We can all see that the Philadelphia 76ers are a train wreck. But from the carnage, James Anderson is emerging as a player who can help lead your team to playoff glory.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Anderson and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton.
» James Anderson, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers (2.4 percent owned on ESPN.com)
30 points (11-18 FG, 2-2 FT), 6 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers vs Rockets.
As the Sixers tied the NBA record for most consecutive losses with 26 in the game against Houston, James Anderson showed the fantasy world exactly what he can do.
I’ve been on the Anderson bandwagon for a while and while his recent quad injury curtailed his momentum somewhat, he looks like he’s getting it going again now.
In his last four games since coming back from the injury, Anderson is averaging 13.8 points, 2.3 three-pointers, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals, which ranks him 96th on Basketball Monster.com.
In the fantasy playoffs, we have to start looking to go with the hot hand and making tough decisions and is you have someone on your squad like Eric Gordon, who is currently injured, I think you have to bite the bullet and drop him. A perfect guy as a replacement, would be Anderson.
And this game against Houston is not the first time he’s hit six triples in a game. It’s actually the third time he’s managed to hit a half a dozen three-pointers in a game this season and if he manages to go off again, it could be the difference between a fantasy win or loss.
The Sixers are struggling to put together a legitimate NBA team at the moment and they are very limited in what they can do offensively. Thaddeus Young is their best player, but aside from him, there’s not a lot for coach Brett Brown to turn to.
Michael Carter-Williams has a very rudimentary offensive game and Henry Sims is hardly a guy that you will go to over and over in the post. That makes Anderson either the second or third option on this team.
If a player is getting over 30 minutes a game and is the second offensive weapon on a team, he should be owned in fantasy league, particularly if you are looking for three-pointers, points and steals.