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With the Toronto Raptors looking to lock up a playoff spot, Terrence Ross is going to be a key cog for his team and your fantasy squad.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Ross and the Boston Celtics’ Kris Humphries.
» Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors (27.7 percent owned on ESPN.com)
22 points (7-13 FG, 4-4 FT), 4 three-pointers, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs Suns.
It’s a little strange to see Terrence Ross sitting on such a low ownership percentage. Ever since Rudy Gay was traded to the Sacramento Kings, Ross has been the starter at the small forward position in Toronto and has been a decent contributor to boot.
In the last month, Ross has averaged 13.3 points, 2.5 three-pointers, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals, shooting 51.3 percent from the field and hasn’t missed a free throw. Those numbers leave Ross ranked 50th on Basketball Monster.com.
That’s why I’m so surprised that Ross is available in so many leagues. For a guy to produce numbers over a long stretch that rank him in the top 50 and then be available in nearly all standard leagues, is hard to fathom. There is no challenge to Ross’s minutes — John Salmons is the only other capable small forward on the roster and the Raptors are hardly likely to make a change to their winning lineup.
So what does that mean for Ross? It means he’s going to play and play a lot. And he’s going to keep scoring and draining three-pointers. Lets just hope that he’s accumulating those stats for your team.
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» Kris Humphries, PF/C, Boston Celtics (12.4 percent owned)
16 points (6-13 FG, 4-6 FT), 0 three-pointers, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 0 turnovers vs Pelicans.
For the last three weeks, coach Brad Stevens has returned to using Kris Humphries as the Celtics’ center. And it’s actually been a very productive move .
In those 11 games, Humphries has averaged 12.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, shooting 52.7 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. He’s also had a double double in three of the past five games. Those numbers rank Humphries as the 73rd ranked player on Basketball Monster.com over that time frame.
The minutes in Boston’s frontcourt are always going to be a bit frustrating, with talented youngsters Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk coming off the bench, but the numbers Humphries has been producing have been in only 26 minutes, so he obviously doesn’t need bulk minutes to be productive.
If you are looking to solidify your field goal percentage, points,blocks and boards, Kris Humphries should be a decent acquisition for your team if you are in a 12 team or deeper league.