After small forward Dorell Wright was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in July, many assumed he would be nothing more than a role player. However, lately, due to a number of unfortunate injuries, Wright is beginning to become much more than that.
Wright had been seeing an increase in minutes over the last few games, playing at least 20 minutes in five straight contests. But with Jason Richardson (back) sidelined, Wright got the start against the Memphis Grizzlies. And it’s safe to say he took advantage of the opportunity.
During the team’s victory over Memphis, Wright finished with a team-high 28 points, six rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots. He was torching the Grizzlies all night, shooting 8-11 from the field. After a game like this, fantasy owners should be taking a look at him on the waiver wire.
Wright also saw the starting lineup earlier on in the year when J-Rich was nursing an ankle injury. He started four games, averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 rebounds during that stretch.
The injuries are providing Wright with an ideal opportunity to make a bit of a name for himself. Over the last five games, he has posted at least 20 points three times. He is showcasing his scoring ability to the entire league, making fantasy owners aware of his potential value.
As of right now, Wright has been added in 841 Yahoo! leagues, so he could be widely available. Richardson, who appears to be day to day, obviously affects the fantasy value of Wright. If he continues to miss time, Wright will clearly continue starting for the 76ers and is worth a look for fantasy owners.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
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