Fantasy Basketball 2013: Wilson Chandler Returns For Fantasy Owners

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Coming into this season, I had Wilson Chandler pegged as a big time fantasy hoops sleeper. With Danilo Gallinari sidelined for the foreseeable future, Chandler would be on the court quite a bit. Unfortunately, Chandler dealt with some injury of his own, keeping him off the court to start the season.

Well, he’s back, folks.

After missing the first six games of the season, Chandler has returned to action for not only the Nuggets, but for fantasy owners as well. Chandler is a guy that can provide good value for owners, especially from beyond the arc. Just a few seasons removed from averaging 16.4 points and 4.8 three-point attempts per game, Chandler is now coming off the bench for the Nuggets, but that most definitely won’t last. Through his first two contests of the season, Chandler is averaging 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and more importantly, 5.5 three-point attempts per game. Keep in mind that he is playing just 21.5 minutes per game off the bench, but it’s only a matter of time before he returns to the starting lineup. It’s pretty obvious that the bench stint is almost over. Current starter Jordan Hamilton is averaging about two minutes per game less than Chandler, despite opening the game as the starting small forward. With Gallinari expected to be sidelined until around January or February, Chandler will assume the starting job, and may very well refuse to let it go.

As of right now, Chandler is only owned in 78.3 percent of ESPN leagues. That’s too low, in my opinion. A high-scoring, fast-paced offense should provide Chandler with plenty of scoring opportunities. Also, point guard Ty Lawson is doing a good job of distributing this year, averaging 7.6 assists per game. He’s also averaging a healthy 57.9 passes per game, which is good for top-20 in the league. Chandler will have plenty of spot-up opportunities to knock down some three-pointers. Lawson is also averaging a very strong 18.1 assist opportunities per game, which is tied for fourth-most. Chandler is already seeing a ton of catch and shoot chances. It’s a small sample size, but in two games, 11.5 of his 15.5 points per game have come off of catch and shoot situations. He is shooting 72.7 percent in such situations. When he gets hot, he is deadly from the field.

Go get him, folks.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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