The New York Knicks’ Raymond Felton is far from what you would call a fan favorite, but his fantasy prospects are much better than you would think.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Felton and the Boston Celtics’ Avery Bradley.
» Raymond Felton, PG, New York Knicks (42.0 percent owned on ESPN.com)
11 points (4-11 FG, 2-3 FT), 1 three-pointer, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs Pacers.
Along with the Knicks’ team as a whole, I thought Raymond Felton’s relevance was all but over on the 25th of February when Felton was arrested on weapons charges in New York City. The gun charge may still have a huge impact on the remainder of Felton’s NBA career, but he made bail, so he hasn’t missed a game since the incident.
His form was patchy at best in the week following the incident, unsurprisingly, but Felton has turned it around in the last couple of weeks.
A big plus for Felton is that the Knicks don’t really have anyone to take minutes away from him. Pablo Prigioni is a 36 year-old second year player and they don’t trust him to run the point. They also waived their back-up point guard after the trade deadline in Beno Udrih.
Felton’s numbers don’t jump out at you at first glance and a big part of that is his lack of scoring. In the last two weeks, Felton is only averaging 8.2 points a game, but his fantasy value comes from a number of other categories.
He averages 0.8 three-pointers, 3.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocks, shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 88.9 percrnt from the line in those two weeks. He also only has turned it over 1.2 times per game and that means that he is a positive contributor in five categories — assists, steals, blocks, free throw percentage and turnovers. He also hasn’t been hurting your field goal percentage.
It’s quite rare to be able to find a five category contributor off the waiver-wire at this late stage of the season, so even though you may endure some ridicule from your league mates for owning Felton, you could definitely do worse. I’d grab Felton in all leagues of 10 teams or deeper.