazz (3.6 percent owned): It’s hard to believe Williams was once the second player taken in the NBA Draft. He was never terrible in his years in Atlanta (11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds in seven seasons), but he also never became the star the Hawks expected him to be when they took him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2005.
Now in Utah, Williams has been given a chance to redeem himself. Coach Tyrone Corbin loves his work ethic and hustle, and it has showed in his playing time of late – which in turn is leading to better overall production.
Williams has played 32.3 minutes over his last four contests, resulting in per game averages of 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds. Those numbers are good for 27th overall on Basketball Monster.com’s player ranker over the past week. His shot volume is something that really pops out at you during his current run. In the past four games he’s taken 13 shots per outing — hitting 48.1 percent of them. If he continued that pace over the course of a season, it would be the most shots he’s ever attempted per game in any season during his entire career.
Improved 3-point shooting is something that’s really driven up Williams’ value this year, as well. He had never surpassed 1.0 threes per game in any of his previous eight seasons, but he is connecting on 1.5 of them during the 2013-14 campaign. If you take into account his 5.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 82.1 free throw percentage, Williams is a must-own player in deeper leagues.