In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Chalmers and the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green.
» Mario Chalmers, PG, Miami Heat (40.8 percent owned on ESPN.com)
24 points (7-14 FG, 8-10 FT), 2 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block vs Timberwolves.
I’ve been very high on Mario Chalmers all season long. It’s just that it’s taken the rest of the fantasy world a while to catch on.
But now is the time to take advantage of this subtle changing of the fantasy guard in Miami, where Chalmers is becoming more than a sidekick and is filling in admirably for a beaten down Dwyane Wade.
Chalmers has been the unquestioned starter at point guard all season, but for some reason, he has never caught the imagination of fantasy owners as a whole. I think a lot of that comes down to the fact that Chalmers is not much of a scorer. Over the course of the season, Chalmers is only averaging 9.7 points a game.
His value to fantasy owners comes from the other categories — steals, three-pointers and assists. But with Wade missing seven of the last eight games, Chalmers has taken his game to another level.
Since returning from his own quad injury, Chalmers has been fantastic. In the last three games, Chalmers has averaged 16.7 points, 2.3 three-pointers, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 56.7 percent from the field. Those numbers rank Chalmers as the 28th best player in fantasy over the last week on Basketball Monster.com.
So what are you waiting for? Chalmers is on the type of hot streak that can win a team a fantasy championship. Just make sure he wins it for your team and not your opponent.