Courtney Lee has found a new lease of life since being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and he can definitely breathe some life into a stagnant fantasy roster.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Lee and the Boston Celtics’ Brandon Bass.
» Courtney Lee, SG, Memphis Grizzlies (8.2 percent owned on ESPN.com)
19 points (7-11 FG, 0-0 FT), 5 three-pointers, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers vs Cavaliers.
Courtney Lee was a fantasy afterthought during his time in Boston. He barely got 20 minutes off the bench in a backcourt that was missing Rajon Rondo. But a funny thing happened – a trade that benefits both teams.
When Lee was shipped to Memphis in the first week of January in exchange for Jerryd Bayless, both guys seemed invigorated and have produced some of their best basketball for years.
Lee has been around the block, beginning his career in Orlando, with stops in Houston and New Jersey along the way. Now on his fifth team in six season, it looks like he has finally found his role in the league.
Lee was inserted as the starting shooting guard in Memphis when Tony Allen went down with an injury and has stayed in that role, even though Allen is now back and healthy. He’s ended up starting all but two of the 25 games he’s suited up for in Memphis and has posted the best PER of his career, at an above average 15.4.
But what about his fantasy value, I hear you asking? I’m glad you enquired. Since arriving at the FedEx Forum, Lee is the 46th ranked player according to Basketball Monster.com, averaging 13.5 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals, while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 91.8 percent from the line.
By looking at those numbers, it’s obvious where Lee can help as a shooting guard. He can score, he hits three-pointers, he gets steals and his percentages are insane! But what about since Tony Allen has returned?
Since Allen came back into the rotation, Lee has averaged 13.4 points, 2.2 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.4 steals while shooting 49.0 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line. Almost identical.
Lee will retain this value all season and is a must-own player in all formats. Let him guide your fantasy squad into the playoffs and onto glory!