A lot of people are sleeping on the Los Angeles Clippers’ Darren Collison — just make sure you are not one of those people.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Collison and the Denver Nuggets’ Aaron Brooks.
» Darren Collison, PG, Los Angeles Clippers (33.8 percent owned on ESPN.com)
23 points (9-16 FG, 3-3 FT), 2 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block vs Suns.
Darren Collison is in a juicy position for fantasy owners. With Jamal Crawford missing the last two games — and ruled out for Thursday already — and J.J. Redick still not back, Collison will have a chance to log huge minutes. Redick is listed as a 75 percent chance to return to action, but if he does, he’s not going to be playing 35 minutes in his first game back and I’d imagine the Clips would ease him back over the season’s final two weeks.
That means Collison has enormous value for at least the next week and can be a key piece in a fantasy playoff push. Since Collison has been starting, for either Redick, Crawford or Chris Paul, he’s the 33rd best fantasy player on Basketball Monster.com. In that time frame, Collison is averaging 16.1 points, 1.6 three-pointers, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals, shooting 49.0 percent from the field and 80.9 percent from the line.
Over the last three games in particular, Collison has been fantastic. He’s amassed eight steals, hit five threes and scored 62 points, while also dishing 17 assists.
With the exception of Gorgui Dieng, there is barely a hotter player on the waiver-wire at the moment and now is the time to make the move to add him. Even if you only get one more big game from him on Thursday, it’ll be worth it in the do-or-die playoffs.
Collison has thrived playing on a Chris Paul team throughout his career. His seasons in New Orleans and now in Los Angeles have been the best of his career, much more impactful than his stops in Indiana and Dallas. With Chris Paul humming, Collison is reaping the benefits yet again.