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Mario Chalmers

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We’re all aware of the “Big Three” in Miami, but Mario Chalmers is the plus-one on South Beach for fantasy owners.

In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Chalmers and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Nate Wolters.

»Mario Chalmers, PG, Miami Heat (42.4 percent owned on ESPN.com) 

12 points (3-7 FG, 4-4 FT), 2 three-pointers, 1 rebound, 7 assist, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 3 turnovers vs Warriors.

LeBron James picks on Mario Chalmers.  Dwyane Wade picks on Mario Chalmers.  Chris Bosh picks on Mario Chalmers.  Even President Obama picks on Mario Chalmers.

And now, in a weird way, fantasy owners are picking on Mario Chalmers.  Not by yelling at him or making jokes at his expense, but by the mere fact that they aren’t owning him in their leagues.  One of the arguments I hear made about George Hill‘s fantasy relevance in Indiana, is that he is the starting point guard on a great team, he must be a top 60 player.

Well what about Chalmers?   He’s the unquestioned starting point guard for the back-to-back champions, the clear fourth option as opposed to Hill being the fifth and a defensive dynamo.

Yet Hill is owned in 92.9 percent of ESPN leagues, compared with Chalmers’ 42.4 percent.  That’s just not right, especially when Hill is ranked 77 on Basketball Monster.com and Chalmers sits at 87.  Let’s have a look at their stats over the course of the season.

George Hill - 11.1 points, 1.4 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 45.1 FG%, 83.3 FT%, 1.3 turnovers
Mario Chalmers – 9.7 points, 1.2 three-pointers, 2.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 46.3 FG%, 76.4 FT%, 2.3 turnovers

There’s not a lot of difference.  Hill scores a bit more, shoots his free throws better and turns it over less, while Chalmers has more dimes, steals and a better field goal percentage.  Pretty much a wash.

In the last four games, Chalmers has reached double digit points in all contests as well as dishing out seven assists twice.  Importantly, he’s nabbed two steals in three of those four tilts.

I’m not highlighting these numbers to bash Hill, but more to point out how good Chalmers has been this season. The fact that he is owned in less than half of leagues needs to be corrected and you’d be wise to put him onto your roster.

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