As the final weeks of the fantasy basketball season approach, playoff-bound owners should be scouring their leagues’ waiver wires in hopes of finding that late-season breakout star.
While there are some obvious names out there, young players on tanking teams are always worth speculating on.
With their teams out of the playoff picture, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Tony Wroten and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Ryan Kelly are two young talents who could find themselves playing a lot of minutes down the stretch and thus impacting many fantasy leagues in the process.
» Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers (19.2 percent owned on ESPN.com):
In the eight games since Hawes and Turner were sent packing, Wroten has scored 18.4 points in 27.4 minutes. He’s shed his “backup point guard” status and morphed into a full-fledged shooting guard.
His assists (2.0) have become non-existent with his new role, but there’s still a lot to like. He’s averaging 1.4 steals and has been shooting well (47.7 FG%, 72.4 FT%). Prior to the NBA’s trade deadline, Wroten was making just 41.5 percent of his shots from the floor to go along with an awful 61.7 percent from the charity stripe.
The Sixers have lost 17 games in a row and are already looking ahead to next year. Wroten won’t become a restricted free agent until after the 2016-17 season, making it more than likely that coach Brett Brown will give him all the run he can handle over the next few weeks.
Tony Wroten is a must-add off the waiver wire if you’re in a league of 12 teams or more and need extra scoring help.