As strange as it may seem, the Washington Wizards’ Drew Gooden is becoming a fantasy force. And yes, this is 2014.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Gooden and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jarrett Jack.
» Drew Gooden, PF, Washington Wizards (0.4 percent owned on ESPN.com)
18 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 2 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers vs Kings.
Is this really happening? Is Drew Gooden playing in the NBA in 2014 and playing well? Well, the answer on both counts is a resounding yes.
After playing only 16 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season and registering a pitiful PER of 7.7, you could be excused for thinking that the end of Drew Gooden’s 11-year career was upon us.
But when Nene went down with a knee injury in late February, the Wizards turned to the veteran power forward, signing him to a 10-day contract. He’s now been signed for the remainder of the season and it would not be a surprise to see him in the starting lineup before too long.
How can he help your fantasy team? In a number of ways, is my answer.
When he first signed on in Washington, I was watching his performances with interest, noticing that Gooden was putting up some fairly decent numbers in limited court time. I resisted adding him in leagues or writing about him, mainly because he was only on a 10-day deal. But now that he will be in the nation’s capital for the season’s duration, his form can’t ignored.
Let’s look at his last two games. Gooden has averaged 19.5 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal, while shooting 71.4 percent from the field and a perfect 100 percent from the line. Those numbers have come in only 26 minutes, which is a jump from the minute totals in the teens he was getting previously.
But even when his minutes were limited, Gooden was still producing. In the last two weeks, Gooden is Basketball Monster.com’s 58th ranked player. If you compare that to the ranking of his main competition for minutes at the four in Trevor Booker (124th) and Al Harrington (212th), you can plainly see that Gooden is performing the best out of that trio. And let’s not mention one of my favorite players — Kevin Seraphin — who has been a DNP-CD the last two games after returning from his knee injury on Friday.
As strange as it may be to click the add button on Drew Gooden in 2014, the numbers (and ball) don’t lie. Add Gooden in 12 team leagues and as a spot start guy in 10 team leagues.