Fantasy Basketball: Add Moe Harkless for Playoffs

Moe Harkless - Orlando Magic
Jeff Hanisch – USA Today Sports

It’s been a rough year for the Orlando Magic after losing Dwight Howard, but the one bright spot has been their young talent, including 19-year-old Moe Harkless.

For much of the year, Harkless was not worth owning in fantasy basketball leagues. He was averaging around 16 minutes per game so his ability to contribute was hindered. That changed in late January as the Magic lost a few key players, including Hedo Turkoglu to suspension and Glen Davis to injury. They cleaned house a bit at the trade deadline and now Harkless has been given a chance to shine.

The rookie recorded his first double-digit scoring game on Jan. 28 when he dropped 16 points on the Brooklyn Nets and it’s been uphill since then. He averaged 34.5 minutes per game in February and scored 11.5 per game with 6.5 rebounds per as well. Since Feb. 19 he has scored in the double digits in 15-of-17 games. He recorded a career-high 23 points a few nights ago, and has averaged over 11 points per game this month as well.

The 6-foot-8 forward is a solid rebounder and scorer who can likely be had off waivers. He will help in both of those categories and can also help immensely in steals as he has recorded 15 thefts in the past three games. With the Magic well out of contention, they will continue to give impressive youngsters like him and Tobias Harris to showcase for the future. The two have emerged as solid fantasy options during the stretch run.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.