The Atlanta Hawks are ravaged by injuries, but Lou Williams is proving that he is fully recovered from the ACL tear that he suffered last season.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Williams and fellow Hawk, Mike Scott.
» Lou Williams, PG/SG, Atlanta Hawks (16.0 percent owned on ESPN.com)
14 points (3-12 FG, 5-6 FT), 3 three-pointers, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs. Knicks
I’ve been holding off on declaring Lou Williams “back” for a while now, as I just wasn’t sure how his knee would hold up over the course of the season. Early on, he was sitting out the second game of back-to-backs and then when he was able to play he was only getting 20 minutes per contest.
Over the last two weeks, things have changed down in Georgia. Williams is now back to his customary 30 minutes a night and that is paying off for fantasy owners everywhere.
According to Basketball Monster.com, Williams is the 103rd-ranked player in that two week stretch, averaging 13.2 points, 1.7 three-pointers, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals. His field goal percentage is the only thing holding back from being a top 50 player, shooting a fairly poor 41 percent in that same time frame.
If we narrow down our focus and look at the last two games, Williams has been on fire. He’s scored 29 points, hit six three-pointers and had 15 assists in those games and it gives the appearance that Williams could become the weapon the Hawks — and your fantasy squad — need in order to make some noise in the playoffs.