We are in the dog days of April in terms of the NBA season, with injuries, real and embellished, taking a significant toll. One of those injuries has happened in Denver, with star point guard Ty Lawson out with an ankle injury and much travelled backup Aaron Brooks into the spotlight.
If you are still reading, congratulations, you are still alive in your fantasy league and battling for the championship. Hopefully, I can help you get the league up on your competition over these last nine days.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Brooks and the Phoenix Suns’ P.J. Tucker.
» Aaron Brooks, PG, Denver Nuggets (10.0 percent owned on ESPN.com)
24 points (11-24 FG, 0-0 FT), 2 three-pointers, 8 rebounds, 15 assists, 3 steals, 0 blocks vs Rockets.
Although not confirmed, Lawson is highly doubtful to play in the Nuggets next game or for the remainder of the season. When he injured his ankle on Friday — after being benched for disciplinary reasons — Ty said it was the worst sprain of his career. Ankle sprains can be a huge inconvenience at best and debilitating at worst. Now that the Nuggets have nothing to play for, they would be certifiable if they rushed Lawson back into the lineup in these last handful of games.
Enter Aaron Brooks.
Brooks had already been putting up borderline 12 team league value before the injury to Lawson and now he is a must-own player. The Nuggets have no other real point guard on their roster, so Brooks will be getting all the minutes he can handle. Randy Foye and perhaps Evan Fournier will get a few minutes handling the ball, but it’s going to be all Brooks.
In his last three starts, Brooks has averaged 20.7 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 6.0 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 1.0 steals. Those are incredible numbers and I’d expect more of the same in this last full week of the season.
Brooks has added motivation — he is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He’ll be looking to showcase his talents to prospective suitors in these remaining matchups and that will benefit fantasy owners.
Unless your team is super-stacked and not dealing with any injuries, I think all squads could benefit from the addition of Brooks.