Could it be that the New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire is actually a viable fantasy option again?
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Stoudemire and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Tony Wroten.
» Amar’e Stoudemire, PF/C, New York Knicks (30.9 percent owned on ESPN.com)
17 points (7-16 FG, 3-4 FT), 0 three-pointers, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers vs Cavaliers.
Is the unthinkable really happening? Is Amar’e Stoudemire actually semi-healthy and able to contribute on a nightly basis? On the back of the last week of action, the answer is definitely leaning toward a big yes.
Stoudemire has started the past four games for the Knicks and looked very impressive in doing so. It’s been such a shame to see an once elite player, reduced to a shell of his former self. I doubt anyone involved in or who watches the NBA who wouldn’t be glad if Stoudemire can return to some sort of pre-injury form.
Now, I’m not saying that Stoudemire is back to the form he showed in his first season in the Big Apple. We won’t see that type of play again from the big man. But, he is contributing, both to the Knicks and to fantasy teams — albeit not many of them due to his low ownership.
Over the last five games, Stoudemire is the 55th ranked player on Basketball Monster.com, averaging 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 59.6 percent from the field and 86.7 from the charity stripe. In his most recent game, Stoudemire notched just his second double double of the season while also contributing three blocks.
In 10 team leagues, I think you have to give Stoudemire a look while he’s somewhat healthy, starting and producing, but if you are in a deeper league, take the plunge and add him while you can. For all we know, he’s knees could crumble again at any time, so make the most of the current stretch of form and squeeze every drop of fantasy value while you can.