With the Charlotte Bobcats poised to make their first playoff appearance since 2010, Josh McRoberts is a key cog in their rotation and quietly put up fantastic numbers for fantasy leagues.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like McRoberts and the Brooklyn Nets’ Shaun Livingston.
» Josh McRoberts, PF, Charlotte Bobcats (5.4 percent owned on ESPN.com)
24 points (8-16 FG, 2-2 FT), 6 three-pointers, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks vs Magic.
After a dismal 2012-13 season, fantasy owners could be forgiven for writing Josh McRoberts off at the beginning of this season as a fantasy afterthought. But the six-year NBA veteran has resurrected his NBA career under first-year head coach Steve Clifford and is helping guide the Bobcats into the playoffs.
McRoberts is one of those players that contributes to fantasy teams in a huge way without scoring. Although he scored a career-high 24 points in Friday night’s enthralling overtime loss to the Magic, that’s not what makes McBob a fantasy target.
Over the course of the season, McRoberts is averaging just 8.7 points, so that’s not something that is obviously going to make or break your fantasy matchups. It’s his ability to hit three-pointers and dish the assists from the power forward position that make him a diamond in the rough. He has handed out 4.4 assists per game for the season, fourth for power forward and center eligible players behind only LeBron James, Kevin Love and Joakim Noah. That’s some rarefied company.
In the last two weeks, McRoberts is averaging 10.7 points, 1.7 three-pinters, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 blocks and is shooting 48.2 percent from the field and a fantastic 90 percent from the line. That ranks him 50th on Basketball Monster.com and makes him absolutely a must-own fantasy player.
With the Bobcats still pushing hard to maintain their playoff seeding, there’s no reason for coach Clifford to rest McRoberts or any other starter. That makes him a superb option for the fantasy playoffs.